Gran Turismo Sport 1.43 Update Now Available: Five JDM Cars and Wet Red Bull Ring

Gran Turismo Sport 524 August 27, 2019 by

The latest version of Gran Turismo Sport is now available on PlayStation 4. Weighing in at 2.2GB, it introduces five cars to the lineup as well as inclement weather to the Red Bull Ring.

We got most of the details with yesterday’s trailer, but let’s go through a brief round-up of everything in version 1.43 below.

New Cars: It’s All About the Japanese Classics

More so than any previous update, 1.43 definitely carries a particular theme with its rides. All five of the models have long-standing ties with the franchise, each dating back to the PS1 days:

  • 1999 Honda S2000
  • 1991 Mitsubishi GTO Twin Turbo
  • 1990 Nissan Silvia K’s Dia Selection (S13)
  • 1999 Subaru Impreza Coupe WRX Type R STi Version VI
  • 1983 Toyota Corolla Levin 3door 1600GT APEX (AE86)

While every car has appeared in a previous GT title, only the Nissan was a Premium model — with a modelled interior — in the PS3 era. The others all last appeared as Standards, the name Polyphony Digital gave to carryover PS2 assets. We’ve not seen a ratio like this before with GT Sport updates.

Both the Honda S2000 and Mitsubishi GTO represent the genesis of their respective models. The S2000 marked Honda’s 50th anniversary, carrying on the naming convention of its ’60s-era sports cars. The 2.0-liter engine set a production record at the time for the highest specific output of a naturally aspirated engine. Meanwhile, the GTO (3000GT in other markets) was Mitsubishi’s big grand tourer halo model. It featured plenty of tech that wouldn’t look out of date on a modern car’s spec sheet: four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, and active front and rear aerodynamics were all part of the mix.

The Corolla will arguably be the most familiar to Sport players. It is, after all, essentially the same car as the Sprinter Trueno, which arrived in April. If you’d rather fixed headlights over pop-ups, this is your car.

Interestingly, the Corolla maintains the near-steady stream of Toyotas joining the Sport lineup. Thanks to a Twitter conversation between the Japanese brand and Need for Speed, we now know Toyota has “no concrete plans to license its model range to any other games besides Gran Turismo Sport at the moment.”

Wet Conditions (Finally) Arrive — On One Course

After teasing the conditions at the Nurburgring in June, Polyphony Digital has given Sport a needed hit of hydration. Yes, rainy weather is now available, just over 22 months since the game’s initial release. Players have long wondered when it would happen, as wet tires have been in the rotation since launch, and we can only assume more circuits will be on the way.

For now, the only wet weather option players will have is at Red Bull Ring. The conditions appear within the time-of-day menu, with a handful of times bringing the drops.

There is also zero sign of Spa-Francorchamps, which we saw for the first time in Sport this past weekend. Given the time gap between rainy Red Bull Ring’s first showing and its inclusion in the public version of the game today, we’d wager on it bowing in October.

Seven More GT League Events

With new driving conditions to contend with, GT League once again grows, this time with seven new rounds:

  • Beginner League: Two new rounds added to the “Beetle & Samba Bus Festa.”
  • Amateur League: Two new rounds added to the “J-Sports Meeting.”
  • Professional League: Two new rounds added to the “All Japan GT Car Championship.”
  • Endurance League: One new round added to the “Porsche Cup.”

In addition to the above, there are also changes to the lift-off deceleration of various hybrid cars in the game.

As ever, keep an eye on our dedicated GT Sport sub-forum for any undocumented changes.

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