Update (12/12): A server maintenance notice for December 15 confirms that the update will arrive on that date. The original article continues below.
The next update for Gran Turismo 7 will arrive during the week commencing December 12 2022, bringing with it the largest single set of vehicles in any update in the game’s life so far.
Confirmed by Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi in the usual manner of a social media post containing disguised, silhouette-style images of the car content, the update — which we’re going to tentatively call 1.27 — will add five new cars to the game.
It will arrive at a yet-to-be-specified date during the week, however most updates thus far have arrived on a Thursday so we’d expect it to come in the morning of December 15. That handily also tallies with an earlier date given for one of the five cars involved.
That’s the center car in the image, and also the most obvious of the five: Ferrari’s Vision Gran Turismo. This was unveiled at the recent World Finals event in Monaco, and although it’ll arrive in the game in this update, most players won’t get their hands on it for a little over a week after its addition.
If you took part in the World Finals live stream “Viewers Campaign” quiz and correctly answered the fourth and final question on the Nations Cup Grand Final, you’ll be awarded the Ferrari on December 15. Those who didn’t will have to wait until it’s unlocked in the game’s Brand Central, and pay in-game credits for it.
There’s some discussion over the remaining four vehicles, but it would appear that the cars include three highly requested new-to-series cars and one returning favorite.
That last item is the car in the top-right, which clearly sports the wing, hood vent, and roof scoop of the Toyota Celica ST205 rally car. This has been a staple of the series since GT3 but skipped out GT Sport, so makes a welcome return and will probably slot into the Gr.B category.
The bottom-right car looks to be the Bugatti Chiron, a car long overdue an appearance in Gran Turismo. Once the fastest car in the world, the Chiron was actually previewed by the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo which made its debut in Gran Turismo Sport in 2017 after being unveiled in 2015.
There’s a little more guesswork about the remaining two vehicles, but it looks like the Alfa Romeo Giulia GTAm appears in the bottom-left. This high-performance version of the already hot Giulia Quadrifoglio boosts power and reduces weight — to the point of ditching the rear seats — to make one of the fastest four-doors around. Curiously this will be a very rare appearance of a new car from the newly formed Stellantis family appearing in any racing game anywhere.
Finally there’s the car in the top-left. The shape fits a lot of mid-engined supercars, but we think that it’s the long-awaited C8-generation Chevrolet Corvette. Given its appearance in other racing games, the C8 has been something of a glaring absence from GT7, so it’s a very welcome addition indeed.
Of course the teaser post, as always, only reflects new vehicle content coming to the game. There’s no further information at this time regarding what else might be added in terms of track content or features — though keen-eyed players might have spotted two placeholder names added to the Showcase area of the game regarding two additional Nurburgring location layouts: “endurance” and “sprint”. We will have to wait to see if this results in anything tangible.
We’re expecting the update to arrive on Thursday December 15, just ahead of Gran Turismo’s 25th anniversary on Friday December 23. In-game activities to mark the milestone are already available and will continue through to early January.
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