Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial: Genesis Device

A new Gran Turismo 7 Online Time Trial challenge taking advantage of the new content in today’s update is now available to all players, with the potential to earn up to two million credits if you’re quick enough.

If you’re not yet familiar, GT7’s Online Time Trial events are time-limited, hot-lap challenges open to all players within the game’s Sport Mode. Each week there’s a new event, but they all run for 14 days — so there’s two on the go at any one time. You don’t need a PS Plus subscription to take part either.

Your reward depends on how close you are to the final record time, meaning that your target is dynamic; what’s good enough one day might not be so when the event ends. Getting within 3% of the top time globally will earn you the 2,000,000cr top prize; alternatively there’s a million for being within 5%, or 250,000cr for getting within 10%.

It’s a relatively well-trodden course this week, which is good news given how new the car is. You’ll be heading to the Monza circuit — complete with all three chicanes — and driving the Genesis X Gran Berlinetta Vision GT Concept.

The Genesis, unveiled at the GT World Finals back in December 2023, is a bit of a beast. It sports a turbocharged 3.3-liter Lambda II V6, similar to the one in the Kia Stinger but wound up to an eye-popping 869hp. That’s accompanied by a battery pack and motor good for another 200hp on top, so you’ll be hitting quite some speed down Monza’s straights, and you’ll need to adjust your braking distances accordingly on the Sports Soft tire.

As the time trial has only just gone live in a brand new car, the current record — although set by a usual suspect — could well drop some distance before the two weeks are up. It sits at a 1:36.8 right now, with a Gold time of 1:39.7, but we’d expect low 36s by the end of the event; figure on a 1:38.8 to be safely taking two million credits.

Last week’s Honda Civic Lap Time Challenge at the Lago Maggiore East Reverse layout is still available for the next seven days too. The current world record there has fallen into the high 1:26s as expected, with 1:29.494 the current Gold marker. We’d suggest a 1:29.3 would be safe… ish.

In order to access the Online Time Trials, you’ll need to unlock Sport Mode, by completing Menu Book 9 (“Championship: Tokyo Highway Parade”) in the GT Cafe single player hub. PlayStation Plus is not required, as they are not multiplayer events.

The events update every Thursday, with each individual challenge remaining available for two weeks and the oldest of the two events being replaced each week. You can look forward to the next new Time Trial arriving at 0700 UTC on Thursday February 1.

Lap Time Challenge January 25 – Monza

  • Track: Autodromo Nazionale di Monza
  • Car: Genesis X Gran Berlinetta VGT – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (H)
  • Tires: Sports Soft
  • Settings: Fixed

Lap Time Challenge January 18 – Lago Maggiore

  • Track: Autodrome Lago Maggiore – East Reverse
  • Car: Honda Civic (EK) Type R Touring Car – Garage/Rental Car
  • Power/Weight/PP Limit: BOP (L)
  • Tires: Racing Hard
  • Settings: Fixed

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