Just as we were told in previous press releases, the trend of monthly car packs that debuted in the Forza Motorsport series will become a staple feature for Forza Horizon, and it's all kicking off on November 6th with the Bondurant Car Pack.
The DLC pack will retail on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 400 Microsoft Points (or, if you've bought the Season Pass, they should just turn up in Forza Horizon's Auto Show for you when the car pack goes live this Tuesday) and features some truly cool cars, ranging from monstrous Shelbys, a brash and brazen Italian convertible and a rugged off-roader.
In fact, despite the fact there are only six cars in the Bondurant Pack, we're confident there's at least one car here that'll appeal to you. And we have a slight hunch that the one we're starting this summary with will be a favorite for a majority of you…
Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Performante
By all means, the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera is a mighty fine supercar – it's loud, it's fast, it has looks that warrant its place as a poster on schoolboy's bedroom walls and so on. However, some of the motoring journalists who've driven the car reckon it could be a little bit more exciting.
And it seems the engineers at Sant'Agata agree with that, as they've gone and made the Superleggera a much more 'exciting' car.
By chopping its roof off.
Whilst this does bring about several benefits in the real world (with the main one being there's less material insulating you from that V10 bellow), it's likely you won't feel the difference in the game. In fact, as it's slightly heavier than the Superleggera coupe, the Performante's theoretically the inferior car.
But hey, it's a bold and noisy Lamborghini roadster that goes like stink and has one of the sexiest bodykits and paintjobs in all of motoring, and it's a new car for Forza Horizon. If you're a die-hard fan of this car or have more than enough Microsoft Points going spare, it's a bit of a no-brainer, isn't it?
Earlier this year, one of the icons of the auto industry, Carroll Shelby, sadly passed away aged 84 after suffering from a long-term heart condition. As a tribute to him (and, indeed, to the company that bore his name, as it's also Shelby Automobile's 50th anniversary), a limited-run of super powerful, specially prepped Mustangs were built in his honour.
Called the Shelby 1000, it's by all means a fitting tribute to the great man. Not only will he forever be associated with the Mustang, but what makes this one so special is that it's had the 'Shelby treatment', i.e. it's been given a load more power.
By all means, the Shelby Mustang GT500 it's based on is already a pretty powerful car, but that car's 660bhp is weedy in comparison to the 1000's 950bhp. And all that's still being sent through a live rear axle!
And the best bit about this car? If you mask all the decals and give it a new coat of paint, you'll have one of the most feared and ferocious sleepers in the entire game. That is, as long as no one notices the 'Shelby 1000' name or the huge performance index figure when you're in the online lobbies…
BMW M3 GTS
Shelby Cobra 427
Shelby fans seem to be well catered for in this month's Forza Horizon DLC pack – not only do we have one of the most ferocious Ford Mustangs ever made to play with, but we've also got this legend of a car: the Cobra 427.
Though Carroll Shelby and his crew found out the hard way that this roadster wasn't competitive enough at Le Mans (the bodywork simply wasn't aerodynamic enough, which was soon rectified with the Daytona Coupe), don't go thinking beating one in a race will be a walk in a park.
Yes, it may be derived from the humble AC Ace, but under the Cobra's bonnet lies a huge 7.0 V8 with 425bhp. Couple that with the 1,000kg or so curb weight, and you have the makings of a truly ballistic road car.
If that's not enough poke for you, though, then there's nothing stopping you from tuning one up into an 800hp Cobra Super Snake replica. A word of warning if you do go down that route, though: you may well be able to smoke the competition, but you'll almost certainly smoke the tyres as soon as you even think about stamping on the gas, so we advise you keep the traction control on whilst you're familiarising yourself with it!
Whilst we're obviously excited by supercars and anything that's raced professionally, us here at Team VVV do like performance car bargains – both in real life and in the virtual realms of computer games. So, unsurprisingly, we're pretty chuffed that a Nissan 240SX has made its way into Forza Horizon.
Even though it came as standard on Forza Motorsport 3 and Forza Motorsport 4…
That little quibble aside, we're still excited – it is, after all, an affordable rear-wheel drive coupe with enough power to have fun in, but not too much, so you won't end up crashing into a fence or a tree if you get it slightly wrong. Long story short, it's a great way to master RWD cars with all the assists off.
If you want a challenge, though, then Forza Horizon's upgrade parts means you can build it up gradually into a touge-style racer that'll chirrup every time you back off onto the overrun and easily smash through the '9,000 and over' sponsor challenges. That is, if you can handle the power such a machine will possess…
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Those of you who bought the various DLC packs for Forza Motorsport 4 may remember that the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was offered in the May Top Gear Car Pack. However, before you go into a hissy fit over Turn 10 and Playground Games charging us twice for the same car, it's worth pointing two things out: you can download this one for free individually and, if you saw our video by Ross on our YouTube channel, you'll know the Wrangler's a pretty good car.
Not only will it potentially end up being the unlikeliest of drift cars (yes, you can go all Gymkhana in the Wrangler!), but we can imagine the dirt trails in Forza Horizon won't be any trouble for it – heck, it's got chunky tyres, a locking differential and – if the aftermarket options have been carried over from FM4 – you can even fit one with a snorkel!
Okay, so that extra's a bit more for show than anything else, as there's no actual need for it in the game. However, it is pretty cool to have it on your car simply because you can and, if the developers happen to add new terrain to the game and conveniently something of interest on the other side of a river, you'll know which car will be up for the job…
So that's the Bondurant DLC summarised for y'all. Are there any cars in this pack that tickle your fancy? Will you be downloading any or all of them onto your Xbox hard drive? Let us know in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.