But now, Gran Turismo 7‘s May 2023 1.34 update is live for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players, which means we can delve deep and pick out the most important features. Here’s everything you need to know.
It weighs in at 1.519 GB on PS5 and 1.163 GB on PS4.
Five new World Circuits single-player races
Following April’s 1.32 update, where the 2023-specification Super Formula single-seaters and three race events were added, two more events of that mould have been added within World Circuits.
In addition, three first races have been added, which conveniently the newly-added cars (more below) would be ideal to use within. Clever.
- Autopolis – Super Formula – SF19 Honda/Toyota or SF23 Honda/Toyota, 15 laps, 3x fuel usage, 11x tyre wear – Maximum reward 200,000 credits
- Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – Super Formula – SF19 Honda/Toyota or SF23 Honda/Toyota, 15 laps, 6x fuel usage, 12x tyre wear – Maximum reward 160,000 credits
- High Speed Ring – American Clubman Cup 700 – Car from the United States, 5 laps – Maximum reward 65,000 credits
- Blue Moon Bay Speedway – Nissan GT-R Cup – Nissan GT-R (R32, R32 NISMO, R33, R34, GT-R ’17, GT-R NISMO ’17), 5 laps, Sports tyres, 630pp or less – Maximum reward 70,000 credits
- Monza Circuit – Sunday Cup Classic – Road Car (suggested 350pp), 2 laps – Maximum reward 30,000 credits
Three new cars
We’ve covered these in-depth previously, but now we have the prices for the latest additions, including another Gran Turismo Award-winning SEMA creation and two bonafide icons.
- Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce ’67 – 334.81pp – 180,000cr – Used Cars
- Nissan GT-R NISMO (R32) ’90 – 508.43pp – 400,000cr – Used Cars
- Greening Auto Company Maverick – 660.37pp – 300,000cr – Brand Central
The Maverick, with over 1,000bhp, won the prize at the 2018 Las Vegas-based car modification event, the final time it was handed out. It just leaves the 2017 winner, a modified Honda Civic, as the last to be added to a Gran Turismo game.
Meanwhile, the Alfa is a rear-wheel drive coupe with a fizzy 1570cc engine. It was ahead of its time by offering four-wheel disc brakes. Finally, while the R32 generation of GT-R already exists within Gran Turismo 7, this NISMO version was used to homologate Group A racing updates.
Both the Giulia and Skyline are listed on the Gran Turismo website as being available from the Legends Cars pavilion, but they aren’t. Look within Used Cars instead…
Purchase engine swaps
Previously the reserve of a convoluted process- earning an engine on a roulette spin, then being stored to your garage – you can now simply visit GT Auto and purchase a new type of engine.
So, if you’ve always wanted to fit a Porsche engine into a Volkswagen Beetle, you can for 226,500 credits. There’s a limited number of cars and engines that you can apply this to, but might we recommend a Chevy small block inside a Nissan Silvia?
One caveat, however, this feature only unlocks if you’ve reached collector level 50 – obtained by winning and buying vehicles. Otherwise, engine swaps will remain a reserve of those pesky tickets.
Buy ultimate car parts
Special parts, such as titanium engine elements or carbon fibre drivetrain sections, have always been in Gran Turismo – but once again, only part of the random roulette ticket system.
Now, you can visit Rupert in the Tuning Shop and simply buy them under a new ‘Ultimate’ tab.
These will be across eight potential sections:
- Bore Up S
- Stroke Up S
- Titanium Connecting Rods & Pistons
- High Lift Camshaft S
- Weight Reduction: Stage 5
- Carbon Propeller Shaft
- Supercharger (High-PRM S)
- Ultra-High-RPM Turbocharger
It’s worth bearing in mind that not all cars offer all the possible ultimate parts, in fact, quite the opposite.
For example, above, you can see here that the Nissan Skyline (R34) GT-R has the option of purchasing the weight reduction, propeller shaft, turbo, camshaft and pistons, but not the bore up, stroke up or supercharger.
The Used Car Valuation Service (selling cars) has been refactored to include any special parts added to your vehicles. That means, while you can’t sell the individual parts stored in your garage if you equip them to a car and then sell that car, you should get some of that value back.
