Approaching a year old, Gran Turismo 5 has already made a significant impact on Sony PS3 owners. A dynamic, ever-evolving game, many updates and features have already been released, such as Gran Turismo Anywhere, a new modestly-sized clothing line, and the upcoming Spec 2 update, the largest update owners of the game have seen to date.

In preparation for this update, Sony has revealed its new, downloadable content for Gran Turismo 5 through the Sony PlayStation Store. The DLC includes four separate modules for purchase, or the option to bundle all 4 together at a discounted price.

The first add-on is the Course Pack ($4.99), which includes two circuits with five total layouts. The first circuit added is Belgium’s history-rich Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (pictured below), a 7 kilometer circuit that tests the true mettle and skill of the driver. The second track is a brightly illuminated indoor circuit specifically designed for racing karts. This 764 meter colorfully-lit circuit includes a 360 degree loop as well as some very tight hairpin turns.

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Track 1

The second add-on is the Racing Car Pack ($7.99), the most expensive of the four available modules. This pack includes the new model of the X2010 ultimate racing machine, the Red Bull X2011 (pictured left). Also available is a special lineup of touring cars, including several different Nissan models (which is no surprise considering Nissan is a partner of GT5), and three new racing karts.

The third and fourth add-ons are the Racing Gear Pack ($2.99) and the Paint Pack ($1.99) respectively. The Racing Gear Pack adds 90 total items, including helmets and racing suits of eight famous WRC and NASCAR drivers, 12 helmets and suits in all. Also included is the official Gran Turismo helmet, and new gear from Alpinestars and Simpson. The Paint Pack is exactly what it sounds like: 100 new colors spread across 10 different themes to add panache and spice to the existing cars.

Red Bull X2011 Prototype '11 GT5

Each of the modules can obviously be purchased separately, or can be combined together for a discounted price of $11.99.

For gamers who love the game, the Racing Car Pack would seem like an obvious choice, considering there will be 15 new cars present in the garage, never mind that the cars look absolutely stunning. Both new circuits in the Course Pack offer some variation as well, and with 5 total layouts, one could make the case that it’s a decently spent $4.99, considering additional tracks and layouts are an important part of the gaming experience.

Racing Gear and Paint Packs are strictly aesthetically-pleasing additions, with no impact on the gamer’s actual gameplay. While not completely pointless, it’s hard to find a reason to promote these two additions on their own merit.

At $7.99 for the Racing Car Pack, one only has to add another $4.00 to purchase all available DLC. Considering cars and tracks are actual content and impact gameplay, it’s only logical to assume those two will be the most downloaded add-ons. If a gamer is to purchase both, they might as well buy the bundle, as $11.99 is cheaper than $12.98. The bundled price is also nearly a 33% discount off all four modules added together separately.

What about you, Game Rant readers and Grand Turismo 5 enthusiasts? Are these additions must-haves? Will you be purchasing the bundle or one of the individual modules?

All four add-ons will be available for purchase through the PlayStation Store on Tuesday, October 18th, 2011.

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