Gran Turismo 7’s Next Update Will Add the Toyota GT-One, Coming March 28

Update (26/03): A new server maintenance notice has confirmed that the update will arrive on March 28, as expected.

Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has confirmed on social media that the next update for Gran Turismo 7 is coming this week, with three new cars that will include an all-time series favorite vehicle.

Yamauchi posted his now-traditional “silhouettes” on the website formally known as Twitter, unusually on Saturday rather than the more common Sunday, with a twist for the second month in a row.

Whereas all previous posts have been static images of the cars, heavily disguised in shadow, this month’s and last month’s have in fact been videos. There’s slightly less detail in the Tweet this month, with the radar-like scanning lines revealing far less — although we do again hear the engine sounds for the three vehicles:

The one that’s likely to capture the most attention is in the bottom-right, with the very distinct shape of the Toyota GT-One, or TS020. A firm favorite among Gran Turismo players since its appearance in Gran Turismo 2, the GT-One was Toyota’s attempt to capture victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the weird, lawless era of the late 1990s.

Developed to take advantage of certain areas of the homologation legislation, Toyota produced just two roadgoing examples of the GT-One, neither of which it sold to the public. It was, unlike its rivals from Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, a pure racing machine.

Sadly all three cars in both 1998 and 1999 races suffered from misfortunes, most memorably the heartbreaking chase in the final hour of the 1999 event which saw the #3 car suffer a tire failure within sight of overall winner.

It’s not entirely clear from the Tweet which of the three versions of the GT-One — the road car, the 1998 GT1, or the 1999 LMGTP — is coming to the game, although it looks to have the higher rear wing of the latter.

Two modern performance cars will accompany the Toyota, both from the Volkswagen Group but in very different forms — one more divisive than the other.

In the bottom-left we see the second-generation Audi R8, which will join its first-generation sibing in the game at long last. Exclusively powered by the 5.2-liter V10 engine, the R8 could be any one of a number of versions although the rear wing suggests it’s the all-wheel drive coupe or Plus model rather than the later RWS.

Finally the car at the top is one that will very firmly split opinions as Gran Turismo 7’s first SUV, a year on from Yamauchi’s comments about bringing SUVs back to the series. That is, of course, the Lamborghini Urus, itself the brand’s first SUV. This two-ton behemoth shares underpinnings with the Audi Q7, Bentley Bentayga, and Porsche Cayenne, and sports a 640hp V8 right out of the Audi RS6.

These Tweets only reveal what vehicles are coming to the game in the corresponding update, with any other contents under wraps until closer to the time. We don’t yet know what to expect on that front, but fans have been calling out for more new track content, given that the last new road circuit location was Grand Valley Highway-1 in February 2023.

If the usual schedules hold out, we’d expect more information on Wednesday March 27 ahead of the update on Thursday March 28. Watch this space for all the latest information!

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