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100 cars from 'Forza Horizon 2' revealed

Forza Horizon 2 cars
Forza Horizon 2 cars
Photo courtesy of Microsoft Studios, used with permission.

Today July 22, 2014 Turn 10 and Microsoft Studios revealed 100 of the more than 200 cars players can drive in Forza Horizon 2. None of the cars were imported from the previous iteration in the franchise, they've all "been built from the ground up for this generation with the utmost care and detail, taking full advantage of the power of Xbox One."

1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S
Photo courtesy of Microsoft Studios, used with permission.

One of the new features in Forza Horizon 2 is dynamic weather within the open world, and players will have to use their windshield wipers and headlights to navigate without crashing. There's also interior lighting. You know, because they can. We're not huge gear heads, however we can certainly appreciate all the fine details that make these cars look more realistic than ever.

The first 100 cars from Forza Horizon 2 are pretty varied, and include "supercars" like the game's cover 015 Lamborghini Huracán along with "Group B rally legends, monster offroaders, classic American muscle cars and much more." One fun aspect of the franchise is collecting all of the diverse cars, and upgrading them.

Today Turn 10 and Microsoft Studios also detailed five brand new cars to the franchise:

1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S

Prior to 1973, Alpine was its own make, purveyed by Jean Redele, who had achieved notable success racing Renault 4CVs, including class wins at the Mille Miglia and the Coupe Des Alpes. In 1954, Redele formed the Societe Anonyme des Automobiles Alpine and the Alpine was born. Alpine always worked closely with Renault and always utilized Renault mechanicals, so the assimilation of the two was a natural progression. The Alpine scored international recognition as it took several wins throughout Europe in the first international rally championship and would later win the first World Rally Championship. Set aside the Alpine's astounding championship winning performance and you still have a sleek, mid-engine Berlinetta with flowing body lines that demand attention.

2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR

Compact and quick, that’s how best to describe the 2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR. This is a small car with a big point of view, notably in its compact form and assertive lines. Featuring a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and more than 180 bhp, the Corsa VXR is no stranger to pint-sized performance, with a respectable 0-60 time of just under 7 seconds and a top speed north of 130 mph. You can control that modest grunt too; with pliable and playful handling, the Corsa guarantees a fun time behind the wheel.

1945 Jeep Willys MB

As tensions heightened during the 1930s, the U.S. Army asked automakers to deliver a replacement for its aging light armor division. At the time, the division was mostly comprised of motorcycles—some with sidecars—and many Model T Fords. By 1940, the division had formalized its vehicle requirements to include the following specs: four-wheel-drive, a wheelbase of no more than 80 inches, a minimum payload of 660 lbs. and minimum torque of 85-ft-lbs. Lastly, the vehicle had to weigh no more than 2,160 pounds empty. The original design was contrived by American Bantam Car Company but, due to a lack of production capacity and fiscal stability, the U.S. government assumed legal rights to the design and contracted with Willys-Overland and later Ford to produce their variations the Willys MA—Military A, and later MB. The origin of the term “Jeep” has more than one influence. One clearly points to the Ford designation Gee- P. The second comes from the popular Popeye cartoons of the era. “Eugene the jeep” was Popeye’s jungle pet who could solve difficult problems with his ability to move between dimensions. Much as the implementation of the Jeep did for the military.

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe

Who would have ever thought an old Volkswagen van would be worth upwards of $200,000? Today, these little buses are going for incredible sums at auction and even rusting hulks can garner more than the cost of your favorite sports car. The 23-window De Luxe is the most desirable model of “splitties” – for their split windshield – and will sell for huge sums in nearly any condition. An array of roofside windows lets the sun shine in and offers a beautiful accent to the breadbox form of the classic bus. Pushing the little guy around is a rear-mounted, 1200cc, air-cooled flat-four. The mighty 36 hp motor will deliver highway speeds, even when full of long-haired hippies, except when climbing hills. Many vans of the era had sayings such as “please just pass” painted on the back and inspired bumper stickers like “NEVER get behind a VW” or “0-60 in 15 Minutes.” The truth is, you don’t have to go fast in a VW Bus to be having a good time, riding or road-tripping in one will make memories that last a lifetime.