Fresh Online Time Trial
Following the recent trend of having at least two Lap Time Challenges running simultaneously, the Nürburgring 24 Hours event has now ended, replaced by a lap around Willow Springs in the GReddy Fugu Z. The Super Formula test remains for another six days.
Two Extra Café Menus
The Extra Café Menus are all about purchasing and collecting cars and are usually themed around the latest update. Own the set vehicles, earn a prize. This time you must own at least the new Nissan and Greening Auto Company Maverick plus some existing models.
Extra Menu No.22, Collection: SEMA GT Awards
Collector Level 37 and above.
- Greening Auto Company Maverick – Brand Central
- Eckert’s Rod & Custom Mach Forty – Brand Central
- GReddy Fugu Z – Brand Central
Prize: Five-star Roulette Ticket
Extra Menu No.23, Collection: Group A
Collector Level 33 and above.
- BMW M3 Sport Evolution ’89 – Used Cars
- Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth ’87 – Used Cars
- Nissan GT-R NISMO (R32) ’90 – Used Cars
Prize: Five-star Roulette Ticket
2023 WEC Hypercar Livery
The Toyota GR010 has long been within Gran Turismo 7 as one of the few Hypercar-class vehicles currently available in gaming and now you can purchase it from Brand Central with the real-world 2023 livery.
The 86 Gr.4 race car also gets a fresh design option – still in the white, red and black colours of Gazoo.
Among the other changes, there’s now an indicator when purchasing a car to show if you already own it in a certain colour, you can now enter free practice within Sport Mode main events and there are multiplayer lobby options for restricting special parts or engine swaps.
Oh, let’s not forget the Lake District and a Tokyo stadium being added to the Scapes feature. The full changelog is below…
Gran Turismo 7 May 2023 Update 1.34 changelog
Main Features Implemented
- The following three new cars have been added:
・Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce ’67 (Purchasable at ‘Used Cars’ from 25 May)
・Greening Auto Company Maverick
・Nissan GT-R NISMO (R32) ’90 (Purchasable at ‘Used Cars’ from 25 May)
- New liveries have been added for the following two cars:
・Toyota 86 Gr.4
・Toyota GR010 HYBRID ’21
2. World Circuits
- The following new events have been added to ‘World Circuits’:
- Super Formula
・High Speed Ring
- American Clubman Cup 700
・Blue Moon Bay Speedway
- Nissan GT-R Cup
・Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
- Super Formula
- Sunday Cup Classic
- The ‘Japan National Stadium’ and ‘Lake District’ locations have been added as featured Curations in Scapes.
- The following two Extra Menus have been added:
・Extra Menu No. 22: ‘Collection: SEMA GT Awards’ (Collector Level 37 and above);
・Extra Menu No. 23: ‘Collection: Group A’ (Collector Level 33 and above);
5. Brand Central - New Museum entries for ‘Alfa Romeo’ and ‘Italdesign’ sections have been added;
- On the car purchase screen, if the player already owns the selected car in the same colour, it will now be displayed as ‘Owned.’ This also applies to the Legend Cars and Used Cars purchase screens.
6. Used Cars
- The Tuning Valuation algorithm in the ‘Car Valuation Service’ has been adjusted for cars with ‘Ultimate’ tuning parts fitted.
7. GT Auto
- The ‘Engine Swap’ service has been added to the Car Maintenance & Service menu. (Unlocked at Collector Level 50.)
8. Tuning Shop
- A new tab for ‘Ultimate’ category parts has been added. (Unlocked at Collector Level 50.)
- A ‘Free Practice’ button has been added to each championship’s Entry Screen;
- During Daily Races and Qualifying Time Trials for ‘Final’ races, it is now possible to adjust Controller Settings, Temporary Exposure Correction, and Display Settings from the Pause menu.
- New restrictions for ‘Engine Swaps’ and ‘Tuning Parts’ added to race regulation settings in Lobby;
- During Qualifying Time Trials and Final races, it is now possible to adjust Controller Settings, Temporary Exposure Correction, and Display Settings from the Pause menu.
- Fixed various text localisation issues.
- Various other issues have been addressed.
Source: Gran Turismo