Senna and Prost’s dominant McLaren MP4/4 coming to Gran Turismo 7

Thomas Harrison-Lord
The all-conquering Formula 1 car should be joined by the Porsche Cayman GT4 981 and Pontiac GTO Judge sometime during week commencing 22nd August 2022.
Senna and Prost's dominant McLaren MP4-4 could be coming to Gran Turismo 7

It’s nearly the end of the month, and that means it’s time for Gran Turismo 7 update teaser. Right on cue, series producer Kazunori Yamauchi has tweeted the obligatory teaser of three cars masked in an ominous shadow.

This time around, however, the vehicles are placed at an angle, making it much more straightforward to figure out what’s on the way.

Gran Turismo 7 August 2022 update teaser
Gran Turismo 7 August 2022 update teaser – Source: Kazunori Yamauchi

McLaren MP4/4 Formula 1 car

Arguably Woking’s finest export, the MP4/4 is the most dominant Formula 1 car ever, winning every race but one during the 1988 season with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

Senna would win the drivers’ title ahead of Prost by just three points, with the champion decided by counting the 11 best results that year. McLaren, rather obviously, dominated the teams’ standings.

The car uses a 1.5-litre turbocharged V6 Honda engine, the RA168E, as the team used the Japanese engines for the first time this season.

Prost leads Senna, 1988 Italian Grand Prix, McLaren MP4-4 Honda, Motorsport Images
Prost leads Senna, 1988 Italian Grand Prix, McLaren MP4/4 Honda, Motorsport Images

It marks a return to Senna-related content for Gran Turismo, following a tribute DLC pack for 2013’s Gran Turismo 6, and the first officially-licenced F1 car since GT Sport‘s Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ 2017.

You can listen to the car’s credited designer, Steve Nichols, talk about its creation process on a recent F1: Beyond The Grid with journalist Tom Clarkson below. Interestingly, who the main visionary was behind the creation is often debated.

Porsche Cayman GT4 981

Porsche Cayman GT4 981
Porsche Cayman GT4 981 – Image: Porsche

The ultimate version of the second-generation Cayman, the GT4 (981) is the road-going version of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport ’16 (Gr.4) already within Gran Turismo 7 and is something many have requested since GT Sport.

It has a mid-mounted 3.8-litre flat-six engine, naturally aspirated, mounted to a six-speed manual gearbox. Sadly, this isn’t the current 718 GT4, nor the recently launched fire-breathing GT4 RS.

Pontiac GTO Judge

A revered American muscle car from the later 1960s and early 1970s, the Pontiac GTO ‘the Judge’ was an option package first introduced in 1969.

It added a Ram Air 400 engine, different wheels, a Hirst shifter, different tyres and of course, stickers. Lots of stickers, each making the car quicker more stylish.

Your comedian-turned-car-collector Jay Keno as an entertaining overview (above) of the four-speed 366bhp car that adds to the US-based line-up in Gran Turismo 7.

Quality of life changes

What is not yet known, but expected, is a suite of game updates, be that single-player or online, which roll out at the same time as new content each month. Alongside the three cars, there will also be some Dior-related content. We’ll keep you updated when we find out more.

Images: Motorsport Images

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