The game is split into two parts: A faithful conversion of OutRun 2 SP (which itself includes the OutRun 2 levels), and "Coast 2 Coast", which includes single player races and challenges, and local network and Internet multiplayer.
OutRun 2006 was released in North America and Europe on the Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable in March 2006, but was delayed until June for PC. OutRun 2006 has only seen a PlayStation 2 release in Japan, albeit retitled as OutRun 2 SP. Each version is subtlety different to play to the strengths of its home system, which includes a link-up feature between the PS2 and PSP versions (this feature was removed from the Japanese PS2 version), a different mission set for the PSP and Xbox Live support on the Xbox. The Xbox version was the lead and most faithful port due to similarities between the Xbox and the OutRun 2 SP arcade hardware and the Xbox containing the most amount of RAM of all the aforementioned consoles (the arcade game uses even more RAM than the Xbox has), which allowed it to have higher resolution textures than the other console versions (though still not as sharp as the arcade version) as well as preserving the traffic variety of the arcade game.
As of June 12, 2007, this game was added to the Xbox 360 Backward Compatibility List.
The game features an online mode for up to six players. As of May 13, 2009, the servers are offline for the PC, PS2 and PSP versions of the game, while Xbox Live support remains functional.
Gameplay retains the same fundamental elements as its predecessor, OutRun 2. The physics model is nearly identical to that of OutRun 2 SP. Cars have varying classes ranging from Novice to Professional, with increased top speeds and diminished handling as the difficulty rises. New to the OutRun series is the addition of a separate "OutRun" class, which applies to every car and allows each car to have increased performance in all aspects; cosmetic changes including racing stripes and decals as well as completely renovated bodywork are also evident.
OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast features 15 unique cars, the most ever seen in any OutRun game. In addition to the ten cars from OutRun 2 SP, new models include the 550 Barchetta, F355 Spider, Superamerica, 328 GTS, and the Ferrari F430. Some models cannot be unlocked on the Playstation Portable or Playstation 2 without the use of the cross-system connectivity feature inherent of the two systems (as a result of PSP connectivity being removed from the Japanese PS2 version, all PSP unlockables are included in the Japanese PS2 version from the start). However, there is a cheat code that unlocks everything.http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=142855
There are various missions to complete, ranging from racing rivals for the top position to thrilling your passenger by completing their requests to execute certain driving maneuvers or tests of memory and logic. The racing modes from OutRun 2 SP are still present in the game.
Upon starting the game, a very limited selection of cars, tracks, challenges, and background music is available. Each individual element can be unlocked through the exchange of "OutRun Miles," which are points that players score for playing the game or by completing various missions. A race does not need to be finished to earn OutRun Miles.