Gran Turismo 7's 1.49 Update Arrives On 25 July And It's A Big One

The 1998 Subaru Impreza Rally Car headlines a half dozen new cars, plus new Michelin tyres feature
Gran Turismo 7's 1.49 Update Arrives On 25 July And It's A Big One

With Polyphony Digital choosing the Montreal round of the Gran Turismo World Series, its official esports series, to unveil GT7’s 1.49 update, we felt it would be a big one. Well, now we have the details, and that theory has proven true.

It’ll bring a big change to how the game plays, with new physics slated to arrive. We’re yet to hear full details from Polyphony on what exactly is set to change but, with new Michelin-branded tyres arriving as an upgrade, we’d anticipate an overhaul of the tyre simulation model.

Gran Turismo 7 Eiger Nordwand
Gran Turismo 7 Eiger Nordwand

A classic track from the series returns, albeit perhaps an unexpected one. Eiger Nordwand, nestled in the mountains of southern Switzerland, will be added having last been seen in GT6 and debuting in the often-forgotten Gran Turismo HD Concept. It'll become the 39th track in Gran Turismo 7.

We had hoped to see Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve tie in with the World Series’ host city, but it wasn’t to be.

There’s a half dozen fresh cars inbound too, headlined by the 1998 GC8 Subaru Impreza Rally Car. Although shod of its official WRC branding, it’s clearly modelled on the Impreza WRC98.

Two ‘00s Italian supercars join it, namely the Ferrari 430 Scuderia and Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. Meanwhile from Germany, the Ruf RGT 4.2 makes an appearance.

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Bringing things a bit back down to earth is the arrival of the E36 BMW M3, while the Genesis X Gran Racer VGT Concept – a racing version of the brand’s VGT added to the game earlier this year – also features.

Rounding out the trailer-worthy additions are updates to the Nürburgring 24H layout and Lago Maggiore to allow races against Sony’s advanced AI, Sophy. Oh, and a batch of new wheels is available in GT Auto. We’ll have to wait for patch notes for more in-depth info on those, and any other inclusions.

It’ll be some time before we can play Gran Turismo 7’s 1.49 update, though, as it’ll be available as a free download on Thursday, 25th July.

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