Turbo OutRun

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For non-FM Towns home computer versions, see Turbo OutRun (home computers).


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Turbo OutRun
System(s): Sega OutRun hardware, Sega Mega Drive, FM Towns
Arcade (OutRun hardware)
Sega Mega Drive
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
Arcade (OutRun hardware)
Unidesa (ES)
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
Genre: Racing[2][3]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (OutRun hardware)
¥? ?
Arcade (OutRun hardware)
$? ?
Arcade (Mega-Tech System)
£? ?

Sega Mega Drive
¥6,0006,000 G-4053
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£34.9934.99[5] 1123
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty

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Turbo OutRun (ターボアウトラン) is an arcade sequel to OutRun released in 1989. Though not the first sequel to OutRun, Turbo OutRun is considered to be the first "true" sequel, having been built by a similar team at Sega AM2 with the arcades in mind.


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Turbo OutRun has the player make a journey across the United States of America, from New York to Los Angeles. It is a more linear game than its predecessor, offering no forks in the road and therefore less of an incentive to play the game again after completion.

For the most part, the game is very similar to its predecessor, save for new graphics and music. Turbo OutRun offers several new features however, such as weather effects and obstacles which can slow your journey down. Like its predecessor, the player drives a car which looks suspiciously like Ferrari, however rather than being based on a Ferrari Testarossa, it is a Ferrari F40 (although like its predecessor, Turbo OutRun's car is fictional convertible version of the car, which Ferrari did not manufacture). You are also set against a rival opponent, driving what appears to be a white Porsche 959 (a nod towards the rivalry between Ferrari and Porsche at that time).

The game is divided into four "sub-goals". Upon reaching a goal, the player is able to upgrade their car. If the opponent gets to the goal first, the player's girlfriend will sit in the opponent car in the next race, however if the player gets there first, a 1,000,000 point bonus is given.

The other major addition to Turbo OutRun is the inclusion of a "Turbo" feature: the back of the car has a rocket-type exhaust on the back and the player is given a "boost" button, which allows the car to travel faster. If the boost is left on for too long however, the car will overheat, and will be punished with slowdown. It is also the first OutRun game to offer an automatic transmission option.

After each goal, the player is taken to a shop where they can apply one of three upgrades to their car: a better engine, high-grip tires, or a better turbo. Each upgrade may be applied only once, and since there are four sections, the player will eventually have a maxed-out car.

The arcade version also allows you to continue from the beginning of the stage if you lose, a feature that did not survive into later OutRun games.

There are four stage songs: "Rush a Difficulty", "Keep Your Heart", "Shake the Street", and "Who Are You". Unlike in other OutRun games, the player cannot choose the song currently playing — they are tied to each section. Additionally, every version of the game appears to use a different song order, and the Sega Mega Drive port changes the song titles ("Insanity", "Highway", "Main Theme", and "Funky run", respectively, in addition to having its own songs).


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Though very different to the rest of the series, Turbo OutRun is arguably closer to Yu Suzuki's vision for the original OutRun, being set in the United States of America and featuring various scrapped ideas such as a checkpoint system.

Like OutRun Ferrari were not consulted during the development of this game, although the Ferrari brand is used on Turbo OutRun arcade cabinets.


Turbo OutRun was released as both a stand-alone arcade cabinet and as an upgrade kit to the original OutRun. The upgrade kits offer very minor aesthetic changes - a different marquee and extra "Turbo" stickers. Some Turbo OutRun cabinets were converted back into regular OutRun machines as the prior game proved more popular - Turbo OutRun cabinets can be identified by the use of Ferrari branding.


The game was ported to the Sega Mega Drive in 1992 exclusively in Japan and Europe, and was brought to the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS computers and ZX Spectrum too. Each of these ports suffer from cutbacks as sprite scaling is not supported by these systems.

Production credits

Main article: Turbo OutRun/Production credits.

OutRun hardware version

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Developer mentions

The game also contains high scores that reference the developers.

Mega Drive version

Sega TV Game Genga Gallery[9]

Magazine articles

Main article: Turbo OutRun/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

TurboOutRun Arcade US Flyer.pdf

Arcade US flyer
TurboOutRun Arcade US Flyer.pdf
Turbo OutRun Arcade US Flyer Alt.jpg
Arcade US flyer (conversion kit)
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TurboOutRun Arcade JP Flyer.pdf

Arcade JP flyer
TurboOutRun Arcade JP Flyer.pdf
TurboOutRun Arcade ES Flyer.jpg
Arcade ES flyer
TurboOutRun Arcade ES Flyer.jpg
TurboOutRun MD JP PrintAdvert.jpg
Mega Drive JP print advert
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Print advert in Computer Games (GR) #2: "Máios 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
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Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1992-04: "April 1992" (1992-03-07)


Photo gallery

Physical scans

Arcade version

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Turbo OutRun

Arcade, US
Arcade, JP

Mega Drive version

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Publication Version Score
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
Consoles + (FR)
Cool Gamer (RU)
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
Hobby Consolas (ES)
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
Joystick (FR) NTSC-J
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
Mega Drive Fan (JP) NTSC-J
Mega (UK) PAL
Mega (UK)
Mega Force (FR)
MegaTech (UK) PAL
Mean Machines (UK)
Mean Machines Sega (UK)
Play Time (DE)
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Opisaniy i sekretov (RU)
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
Supersonic (FR)
Video Games (DE)
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
25 reviews

