The Cars of Forza Motorsport 4 - E3 2011

Alex Kierstein
Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Playable for the first time at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Forza Motorsport 4 continues the Forza tradition of combining the world's most incredible cars with the world's most exciting driving circuits. You can take a tour of the all-new Alps track in Forza Motorsport 4, and here we'll be breaking down all the playable cars in the E3 build of Forza 4.

 

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First up is the 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, a big bruiser of a cat from the height of the muscle car craze. The functional ram-air intake on the hood barely hides the massive, NASCAR-inspired 428 Super Cobra Jet engine. Nearly too much for the street, it’s hard to miss the Eliminator's bold spoiler, blacked-out grille and headlight covers, and the eye-searing color combinations like Competition Orange and Lime Green. When the Eliminator looms in your rear-view mirror, you’d best get out of the way.

 

The dirt-flinging 2011 Subaru WRX STI is next up, and considering the long list of WRC trophies that the Impreza line has racked up since hitting the rally scene in the early 1990s, it’s hard to believe that this STI (like its predecessors) started out life as a regular Impreza. Of course, the WRX STI name means that the STI has been stuffed to the gills with rally-inspired technology, including the turbocharged Boxer motor producing 305 horsepower and 290 ft-lbs. of torque. The STI puts the power to the dirt/gravel/snow through an advanced all-wheel drive system, and sports a wider track and new, stiffer suspension for cornering duties. The WRX STI is a lot of rally car performance for surprisingly little coin.

 

Ferrari’s new 2011 599 GTO has some big shoes to fill. The last two times Ferrari put the “GTO” moniker on a car – the 250 GTO and the 288 GTO– they were genre-busting supercars. Luckily, the 599 GTO has a race car for a big brother (the brutal 599XX) and Ferrari’s dipped into the XX stash of parts to produce what is the fastest and most powerful street car ever to wear the Prancing Stallion. With 670 horsepower on tap, the GTO’s 6-liter V12 can propel it to a top speed of 208 mph, and it’ll lap the Fiorano circuit faster than the Ferrari Enzo.

 

Of course, this triumvirate of automotive finery is just a fraction of Forza Motorsport 4’s complete garage of incredible cars. Stay tuned over the coming months for more looks at the cars in the game.