Forza Horizon 2 Gets Top Gear Car Pack
Gather ’round Forza Horizon 2 addicts, it’s February and time for yet another car pack. This time around, Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games present the Top Gear Car Pack, a bundle of vehicles "approved by the folks over at Top Gear to brighten up a dreary winter day." Assuming you already got the G-Shock Pack that was released in January, the Top Gear Pack follows suit with a wide variety of vehicles ranging from the brand-new, fast and luxurious Lexus RC F to the Ford Lotus Cortina of the 1960s and Lamborghini’s abominable LM002 SUV.
As usual, you can get the pack for Xbox One, either on the Xbox Market place or through the Forza Hub app for said console. It’ll cost you five bucks unless you own a Forza Horizon 2 Car Pass. Keep reading to find out more about the Top Gear Car Pack and six good reasons why you should spend the next day playing Forza Horizon 2 like there’s no tomorrow.
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The Cars In The New Top Gear Car Pack
The Lexus RC F is the only brand-new vehicle you get with the pack. Developed to give the BMW M4 a run for its money, the RC F brings to the table what its German competitor cannot. I’m talking about the naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V-8 that will have to compete against a 3.0-liter inline-six because BMW suddenly decided to care about the planet and fuel economy. Rated at 467 horsepower and 389 pound-feet of torque and backed by a close-ratio, eight-speed transmission, the mill makes the RC F one of the most powerful sports coupes on the market. It should be a hoot to drive, even from a couch and using an Xbox One controller.
Ah, yes, the XJ220. One of Jaguar’s few attempts at building a supercar. Built from 1992 through 1994, the XJ220 was praised for its impressive throttle response and precise handling, but highly criticized for its somewhat poor interior and subdued presence among other supercars. Intimidatingly expensive for the early 1990s, the XJ200 faced disappointing sales, with Jaguar axing it after producing only 275 examples of the projected 300-unit run. However, the XJ200 has gained popularity in recent years, with many hoping that Jaguar will developed a spiritual successor now that the brand has seen a revival with vehicles such as the F-Type.
Granted, the M235i is not as spectacular as the RC F or the XJ220, but it’s a vehicle that delivers a lot of fun and has plenty of power to play with the big boys. Powered by the same 3.0-liter, inline-six found in the M4, this compact Bimmer has 332 ponies and 332 pound-feet of torque traveling to the wheels. It needs only 4.8 seconds to charge from naught to 60 mph, making it quicker that its name and appearance might suggest.
Lamborghini might have become famous for supercars such as the Miura, Countach, and Diablo, but at one point it also ventured into SUV territory. At first designed as a military vehicle, the "Rambo Lambo" arrived in 1986, long before AM General began selling civilian versions of the Hummer to the public. It was big and mean, and had a massive V-12 engine under its hood, but its main feats were awful mileage and handling. Nonetheless, the LM002 is an exotic in its own right and an SUV I bet a lot of you have thought about hooning on a race track. With this new car pack, you can do just that.
The 458 Speciale needs no introduction. It’s a full-fledged Italian supercar we all dream about driving some day, and the last Ferrari to draw its power from the naturally aspirated, 4.5-liter V-8. With Maranello having already unveiled a turbocharged successor in the form of the 488 GTB, this might be your last chance to drive the 458 Speciale.
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina
The Ford Lotus Cortina is my personal favorite from this pack, and a car you should consider researching deeper if you’re into classic performance vehicles. Based on the Ford Cortina Mark 1 saloon, the Lotus Cortina was a performance two-door developed by Ford Motor Company with input from British manufacturer Lotus in the early 1960s. The first-gen car, which you’ll be driving in Forza Horizon 2, arrived in 1963 with a 1.6-liter, inline-four packing 105 horsepower. That might not seem like a lot nowadays, but the Lotus Cortina went on to become a legend on the race track, dominating the European Touring Car Championship with Sir John Whitmore behind the wheel. Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart were among the top drivers of the era to win races in the Cortina.
Why it matters
There’s nothing as boring as a racing game that features a small and limited number of vehicles. Fortunately, Forza Horizon 2 isn’t one of them, and these monthly packs make the experience that much more interesting. Recommended by Top Gear or not, this latest pack has a car for every taste. You can storm the tracks in a Ferrari 458 Speciale and then return a few minutes later to struggle taking turns in the massive Lamborghini LM002. Or you can pretend you’re Jim Clark winning the British Saloon Car Championship. It should be fun either way.