Forza Horizon 2 Gets Mazda MX-5 Car Pack - Win a New Miata!
Mazda is once again turning to the Forza Horizon 2virtual world to promote its upcoming MX-5 sports car, and gamers are all the better for it. Beginning March 17, the 2016 model will be available for free download to drive in game. Additionally, any and all console racers who take the wheel will have the chance to win an MX-5 in real life. You know, for outside and stuff.
To supplement the MX-5, this car pack also includes the 2010 MX-5 Super20 SEMA concept car, the 1990 MX-5 and 2005 MAZDASPEED MX-5. To get it, head over to the Mazda landing page after logging into Xbox Live.
Players will be able to compete against one another for an actual MX-5 car. Here’s how it works: first, log into Xbox Live and navigate to either the Games, Music, Movies or Apps channel. Once there, you might see a Mazda MX-5 ad. Click it to go to the ad landing page. Then, register to enter the contest by following the prompts on the contest page. You will be required to play in the appropriate Rival Mode event, called the “Mazda MX-5 Challenge,” using the 2016 MX-5 from the car pack on the Sisteron Perimeter Sprint Track. The two players with the quickest times will be flown out to LA this June to compete in a head-to-head battle, with the winner receiving a sparkling-new 2016 MX-5. The contest ends April 30th.
And who said playing video games would never amount to anything?
Continue reading to learn more about the new Mazda MX-5 Car Pack.
Why it matters
The chance to get behind the wheel of the new MX-5 before it hits dealerships is yet another reason promotions like this are so awesome. Think of it like one the most badass test-drives you could possibly take. Now, you can shred tires and rub fenders without some pesky salesman in the passenger seat complaining about the “speed limit” or “going off-road” or “don’t hit that fence.”
What’s more, the chance to win a real car is reason enough to see what you can do at the Sisteron Perimeter Sprint Track. However, I’m worried the fastest time might be set by some 12-year-old who found a glitch that cuts the total track distance in half. It’s the kind of exploit you see constantly when Internet bragging rights are on the line. Throw in a brand new Mazda sports car, and well, you can be sure all bets are off.
Since 1989, the Mazda Miata MX-5 has been the darling of driving enthusiasts worldwide. Underneath the cute secretary exterior lays a handling package that can make six-figure sports cars red in the face. With such incredible on-track potential by a two-door roadster available at a very affordable price, it should come as no surprise that entire single-model race series devoted to the MX-5 are running strong to this day.
Now, the fourth generation is upon us, and it looks to continue that tradition of absolute driving focus, with Mazda throwing in a slew of updates to keep it fresh.
The heart of the MX-5 philosophy revolves around a compact, RWD design that sheds mass wherever possible. Therefore, curb weight will be kept down to about a metric ton at 2,332 pounds. Length is 154 inches, width is 68.1 inches, and height is 48.6 inches. Wheelbase is 91.4 inches.
The exterior body panels adopt Mazda’s new “Kodo – Soul Of Motion” design language, which means it looks quite a bit more aggressive than in years past. The front end is more angular, with a large front air dam, exaggerated rear wheel arches, and a simple, squared tail.
Under the creased hood lines sits a 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G inline four-cylinder engine, which creates 155 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. While not capable of producing any land speed records, the way the MX-5 slingshots you through a corner belies its humble power output. Transmission choices include either a six-speed manual or automatic, although anyone who purchases an MX-5 with a slushbox should have their head examined.
The front-midship engine, RWD layout gives this car good weight distribution, with the overall balance enhanced by double wishbone suspension in the front and a multilink setup in the rear.
There’s a reason the MX-5 has been one of the most popular Mazdas for the past quarter-century or so, which means this fourth generation has some pretty big shoes to fill. On paper, it looks to fit the bill. Perhaps some FH2 comparisons are in order?
Pricing is expected to start around $25,000.