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Gran Turismo Sport collector’s edition comes with a real car

Limited edition 1 of 1 has already been sold, though

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Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

In the seemingly neverending escalation of exotic special editions, Gran Turismo Sport offered one that came with a real car.

As spied by NeoGAF and reported yesterday by the Taiwanese blog, the bundle packaged Gran Turismo Sport with a PlayStation 4 Pro, PlayStation VR, 12 months of PlayStation Plus, a Sony Bravia 4K HDR television, the Thrustmaster T-GT driving wheel, the Apiga AP1 racing chair and, by the way, a 2018 Mazda MX-5 with PS4 branding on the grille (and a “soul-moving red” paint job with racing stripe).

The promotion was a publicity stunt by Taiwan Sony Interactive Entertainment and man, did it work. A collector already snapped it up. The price was about 1.4 million New Taiwan Dollars, which is $46,300 in U.S. currency.

Mazda USA’s site lists the grand touring model of the MX-5 as starting at $30,065. Thrustmaster’s rig goes for $799.99. The TV is the 65-inch model, that goes for $3,999.99. The chair is $389. PS Plus is $59.99, the Pro’s MSRP is $399 and PlayStation VR is $449. Actual retail price of this showcase showdown is $36,218.99 so the collector paid about a $10,000 premium for that PS4-branded sled, unless it has all the options like rich Corinthian leather.

We’ve seen some re-donk-ulous special editions lately, including, most recently, an $800 Assassin’s Creed Origins, and 2015’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, which came packed with a mini-fridge. And while we admire the chutzpah behind a five-figure vanity edition like this, it’s nowhere near the most expensive one offered. That was the $387,000 “My Apocalypse Edition” of Dying Light, (on sale in the U.K. only) which came with a goddamn zombie-proof bunker.

For the rest of us plebes, Gran Tursmo Sport launches today on PlayStation 4 and its MSRP is a very affordable $59.99.

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