The Atenza Gr.4 is garbage because of the peaky engine. The gearing is all wrong (lower gears are too short, and higher gears are too long). In 1st to 3rd gear you are upshifting too soon and lose a lot of forward momentum when you grab the next gear. Then the 4th-6th gears are too long and it takes forever to reach the peak power. If you have a long enough straight it's actually one of the fastest Gr.4 cars top speed wise. The problem is acceleration is what matters in terms of laptime for most tracks. 4WD gives it good traction coming out of corners but as soon as you have to shift gears it loses chunks of time compared to other properly geared cars.Based on photos taken by people in attendance, the car we're going to get in GT7 appears very similar to the Super Taikyu car, just with a much bigger wing than the SuTai car. I don't know if the SuTai car and the Mazda3 Gr.4 will be the same car; I'm finding it very difficult to imagine a diesel car being in Gr.4, much less be competitive—the Atenza Gr.4 is garbage even with a peaky engine. Maybe with its much wider stance and pronounced aero, it can find a place in Gr.4 à la the Mégane Trophy '11.
Mazda has always been extremely weak in Gr.4. Personally, I don't think the Mazda3 will change that status quo. I'd much rather have a RX-Vision GT4, but the 3 is still very cool to have as a fan of the brand.
That feature would breathe new life into the game and would allow us to create the missing gt4 cars that already have the road versions in the game like the camaro and a110Besides buying the car from Brand Central, it would be nice if we had the option to bring a normal Mazda 3 to GT Auto to turn it into a Gr.4 car. I think this is a nice way to bring back the "Racing Modification" feature from GT2.
They should do that with every Gr.4, I wouldn't mind the extra cost.
This is a fictional "Gr.4" car that takes strong inspiration form the Super Taikyu model. It isn't that actual model. Hence, they could exaggerate the performance of the car a bit to be on par with existing Gr.4 class cars.Ah good, put an experimental non-homologated car that's 15 seconds a lap slower than GT4 cars at Suzuka into the group 4 class, that'll go well.