The latest Gran Turismo 7 teaser images show the unmistakable outlines of the VW electric prototype alongside the previously revealed Porsche Vision GT Spyder and a mysterious coupe.
Another month is drawing to a close, and that means the now-standard new-car teaser tweet from Gran Turismo 7 producer Kazunori Yamauchi.
This time we see three cars under the cloak of darkness, one of which has already been revealed, the second is VW’s electric monster and the third is a sports car with a sunroof.
The ID.R was built as a PR measure to showcase the rebirth of the German manufacturer after the Dieselgate saga. It was also a way to use the motorsport team after the company pulled out of projects like the World Rally Championship and World Rallycross Championship.
It went to town and created a custom-built time-trial beast with two electric motors producing 680 horsepower and a sweeping aerodynamic shape with a drag-reduction system, an upgrade after its first record.
The car was originally used to break the record at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb in 2018, driven by Romain Dumas. The venue is officially affiliated with Gran Turismo but has yet to appear in a game developed by Polyphony Digital since Gran Turismo 2.
A year later it was heavily modified and made a new mark for electric cars around the intimidating Nürburgring-Nordschleife, followed by the entire Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb – a venue last seen in Gran Turismo 6 but to be part of it is coming racing.
A new livery was introduced later in 2019, and Dumas flew up the Tianmen Mountain Road in China. The ID.R 2020 rolled out one last time when VW test driver Dieter Depping circled the Bilster Berg.
The EV prototype is already on several virtual platforms such as Real Racing 3 and RaceRoom Racing Experience. He’s our own John Munro trying to beat Dumas in the Green Hell.
Porsche Vision GT Spyder
One we already know and the second electric vehicle in this update, the chopped-top variant of the existing Porsche Vision GT will also make its debut.
This was revealed three days ago (September 21st) by Porsche’s social media channels, which is also why we know that the update will land on Thursday September 29th.
A mysterious sports coupe
The last car on the right appears to be a coupé with sporting aspirations, possibly of Japanese origin. All we know is that it has a sunroof. Very 1990s. Possibly a Nissan Silvia S14, perhaps even reminiscent of a Toyota Soarer – we’ll know more very soon when the next Gran Turismo 7 update lands.
Image: Motorsport Images, Volkswagen ID.R Roman Dumas, Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019