Gran Turismo has featured thousands of cars over the franchise’s history, so it’s no surprise that a few of them were duds.
There are many different reasons cars were hated by gamers worldwide. The Top 10 worst cars of Gran Turismo aren’t necessarily the slowest cars, but sad examples that were outclassed by all their competitors, or cars that just seemed like an odd choice to be included in a racing game.
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Below are our Top 10 choices for worst cars to ever appear in a Gran Turismo game. Let us know in the comments below what Gran Turismo car you absolutely hated.
10. Dodge Intrepid ES
Nothing says performance like an ordinary Dodge Intrepid, right? The Intrepid ES from Gran Turismo 2 did at least come with the more powerful V6 engine that Dodge offered at the time. But at its core, the Intrepid is a big, heavy front-wheel boat of a car.
None of this matters as much as the ridiculous race modification body kit that turned the Intrepid’ s looks into that of a top fuel dragster… but still one with a regular V6 engine and front-wheel drive.
9. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray ’82
The Chevrolet Corvette has had a storied existence and Gran Turismo has included several models from its history over the course of the franchise’s long run. But the inclusion of the 1982 C3 Corvette Stingray is a real head scratcher.
From 1975 until 1982 were some dark years for the Corvette and putting in the final year of the C3 Corvette Stingray, with its whopping 200-hp V8 engine, just makes us sad. Oh well, it could have been worse. At least Gran Turismo didn’t include the 165-hp 1975 model.
8. Mazda Demio LX G Package ’97
The poor Mazda Demio LX G Package ’97 was the underdog that got no respect in the original Gran Turismo. With a paltry 79 hp, it was easily the least powerful and slowest car in Gran Turismo One. Sure many slower, less powerful cars would follow in subsequent edition of the franchise, but when that first game dropped, it was the car no one wanted to drive.
It’s almost become a legend in its own right, due to the infamy it gained in from Gran Turismo.
7. Honda Odyssey ’03
Nothing screams race car performance like a four-cylinder minivan! Based on the Japanese spec of the 2003 Honda Odyssey minivan, this seven-passenger rocket came equipped with all-wheel drive and a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine unleashing a massive 157 hp.
Weighing in around 3,700 pounds, the Odyssey was anything but fast, and it looked ridiculous with a giant wing out back.
6. Dodge Stratus ES
For those who couldn’t handle all the power of the Intrepid in Gran Turismo 2, there was another four-door sedan waiting for you at the Dodge dealership – the Stratus ES. Like many cars in the game, the Stratus’ power output wasn’t quite right, possibly due to a mixup converting kW to HP. Whatever the reason, the Stratus ES only came with just over 100 hp, making an already slow car even slower.
An honorable mention goes out to the BMW 528i that in Gran Turismo 2 also came equipped with an under performing engine rated around 145 hp.
5. HKS Drag 180SX and R33 GT-R
Originally, Gran Turismo 2 was supposed to include a drag racing series, but it was pulled off the table last minute, as it was not completed in time. The problem was that two purpose-built drag cars had already been included in the game. The rear-wheel-drive HKS Drag 180SX and the all-wheel-drive HKS R33 Drag GT-R came equipped with 1,011 hp, which easily made them most powerful cars in the game.
But being purpose-built drag racers, neither could make it around a corner at all. Even after extensive tuning, the drag cars were still not happy on anything other than the giant oval test circuit.
4. Toyota Prius ‘97
A Toyota Prius isn’t exactly the first car that comes to mind when it’s time to go racing, even if Toyota has been prepping them for competition recently.
But in 1997, when the Prius was still fresh and new, it was featured in Gran Turismo 2 packing a whopping 63 hp that could not be increased. It may have been the future, but it was a painful car to race.
3. Eagle Talon Esi ’97
The once proud Eagle brand has been represented in Gran Turismo by a singular car that carries the torch for the defunct American manufacturer. Of course, that car is the Eagle Talon – a forerunner of the compact tuner craze that took over the world in the late ’90s and early 2000s.
But the 1997 Talon that has now appeared in four separate Gran Turismo titles is an odd choice, to say the least. Instead of including the fire-breathing, all-wheel-drive turbocharged TSi model, developers went with the weak-sauce front-wheel-drive ESi. Making around 140 hp, we don’t know what’s more surprising – the fact the car was ever included in the game in the first place, or the fact it keeps coming back for more.
2. Mercedes-Benz Patent Motor Wagen 1886/Mercedes-Benz Daimler Motor Carriage 1886
We get it. These are arguably the first two cars ever made and there is an amazing amount of history, nostalgia and respect associated with them. But in the world of Gran Turismo, they were the most useless.
Incapable of climbing even a modest hill, they were fun for one head-to-head race with a friend for laughs, but with just 1 hp and a top speed around 12 mph, the joke got old real quick.
1. Lunar Roving Vehicle LRV-001 ’71
And speaking of useless, how about the 1971 Lunar Roving Vehicle that was included in Gran Turismo 6? OK, the three missions driving on the moon were cool, being trackless, GPS-based point-to-point time trails. But once the three missions were complete, that was it. No more Lunar Rovering unless you wanted to do the missions again for no gain.
For all the work Polyphony had to put into to creating the moon surface and Lunar Roving vehicle, couldn’t we be allowed to do more? Maybe take the Lunar around Laguna? Or how about letting us rip around the moon in a Tesla Model S?