1954 Jaguar XK120 SE

The Jaguar XK120 SE is an iconic post-World War II auto; one of a group of cars that became synonymous with European sports cars of the time when it was released. Little wonder too – the car’s open top and swooping lines practically scream for a spin along the Cote d’Azur or a brisk ride through wine country in Tuscany. The original XK120 line was launched in 1948 as a test bed for the then-new Jaguar XK engine. Later, Jaguar introduced the optional SE package found here, which increased engine performance to 180 hp, added a dual exhaust, and stiffened the suspension, bringing some added pep to an already classic chassis. Take the SE for a spin in “Forza Horizon 2’s” southern European setting for a high-speed taste of what the good old days must have felt like.

Check out the first 100 cars from Forza Horizon 2:

1. 2002 Acura RSX Type-S

2. 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

3. 2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde

4. 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde

5. 1964 Aston Martin DB5

6. 2010 Aston Martin One-77

7. 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish

8. 2013 Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus 5.2 FSI quattro

9. 1995 Audi RS 2 Avant

10. 2006 Audi RS 4

11. 2011 Audi RS 5 Coupé

12. 2013 Audi S4

13. 1997 BMW M3

14. 1991 BMW M3

15. 2012 BMW M5

16. 2011 BMW X5 M

17. 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

18. 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

19. 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

20. 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454

21. 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

22. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

23. 1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

24. 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

25. 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

26. 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

27. 1957 Ferrari 250 California

28. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

29. 1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta

30. 2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta

31. 2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia

32. 2013 Ferrari LaFerrari

33. 1980 Abarth Fiat 131

34. 2010 Abarth 500 esseesse

35. 2013 Abarth Punto Supersport

36. 2009 Ford Focus RS

37. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

38. 2000 Ford SVT Cobra R

39. 1993 Ford SVT Cobra R

40. 1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500

41. 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan

42. 1997 Honda Civic Type R

43. 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha

44. 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track

45. 1956 Jaguar D-Type

46. 1961 Jaguar E-type S1

47. 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE

48. 1945 Jeep Willys MB

49. 2011 Koenigsegg Agera

50. 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

51. 2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

52. 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale

53. 2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport

54. 2010 Lexus LFA

55. 1956 Lotus Eleven

56. 2012 Lotus Exige S

57. 2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S

58. 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata

59. 2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

60. 2013 McLaren P1

61. 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG

62. 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series

63. 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

64. 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

65. 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

66. 1965 MINI Cooper S

67. 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR

68. 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR

69. 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR

70. 2010 Nissan 370Z

71. 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432

72. 1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo

73. 2000 Nissan Silvia Spec-R

74. 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R

75. 1993 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec

76. 2012 Pagani Huayra

77. 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

78. 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

79. 1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455

80. 1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA

81. 1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S

82. 2003 Renault Sport Clio V6

83. 2010 Renault Megane RS 250

84. 2011 RUF Rt 12 S

85. 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

86. 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi

87. 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

88. 2011 Subaru WRX STI

89. 1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205

90. 2013 Toyota GT86

91. 1995 Toyota MR2 GT

92. 2005 TVR Sagaris

93. 2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR

94. 2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR

95. 2013 SRT Viper GTS

96. 1992 Volkswagen Golf Gti 16v Mk2

97. 2010 Volkswagen Golf R

98. 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI

99. 2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R

100. 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe

This gamer is looking forward to checking out brands we never knew existed. We've all heard of Lamborghini and Ason Martin, however we found ourselves doing a Google search for Abarth and Koenigsegg. Perhaps we're an amateur motorist, having only owned a Saturn Ion for the past ten years, however Forza Horizon 2 will certainly let us live out our fantasy of driving that 2013 McLaren P1 down the open road.

Which ride are you looking forward to driving the most? Please let us know in the comments.

Forza Horizon 2 races onto Xbox One on Sept. 30, 2014.

For more information about the game, visit http://www.forzamotorsport.net/en-us/games/fh2.