The Rally Car update for Gran Turismo 7 is scheduled to be released next week

Kazunori Yamauchi was at it again. The enigmatic boss of Polyphony Digital – the creators of the Gran Turismo franchise – has teased us with three silhouettes of cars that will appear next week in Gran Turismo 7’s June update.

Thanks to some internet sleuthing, the Traxion.GG team managed to unravel Kaz’s car-based mystery, and we think the June update will feature two four-wheel drive icons alongside an insanely fast hypercar.

Subaru Impreza WRX STI ’04

The car at the top of Yamauchi’s picture is believed to be the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Taking a cue from Subaru’s 2000-series Impreza – with the dreadful ‘bug-eye’ headlights – the 2004 car is considered a triumph of engineering, with a close-ratio gearbox and superb handling thanks to its refined all-wheel drive system.

Built to Rally Championship homologation rules, the WRX STI is designed to tackle the toughest terrain at incredible speeds thanks to its flat-four, two-liter, flat-four engine.

WRX STIs are already well represented in GT7: the glorious 1998 22B and 1999 WRX Type R STi Ver.VI are both available in the game’s USed Cars dealership alongside the WRX STI Type S 14 in Brand Central.

The new for the 2003 Subaru Impreza WRX STi. Autosport International Show, Day 3, NEC, Birmingham, England, 11 January 2003, ID: 1015258085, Photographer: James Moy, Motorsport Images

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III GSR

Another classic homologation special is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. As Subaru’s biggest competitor in the “road rally car” segment, the Evo caused a sensation on the rally stages in the hands of the laconic Finn Tommi Mäkinen in the 1990s.

This version – we think it’s the 1995 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III GSR – last appeared in Gran Turismo 6 and is a clear fan favorite. (After all, who doesn’t love a ’90s four-wheel-drive masterpiece?)

Despite its standard in-line four-cylinder turbo engine, the Evo produced a distinctive exhaust noise and was considered more than equal to its Subaru counterpart at the time.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IIITommi Makinen (FIN) with his 1995 Championship winning Mitsubishi Evo III on the Killeri Super stage, ID: 1016111044, Photographer: Sutton Images, Motorsport Images

Aston Martin Valkyrie

From rally car to next hypercar, as the Aston Martin Valkyrie is the final car to appear in next week’s June update of GT7 (pictured left by Yamauchi).

The Valkyrie is a street-legal answer to the question, “What if we let Adrian Newey design a 1140-horsepower street car?” And boy did he deliver?

With a 6.5-litre V12 engine paired with a 141hp electric motor, the Valkyrie revs up to 10,000rpm, with active aerodynamics containing that boost and generating 1,100kg of downforce.

It should prove to be a popular addition to GT7 players’ garages.

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