Turbo OutRun

Mega Drive, JP
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TurboOutRun MD jp manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
Turbo OutRun MD EU Box.jpg
TurboOutRun MD EU Cart.jpg
Turbo Outrun MD EU Manual.jpg
TurboOutRun MD EU pcb.jpg
Mega Drive, PT
TurboOutRun MD PT cover.jpg
Mega Drive, AU
TurboOutRun MD AU cover.jpg
Turbo Outrun MD AU Cart.jpg
Turbo Outrun MD AU Manual.jpg
Mega Drive, AU (Sega Gold Collection)
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Turbo Outrun MD AU Cart.jpg
Turbo Outrun MD AU Manual.jpg

Mega-Tech version


FM Towns version

FM Towns, JP
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Technical information

Main article: Turbo OutRun/Technical information.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sega Magazine, "1997-02 (1997-02)" (JP; 1997-01-13), page 24
  2. File:TurboOutRun MD JP Box.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  4. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1992-06-01), page 19
  5. Sega Power, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-02), page 39
  6. https://media.vgm.io/albums/47/5474/5474-1503477708.jpg (Wayback Machine: 2023-08-14 21:09)
  7. @a_piroyoshi on Twitter (Wayback Machine: 2020-10-17 01:11)
  8. @a_piroyoshi on Twitter (Wayback Machine: 2022-05-22 10:36)
  9. Sega TV Game Genga Gallery, Graphic Sha, page 124
  10. Commodore User, "May 1989" (UK; 1989-04-26), page 96
  11. Beep! MegaDrive, "April 1992" (JP; 1992-03-07), page 36
  12. Consoles +, "Février 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 72
  13. Cool Gamer, "9" (RU; 2002-10-13), page 229
  14. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 111
  15. Hippon Super, "April 1992" (JP; 1992-03-04), page 84
  16. Hobby Consolas, "Julio 1992" (ES; 1992-0x-xx), page 90
  17. Joypad, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-05-1x), page 70
  18. Joystick, "Mai 1992" (FR; 1992-0x-xx), page 142
  19. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "January 1993" (UK; 199x-xx-xx), page 95
  20. Mega Drive Fan, "June 1992" (JP; 1992-05-08), page 83
  21. Mega, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-20), page 21
  22. Mega, "June 1994" (UK; 1994-05-19), page 65
  23. Mega Force, "Juin 1992" (FR; 1992-06-05), page 78
  24. MegaTech, "April 1992" (UK; 1992-03-20), page 36
  25. Mean Machines, "March 1992" (UK; 1992-02-27), page 78
  26. Mean Machines Sega, "October 1992" (UK; 1992-09-xx), page 142
  27. Play Time, "7/92" (DE; 1992-06-03), page 91
  28. Sega Power, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-02), page 38
  29. Sega Pro, "May 1992" (UK; 1992-04-16), page 40
  30. Sega Pro, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-11), page 68
  31. Sega Opisaniy i sekretov, "14000 Opisaniy i sekretov" (RU; 2003-03-11), page 207
  32. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 87
  33. Supergame, "Junho 1992" (BR; 1992-06-xx), page 39
  34. Supersonic, "Juillet/Août 1992" (FR; 1992-xx-xx), page 12
  35. Video Games, "6/92" (DE; 1992-05-29), page 55

Turbo OutRun

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Sega Mega Drive
Prototypes: 1991-12-09

OutRun series of games
OutRun (1986) | Turbo OutRun (1989) | OutRunners (1992) | OutRun 2 (2003) | OutRun 2 SP (2004) | OutRun 2 SP SDX (2006)
Sega Master System
OutRun (1987) | OutRun 3D (1988) | Battle OutRun (1989) | OutRun Europa (1991)
Windows PC
OutRun (1987) | Turbo OutRun (1989) | OutRun Europa (1991) | OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006)
OutRun (1988)
FM Towns/FM Towns Marty
Turbo OutRun (1989)
LCD handheld game
OutRun (1989) | OutRun F-1 (19xx)
Sega Mega Drive
OutRun (1991) | Turbo OutRun (1992) | OutRun 2019 (1993) | OutRunners (1994) | Arcade Legends OutRun 2019 (200x)
Sega Game Gear
OutRun (1991) | OutRun Europa (1992)
Sega Saturn
Sega Ages OutRun (1996)
i-mode 503i
OutRun (2001)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 13: OutRun (2004) | OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006) | OutRun 2 SP (2007)
OutRun 2 (2004) | OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006)
Sony PlayStation Portable
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast (2006)
Xbox 360
Sony PlayStation 3
OutRun Online Arcade (2009)
Nintendo 3DS
3D OutRun (2014)
Nintendo Switch
Sega Ages OutRun (2018)
OutRun-related media
OutRun (1992) | Virtua Racing & OutRunners (1993) | Yu Suzuki Produce OutRun (1997) | Sega Presents OutRun 2: Music Through the Ages (2004) | OutRun 2 Sound Tracks (2004) | OutRun 2 Sound Tracks: Side B (2005) | OutRun 20th Anniversary Box (2007) | OutRun Sound Tracks: Complement (2007) | OutRun (2016) | Sega Ages OutRun: Music Collection (2019)
OutRun (1987) | OutRun (1988) | Super Monaco GP / Turbo OutRun (1989) | Out Run/Turbo Out Run Strategy Movie & S.S.T. Band Live+1 (2007)