Forza Horizon 2 Gets Duracell Car Pack
The latest car pack for the much-beloved Xbox racer Forza Horizon 2 has just dropped, and as usual, it comes with a blend of cars both new and old with enough performance to blitz through the sprawling open world with reckless abandon.
The pack adds five models to collect and modify, including the 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, 2001 Audi RS 4 Avant, 1995 BMW M5, 1991 Honda CR-X SiR, and 1972 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110 Series II. A sixth car, the 1990 Lotus Carlton, joins the ranks as this pack’s free pick of the month.
You can download the Duracell Car Pack right now on the Xbox One gaming console by going to the Xbox Store, or through the Forza Hub app. The Lotus is gratis, but if you want the other five, prepare to dish out $5.
Still not convinced? Check out the above-featured preview video, which features all six corner-killers in their natural habitats – tearing up the roads and spewing tire smoke.
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Why it matters
You gotta love the amount of support FH2 continues to receive. Like clockwork, you can expect a new DLC to pop up from Turn 10 studios every two to four weeks or so, ready to snatch up that loose change hiding under the couch cushions.
First up is the new, all-American Camaro Z/28. As homage to its predecessor’s illustrious road racing history, this lead sled slings its weight around with astonishing poise. The suspension is high-tech, the tires are massive and gummy, and even though it’ll tip the scales at nearly two tons, it’ll still rip apexes with the best of them. Oh yeah, and it’s also got a 7.0-liter V-8 with over 500 horsepower, so it can do that straight-line muscle car stuff too.
Like clockwork, you can expect a new DLC to pop up from Turn 10 studios every two to four weeks or so, ready to snatch up that loose change hiding under the couch cushions.
Next is the Audi RS 4 Avant. Speaking as a wagon owner myself, there are few things as satisfying as trouncing some two-door “sports car” in a vehicle capable of hauling the whole family and a week’s worth of groceries. And this AWD rocket can do all that without breaking a sweat thanks to a twin-turbo V-6 dishing out 375 horsepower. When it was released, it was Audi’s most powerful production car ever built, and it’s got the suspension and brakes to back it up. Luckily, you’ll have enough room in the rear to haul away your opponent’s ego as well.
For all the Bimmer fans out there, the last E34 M5 is surely one of the more desirable models on the road. Mixing together a heady cocktail of luxury and performance in a four-door shooter, the ’95 M5 came sporting a 3.5-liter inline six-cylinder engine with more than 250 horsepower routed through a six-speed transmission, making it quite capable when it came to high-speed cruising on the autobahn. While a bit of a boat, the M5 still has the cajones to keep pace with the leaner and meaner speed machines out there.
Speaking of which, if you’re an old-school lover of the H badge, then the CR-X SiR needs no introduction. Pegged as the second model to receive the legendary VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) valvetrain system, this ultra-lightweight hatchback lived to rev. Keep the engine spinning, and you’ll understand the fanboy obsession. It’s a potent FWD platform that’s often imitated, but never duplicated. One of my best friends owned a CR-X in high school, and I’ll just say, speaking from personal experience – these little machines will surprise you with their capability.
Delighting JDM fans even further is the Mazda Cosmo Sport. Built between 1967 and 1972, this front-engine, RWD sports coupe featured an iconic powerplant that Mazda would continue to build for some time into the future – the Wankel rotary engine. For the Series II, the Japanese automaker upped output from 110 to 130 horsepower, plus added power brakes, 15-inch wheels and a five-speed manual transmission. If you’re looking to hit the streets in style, this is the one to get into.
Finally, all will get to enjoy the high-speed four-door Lotus Carlton. Alternatively called the Omega, this sedan was the fastest saloon in the world when it was released, capable of a top speed of 180 mph. With a bored-out, twin-turbo 3.6-liter straight-six engine, 377 horsepower was available at the rear wheels. It was so fast, the car was often used by thieves in the U.K. to outrun police, who drove the slower Vauxhall Senator B. This created quite a bit of controversy in the press, with many calling for a limiter to be placed on the car’s top end. Execs associated with the project voted unanimously to leave the top speed unrestricted, and now, you can experience it for yourself in the FH2 game world.
So then, what do we have? By the looks of it: new-school muscle, grocery-getter speed wagon, European greatest hit, VTEC throwback, Japanese classic, and over-powered hooligan. Which will you pick?
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