As expected, a new update for Gran Turismo Sport will arrive this week, bringing with it the first new car to the game this calendar year.
The official update announcement went live on the game’s website and in game earlier today, and reads as follows:
“At the following time, we will perform maintenance on the ‘Gran Turismo Sport’ servers.
A new game update will also be available after the maintenance. Please note that during this time the online services, including [Sport Mode], will not be available.
[Day & Time]8 July, 2021, 06:00 – 08:00 UTC
The above time is subject to change.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.“
While only officially announced today, we have known about this update for a little while. That’s because Toyota Gazoo Racing, the motorsport arm of Toyota, actually revealed the date and at least some of the contents back at the start of June.
Toyota let the date slip in an announcement regarding the new GR86, a successor to the popular 86GT. In a press release regarding an 86-themed festival at Fuji Speedway, TGR noted that the GR86 would be available in Gran Turismo Sport from July 8 — before real-world customers could get their hands on it, and ahead of a dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this coming weekend.
The car will arrive in the game in time for its round of the 2021 Toyota Gazoo Racing Gran Turismo Cup. That takes place on August 22, and will see racers wrangle the new car around the Mount Panorama circuit for the final round of the regular season. It also looks set to be the car used in Round 1 of the FIA GT Online Championship Stage 2.
While the GR86’s arrival in the game isn’t much of a secret, we don’t have any further information about what the update might contain but we’re not expecting a great deal more. Recent updates to GT Sport have been few and far between, and focused on bug fixes and tweaks to penalties and balance of performance (BOP).
Update: Kazunori Yamauchi has since posted about the update on social media, with the traditional silhouette teaser Tweet. As there’s only one car shown, it’s likely safe to assume that the GR86 is the only car content, but any other contents are still unknown for now.
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