Gran Turismo 7 - Tips for Beginners

Useful tips for beginners in Gran Turismo 7 (GT7), including recommended steering and pedal controls, buying your first car, and other information to help new players learn the game.

Gran Turismo 7 - Tips for Beginners

Tips for Beginners in Gran Turismo 7

Below are some useful tips for new players in Gran Turismo 7 (GT7). These recommendations will hopefully help beginners to the series get a good start while learning the basics of the game.

Campaign Mode Walkthrough

Choosing Steering and Pedal Settings when Using a Controller

When you first start the game, you must choose the type of steering and pedal settings you want to use for driving. For beginners, it is generally recommended to use the Left Stick configuration for steering and the R2/L2 configuration for pedal controls.

Game Controls

Left Stick Steering Configuration

Command Input
Steer Left Tilt Left Analog Stick Left
Steer Right Tilt Left Analog Stick Right
Multi-Function Display D-Pad

R2/L2 Buttons Pedal Configuration

Command Input
Accelerate R2
Brake L2
Shift Up ×
Shift Down

The settings recommended above arguably allow for better control over the wheel and throttle compared to the other configurations. For steering, it is generally easier to apply the right amount of turn by tilting the analog stick either to the left or right. Throttle control and braking, meanwhile, may be done more accurately by exerting a specific amount of force on the triggers.

Buying Your First Car

The thing to look out for when purchasing your first car is its Performance Points (PP). Based on this numerical value, you can get a pretty good idea of the car’s performance based on its weight, maximum power (BHP), displacement, and other factors.

Best Cars to Buy First

Among the best cars to get for beginners are the Honda Fit Hybrid ’14 (343 PP) and Toyota Aqua S ’11 (355.6 PP) which should allow you to race and win a few of the early races, particularly Sunday Cups.

Taking Cars for an Oil Change

Whenever you buy a new car in the game, it is usually a good idea to take it to maintenance for an oil change. This will slightly increase the car’s horsepower (HP) which usually results in higher PP to give you an advantage in races. Note that certain events may require participants to use cars at a specified PP range, so oil changes may in fact prevent you from joining them.

Earning Credits

Credits (Cr.) are the main form of currency in Gran Turismo 7 used to purchase cars and tuning parts, and to avail of various other services to improve the performance of your vehicles. You can earn credits through a variety of ways, including winning races, using Roulette Tickets, clearing driving tests, and even buying them with real money.

How to Earn Credits Fast

When first starting out, try joining Sunday Cups and going for a podium finish (3rd, 2nd, or 1st place) to earn a good amount of money. These events often have opponents that are relatively easy to beat as well, allowing you to finish with good results each time.

Taking License driving tests is also a good way to accumulate credits. These challenges will also teach you about specific driving techniques that can help you during real races to win more throughout the game.

Completing the early GT Cafe Menu Books

Completing the early GT Cafe Menu Books actually are a good starting point for collecting cars, acquiring Roulette Tickets, and other activities you should be doing early on in the game. For instance, many of the cars you need to acquire for the early collection objectives are quite decent and are usually enough to win you many of beginning events like the Sunday Cups. Progress through the Menu Books in order and you should not find yourself stuck throughout most of the game.

GT Cafe Menu Books and Rewards List

Do not buy cars you do not like or will not actually use during the early stages.

When first starting out, try to avoid purchasing cars that you do not like or will not actually use immediately. Unlike in past Gran Turismo titles, there is no way to sell off any of the cars in your garage to earn credits if you do not have at least 2 of the exact same model. Try to only buy vehicles or tuning parts that will help you win events that you currently have access to during the early stages of the game.

How to Sell Cars


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