The VVV newsfeeds are literally filling to the brim with Forza news stories and features. We’ve got videos and pieces on the upcoming Forza Horizon game, our latest entry into the ‘Forza Tuning Guide’ has just been put up and we’re still rejoicing over the Porsche Expansion Pack!
And now, the guys and gals at Turn 10 have announced all the details we need to know about the ninth DLC pack for Forza Motorsport 4 – the ‘Meguiar Car Pack’.
As you’d expect from a new downloadable batch of cars for FM4 – especially one that’s associated a manufacturer of car polish – 10 spanking new motors to the franchise from across the ages and the automotive spectrum, ranging from retro classics from the pre and post-war eras to the latest track focused machinery on sale today.
The June DLC will be made available on June 5th, at the cost of 560 Microsoft Points. Here’s what to expect when you boot up the game after purchasing the pack on the Xbox Live Store:
1959 BMW 507
Despite being much cheaper than the Mercedes 300SL that was on sale at the same time, only 252 examples of the 507 were ever made, mostly because BMW made a huge loss on each one that was sold. Had a few very rich and influential people decided to not invest their cash into the brand, it’s likely that BMW would have become bankrupt and be forced into closing down.
Today, prices for surviving examples are fetching sky-high levels, so its inclusion into the world of Forza will be the closest many will ever get to experience this very special Bavarian roadster.
2011 Aston Martin Cygnet
Then again, we’ve had a few crazy and unique cars already which have entered the realms of Forza 4 (Ford Country Squire, anybody?), so it’s something we should at least have expected, especially as it’s generated a huge amount of publicity for Aston Martin. Here’s hoping that you can spice it up a bit, though, by converting it to rear-wheel drive and sticking a One-77 motor in it.
1987 RUF CTR Yellowbird
Officially named the CTR, it soon adopted the name ‘Yellowbird’ for obvious reasons. However, there’s more to it than the hue of the paint, as the RUF CTR was by far and away one of the fastest road cars in the world at the time of its launch, with a quoted top speed of 212mph. No stock supercar could beat it until the Jaguar XJ220 went on sale five years later!
With the sheer straight-line performance it has, expect it to become one of the more popular stock drag cars in the game, but be wary everywhere else – being a rear-engined RWD monster with (if Turn 10 have modelled it correctly) noteworthy turbo lag, it’s bound to be a bit of a handful…
2011 Chevrolet Corvette Racing ZR1
To be fair, it’s not that hard to see why – it’s a 485bhp V8 powered rocket of a racer, and this ZR1 in question is a heavily developed version of the C6 cars that have proven themselves to be mighty on the track in recent years. It was also powered by E85 biofuel, so it’s one of the greenest ways to be competitive in endurance races such as Le Mans without resorting to an Audi or Peugeot LMP car!
1958 MG MGA Twin-Cam
This particular model is the flagship Twin-Cam, which was fitted with what was at the time a rather meaty 108bhp. Though the performance figures from a modern perspective look quite weedy – 0-60 in 13 seconds, 113mph top speed etc – it kick-started the craze for small roadsters that were absolute joys to drive.
We expect there’ll be quite a few three-way showdowns between MGAs, Austin-Healeys and Lotus Elans once the June pack is launched…
2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series
That said, don’t let the new aero pack and rear spoiler fool you into thinking it’s a track machine that comes a stock– if the real car is anything to go by, this is still something that’s better off as a tool to try and set a leaderboard-topping drift score in, though kudos to you if you attempt to lap it around the ‘Ring!
1963 Volkswagen Beetle
The air-cooled VeeDub you can see here is a variant from 1963, which is quite important culturally for two reasons. Firstly, it was the year the Volkswagen debuted into the US market, where it competed with the affordable family cars on sale at the time, but sported the ace cards of reliability and a lower asking price that its rivals.
And secondly, the original ‘Herbie the Love Bug’ was a ’63 model, so don’t be shocked if you see a few Beetles in online races or at the Auction House with tricolour stripes and ‘53’ roundels on the side.
1997 Maserati Ghibli Cup
Inspired by the Ghibli Cup racing car, the mighty Maserati had quite a few trump cards up its sleeve. Not only did it come with powerful Brembo brakes and a claimed 160mph top speed, but it also had the highest bhp-per-litre of any production car at the time, courtesy of a turbocharged 2.0 V6 with a still very impressive 330 horsepower.
Nowadays, it’s a bit overlooked and you won’t find that many people who’ve heard of it, so we’re quite chuffed that Turn 10 decided to introduce this underrated Italian sports coupe to the Forza franchise.
1992 Toyota Celica GT-Four RC ST185
To comply to the Group A rally regulations of the early Ninties, Toyota had to sell 5,000 road going examples to the general public, though obviously not quite as hard-core. What they ended up with was a 232bhp turbo B-road master that sported rather distinctive bodywork, especially towards the front.
And the rally car? Well, with the Spanish rally legend Carlos Sainz at the wheel, the Celica GT-Four became the company’s most successful rally car ever, winning two Constructor’s Championships and three Driver’s Championships between 1992 and 1994. Had Mitsubishi and Subaru not entered the fray, it’s likely the Toyota team would have sustained their dominance on the world’s rally stages.
1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe
However, don’t overlook it as simply a car that was put in the game for the sake of putting it in, as the Deluxe Coupe is still quite a significant car. Not only did they sell in their millions, but because their engines could be easily upgraded and maintained, they were the ideal mode of transport for the legendary moonshine runners in the Forties and early Fifties. Which, in turn, lead to the beginnings of NASCAR racing.
When you look at it from that perspective, its place in the 630+ strong current Forza 4 car list is well and truly deserved. And, given that Turn 10 imply it’ll respond well to modern performance components, the first thing we’re do to the Ford, as a homage to its high-speed exploits once upgraded, is put every ‘go faster part’ on it and hammer it around the Brick Yard at Indianapolis.
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