GT Sport Update 1.31: New Cars, Track & GT League Events Added

Today it was announced that Update 1.31 had been released for GT Sport. According to PlayStation, the update features a selection of seven stunning vehicles, including European supercars, elegant saloons and some old-school American muscle. All of which are ready to race against the backdrop of a new Tokyo-based track.

NEW VEHICLES

Update 1.31's featured vehicle is the GReddy Fugu Z (N300), which was the winner of the 2015 Gran Turismo Awards at SEMA. PlayStation describes the car in greater detail:

"The car was built by the actor Sung Kang, known for his role in the ‘Fast and the Furious’ movie series. It is based on a 1973 240Z which he bought in a stock state, and it was custom built to his desired specifications. The most notable feature of the exterior is the Rocket Bunny body kit consisting of very wide fenders and front/rear spoilers. And of course, the car is not just for looks. The engine is the famed RB26DETT from the Skyline GTR converted to natural aspiration, with mechanical tuning bringing its power up to 216 BHP. Using E85 Indy car fuel, it can produce about 295 BHP. To withstand this power, a roll cage is welded to the interior. In order to reduce weight, the dashboard and console are custom made by CarbonSignal".

The other cars added to the game are as follows:

Ferrari F50 ’95 (N500), McLaren P1 GTR ’16 (Gr.X), BMW M3 Coupé ’07 (N400), Tesla Motors Model S Signature Performance ’12 (Gr.X), Pontiac Firebird Trans Am ’78 (N200) and the Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Sport Coupe (C2) ’63 (N400).

NEW TRACK - TOKYO EXPRESSWAY SOUTH ROUTE

"A new ‘South Route’ layout has been added to the Tokyo Expressway street course, which is based on the Shuto Expressway of Tokyo. With a home straight lining up next to the high-speed railway and a series of mid to high-speed S curves, this track has a very different character to the Central and East routes – sure to put experienced drivers through their paces. In addition to the Outer Loop layout, there’s also an Inner Loop layout that passes through a scenically gritty shipping terminal, with some tough hairpins and chicanes". - PlayStation

NEW GT LEAGUE EVENTS

In the Beginner League, two new rounds have been added to the Nissan GT-R Cup. For the Amateur League, two new rounds have been added to the Real Circuit Tours event. Professional League gets two new rounds to the Mercedes AMG Grand Prix event, whilst the Endurance League gets one new round added to the Gr.3 Endurance League.

OTHER NEWS

In addition to this content, the Catalunya Circuit Grand Prix Layout has been added to the Circuit Experience, and a dedicated FIA section has been added to the Museum. Finally, in Scapes mode Peugeot-related spots have been added to Brand Central, and a special “Season’s Greetings” backdrop for holiday-themed snaps.

AND FINALLY... JENKINS THE CAT (APPARENTLY) MAKES A RETURN

According to a reliable source of mine (who plays GT Sport), Gran Turismo 5's "Jenkins The Cat" has made a return to the franchise - via the Christmas themed Scapes locations. While this has not been confirmed by GT Sport's developers, it would be a welcome surprise to many die-hard GT fans. There was an article written by GTPlanet's Jordan Greer (which I'll leave a link to at the bottom) that explains in great detail about Jenkins's origins and how he got into Gran Turismo 5 - a very heartwarming read for us cat lovers (myself included!) out there.

If you find Jenkins in GT Sport, let me know in the comments - and attach a photo so we can all collectively appreciate this cute little animal....

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