Forza Motorsport 6 might still be a few months away, but if you’re a Forza fan and you can’t wait to get your hands on some new cars, Forza Horizon 2 will be getting a new car pack, this time known as the IGN Car Pack. As ever, there is a mix of old cars and new cars, although this time around it is mostly new models. These include the 2014 Aston Martin V-12 Vantage S, the 2014 Audi S1, the 2013 Lotus Evora S and the 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS.

There is also one car which isn’t brand new, but which is not quite old enough to be a classic. That is the 2002-2006 Ferrari 575M. This was an upgraded version of the 1996-2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello, the car that replaced the 1984-1991 Ferrari Testarossa. It is now a couple of generations back, but a V-12 Ferrari is never going to be a dull time. There is one last car, this one a genuine classic, and that is the 1971 Plymouth GTX 426 Hemi. The GTX started off as a trim for the Belvedere, and ended up as a trim for the Roadrunner. But for 1971 only, it was a standalone beast of a muscle car.

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Why it matters

It’s always good to see a car pack that offers so many different kinds of cars. The Vantage and the Evora are both European sports cars, but they come in at very different price points, different enough to keep them both relevant. There’s a small hot-hatch, a classic muscle car, and Italian gran turismo and a weird high-performance crossover. The pack will cost you $5, which seems a bit high, but if one of these cars is something you simply must have, then it isn’t exactly going to break the bank.

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Press Release

The IGN Car Pack is coming for Forza Horizon 2! Arriving exclusively on Xbox One on Tuesday, July 7, the IGN Car Pack brings six new cars all ready to attack the open roads of Southern Europe.

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This month, we bring you the glory of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, with luxury and performance that will astound and comfort you. Then there’s the hottest new hatch from Audi, the S1, a turbo-charged pocket-rocket that in the real world is only available in Europe. From Japan, Nissan presents the Juke Nismo RS, a crossover that is always ready to go racing. Speaking of racing, the first supercharged Lotus Evora is a car that just begs to be raced. Finishing off the pack is one of the last of the American muscle cars, the 1971 Plymouth GTX 426 Hemi.

This month’s free car is and one of the most beautiful front-engine V12 Ferraris of all time – the 575M Maranello.

The IGN Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 will be available on July 7 for $5 on the Xbox Store or through the Forza Hub app for Xbox One. Check out the trailer and see below for full details on cars included in the pack!

2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

Should you encounter the urge to travel at speeds upwards of 200 mph in regal comfort, the Vantage S now awaits you in Forza Horizon 2. Packed with a V12, the Vantage S just pulls and pulls… and then pulls some more. Excess is standard equipment in an Aston Martin and the Vantage S positively exudes it. This is more car than most will ever need, but isn’t half the fun knowing that a car is capable of much more than it will ever be asked? Take this ultimate luxury sport coupe for a ride and decide for yourself.

2015 Audi S1

The angry little sport subcompact from Audi delivers thrills all day and into the night. What’s not to love about a 2.0 liter turbo-charged engine that pulls hard off the line, shoves you into the seat in mid-range and screams all the way to redline? The S1 represents the upper echelon of subcompacts, with equal doses of luxury and performance. To get things moving, the S1 is all-wheel-drive, which gives it stability and confidence and, with a sport suspension and big brakes, it takes to a tossing and stops at will. If there was a time when running errands seemed mundane, the S1 will have you leaping for the keys to make sure the fridge is stocked.

2011 Lotus Evora S

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When considering the semi-exotic, the Lotus Evora S is an inspiration, both for its thrilling levels of grip and its all-around balance that will have you pushing your own limits. The “S,” for all intents and purposes, stands for “supercharged.” With modest boost from the Australian-made Harrop supercharger, the Evora S makes nearly 350 horsepower – that’s a 25 percent upshot – with only a slight weight gain over its standard counterpart. If you push hard, you can get the Evora S to oversteer, but in the hands of the right driver this can be put to good use. Predictability and confidence are something that come with the mid-engine design. So, let the Evora S speak the language of speed to your inner race driver and then put it to work.

1971 Plymouth GTX 426 HEMI

Loud and proud, the high-performance Plymouth wears a contrasting vinyl roof on the semi-fastback design, a large rear-deck spoiler, and plenty of “GTX” badging. Looks aren’t the only outrageous part of this one; when equipped with the rarely-optioned 426 Street HEMI engine option, the GTX is good for 425 horsepower, more than enough to run the quarter in the 14’s. Less than 3,000 GTXs were produced in 1971, and a very small amount left the lot with this configuration, one of the best implementations of Mopar’s “Elephant Motor.” If you were interested in going around a corner rather than simply blasting down the strip, the stiff suspension and wider rear track make the 1971 GTX a noticeably better handler than the car it replaced. Unfortunately, as the muscle car wars wound down, 1971 proved to be the last year of the GTX.

2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

You can call the Juke cute, you can call it quirky, but in its Nismo RS dress you can also call it fast. The folks behind closed doors of the Nismo department at Nissan had their way with the little crossover, and took it even further than the Nismo-badged Juke. The Nismo RS is the highest level performance package of the five available Juke models. With the RS badging you get more than just looks that will have the masses rubbernecking, you get a truly re-engineered platform. Starting with more power from a free-flowing exhaust and retuned ECU, to a stiffer suspension, lowered ride height and larger brake rotors. The Nismo RS hasn’t left anything out to get your attention, once it has it, we think you will approve.

Free Car – 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello

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Any time Ferrari appends the name of one of their models with an “M” — for modificato, or modified — it generally means that it’s the final version of that model incorporating all the refinements and upgrades. In other words, it’s the best, which is a fair assessment of the 575M Maranello, a heavy revision of the 550 that preceded it. Ferrari sent the classically proportioned grand tourer back to Pininfarina for a nip and a tuck (mostly revised aerodynamics, intakes, and body-colored headlight surrounds), and then plunged under the hood to revise the Tipo F133A motor, punching it out a fifth of a liter to produce the 508-horsepower F133E, an increase of nearly 30 hp over the 550. The 575M marked another significant milestone for the Scuderia, as the first road-going V12 car to feature an F1-style gearbox. Few cars have the poise, effortless grace and startling performance as the 575M Maranello, one of the best front-engined grand tourers ever produced.

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