A racing sim isn't much of a game without cars and Forza Motorsport 5 for the Xbox One is no different. Turn 10 Studios began a weekly unveiling Wednesday with 21 cars that will be ready to race when the game releases alongside the next-gen console this November. Lead developer Dan Greenwalt also confirmed the return of two tracks during a Eurogamer Expo presentation.
First, the fictional Bernese Alps track will make the leap from Forza 4 to Forza 5 with an upgraded 1080p reincarnation. Second, Greenwalt announced that Silverstone Circuit has been completely recaptured for Forza 5 for the first time since its initial introduction to match the changes made to the real-world track. This includes the new start/finish line, updates made for Formula One plus new techniques and equipment used to capture the track accurately.
Of the 21 cars announced, the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X GSR and the 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II.
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X GSR
When Mitsubishi designed an all-new Lancer, the basis of the Evolution X, they built a healthy dose of pure aggression into the bodywork. This suits the Evo just fine, as it’s been beefed up in the performance department too. The heart of the matter is the new 2-liter turbo-charged four cylinder that uses an aluminum block for the first time in an Evo, which saves an important 26 lbs. even with the addition of features like dual variable valve timing and a timing chain. In addition to saving weight, the new engine makes even more power, a total of 295 horsepower. But that’s not all—aluminum also finds its way into the body of the Evo, and less weight and more power necessarily equals better performance. The overall impression the Evo leaves you with is that it could tackle any corner you can throw at it, and this is an impression borne out by the experience behind the wheel.
2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II
As the penultimate edition of the “R34” series Skyline GT-R, and in fact, as one of the last of the traditionally inline-six powered Skylines, the V-Spec II is destined to be a collectible. Let’s hope that this doesn’t mean that existing models are parked in garages and never driven, because driving is exactly what Nissan intended this GT-R to do. The V-Spec II (the “V” stands for “victory,” by the way) comes with all of the goodies that the original V-Spec had, but it’s even harder-edged thanks to increased stiffness and lighter weight (primarily due to a special carbon fiber hood, spotted at a distance by the small NACA duct). The RB26DETT engine will be familiar to Skyline fans, but only the very fanatical will know offhand that the ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system is actually the “Pro” version, with an active limited-slip differential that splits torque laterally if necessary. Externally, small “V-Spec II” badges and a large “bi-plane” rear wing differentiate this Skyline from lesser models. With well over 300 horsepower, the GT-R is not only quick, it’s very much so—particularly in poor traction situations where the all-wheel drive system comes into the fore.
You can see the rest of the cars below. If you notice a pattern here, it is that none of the cars announced in this week's unveiling are brand new to the Forza Motorsport series. These are all next-gen upgrades to cars that have appeared in the series before but Turn 10 Studios has previously stated that there will be all new vehicles in the game.
- 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
- 2013 Ford Focus ST
- 2010 Audi TT RS Coupe
- 2012 Scion TC
- 2009 Jeep Cherokee SRT8
- 2011 Kia Cee'd
- 2005 TVR Sagaris
- 1965 Alfa Rome Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale
- 1999 Dodge Viper GTS ACR
- 1998 Eagle Talon TSi Turbo
- 2009 Ferrari California
- 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R
- 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
- 1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata
- 2010 Maserati GranTurismo S
- 2003 Toyota Celica SS-I
- 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe
- 1971 AMC Javelin-AMX
Forza Motorsport 5 will be available for the Xbox One at launch on Nov. 22.
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