Gran Turismo 7’s New Update is Coming Next Week, Adds Pontiac GTO “The Judge” and McLaren MP4/4

Although we’ve long known that an update to Gran Turismo 7 would be coming soon, Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has confirmed that it will arrive during this coming week.

Yamauchi has posted his traditional social media “silhouette” teaser, revealing not only that the update will be coming during the week commencing August 22, but the vehicles it will add to the game.

As we’ve seen across Gran Turismo 7’s life so far, the teaser contains three cars, somewhat hinting that this will be the monthly standard for the game pending any future changes.

It’s a fascinating trio of vehicles this month, with a lauded modern sports car, some cool classic muscle, and one of the greatest Formula One cars ever made.

Perhaps the easiest to recognize is the Porsche Cayman GT4 on the left. This is the first generation of the Cayman GT4, based on the second-gen 981, from 2015, and sibling of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport that’s already in Gran Turismo as Porsche’s Gr.4 race car. Both use a 3.8-liter flat-six borrowed from the 991 911.

Facing away from us in the top right is the 1969 Pontiac GTO “The Judge”. Given away by its hood-mounted tachometer, The Judge was a stripped back version of the GTO pitched against the Plymouth Road Runner, with a 6.6-liter “Ram Air 400” engine good for around 370hp.

Finally, in the bottom-right corner, is the McLaren-Honda MP4/4. This was the most successful F1 car ever built, claiming 15 wins out of the 16 World Championship races in the 1988 season, and 15 pole positions — and it didn’t hurt that Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost were the team’s drivers.

The MP4/4 would be the first new Senna-driven race car added to the series since the special Gran Turismo 6 Senna Tribute in 2014. However it remains to be seen if the car will be added with its real name or sit alongside the F1500T-A — an adapted version of the Lotus 97T from GT6 — as a fictional model.

Of course these won’t be the only new cars in the update. A specially liveried version of the De Tomaso Mangusta will also arrive in the game, as part of a collaboration with Dior. The official announcement for that stated that the car and special racing suit would be available on Thursday August 25, rather honing in the date for the game update.

As ever, we don’t know what additional content might be in the update. Thus far the game has only had one entirely new track since launch — Watkins Glen — and a second would put it on a par with the rate at which GT Sport received new tracks in its first few months.

In addition, the Online Season 2 of the Gran Turismo World Series has a couple of gaps in the calendar which usually indicates new cars or circuits, so we wouldn’t be too surprised to see an additional venue in the update.

Fans are still crossing everything that can be crossed for the ability to sell surplus cars, first floated by Yamauchi in the rough roadmap posted back in March. We’d also expect an expansion to the single-player offering with new Menu Books and races.

However we’ll likely have to wait and see what the update brings when it lands, which we’re expecting to be around 0800UTC on Thursday August 25.

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