The January Recaro Car Pack

John Schommer
Tuesday, December 25, 2012

2013 is right around the corner, what could be a better way to start the year than adding some new rides to your Forza Horizon garage? Santa, didn’t get you what you wanted? The January Recaro Car Pack, coming on Jan. 1, is full of holiday cheer and has a ride for everyone.

 

The January Recaro Car Pack will be available for 400 MS Points or, for those who own the Forza Horizon Season Pass, the pack will be available for free. “Forza Horizon” Season Pass owners will also receive the January Season Pass Bonus Car, the 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster for free.

 

The vehicles of the January Recaro Car pack look good going fast, sitting still, or acting as a canvas for your livery designs. The pack includes 1980s automotive icons like the GMC Vandura , the ultimate Mercedes—the SLR—and a fine dose of American muscle in the Mustang Cobra R.

 

Take a look at the trailer. Then read on for the details of all the cars of the pack.

 

 

Introducing the cars of the January Recaro Car Pack.

 

 

2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV

For some, owning an Escalade is synonymous with saying, “I’ve arrived.” Big, luxurious, and reveling in ostentatious style, the Escalade is as in your face as it is difficult to find a parking place for. Whether you are looking for something to take on a road trip on the hundreds of miles of open road in “Forza Horizon’s” Colorado, or looking for an intimidating ride to fill up your opponent’s rear view mirror, the Escalade fits the bill.

 

 

1983 GMC Vandura G-1500

One of the most versatile vehicles in “Forza Horizon,” the GMC Vandura is undoubtedly a fan favorite. From throwing its bulk around in multiplayer online games to being an ideal canvas for Forza painters, the Vandura can do it all. The Vandura’s versatility has endeared it to automotive fans for decades. So dress it up with your favorite livery then roll the streets of Carson to let everyone know: the van is back!

 

 

2012 Lotus Exige S

For 2012, the Exige S gained some mass, adding a little over 500 pounds to its otherwise feather-light curb weight. Thankfully most of that weight is due to the much larger V6 that delivers more than a hundred additional horsepower. The Exige S is nimble as ever but delivers significantly faster acceleration and a much higher top speed than the base Exige, making this driver’s car even more appealing to performance fanatics.

 

 

2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition

With only fifty units planned for production, the LFA Nürburgring Edition is a rare bird; a specially track tuned edition aimed at potential owners who intend on driving their LFA competitively. The “Forza Horizon” edition doesn’t come with a free night at Motorsport Hotel Nürburgring like the real one does, but it does include the bump in horsepower, Recaro race seats, a recalibrated closer shifting transmission, and a fixed rear wing. The result is a car that’s as unforgettable behind the wheel as it is when you watch it pass by.

 

 

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR

This carbon fiber constructed, 617-horsepower exotic sport-GT is the product of the relationship between Mercedes-Benz and McLaren. The result is nothing less than astounding--lightning quick acceleration, optimum weight distribution, and unparalleled safety. The SLR is refined and stylish, but let’s not forget that barely tamed AMG twin screw powerplant, which is the heart and soul of this angry beast.

 

 

1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R

A good sign of a car’s track potential is when you have to show a valid racing license to order one. Such was the case with the Cobra R. First, the folks at Ford’s Special Vehicle Tuning group lightened the new Mustang wherever possible then they dropped in an SVT-tuned, 5.8-liter Windsor V8. Brake cooling ducts replaced the fog lights and the suspension was improved to keep up with the potential of the 300 horsepower under the hood. Pull up to any stoplight and anyone who recognizes the distinctive shape of its proud hood will surely not even try. If they do you can easily make them pay for their foolishness by choking on your tire smoke and exhaust fumes.

 

 

2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster—Season Pass bonus car

Pagani hand crafts some of the finest super cars in the world. For those who want to let the wind blow back their hair at up to 217 mph, the Cinque Roadster is the perfect choice. Built of carbon-titanium—that’s carbon fiber weaved with titanium strands—the Cinque is lightweight and strong. Thanks to the massive intake’s location just above the cockpit, the rush of air combined with the bespoke Iconel and titanium exhaust bellows a glorious V12 chorus. Only five were built, so driving one in Forza Horizon will be the closest most will ever come to the real thing.

 

The Forza Horizon January Car Pack will be available Tuesday, Jan. 1. Each car is available for 240 MS Points or you can purchase them as a pack for 400 MS points. The 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R is this month’s free sample car. Don’t forget to check out a brand new set of Community Rivals Mode events coming on New Year’s Day too. Pick up the January Recaro Car pack, then head over to “Race Central” at the Horizon Festival, select “Rivals” and then go to the “Monthly Rivals” section.