Gran Turismo 7 Ultimate Guide: Review, tips, news, credit grinds & more

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Gran Turismo 7 is a sensational racing title.

The long, long wait for a new numbered GT game is over and players everywhere are enjoying the unparalleled gameplay and gorgeous graphics.

There is plenty new in GT7, especially if you've never played a GT game before. Welcome to our Ulitmate Guide to Gran Turismo 7!

Latest news - Gran Turismo 7 update 1.36 adds four new cars

After skipping July, the latest GT7 monthly update has arrived. August's update adds four new cars, including the Chevrolet Corvette (C1) '58, Maserati MC20 '20, Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition '22, and, bizarrely, the Toyota Ambulance Himedic '21. Only two of these are available immediately, however.

Players can also claim a free Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 '18 to celebrate the release of the Gran Turismo movie.

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There are also the usual GT Cafe Menu Books World Circuit races and minor physics improvements among other changes.

You can find out more details in the Update 1.36 patch notes.

Gran Turismo 7 PSVR 2 hands-on

We've played Gran Turismo 7 in PSVR 2 - and it's phenomenal. Find out why in our GT7 PSVR 2 hands-on impressions.

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Gran Turismo 7 review

Unsure if GT7 is for you? Not sure what to make of the Metacritic review-bombing? Check out our review.

You can read our review here, or watch it below!

Getting started in GT7

When you open up GT7 you'll be handed 20,000 credits and tasked with buying a car.

The best starting car isn't easy to spot, but grabbing it is important. You'll want to take your starter car through a lot of races.

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That means tuning your car will also be important.

Be sure to check out our beginner's guide for a full breakdown of what to do when you start Gran Turismo 7!

Unlocking Sport Mode

If you just want to play online and start grinding up your Driver Rating you still have to get through some of the campaign.

To unlock Sport Mode you need to complete a few of the GT Cafe menus. You'll also want to build your garage up before you really dive into online play!

Dynamic weather

One of Gran Turismo 7's biggest selling points is a truly dynamic weather cycle. This includes drying lines on the track, realistic cloud formations for where you are in the world, and even realistic night skies.

Unfortunately this is limited to the Japanese circuits and major European venues like Nurburgring, Red Bull Ring, and Spa.

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However it is an excellent feature, and one that means having a set of wet tyres on hand and patience with your inputs will be vital.

Best wheels for Gran Turismo 7

Looking to buy a wheel for Gran Turismo 7? We've got everything you need to know.

Our handy wheels buyer guide covers every budget, with recommendations for the best all-round, budget, high-end, entry-level, and next-gen wheels for Gran Turismo 7 from leading manufacturers including Thrustmaster, Logitech, and Hori.

Building your credits

Gran Turismo 7 brings back the long grind for credits, which means being efficient with your time is key. This is even more important following the controversial Update 1.07 which crushed some rewards and payouts.

If you aren't working through a GT Cafe menu book you want to be doing races with big prizes. We've identified the best credit grind option for early on in the game, so be sure to jump on it if you want to buy those fancy cars!

Upgrading your car

It wouldn't be much of a Gran Turismo game without the ability to upgrade your car! There are more than 60 performance upgrades for each car, and plenty of cosmetic options too.

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To make your car faster, you'll need to head to the Tuning Shop which unlocks early in your journey through Gran Turismo 7 and lets you tune your cars.

There are a couple of important upgrades you should do on any car you are thinking about seriously racing.

Engine swaps confirmed

After a lot of speculation, we can finally confirm that engine swaps are in Gran Turismo 7. This has been a long-requested feature in Gran Turismo games.

During State of Play, a Volkswagen Beetle was shown with a Porsche 911 GT3 engine to demonstrate the tuning options in GT7. This left many wondering if engine swaps are in GT7, but Polyphony never confirmed this. Well, it turns out they are - but it's not as easy as you might think.

Find out how to do engine swaps in Gran Turismo 7 in our guide.

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