January Jalopnik Pack
The January Jalopnik Pack is almost here! Announced yesterday with our friends at Jalopnik, and available for purchase on Tuesday, January 3 via Xbox LIVE, the January Jalopnik Pack is the best way for Forza 4 fans to kick off the new year. This pack includes ten brand new cars to add to your ever-growing Forza 4 garage, including fan favorites like the 1986 Dodge Shelby Omni GLHS and the 1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal, purpose-built racers like the 2011 Lamborghini #08 West Yokohama Gallardo LP560-4 and the supercar force of nature that is the 2012 Pagani Huayra.
Here’s the full rundown of cars available in the Forza Motorsport 4 January Jalopnik Pack:
2012 Pagani Huayra
When you think of Pagani cars, it’s natural to think of craftsmanship, performance, and a Platonic ideal of automotive beauty. All of those elements and more come together in the Pagani Huayra, the latest supercar from Horacio Pagani, and perhaps his most compelling automotive vision yet. It’s easy to get lost in the visual elements—the gullwing doors, that shovel front and curvaceous cockpit—all of which are distinctly Pagani. The same goes for the interior—a lush mixture of aluminium and leather and, oh yes, fine Swiss craftsmanship (for the dashboard instruments, in particular). Of course, with the performance the Huayra is capable of--700 bhp blasting out of the AMG- derived twin turbo V12--you’d be forgiven if you failed to pay attention to the car’s interior while the world streaks by at a top speed of more than 230 mph. The Huayra has been a long time in the making--Pagani began work on the car in 2003. But, like all works of art—automotive or otherwise—true beauty takes time.
2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe
The 2012 Honda Civic Si Coupe is the ninth generation of the Civic line and, while it might not be the fastest car of its class, it’s reliable as can be when it comes to handling. It features a smooth-riding, drama-free drive, one that features improvements over previous Civic Si models like a new shifter, a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated engine with more torque and slightly more horsepower than its predecessor, and a sleeker body style. It’s a comfortable evolution of the Civic line, a good car for those who want to experience decent power in an easy-to-handle package and, like its predecessors, it should turn out to be a tuner’s delight both in real life and in Forza 4.
2011 Lamborghini #08 West Yokohama Gallardo LP560-4
Driven by the tandem of Nicky Pastorelli and Dominik Schwager, the 2011 Lamborghini #08 West Yokohama Gallardo LP560-4 entered the 2011 American Le Mans Series in the GT class. The car scored points during the Long Beach Grand Prix and its sleek Lamborghini styling and matte black finish made it one of the more visually striking cars from the 2011 ALMS campaign. It also has some serious guts underneath that fine exterior—a 5.2 liter V10 engine producing 560 hp and a maximum speed of just over 180 mph.
2011 Honda #33 Level 5 Motorsports Lola
Scott Tucker’s Level 5 Motorsports team is nothing if not ambitious, entering the American Le Mans Series in 2011, the LeMans Cup, Ferrari Challenge series, and more. The team took home fourth place at the 12 Hours of Sebring with the Honda #33 Level 5 Motorsports Lola and won their class at the Long Beach Grand Prix in the same car. It’s impressive results for a young race team but perhaps not that surprising, considering the prowess of the Level 5 Lola on the track and the Honda Performance Development twin turbo V6 that powers the car.
2011 Audi RS5
Designed to challenge the AMG- and M- offerings from those other German auto makers, the 2011 Audi RS5 is a tidy package of blistering performance and aggressive trim. Its high performance comes without reliance on tricks—just a 4.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 that manages around 450 hp. It’s relatively thin on torque—317 foot-pounds, to be exact—but makes up for it with engine revs that top out north of 8,000 RPM. Audi’s technical wizardry isn’t just found under the hood—the RS5’s wheel-selective torque-vectoring system, and crown-gear center differential mean the car can shift a tremendous amount of power to the front or rear wheels in an instant. The result is a powerful and grippy AWD; a car that’s as comfortable on the tight turns of a race track as it is speeding along back roads on a Sunday drive.
