It’s that time of the year again, where Turn 10 grace our copies of Forza with even more cars to gawp at. This months car pack has some gems, coated in a film of ‘why the fuck are you here?’
So without further ado, here are my thoughts on the selection of vehicles coming to this year’s Forza Motorsport 7.
2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
A return to Alfa’s ‘we make beautiful cars’ form, the Giulia Quadrifoglio is a twin turbo maniac. with its Ferrari derived V6 it makes all the right noises, looks “the dog’s” and isn’t afraid to get its tail out like and excited puppy. If you’re willing to resist the urge to slide every little turn, you’ll find the Alfa to be a perfect pick for your Drivers Championship quest too.
2017 Abarth 124 Spider
This little Abarth might well look like a Miata with a Fiat/Abarth badge, and that’s because well, it is. The 124 Spider uses the same chassis, and many of the same components. But that’s not exactly a bad thing. Now you have options when looking for a car you can drive at 110% everywhere with the top down. Nicely balanced, but not afraid to get the tail out, the Abarth 124 Spider is a great little car for anyone who can overlook the Fiat badge.
2015 Honda Ridgeline Baja Trophy Truck
The Honda Ridgeline Baja Trophy Truck won its class in the Baja 1000 back in 2015, competing in Class 2 (foced induction engines under 3.6L) and takes its design cues from the 2017 ridgeline production model. That’s where the similarities end however. This truck comes standard with a bespoke tube chassis, 550 angry horses under the bonnet and enough spares to build another car. Still doesn’t answer why there’s a whole bunch of off road cars in Forza Motorsport 7 though. Where the only dirt available is the run of at turn 2.
1957 Maserati 250F
One of the most beautiful race cars ever built, the Maserati 250F is little more than a 2.5 litre V12 strapped to a fuel tank full of one of the most potent concoctions of fuel ever created, with a little bit of space for the driver and tyres that wouldn’t look out of place on a motorcycle. So in short. Terrifying. Thankfully Forza doesn’t let you explode into a ball of fire, so you can enjoy this bomb on wheels in all its slidey, vintage glory.
1984 Nissan #20 Coca-Cola Bluebird Super Silhouette
Powered by a rather stout 562 horsepower LZ20B engine, the Nissan Bluebird Super Silhouette is a monumentally successful chassis, draped in enough aero to keep you glued to the ground. Sort of. If you love old-school racers this is the car for you, it’s forgiving enough to keep you on the road, but it will bite your arm off when you get it wrong.
1978 Porsche #78 MOMO 935/78
One of the most iconic cars of the mental Group 5 era, the Porsche 935/78 looks like its going 200 standing still. Its low slung lights, the extended tail, nose longer than my future, it’s beautiful. And it goes like stink. The car handles beautifully, and if you take the restrictors off, runs over 1000bhp. Happy days!
2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Arctic Trucks AT37
Arctic Trucks build some of the toughest, most versatile vehicles on the planet. You don’t have to be an arctic explorer, but you damn well could be. In Forza 7 though, you’ll be wondering why on earth its here. Is it just a play to get more Toyota in the game around the license block? If so get us some more race cars please, not more trucks.
Overall the Forza Motorsport 7 Samsung QLED Car Pack is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some gems that are welcome additions, it’s always nice to see new race cars added, as well as some of the most excited performance cars available today. The inclusion of the trucks however just seems like filler, without any real dirt to take them over. Perhaps a dirt DLC in the future Turn 10?