As we’ve been expecting for a little while now, the next Gran Turismo 7 game update — likely version 1.42 — is on its way soon and brings three brand-new cars to the game.
Series founder Kazunori Yamauchi has posted his usual “silhouette” Tweet to tease the update’s contents, and it’s a bit of a mix of things we were expecting and one vehicle that we really weren’t.
Confirming only that the update is coming in the week starting January 22 and that it’s another three-car update, Yamauchi’s social media post should spark only a brief version of the usual guessing game:
We have of course been expecting the bottom-left car since the Gran Turismo World Series Final in Barcelona back at the beginning of December.
The Genesis X Gran Berlinetta Vision Gran Turismo was revealed at the event and announced as coming to the game in January. In fact if you entered the special “Viewers Gift Campaign” for the finals, the Genesis was one of the three cars that would be awarded as prizes.
That may lead to some question marks about the car’s availability with the update though. Previously we’ve seen such reward cars given as early access for this campaign — the Ferrari Vision Gran Turismo and the Toyota Himedic, for example — but we suspect that the Genesis will be made available to all and simply delivered for free to campaign entrants.
A second Vision Gran Turismo car joins the Genesis, with the Bulgari entry becoming available too. To date this car, designed by Fabio Filippini who — while at Pininfarina — also designed the departed Fittipaldi EF7 Vision GT car, hasn’t had a firm release date.
While unusual to see a car from a high-fashion jewelry house, the Bulgari Vision GT looks to be an entertaining little thing. It was used by the players at the World Finals during a qualification session, and we got some hands-on time with it too.
The third car in the image is much more unexpected, and we do need to wait until closer to the update to determine exactly what variant of the car it actually is.
What we can say right now is that it’s a fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny, launched in 2018. This extremely compact off-roader is tremendous fun off the beaten track (if not especially good on it) and should add another way to enjoy GT7’s off-road courses like the new Lake Louise snow track.
It’s not clear from the image whether it’s the global Jimny, with a 100hp, 1.5-liter petrol engine, or the Japan-only model which actually fits into the keijidosha — or “Kei car” — regulations with a 63hp, 0.66-liter three cylinder. We can’t see the big fender flares of the global car, suggesting it’s the Kei car, but they may just not be visible.
Of course the silhouette teaser, as usual, shows only the vehicle content coming to the update. We’ll have to wait until much closer to the time to discover whether there’s any track content, or any other additional changes or features coming in this update.
As for the date, we’ve been expecting Thursday January 25 will be the day for quite some time now, meaning that we’ll likely find out more on Wednesday January 24. Watch this space for more!
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