A new free content update for Gran Turismo 7 has gone live. The November 2023 update, or Update 1.40, is also being referred as the Spec II Update, adds a plethora of new features, more than just the usual cars and track additions.
But first, the cars. For November 2023, seven new cars are being added to the racing game, bringing the total car count up to 488.
It’s quite the selection: from EVs, muscle cars, homologation specials, and the usual new Porsche making up the seven-strong list. Not to mention the now-legendary Lexus LFA. Its divine V10 roars sound as you’d expect.
Gran Turismo 7 November 2023 Update New Cars
- Dodge Charger R/T 426 Hemi ’68 – Legend Cars
- Dodge Challenger SRT Demon ’18 – Brand Central
- Lexus LFA ’10 – Brand Central
- Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II ’91 – Legend Cars
- NISMO 400R ’95 – Legend Cars
- Porsche 911 GT3 RS (992) ’22 – Brand Central
- Tesla Model 3 Performance ’23 – Brand Central
Gran Turismo 7 November 2023 Update New Track
There were rumours circulating that the next Gran Turismo 7 track is from a location in Canada. But the new track as revealed with the update is not what you might expect. No, it’s not Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Lake Louise is a new fictional track located in the Canadian Rockies, the southwest part of the country. It’s the first snow track to be featured in GT7 (the game has added Snow Tyres for purchase as a result).
Lake Louise has three different layouts, one of which is a Tri-Oval if you fancy doing only left turns really fast on loose surfaces.
Gran Turismo 7 November 2023 Update New Features
The Spec II Update isn’t just a branding scheme, like how Gran Turismo Sport’s Spec II was. This update added new features with the post-game in mind.
Weekly Challenges are now a thing. Every week, there will be five events that you can complete for special prizes. The race selection changes every week, using the pool of events currently available plus “online limited-time events” which are essentially special races that only appear for that week only. For Week 1 November, the Special Event takes you to Laguna Seca for a one-make race in the new Porsche 911 (992) GT3 RS.
Weekly Challenges only unlock once you see the end movie.
Arcade Race has evolved into Quick Race. Quick race now offer better payouts scaled by how high your collector level is (capped at level 50) and how much you have aced the Circuit Experience (all gold medals will get you 100%).
GT Sophy, the sophisticated AI model tested in a limited-time event early this year, is now a permanent feature available in Quick Race. This is only available for the PS5 version of GT7. Also, GT Sophy races are only available in 9 of the 38 available locations (and not all layouts of those locations supported). The AI can only drive 70% of the available cars. But they won’t be superhuman fast, with difficulty options available.
World Circuits now has an Event Directory, which displays events according to race event types, similar to past GT games. This should make it easier to find and complete a specific set of events (say, the FF Challenge) using the current car you have rather than having to painstakingly check every track.
There’s a dedicated button to change cars directly in World Circuits. Previously, car changes can only be done either at the regulation checking screen, or for more open events or arcade/custom races, must be done by navigating back to the Garage.
Master License adds 50 new license test challenges, split into the same 5 license levels (National B, National A, International B, International A, Super). These are harder challenges than the previous 50 license tests. Master License only unlocks once you earn your Super License by completing the original 50 tests.
Meeting Place, the multiplayer lobby system designed for people to hang out, has been changed into Paddocks. It’s now presented as a parking lot where each player brings their equipped car, and players can use text chat and emotes to communicate.
The PS5 version gets 4-player split-screen support. Local multiplayer has barely gotten any support these days, and to see GT7 keeping the torch alive with this effort is worth applauding.
Race Photos, the photo mode during race replays, can now take pictures with shutter speeds of 1/1 – 1/30 seconds. Pictures taken with these shutter speeds take longer to process, a warning prompt will appear when used.
A new dashboard lets you keep track of the game completion, accessible from the world map.
Finally, the Spec II update also updated the opening cinematic. The second half of the intro, which will play by default upon first booting the game with the update installed, features more footage of cars that have been added post-launch including the Super Formula machines.
There are also new menus and races. Full patch notes can be found here.
Gran Turismo 7 is out now on PS4 and PS5.
Source: Gran Turismo