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Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.48 Includes 5 New Cars, Cafe Menu, and World Circuit Events – PlayStation.Blog

Gran Turismo players! This month's update brings back some classic GT legends, including the Honda NSX GT500 and the '87 Nissan Skyline GTS-R.

Update 1.48* for Gran Turismo 7 will be available starting Wednesday, May 29 at 11:00 pm PST / May 30 at 7:00 am BST / 3:00 pm JST.

Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.48 Includes 5 New Cars, Cafe Menu, and World Circuit Events

5 new cars added this month

Honda Civic SiR・II (EG) '93
(Can be purchased at Used Cars)

The top-of-the-line fifth-generation Civic balances speed with comfort.

The Civic, now equipped with a VTEC engine and much faster, passed the baton to the fifth generation model in September 1991. The body was available in a 3-door hatchback, in the newly baptized 4-door saloon “Ferio” and in the 5-door Shuttle. The car's slogan called it “Sports Civic.” The variety of engines increased thanks to the further development of the VTEC system. Base models were equipped with 1.3 L and 1.5 L carbureted engines, in addition to these were the easy-to-drive 1.5 L SOHC VTEC and the more fuel-efficient 1.5 L VTEC-E.

The top of the line was topped by the SiR model, which featured the high-performance 1.6L DOHC VTEC engine. All cars used Honda's new standard double wishbone suspension. The SiR model, which served as the image of the “Sports Civic”, had 9.9 HP more power than the previous generation, reaching 167.7 HP. Also for the suspension, the spring rate, amount of suspension travel, etc. were revised and set to be more sporty oriented. As with previous models, the SiR sought to reduce weight through simplified equipment, while the SiR・II featured a full suite of comfort amenities such as automatic air conditioning, electric windows and a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Honda NSX GT500 '00
(Can be purchased at Legend Cars)

A new design with a lower center of gravity was the key to victory for this JGTC champion.

During the 2000 Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC), the big three automakers Honda, Toyota and Nissan engaged in an unprecedented war for the GT500 class title. The NSX development team decided to make major changes to the 2000 model, even going so far as to reposition the transversely mounted engine. Mounting a V-engine in a transverse arrangement helps shorten the length of the vehicle, but this arrangement creates problems when routing the exhaust pipes from the two-cylinder banks. Previously, the NSX's exhaust pipes ran under the engine, but the development team decided to divert them to the sides and lower the engine. However, in this configuration the gearbox, which was mounted on the side of the engine, would be in the way. To make room for the exhaust pipes, the team set out to redesign a smaller gearbox. The result was a completely custom transmission that used formula car gears, which are thinner and more compact than normal gears.

Five NSX teams were entered for the 2000 season. Among them, the Castrol Mugen NSX team, along with Takata Dome NSX, took on the role of advanced development “work cars” within the NSX field. The Takata Dome NSX showed overwhelming performance and took the win. However, unique weight disadvantages in JGTC rules caused the team to lose the championship title. In its shadow emerged the Castrol Mugen NSX, putting in one solid run after another. It was hosted by Ryo Michigami and Osamu Nakako, with Nakako replaced by Hidetoshi Mitsusada mid-season. The Castrol Mugen NSX team was able to deftly handle the weight disadvantages arising from its first place finish and went on to glory as series champions.

Nissan Skyline GTS-R (R31) '87
(Can be purchased at Used Cars)

A rare monster machine born from the elegant lines of the seventh generation. Horizon.

Although still retaining the same sporty appeal of the previous generation R30 model, the seventh generation R31 Skyline marked a change of direction for the line when it was launched in August 1985. In the Japanese car scene at the time, there was a growing trend . both in sales and overall popularity of luxury-equipped “society cars,” typically 4- or 2-door models. In response to this cultural boom, the Skyline was repositioned as a luxury saloon. At its debut, the new model presented a somewhat sober range, with a 4-door hardtop, a sedan and a station wagon. Fans would have to wait until May 1986 to get their hands on the long-awaited two-door coupe.

