Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.44 is Now Available, Adds Three Cars, New Races, Events, Engine Swaps

The latest game update for Gran Turismo 7 is now available, adding new vehicles and new events to the game to kick off its third year.

With the key contents already revealed as three new cars and no circuit updates, it’s not much surprise to see that it’s a relatively tight 946MB on PlayStation 5 — 930MB on PlayStation 4 — but there’s still plenty of detail to dig through now that the full patch notes are available.

Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.44: New Cars

The three cars’ identities were announced in the traditional pre-update video on March 27, but there was some important information regarding pricing, availability, and categorization not known until now:

  • Audi R8 Coupe V10 Plus ’16 – Brand Central – 300,000cr
  • Lamborghini Urus ’18 – Brand Central – 300,000cr
  • Toyota GT-One ’99 – Legends Cars – 2,500,000cr

With an average price of just over 1m credits between the three cars, it’s not the most expensive update we’ve seen to date, even with the GT-One being arguably the most famous model and dropping into Legends Cars as expected.

The car is the #3 which came so close to victory at Le Mans only to miss out in the final hour as it appeared to be inevitably closing down the leader until it suffered a blowout. It’s perhaps a little unexpected to see it slot into the Gr.2 class, given the ’99 car’s huge pace advantage over the CLK-LM and McLaren F1 GTR that also occupy the category.

Either way it’ll set you back a mere 2.5m credits, and it’s available now in Legends Cars as a special “Hot Pick” before it enters the rotation properly. You can also borrow one for a couple of weeks to race in the new Online Time Trial event which begins today.

The other two new vehicles are high-performance halo products from the Volkswagen Group, and as both are more recent models they’ll be permanently available in Brand Central at 300,000cr apiece.

Lamborghini’s Urus might be one of the most divisive cars ever added to GT7 — yes, even more than an ambulance — but it does hark back to comments made by series creator Kazunori Yamauchi over a year ago.

It’s the first SUV in the game, although far from the first in the series, and one of the quickest around. The Urus, which shares its platform with other group SUVs like the Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Cayenne, packs a 600hp version of the four-liter, twin-turbo V8 also found in the Audi RS6.

Our third new car for this update is the final generation of Audi’s mid-engined supercar, the R8. Now exclusively equipped with the 5.2-liter FSI V10, this “Plus” model also puts out more than 600hp to all four wheels and joins its first-gen V8 sibling in the series for the first time.

Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.44 – New Events & Extra Menus

There’s just one change to the Menus this month, coming by way of a new Extra Menu Book which requires you to collect and own three vehicles from the Jaguar brand.

Book 37: Jaguar will send you to the Legends Cars Dealer three times to pick up the Jaguar E-Type ’61, Jaguar XJ220 ’92, and Le Mans-winning Jaguar XJR-9 ’88, at a combined value of around 3.8m credits — the XJR-9 is in the dealer currently too, should it not be part of your collection.

The reward for doing so is pretty stunning, as you’ll receive the 6m-credit Jaguar D-Type ’54 for free, saving you quite a bit of time on-track to earn the credits for it. You’ll need to be Collector Level 41 already to access this collection task, but it seems well worth it.

  • Extra Menu Book 37 — Jaguar — Jaguar D-Type ’54

There’s three — and a half — new races available in the World Circuits events, comprising three new events and a correction to the prize value of one existing race.

A new four-lap race at Blue Moon Bay’s Infield A Reverse track joins the European Clubman Cup 600 challenge, with a 50,000cr winner’s pot. There’s a five-lap race at High Speed Ring in Schwarzwald League worth 65,000cr. Finally there’s a ten-lap marathon at the Le Mans course in World Touring Car 900 — with a 900PP cap — good for 400,000cr for victory.

  • 24h du Mans Racing Circuit (10 laps) – World Touring Car 900 – 400,000cr
  • Blue Moon Bay Infield A Reverse (4 laps) – European Clubman Cup 600 – 50,000 Cr.
  • High Speed Ring (5 laps) – Schwarzwald League – 65,000 Cr

The existing European Clubman Cup 600 race at Nurburgring Nordschleife has its prize money adjusted, with first place now worth five times as much as before at 125,000cr for the two laps. There’s also the addition of eligibility for Tuned Cars in the Japanese Clubman Cup 550 event, and the two classic Nissan Skyline GT-R models in the Nissan GT-R Cup.

Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.44 – New Engine Swaps

It’s a very Mitsubishi-themed update for the engine swaps, with one new engine from the brand and all five recipients also being Mitsubishi models.

The engine in question is the “Evo-Final-Gr.B” unit from the fictional Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Gr.B Rally Car, of unspecified type (but likely a two-liter turbo four), producing 521hp.

It can be fitted to five other generations of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution cars, with the Evo III, Evo IV, Evo V, Evo VI, and Evo IX all eligible to receive the engine.

You’ll need to be Collector Level 50 to buy the engines directly from GT Auto, at 325,000cr for this particular engine, although you can receive them as also prizes in some Roulette Tickets — including Six-Star (Engine) tickets — at any level.

Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.44 – Scapes and Other Changes

The latest new set of Scapes brings 29 new locations all around the Fukushima Prefecture, bringing the area’s Scapes count up to 30 with an earlier spot in the Cherry Blossom set included.

These center on the area’s natural beauty, featuring the cherry and ginkgo trees that contribute to the region’s nickname of the “Fruit Kingdom”.

One intriguing addition is a new, time-limited set of preset decals in the Livery Editor. These 26 stickers are tied in to a new, motorsport-themed anime called Highspeed Etoile which is set to air starting April 6 in Japan, and you can apply eight title logo stickers and 18 featuring main characters to your vehicles.

There’s only minor changes elsewhere, including some changes to the Showcase and GT Auto UI/UX, text localization issues, and a fix for an issue in split-screen race regarding the race finish timing.

As ever the patch notes state that “various other issues have been addressed”. Our community will be discovering these in due course in a dedicated Undocumented Changes thread, but the teased Suzuka Circuit environmental update is still not among them…

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