Coinciding with the theatrical release of Fast and Furious 7, which has since shot up to number 1 at the UK box office, Turn 10 has released the Furious 7 Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 featuring eight cars from the film, from Dominic Toretto's iconic 1970 Dodge Charger R/T to Tej's Jeep Wrangler.
They were previously available in the standalone Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast and Furious expansion pack released last month. Curiously however, Paul Walker's Nissan GT-R is nowhere to be seen in the pack, despite featuring in the expansion. Neither is the Lykan Hypersport, arguably the star car in the film due to its rarity and its role in a spectacular stunt which sees it smash through a skyscraper. Looks like Project CARS beat them to it.
Available on XBL for $5, the Furious 7 pack adds the following cars to the roster:
1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
Driven by leading protagonist Dominic Toretto, the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T has become a signature car in the series, first appearing in The Fast and the Furious back in 2001 where it was pitted against Brian O'Conner's Toyota Supra in a 1/4 mile drag race. It features once again in Fast and Furious 7 (in a nice nod to the first film, we first see it unveiled in the same garage from The Fast and the Furious) in a showdown against Statham's Aston Martin DB9 – you can probably guess which car came out on top in a game of chicken. The Fast & Furious version is heavily modified, featuring a supercharger and distinctive street blower scoop poking out of the bonnet, and a tire-shredding power output of nearly 900hp.
1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
Driven by Dom's love interest Letty, the Cuda is featured in the film's opening drag race sequence against an Audi R8, as well as the destructive drone chase finale. The Fast and Furious version started out as a AAR Cuda, before being modified to churn out over 600bhp of brisk American muscle.
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition
A somewhat unusual choice for a Fast and Furious film, this heavily armored bulletproof Jeep Wrangler driven by Tej took on an army of souped up machines in Fast and Furious 7's destructive mountain pursuit. It also survived a preposterous parachute jump from a cargo plane – it wouldn't be a Fast and Furious film without some high-octane lunacy.
2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
Jason Statham's character Deckard Shaw, the main villain in the film, has a penchant for quintessentially British cars. He's first seen driving a menacing Maserati Ghibli S, a luxury coupe that, like Statham, packs a mean punch with its twin-turbo V6 delivering more than 400 horsepower. Like most cars in Fast and Furious 7, it doesn't stay pristine for very long, becoming a mangled wreck after a brutal head-on collision with a Plymouth Road Runner driven by Dom.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
Dom is typically seen behind the wheel of a heaving muscle car; probably because he's the only member of the group who's bulbous biceps are strong enough to steer one. So it's fitting that we first see him in a vintage 1970 Plymouth Road Runner, which is used in the film's first chase sequence as Dom takes off in pursuit of Deckard Shaw after witnessing him at Han's funeral, who we learned was murdered by Shaw in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift.
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
The Dodge Charger lives on, and was unsurprisingly Dom's first ride of choice when visiting Abu Dhabi. The R/T edition packs 370bhp, and is surprisingly agile for a four door saloon.
2015 Dodge Challenger Fast & Furious Edition
Letty drives a modern-day Dodge Challenger in the film's big setpiece chase sequence set on mountain roads, as the team infiltrate a convoy. The heavily modified Challenger comes equipped front-mounted bullbars to batter any foolhardy assailants, as well as a powerful Hemi under the bonnet.
1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
The Toyota Supra's appearance in Fast and Furious 7 is particularly poignant, because it's used to send off the late Paul Walker who tragically died during filming in a moving, tear-jerking tribute at the end of the film. The white Supra seen in Fast and Furious 7 was also Paul Walker's personal car, and the scene smartly references Dom and Brian's first 1/4 duel in the original film. It's also this month's free car in Forza Horizon 2.
Meanwhile, the Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast and Furious expansion is still available for free until April 10th, where it will retail for $10.
It does beg the question: now that the Fast and Furious 7 cars are available to purchase separately, is there any incentive to buy the expansion when it's no longer available for free? Its low cost may tempt some that don't yet own Forza Horizon 2, but existing owners won't find anything they haven't seen before – the events are the same race and Showcase events (the attack helicopter race is at least entertaining), while the map is a cut-down version of the same map in the main game.