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The new year has arrived and Forza is celebrating 2017 in the best way we know – with amazing cars ready to hit the open roads! Whether you’re cruising the wine country of Yarra Valley or tackling the most extreme elevations of Blizzard Mountain, the Forza Horizon 3 Rockstar Car Pack features seven cars that will kick your year off to a high-speed start. This pack features everything from classic Japanese power to a Ford trophy truck that’s ready to conquer anything Australia can throw at it. Then there’s the awesome BMW i8, making its production car videogame debut here in Forza Horizon 3. And that’s just the start of this incredible pack.
The Rockstar Car Pack is included in the Forza Horizon 3 Car Pass, which is available for separate purchase or as part of the Ultimate Edition of Forza Horizon 3. Players can also get the car pack standalone for $6.99 in the Xbox Store.
Here’s a closer look at all of the cars in the pack:
2015 BMW i8
Whether you have been looking forward to the BMW i8 for its hybrid efficiency or its stout performance, both are here at your fingertips. The innovative i8 brings an electrically-powered front-drive system together with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine powering the rear wheels. The two systems merge seamlessly for a driving experience like none other. The i8’s full carbon fiber body helps keep its weight down and makes for a rigid structure that contributes to its nimble handling. Too often, car manufacturers come out with a cool concept then take out much of the “cool” before production. The i8 is the exception and is exceptional.
2015 Volvo V60 Polestar
Polestar is Volvo’s racing division and has been making an impact in the V8 Supercars series amidst the long-lived Holden and Ford rivalry. Race-bred technology makes its way into street-proven performance with superior handling and braking. Volvo only produced 80 V60 Polestar wagons, each with 345 horsepower to tote around your family and packages. So, pack up the kids and the family dog, then hit the road knowing few can keep your pace should you choose to stretch the Polestar’s legs.
2015 Radical RXC Turbo
This is more than a track toy – a race-ready monster that, at top speed, generates nearly as much downforce (2,000 pounds) as it weighs. So yes, it will stick to the track, or any surface for that matter. Underneath the chassis, perfectly placed for balance, is the potent powerhouse of the Ford 3.5-liter Ecoboost, that can launch the RXC from 0-60 in less than three seconds and attain a top speed of around 175 mph. That may seem impressive, but what is really astounding is the way this car grips. You want to be a hero? The RXC is your secret weapon.
1972 Ford Falcon XA GT-HO
Nowhere else on Earth will you find an appreciation for four-door performance sedans like that found in Australia, and nowhere else will you find the kind of performance that is imbued in the Ford Falcon XA GT-HO. There was only one production model ever completely built. When news of these and other 160 mph “super cars” hit the media, the uproar over public safety was simply too much, and the government stepped in and stopped production. The car would never see homologation or its destiny of dominating Bathurst. You can drive it here in Forza though, and that should be more than enough to validate the following it created.
1987 Nissan Skyline GTS-R (R31)
When Nissan wanted to race in Group A in 1987, 500 ‘Evolution’ models had to be produced to maintain Nissan’s ability to race. The manufacturer went on to produce more than 800 as the car’s popularity among enthusiasts was nearly as successful as its performance in Japanese and Australian touring car championships. This last of the R31 Skyline performance models contributed much to what would become the R32 GT-R. Under the hood is the RB20, referred to as the “red top,” for its red valve cover. A bigger turbo and a lightened flywheel gives the GTS-R its own sound. A unique Group A front and rear spoilers set off the timeless shape.
2014 Ford #11 Rockstar F-150 Trophy Truck
There are few more difficult accomplishments than winning the Baja 1000. The #11 piloted by off-road legend Rob MacCachren, along with Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, did just that. This is the toughest class, the Trophy Truck class, built from a budget nearly as immense as the talent that drove it to victory. Winning by a margin of almost 30 minutes, the team and truck showed they had what it takes in the most punishing terrain and among top-notch competition. Take this 850hp beast, with suspension enough to swallow gullies and boulders, and let ‘er rip.
2016 Bentley Bentayga
In an age dominated by SUVs, the luxurious and powerful Bentayga is the crown prince of them all. Named for a soaring peak in the Canary Islands that commands a magnificent view, the view from behind the wheel of this dazzling modern-day chariot is no less stupendous. Considering many who purchase a Bentayga will be driven in them rather than experience its wealth of both power and control, the chance to drive it in Forza is only that much more treasured.
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