If you are looking for the maths and science that makes up a car, look for another review. I see cars as desirable objects of performance. While I could not explain to you what ‘Torque’ is, I can explain to you exactly what it does for your car. I wouldn’t know the first step on how to set up a car for any certain track, but I could tell you exactly how I want it to be set up for any particular track. I would definitely be the driver and never the engineer.
So the ‘August Car Pack’ then…
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these Car Packs are generally a hit or a miss. The chances of any one person adoring every car in one pack are dismal. The ‘August Car Pack’ will cost you 560ms, and like most of these packs, I would say it’s a steal for the exclusives that will please the avid petrol-head.
1962 Lincoln Continental
If you had to ask what it is, then you don’t watch enough movies. The Lincoln Continental is an absolute jewel of an American classic. It has to be black, and in its day, it wasn’t just the low-slung body and strong lines that that made it so sexy. It was the chrome detailing and exceptional finishes, the ahead-of-its-time luxuries and gadgets. The Continental flies on a straight line too, really well. And because of its low ride and the wide and long body, it isn’t the worst around the corners either. It’s no German saloon, but it doesn’t quite wobble through the bends like most of the American cars from the era. All this matters not though, as it is just so styling, so gangster, than it is a must have. The Lincoln Continental is one of the most stylish cars from an era that was all about style. Did I mention that is properly fast on the straights.
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
I wanted this pack for this car alone – the classic Mustang Boss was the ‘best of the best’ in the Pony stable. I saw high-res pics of this new one, and it is just the epitome of everything I love about the American muscle car – from the past to the retro new. It just looks so mean, a car that you could not refer to as ‘She’. No, this is a pumped up bad-boy with tattoos all the way down his torso. Not the most refined, but it packs a punch. And that is more or less what the Boss Mustang is. I was a little disappointed with the Boss though. I mean it roars a little more than the standard Mustang, but not to a point where the car would be considered rude. It’s somewhat restrained, where with a car looking like that, I want it to be totally obnoxious. The auto box was also a little disappointing, which seems to blunt the performance somewhat. The gears get to their end too soon, and before the car begins to scream. It is a 5,0 litre V8 though, so it does put the power down effortlessly, and once you get into the higher gears, it does fly. Again, no German precision, or Italian flair for that matter, but super-cool.
2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato
What happens when the Brits get the Italians to style their masterpieces. Well, a mess if you ask me, but desirable nonetheless. The Turin based stylists sure know how to shape a car, and most will probably think this is a beautiful version of the DB7. I see its beauty more Mona Lisa than obviously pretty – I can tell it is something beautiful, but it’s just not my style. For me the round back lights goes against one of the design cues I loves about the Aston Martin cars. They don’t mess too much with the front lights, the grill or the back lights when Aston designers design newer models. Like Rolls Royce and very few other manufacturers, the Aston’s through the age need to be instantly recognisable as Astons, and so they stick with the design cues that they are known for. With the Zagato, I do not like the fact that it looks like an Alfa from the back and an Aston from the front. Looks aside, it turns out to be one of my favourites around the track. It feels like the sportier of the Astons – powerful and planted. The rev counter goes the proper way too. Not the prettiest, but a sure-footed athlete
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
What can I say about the ZL1, it’s like the standard Camaro, but a little better. Unlike the Boss, this special edition hasn’t been pumped up much more than the standard car. It does look a little bit sexier, and it’s a little quicker and tighter around the bends, but overall just a small improvement on the standard Camaro. And like the standard Camaro, while it is great to look at, it is not quite a top-pick for any given race.
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
I get it, this is Hyundai trying to be cool. Like the Tiburon, I do get it, it offers performance in a sportier package, and it does so pretty well. It looks good, goes well and even understands corners. But Korean ‘sports cars’… I’m just not there yet. I see them as great value for money, and nowadays they even look good and go pretty well. But when I think sports car – I still do not think Korean.
1989 Mercedes-Benz #63 Team Sauber-Mercedes C9
I absolutely love Mercedes-Benz, and always have. I remember when I was a young boy, seeing and already very old 1960’s 6.3 300 SEL in magazine and thinking what an elegant ‘Grandfather’s’ car it was. Then I found out it was packing a 6.3 litre 8 cylinder motor. This was a limo that found favour with most racing-drivers of the day. It had every luxury one could need, and it looked like the exact car you would want to buy your grandfather, but it could probably try to kill him.
The C9 is also an old Merc, and also a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but one of the most successful racers Mercedes has ever raced in the Le Mans series. It was also a racer that stood the test of time, and was raced for years after it was born. Sure, there are newer and a few faster cars in the top tier in Forza, but the C9 is a solid all-rounder. While many of the cars in this tier can be tail-happy, the C9 is planted, and effortless to drive.
1984 Peugeot 205 T16
One of the greatest and most iconic rally cars ever, it reigned the off-road. In the United Kingdom, it was very similar to the Golf I in South African culture. You know, the boot full of subs, the rims, the body-kit and tuned to the tee. It was a tuners dream, and like the Golf I here, it was affordable, so it would end up in the hands of the previously described individuals. The 205 can be thrown around corners at insane speeds, and it stays planted. A proper ‘hot’ hatch!
2013 Scion FR-S
Not even remotely interested thanks. It does look like the hot, newly launched Toyota 86, but I’m not even interested enough to find out if there is a connection.
1962 Triumph TR3B
A bug-eyed classic British sports-car from an era where the British ruled with their small, front-engine, back-wheel drive soft-tops. These cars were as fun as much fun as you were going to find on a winding country-road. Any SLK, Z4 or MX5 owner can thank the British for this celebrated configuration, in cars that are such a pleasure to drive while not being a handful. Few British car manufacturers were as successful as Triumph in those days. This car is all about the fun drive – the configuration, the power-to-weight, everything just makes for an entertaining drive. Take it for what it is, don’t over-power it and enjoy it on those short twisty tracks.
2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport
A Japanese competitor probably aimed at the M5 or E63 AMG. It’s the sort of car that makes Forza, and the car packs so great. In reality it’s the sort of car you hope someone at the office buys, so that you have a hope of getting to test drive it someday. When it comes to your money though, you head to straight to the Merc, BMW or Audi dealership. It’s the sort of car you want to drive if you don’t have to pay for, and in this application it’s just perfect. It is very, very fast and an all-round capable performance saloon that offers what the German’s are offering, but just missing that overall quintessential formula that makes the German saloons superior. It is definitely not far off, and in reality, I would actually take my hat off to anyone that would actually buy this one, and more importantly, say no to the obvious choices. The GS350 F Sport is mega-powerful, planted, and engaging drive. A perfect car for Forza A class really, and its greatest asset is that it’s not the obvious choice, it comes as a bit of an underdog, but sticks with the big-guns.
At 560 MS points it makes sense to take the pack as opposed to picking one or two. Even if you don’t love them all, the overall cost would get you three cars if you purchased them individually. The pack offers more than just three cars you’ll want to own, and more importantly, the pack offers some real collectables.