Here are the five new cars coming to Gran Turismo 7 this month

Towards the end of the month, Polyphony Digital CEO Kazunori Yamauchi once again shared a darker image on social media, teasing new vehicles for Gran Turismo 7.

“Update coming next week,” reads the headline from the series producer.

The Sony-exclusive driving video game has been updated monthly since its launch in March 2022, with one exception in January 2023. However, the February update was significant, adding not only new content but also PSVR2 support.

Here are our best guesses and approximations as to what these new cars are, and we’ll let you know once they’re officially confirmed.

Porsche 959

Roadworthy Porsche 959, motorsport images

The Porsche 959 was a roadworthy supercar, arguably the first from Porsche to rival the might of the Ferrari F40.

Except it really didn’t. No, instead of taking on the Prancing Horse, it was built to Group B motorsport regulations. When you think of Group B, you immediately think of the World Rally Championship in the 1980s – Lancia Delta S4, MG Metro 6R4 and the like.

But the Group B category was also designed for circuit competitions. The 959 not only took part in events such as the Bettega Memorial and the Dakar Rally, it also won its class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Incredibly, that same year, 1986, René Metge drove a 959 to victory at both the Dakar and Le Mans.

We believe this is the road version, with its pioneering all-wheel drive system and automatic leveling.

Dakar winner Porsche 959, motorsport imagesDakar winner Porsche 959, motorsport images

Porsche 904 / Carrera GTS

Kadoorie Clark, Porsche 904, Goodwood 77th Members Meeting 2019, Jeff Bloxham, Motorsport ImagesKadoorie Clark, Porsche 904, Goodwood 77th Members Meeting 2019, Jeff Bloxham, Motorsport Images

Often regarded as the exclusive purveyor of rear-engined sports cars, the 1960s Porsche 904 – also known as the Carrera GTS – shows Stuggart’s play with mid-engine powertrains even in its early days.

The 904 was one of those rare vehicles that connoisseurs love – a homologation special.

In order for Porsche to compete in GT racing, a roadworthy production version was developed with a tiny 2-litre four-cylinder engine between the driver and the rear wheels, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.

Toyota Alphard

Toyota Alphard Gran Turismo 7

In many markets around the world, the humble multipurpose vehicle, or MPV, has been superseded by SUVs, to which families have flocked as a coveted mode of transportation.

However, some countries stand firmly by the boxy, practical vehicles, including Japan, where the Toyota Alphard is considered the “Rolls-Royce” of the genre.

We’re not sure of the exact spec here, but the rectangular profile is a giveaway alongside the huge toothed grille. In fact, the car’s distinctive logo is clearly visible.

Will it set the leaderboards on fire? Almost certainly not, but it’s a quirky JDM car that we’ve come to expect from the Gran Turismo games.

Mazda 3

MAzda3 Hatchback 2019, Gran Turismo 7

The latest generation Mazda 3, or Mazda3 as the Japanese company likes to stylize it, has a uniquely designed rear hip that’s bad for rear visibility but good for design awards.

That also means we think that’s evident in the teaser image.

Launched in 2019, the fourth-generation mid-size family car is also available as a four-door sedan, but here it’s the five-door hatchback.

While there’s no dedicated “sporty” version of the 3, the top-of-the-line model in select markets has all-wheel drive and a 250bhp 2.5-litre turbo – we’re hoping for the opposite to the 1.8-litre diesel variant…

Audi RS5 Class One touring car

René Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM, Nürburgring GP 2020, Alexander Trienitz, Motorsport ImagesRené Rast, Audi Sport Team Rosberg, Audi RS 5 DTM, Nürburgring GP 2020, Alexander Trienitz, Motorsport Images

The previous DTM rules, which are now also used by the Japanese Super GT Championship ahead of a planned switch in 2024, made for specially made prototype silhouettes and a lot of political wrangling.

At that time – at least in Germany until 2020 – the cars were perhaps not so popular, the number of starters shrank. However, since the DTM switched to the popular GT3 formula, it’s now easy to look back and miss the crazy low-built Class 1 beasts.

Known for its ‘swan neck’ rear wing and, in the case of the Audi RS5, a roof hatch for easy marshal access in the event of an accident, this shadowy image seems to match the Ingolstadt creation – but let’s find out for sure next week. It would certainly be a fun ‘Gr.2’ addition.

The air intakes on the bonnet hint at the specification, which ran between 2019 and 2020 with a 2-litre turbocharged engine, as opposed to the earlier V8.

What do you think the new cars are? Let us know in the comments below.

Images: Motorsport images

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