2000 Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo
With its unique scalloped side panels and surprisingly muscular power under the hood, the Fiat Coupe 20V Turbo was a nice alternative for those with Ferrari ambitions but, well, Fiat budgets. The 20V turbo was among the quickest front wheel drive cars of its time—belting out more than 200 horsepower and 230 foot-pounds of torque, for an impressive 0-60 time of around 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph. Though the Fiat Coupe’s sales peaked in 1994, the Coupe line continued until 2000, and the car’s bold, angular lines would influence automotive visual design for years to come.
1996 Chevrolet Impala SS
We won’t blame you if, upon seeing a ’96 Chevy Impala SS in your rear view mirror in Forza 4, your first instinct is to slow down. The Impala, after all, has its roots as a go-to vehicle for police forces around the U.S. The Impala was resurrected by Chevy in 1994, after a nine-year hiatus, and brought to market with a comfortable interior worthy of a sedan and durability worthy of stalwart cop cars like the Caprice. The 5.7 liter LT1 V8 engine churns out a healthy 260 hp—a good thing, considering the Impala’s sheer size. Small details like the center-console shifter and analog gauges were new for the ’96 Impala, which turned out to be the final in the line until the Implala name was again resurrected in 2000.
1986 Dodge Shelby Omni GLHS
Some call it one of the best dollar-for-performance values of the decade: the 1986 Dodge Shelby Omni GLHS had a blistering 175 hp and ripped up quarter miles quicker than most any other car in its class at the time. The GLH (whose initials bluntly stood for “Go Like Hell”) already had some impressive performance pedigree when legendary car-maker Carroll Shelby modified a number of models, creating the GLHS (aka “Go Like Hell Shelby”, or “Go Like Hell Som’more”, depending on who you ask). You’ll be able to see what all of the mid-80s fuss was for yourself in Forza 4 with the Omni GLHS and here’s a tip: Make your first stop your favourite drag strip. You won’t be sorry.
1973 Ford Pinto
The mandate came from the top: Then-Ford CEO Lee Iacocca wanted to compete in the small car business with an affordable subcompact that weighed less than a ton. The ads for the car included the tagline: “When you get back to basics, you get back to Ford.” And the Pinto is the very embodiment of automotive basics of the 1970s. A simple two-door sedan with four-speed floor-mounted transmission and a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine capable of a modest 85 hp. That kind of performance may not make you a star at your local track day but the Pinto’s unique shape and retro style will surely make it a favourite of painters and classic car photographers in Forza 4.
1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal
Some cars look cool. Some cars drive cool. Other cars simply have a really cool name. The 1970 Alfa Romeo Montreal nailed all three with aplomb. The first production version of “The Montreal”, as it’s known, was introduced at the 1970 Geneva Auto Show and wowed audiences with bold design choices like horizontal slats positioned behind doors, a triangular NACA duct on the hood, and four headlamps that were partially covered by a grille that retracted when the lights were engaged. The Montreal’s V8 pumped out around 200 hp and could propel the car at a top speed of more than 135 mph. It’s a classic returned to pristine form in Forza 4 and, yes, it’s seriously cool.
To coincide with the release of the January Jalopnik pack next week, we’ll also be launching a new batch of Community Monthly Rivals Mode events, including an event starring the 2012 Pagani Huayra. We’ll be awarding unicorn cars to 100 random players per week who set a leaderboard time in this Huayra Rivals event.
The January Jalopnik Pack will be available for 560 MS Points ($7 USD) and will be free to download for those who have already purchased the Forza Motorsport 4 Season Pass. The Season Pass is your ticket to six game add-on packs as they’re released through the next year. Players can purchase the Season Pass on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace and at participating retailers – including Best Buy and GameStop – for only 2,400 Microsoft points ($29.99 USD) The “Forza Motorsport 4” Season Pass is redeemable for six game add-on packs, representing a 30 percent overall savings as compared to purchasing the content separately. New purchasers will also receive all previously released game add-on content and the January Jalopnik Pack.