Gran Turismo is Italian for grand touring or "grand tourisme". These terms are used to describe long distance or endurance races like 24 hours of Le Mans, Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, Carrera Panamericana and the high-powered sportscars which compete there. Some examples are the Ferrari 250 GTO and Porsche 911 GT3.
After these famous races and cars, several road cars and even computer games adopted the Gran Turismo name:
- Grand tourer, a car designed for comfortable long distance driving.
- Gran Turismo (GT) series of games for the Sony PlayStation and PlayStation 2 gaming consoles.
- There is also an album released in 1998 by The Cardigans called Gran Turismo.
- There are many automobiles which integrate "GT" into their names or use "GT" to describe a particular trim level.