GTA Online Summer update 2021 revealed: Start date, new cars, robberies & more

. 1 year ago
GTA Online summer special logo and green race car
Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games are once again dropping a summer update for GTA Online, teasing some brand-new cars and races for longtime GTA 5 players. Here’s what we know. 

Ever since GTA V and GTA Online launched back in 2013, Rockstar Games have done a stellar job in dropping new content and expanding the online mode in particular.

You can always count on them for a big update around summertime, and with the weather starting to get nicer, and the calendar flipping into the back half of the year, that update is coming soon.

The iconic game developers have started teasing us with information, dropping hints about expanding racing and stolen cars. So, let’s get into what we know.

GTA Online character sprinting with weapons
Rockstar Games
GTA Online’s summer updates always bring the heat.

When is GTA Online’s summer update?

Last year’s summer update wasn’t the big overhaul that some players hoped for, but it still brought new content in the form of fresh cars, intense missions for the Yachts, and a whole lot more.

Now, with the GTA Online Summer update finally on the horizon for 2021, players have their fingers crossed that Rockstar has a big update planned.

Thanks to gaming insider Tez2, we now know that we can expect the Summer Update to be released on July 20.

This makes sense as the devs typically release their major updates on Tuesdays and it has been speculated for a while that the DLC would be rolled out in mid-July.

New cars & robberies for GTA Online summer update 2021

The main focus of this year’s update looks to be around racing – well, underground racing and the Los Santos Car Meet to be precise.

Rockstar’s May 18 Newswire tease about the update says: “In Los Santos, car culture is back on the streets in a big way, with new opportunities for fans of performance and customization upgrades to get together with like-minded gearheads to test and show off their rides free from interference from authorities and other troublemakers.”

There is also the mention of new race types and “multi-part robbery missions.” Don’t expect a massive new heist, but a job where you need a “precisely modified getaway vehicle.”

GTA Online Summer Update
Rockstar Games
The GTA Online Summer Update will revolve around the Los Santos Car Meet.

While Rockstar’s July 8 Newswire didn’t reveal a lot more about the content players can expect from the DLC, it did mention how the update will include the Los Santos Car Meet: “GTA Online’s forthcoming summer update includes the Los Santos Car Meet, the beating heart of car culture in Southern San Andreas.”.

So, it’ll be key to make sure your ride looks the part when you’re competing with the other racers at the event.

New Stunt Races, Deadline arenas, & Survival missions for GTA Online

After adding brand new Stunt Races in May, and new Deadline Arenas in June, Rockstar is finally adding fresh Survival Modes in July for players to get stuck into.

This will give players plenty of content to enjoy ahead of the update which is scheduled to be added on July 20, 2021.


As more information about this year’s summer update becomes available, we’ll keep this post updated.

You can also find information over on Twitter – @GTA_Intel.

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