Gran Turismo 7’s latest update adds a Super GT legend, Volvos

Thomas Harrison-Lord
Five new cars have been added for free thanks to Gran Turismo 7’s 1.48 update alongside a handful of extra single-player races
Gran Turismo 7’s latest update adds a Super GT legend, Volvos
  • Volvo returns to the Gran Turismo games
  • Classic Honda race car leads latest update
  • A handful of new races has also been added
  • Five new engine swap combinations available

From VTEC buzz-boxes to a Japanese racing hero, Gran Turismo 7’s latest game update runs the full gamut of Polyphony Digital’s imagination.

Adding the Honda NSX GT500 that won the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (now Super GT) championship in 2000 and pairing it with an early-’90s Volvo cupboard on wheels is peak Gran Turismo.

Volvo 240 SE Estate 93 Gran Turismo 7

Alongside the sublime, and ridiculous, is an under-rated Honda hot hatchback. Before the first Civic Type R there was the SiR with its redline set just north of 8,000 rpm. The VTEC really does ‘kick in’.

The rost roster of spectacular Nissan sportscars has also increased, with an R31 Skyline – the predecessor to the all-conquered R32 GT-R.

Gran Turismo 7 Volvo V40

Perhaps the strangest addition is a second Volvo – the Swedish brand now returning to the long-running gaming series for the first time since 2013. A V40 is a mundane family car based upon the second-generation Ford Focus, and this is even the automatic.

  • Honda Civic SiR・II (EG) ’93 – Used Cars – 52,100 credits
  • Honda NSX GT500 ’00 – Legend Cars – 1,500,000 credits
  • Nissan Skyline GTS-R (R31) ’87 – Used Cars – 176,600 credits
  • Volvo 240 SE Estate ʼ93 – Used Cars – 40,800 credits
  • Volvo V40 T5 R-Design ʼ13 – Brand Central – 40,000 credits

World Circuits events and Café Extra Menu

Alongside the quintet of cars, four themed single-player races have been added to the World Circuits area – each fitting for use with some of the new vehicles

  • European Sunday Cup 400 – Kyoto Driving Park – Yamagiwa
  • Japanese FF Challenge 450 – Autopolis International Racing Course, Short Course
  • Japanese FR Challenge 450 – Autodromo Lago Maggiore, West
  • World Touring Car 800 – Circuit de Sainte-Croix A

The Café’s Extra Menu, where you unlock a reward for owning three specific models, is based around Japanese GT cars, including the latest Honda.

Gran Turismo 7 Extra Menu JGTC

Extra Menu No.39: Collection: Racers of the Japanese GT

Collector Level 48 and above.

Own the:

  • Honda NSX GT500 ‘00
  • Nissan GT-R GT500 ‘99
  • Toyota Supra GT500 ‘97

Win a: Six-star roulette ticket (engine)

Further engine swap combinations

As ever, more possible incongruous engine swaps have become available at GT Auto. Here’s the list:

  • Honda Civic SiR・II (EG) ’93 – B18C-Integra-’98
  • Honda Civic Type R (EK) ’97 – K24A-Civic
  • Honda Civic Type R (EK) Touring Car – K24A-Civic
  • Honda Integra Type R (DC2) ’95 – K24A-Civic
  • Nissan Sileighty ’98 – K24A-Civic
Gran Turismo 7 Engine Swap

Rounding out with some tweaks

Outside of the latest content, quality-of-life changes are minimal. They include further car designer discussions at the Café, adding Volvo to the list of marques within Brand Central, adjusting the effect of mechanical damage on 15 vehicles and updating the prices of cars in Legend Cars according to Hagerty valuations.

The full changelog is below. Don’t forget, there’s an in-person Gran Turismo World Series event in July, as the series visits Canada.

Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.48 changelog

Main Features Implemented

1. Cars
 - The following five new cars have been added:
  ・Honda Civic SiR・II (EG) ’93 (available at the Used Cars dealership)
  ・Honda NSX GT500 ’00 (available at the Legend Cars dealership)
  ・Nissan Skyline GTS-R (R31) ’87 (available at the Used Cars dealership)
  ・Volvo 240 SE Estate ʼ93 (available at the Used Cars dealership)
  ・Volvo V40 T5 R-Design ʼ13 (available at Brand Central)
2. World Circuits
 - The following new events have been added to World Circuits:
  ・European Sunday Cup 400
   - Kyoto Driving Park – Yamagiwa
  ・Japanese FF Challenge 450
   - Autopolis International Racing Course – Short Course
  ・Japanese FR Challenge 450
   - Autodromo Lago Maggiore – West
  ・World Touring Car 800
   - Circuit de Sainte-Croix – A
3. Café
 - The following Extra Menu has been added:
  ・Extra Menu No.39: Collection: Racers of the Japanese GT (Collector Level 48 and above);

 - New sets of conversations with the Car Designers and Characters have been added to the Café. These new conversations can be accessed by changing to the following cars in the Garage and speaking with the characters in the Café:

  - Fabio Filippini
   ・Volvo V40 T5 R-Design ʼ13

  - Chris
   ・Volvo V40 T5 R-Design ʼ13

  - Jeremy
   ・Honda NSX GT500 ’00
   ・Nissan Skyline GTS-R (R31) ’87
   ・Volvo 240 SE Estate ʼ93

  - Stella
   ・Honda Civic SiR・II (EG) ’93

4. Brand Central
 - The following brand has been added:
  ・Volvo (Sweden)

5. GT Auto
 - Car Maintenance & Service
  Engine Swaps are now available for the following cars (unlocked at Collector Level 50):
   ・Honda Civic SiR・II (EG) ’93
   ・Honda Civic Type R (EK) ’97
   ・Honda Civic Type R (EK) Touring Car
   ・Honda Integra Type R (DC2) ’95
   ・Nissan Sileighty ’98

6. Scapes
 - “Move the camera up and down II” has been added as a featured Curation in Scapes.

Other Improvements and Adjustments

1. Physics Simulation Model - Adjusted the effects of mechanical damage on the following cars:
  ・AFEELA Prototype 2024
  ・Audi e-tron Vision Gran Turismo
  ・BMW i3 ’15
  ・Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo
  ・Hyundai N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo
  ・Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé
  ・Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Roadster
  ・Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo SV
  ・Porsche Taycan Turbo S ’19
  ・Porsche Vision Gran Turismo
  ・Porsche Vision Gran Turismo Spyder
  ・Skoda Vision Gran Turismo
  ・Tesla Model S Signature Performance ’12
  ・Tesla Model 3 Performance ’23
  ・Volkswagen ID.R ’19

2. Legend Cars
 - Prices for Legend Cars (Hagerty Collection) have been revised based on real-life valuations from Gran Turismo partner Hagerty, which provides valuations and vehicle insurance for classic cars. It also sponsors several historic car events. New prices will be applied the next time a vehicle goes on sale. The next price revision is scheduled for October 2024.

3. GT Auto
 - Adjusted the decal placement area on the left arm of the following racing suits:
  ・Alpinestars Suit No.1
  ・Alpinestars Suit No.2

 - Adjusted the colors of certain Real Car Paints.

4. Localization
 - Fixed various text localization issues.

5. Others
 - Various other issues have been addressed.

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