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Japanese and Swedes take over ‘Gran Turismo 7’ in Update 1.48

Volvo makes a return to the franchise

We miss seeing this number of new cars. SCREENSHOT FROM GRAN TURISMO 7

A new update for Gran Turismo 7 has arrived, and players are treated to a five-car roster, a format that hasn’t been seen since March 2023 unlike in the past few months (bar the massive November Spec II update). Now live, Update 1.48 includes three Japanese motoring legends and a returning Swedish brand.

This NSX completes the lineage of two-door Honda GT500 racers in the game. SCREENSHOTS FROM GRAN TURISMO 7

First appearing in Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, the Honda NSX GT500 returns to the next-gen era, receiving the super-detailed premium treatment that every longtime fan loves to see. Coming from the 2000 All-Japan Touring Car Championship season, the featured livery is the championship-winning #16 Castrol Mugen driven by Ryo Michigami.

Driving the R31 GTS-R is best paired with 'Toccata and Fugue in D minor'. SCREENSHOTS FROM GRAN TURISMO 7

Another returning vehicle is the 1987 Nissan Skyline GTS-R, which debuted in Gran Turismo 2 (1999). This high-performance model of the R31 generation is powered by a 2.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged engine—dubbed RB20DET-R—that conquered Group A touring car racing in the late ’80s before the R32 GT-R entered the market.

Expect to see Kanjozoku-themed online lobbies pop up in the coming days. SCREENSHOTS FROM GRAN TURISMO 7

After a modified example was included in the September update, the fifth-generation Honda Civic hatchback is finally on the list. The highly coveted 1993 SiR-II carries the 1.6-liter four-cylinder B16A engine that cemented VTEC in the hearts and minds of Honda enthusiasts (especially in the Philippines).

Who's going to turn these Volvos into touring cars? SCREENSHOTS FROM GRAN TURISMO 7

The new and the old of Sweden were surprise additions, considering that Volvo hasn’t appeared since Gran Turismo 6.

The 2013 V40 T5 R-Design was an under-the-radar hot hatch that hid a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine, the last of the five-cylinder lineage, while the 1993 240 SE Estate is known for being a brick on wheels and a hit among wagon lovers.

Another weapon of choice for the World Touring Car 800 league. SCREENSHOTS FROM GRAN TURISMO 7

Aside from new races complementing the added cars, other quality-of-life updates were done to the existing list.

Engine swaps for various ’90s Honda models (including the Civic SiR-II) and the Nissan Sileighty are available, while some electric vehicles (like the Afeela Prototype and the Volkswagen ID. R) received tweaks to their physics simulation.

Justin Young

Justin loves cars of all forms. Molded by motoring TV shows and Internet car culture, he sees the world from a different perspective that not many get to see every day.