However, the true appeal of the seventh generation would appear much later. This was the GTS-R, launched in August 1987 in a limited edition of just 800 cars. The GTS-R was developed to regain the Group A racing title and was a very sporty model. The engine was based on the RB20DET DOHC turbocharged straight-six featured in the GTS, producing 177.5 BHP and 23.0 kgfm of torque. The GTS-R version added a stainless steel exhaust manifold and a T04E turbocharger, achieving 207.1 BHP and 25.0 kgfm of torque. It was a very special engine, earning it the designation RB20DET-R.

The suspension and exterior were also modified. While the regular GTS-X had an automatic front spoiler that deployed based on vehicle speed, the GTS-R used a fixed spoiler and the rear spoiler was also upgraded to a larger unit. Additionally, the car was offered in an exclusive “Blue Black” body color.

Volvo 240 SE Estate '93
(Can be purchased at Used Cars)

A historic model that taught the world to love the truck.

When people think of Volvo, they think of family vehicles. And when they think of vans, they think of Volvo. This was the automotive landscape for quite some time until the global SUV boom began to gain momentum in the late 1980s. A car that consolidated this maxim was the 240 Estate.

The 240 series debuted in 1974 and consisted of the '244' 4-door sedan, '242' 2-door sedan, and '245' 5-door station wagon. The third digit of the model number indicates the number of doors. It was not until 1983 that all of these models were consolidated into a single '240' model. Additionally, when the car debuted it originally featured round headlights, the iconic square lights were later introduced in 1979. The 240 retained most of its original styling throughout its production until 1993, although its safety features were constantly kept updated with additions. like air bags. and ABS as standard. Even at a time when sedans dominated sales figures, more than a third of total production was made up of estate models, demonstrating how popular the Estate was in the 240 range. One of the most notable features of the 240 Estate was his style. , which appeared square no matter what angle the car was viewed from. It has a long front overhang to incorporate crumple zones, and at the rear also a long overhang facilitates both impact absorption and additional luggage space. This resulted in the car's characteristic long, slim silhouette.

Volvo V40 T5 R-Design '13
*Can be purchased at Brand Central

The globally successful Volvo that serves as a saloon, estate car and coupe.

The V40 was revealed at the 2012 Geneva show as a C-segment five-door hatchback. Although positioned as Volvo's entry-level model, the V40 would actually play a very important role in Volvo's catalog, as it served as combined replacement of 3 different models: the conventional S40 saloon, the V50 estate and the sporty C30 3.-door hatchback. To create a car that could offer the comfort of a saloon, the utility of an estate and the youthful, sporty style of a coupe, the car was developed completely from scratch. While the base structure uses a common platform with Ford cars, the styling is innovative and bears no trace of Volvo's conservative image of the past. Incorporating design elements from the classic 1960s P1800 and its later 1800ES variant, the car has flowing lines and a striking silhouette that can be interpreted as a coupe or estate car. The car was an immediate success upon its debut, attracting worldwide attention for both its aesthetics and utility, capable of comfortably accommodating 4 adults along with all their luggage. The T5 R-Design is the sportiest model in the series. Its 210.1 BHP 2-liter turbocharged inline five-cylinder engine provides quick-accelerating performance, and its sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels provide precise handling and a smooth ride. The special front bumper and rear diffuser provide additional aerodynamic performance as well as giving it a bold appearance.

Coffee/Additional Menus

The following menu has been added:

  • Extra Menu No. 39: Japanese GT Racers (Collector Level 48 and above)

World Circuits (Event)

The following new events have been added to the World Circuits:

  • European 400 Sunday Cup – Kyoto Driving Park: Yamagiwa
  • Japanese FF Challenge 450 – Autopolis International Racing Circuit: Short Course
  • Japanese FR Challenge 450 – Lago Maggiore Racecourse: West
  • World Tour Car 800 – Sainte-Croix Circuit: A


'Move Camera Up and Down II' has been added as a featured selection in Scapes.

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