With the extensive selection on offer, considering the best cars in Gran Turismo 7 is not easy - especially as it covers road racing and rally cars due to the nature of the game's simulator experience.
While there may be 'just' two types, there's a huge amount of choice when figuring out what Gran Turismo 6's best car is. Simply put, there's no one answer.
Thanks to being able to tweak so much within Gran Turismo 7, you can easily soup up a weaker car to be something far more spectacular. Of course, it'll cost you a number of credits and it might still not feel as cool as going big straight away.
This page covers our picks for the best starter cars and the best rally cars, as well as a look at the best cars for different regions and - of course - our pick for the fastest car in Gran Turismo 7.
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Our Gran Turismo 7 best car recommendations explained
As different races come with certain restrictions such as nationality or performance levels, there is no such thing as a 'best' car in Gran Turismo 7 - and you can't just rely on just one either.
That's why it's useful to look at the best cars when it comes to raw power, handling ability, and Gran Turismo 7's all-important way of rating its cars - Performance Points (PP).
Thanks to the intricate nature of Gran Turismo 7, it's possible to soup up cars to be a lot different from how they began when you first purchased them. It's well worth doing but that's not what we're focusing on here. Instead, we're looking at the base specs of each car and determining what we believe are the best choices.
In reality, it's like buying an actual car - different cars suit different driving styles, so it's worth experimenting for yourself. Nothing beats finding the car for you that also looks super stylish, even if we haven't already recommended it to you.
Having said that, to give you a helping hand, that's what his guide picks out a car for each scenario that is relatively simple to get in the game, and that works well for the given PP requirements that are often dished out for taking part in many races. We've also included some alternatives in each case.
Gran Turismo 7 best starting car choice
Starting out can feel tough in Gran Turismo 7. All that spectacle promised and you're left with a choice of some rather underwhelming cars. We're talking cars that most people could afford in life.
Right at the start, we recommend the Toyota Aqua S '11. It's a fairly dull looking hot hatch but it's cheap and immediately accessible with 349.25PP. A mere 120 horsepower offers reasonable acceleration and its handling is fairly good for the price.
The Honda Fit Hybrid is a little cheaper but its handling isn't as reliable as the Toyota. If you're keen to invest, the savings can be helpful when tuning the car yourself.
Gran Turismo 7 fastest car: What is the fastest car in Gran Turismo 7?
Like with any racing game, the 'fastest' car can mean many different things. It can mean the fastest accelerating car, the one that has the highest top speed, or a car that takes corners quickly.
In the case of this guide, we're looking at the cars that have the highest top speed. Of course, we're not ignoring great handling or good acceleration as both are important when achieving the top speed quoted.
Fast cars in Gran Turismo 7 are best suited on tracks that have long straights to speed along, but when dealing with a more technical track, you may wish to favour a car with superior handling so that you can handle those tricky turns.
Often, when tuning a car for speed, you actually want to focus on tyre quality rather than power, so make sure to upgrade your tyres to the right type to handle the road conditions you're up against more appropriately.
For absolute top speed, the best choice is the Dodge SRT Tomahawk X VGT. It is ludicrously fast. It offers 2,586 horsepower which means it can reach top speeds of up to 404mph. It's incredibly light at 749KG and has a 7,000 cc engine with 1,336.12PP.
Everything about it is excessive which is why it costs an eye-watering 1,000,000 credits via Brand Central. It's definitely one to aim for, but there are other more achievable cars worth your money in the meantime.
Another great choice is the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta '12. Awkwardly named, it may be, but it's a good late campaign option if you're trying to save cash.
The car has 739 horsepower, 634.16PP, and costs a mere 373,000 credits. Okay, that's not cheap, but you can get it for free. Complete Menu Book number 38 and you get the car along the way, but that's right at the end of the game, so you might want to invest earlier.
Either way, upgrade it as much as possible - but remember what we said about weight reduction being more important than power.
Earlier on in the campaign, the BMW M3 '07 is a better option. It costs 93,000 credits which should be simple enough to grind towards, and it's unlocked after completing menu book event 22. A PP of 533.76 feels positively sedate compared to the Tomahawk but you'll appreciate its reliability and the ability to tune it up to 624.44PP. 415 horsepower is more than sufficient at this level.
Gran Turismo 7 best rally car choice
Rallying isn't the focus of Gran Turismo 7, and it shows. However, when you do need to handle some more dirt-based tracks, a supercar with ridiculous high speeds is the last thing you need. Instead, you need something with great handling and traction.
Whatever car you choose, account for the need for dirt tyres. They will reduce your PP significantly but they're vital for rally racing.
Our favourite rally car is the Audi Sport Quattro S1 Pikes Peak '87. It can be won from Menu Book 37 or bought from Brand Central but you really don't need rally cars very often - with this in mind, it's best off waiting until you unlock it in the campaign.
With PP of 688.06, it's roughly on a par with the other two cars that unlock at the same time - the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 Evolution 2 '86 and Ford Focus Gr.B Rally Car which are roughly the same. It's down to you which you end up feeling most comfortable with - ultimately, rallying really isn't a significant part of the game.
Gran Turismo 7 best American car choice
An American car is often needed to participate in some America-based races.
The Dodge SRT Tomahawk X VGT is the ideal choice but that's prohibitively expensive for many people. Instead, we're rather partial to the Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 '19 Road Car.
With a bit of credit farming, it's reasonably achievable and it offers 641.08 PP for a good price of 134,000 credits. It's a little heavy but its 754 horsepower is nothing to turn your nose up at.
If you have the money to spend, there's always the Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R '15 with a starting PP of 756.21. It's pricey at 450,000 credits though!
Gran Turismo 7 best European car choice
The Bugatti VGT Gr.1 is the dream European car to own in Gran Turismo 7. It has a mighty PP of 940.20 and a massive 1,626 horsepower. It handles like a dream and oh yes, it costs 1,000,000 credits - meaning you'll need to save up a lot to own it.
Many of the best European cars cost this kind of price - including the Jaguar Vision VGT SV and the McLaren VGT.
A more achievable aim could be sticking with Bugatti and going for the Veyron Gr.4 with its 433 horsepower and 640 PP. It still costs 350,000 credits though!
Lower still, there's always the Porsche 911 GT3 (997) '09 with its 579.76 PP and 428 horsepower. That should put many players in good stead before the big money comes flying in.
Gran Turismo 7 best Asia-Oceania choice
You may have started with the Toyota Aqua S '11. You definitely want to move past it.
We're fans of the Lexus LF-LC GT VGT with its huge 851PP. It costs 1,000,000 credits so it's a pricey purchase but it's well balanced and offers 612 horsepower while being pretty lightweight.
More affordable and better for lower PP restrictions is the Nissan GT-R Nismo '17. It's 187,000 credits and you get 591 horsepower and 619.07 PP. Four wheel drive means it'll take some practice to master though.
On a tight budget, don't overlook the Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition (FK8) '20. Only 55,000 credits, it has 517.88 PP and 315 horsepower giving you the perfect foundations to build from. The Nissan Fairlady Z (Z34) '08 has similar stats for slightly less too.
Whatever you choose - best of luck with your Gran Turismo 7 career!