The 15 Best New Cars in Forza Motorsport
From classics to the latest track cars, here are the cars we can't wait to race in Forza Motorsport.
After six years, the Forza Motorsport franchise is back. The latest sim racer from Turn 10 Studios races onto Xbox consoles and PC today, hauling over 500 cars along for the ride. We've spent the last week lapping the game's 20 tracks, and you can read our in-depth review here.
Turn 10's Dan Greenawalt says the team hopes players will fall in love with 10 cars, and that each player's 10 is different from the next. To that end, we've rounded up 15 of our favorite additions* to the franchise, in alphabetical order. Have your own list of faves? Sound off in the comments section.
* - We're including cars that are debuting in Motorsport, even if they've already been seen in the Horizon sister series.
2020 Automobili Pininfarina Battista
We start the list with something small. You know, just your average 1,900-horsepower, Italian supercar. The Battista is an all-electric tour de force, rocketing between corners so quickly we wonder if we've somehow unlocked a fast-forward function in the game.
2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
We love a big V8, manual-transmission four door. They don't come better than the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, with 668 horsepower and a soundtrack to match. The V experience translates well to the game: to get a feel for it, you should check out managing editor Mike Schlee's ode to the ultimate sport sedan.
2023 Cadillac V-Series.R
How could we ignore the wickedly pretty, wickedly quick cover co-star, the Cadillac V-Series.R? Cadillac rocketed back to top-shelf prototype racing with this car, and it's been successful right from the start. A thunderous 5.5-liter V8 pairs with a series-spec hybrid setup for over 670 horsepower.
2023 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray
There's another cover star worth celebrating, of course: the Corvette E-Ray. Like the Cadillac, this eighth-gen 'Vette has an electric assist, producing 655 horsepower. The electric motor also adds up to 125 pound-feet on top of the V8's 470, enabling this thing to rocket to 60 mph in well under 3 seconds. Did we mention this is also the first all-wheel drive Corvette? It's still not quite the range-topper this generation, however...
2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
That title belongs to the Corvette Z06. After the C7 generation adopted forced induction for its mega power figures, the C8 goes back to a high-revving, naturally-aspirated V8. This flat-plane crank, dual-overhead cam marvel produces 670 horsepower and revs to 8,600 rpm. Despite the similar displacement, Cadillac says its racing engine is not related to this new Vette's heart. That's fine by us: more V8s for all!
2020 Ferrari SF90 Stradale
We're back into hybrid supercar territory with this, the Ferrari SF90 Stradale. With a turbocharged V8 plus electric motors, the SF90 spits out a shocking 986 horsepower, along with 590 lb-ft. It's one of the quickest road cars in the game, and still handles as you expect a Ferrari to: sharp.
1986 Ford Mustang SVO
Before there was Mustang EcoBoost, there was Mustang SVO. The first turbocharged Mustang was this unassuming Fox body: with well over 200 horsepower, it was as quick as the equivalent V8 of the time, but handled far better thanks to the lower curb weight. Getting your hands on a clean one in the real world is tough, but that's not a problem in Forza.
2020 Hyundai Veloster N TCR
We will never not root for the Veloster N. The now-discontinued hot hatch was an absolute riot in road-going form, and it becomes an even sharper tool for track duty here. The No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport car was a dominant one, producing even more power from its 2.0-liter engine. But it's the handling that stands out, as the Veloster grips and goes on even the tightest of circuits.
2021 Lexus LC500
The Lexus LC is one of the prettiest road cars out there, and a future classic. No, we will not be taking further questions.
2018 McLaren Senna
The Senna is old news now, right? It showed up over five years ago, and has been in two Forza Horizon games since. But this is the first time McLaren's brutalist hypercar is available in a Motorsport capacity. With tons of turbo-V8 power and enough active aero to challenge an entire F1 grid, the Senna is as quick as it is easy to drive.
1966 McLaren M1B
The great aspect of modern sim racers is their interactive encyclopedia nature. Take the McLaren M1B, a version of the first race car McLaren built. Powered by a huge American V8, this tube-frame race car took on the hyper-competitive Can-Am series.
2023 Nissan Z
We've driven Nissan's super-pretty Z a bunch over the last year. The 400-horsepower coupe isn't the last word on affordable sports cars, but it's quick, easy to drive, and—again—so pretty. We're happy to see it in Forza, but our first question: when will we see the Nismo?
1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme Trans Am
This is a bit of an exception, since the Oldsmobile Cutlass is part of a launch-day DLC car pack, so it isn't part of the regular game. But look at it. Race cars just had a sinister vibe in the '80s and '90s that's largely missing from today. The big V8 doesn't hurt, either.
2021 Porsche Mission R
We like a good teaser now and again. Porsche released the Mission R two years ago, as a fully functional preview of the upcoming 718 replacement. This all-electric racer spits out 670 horsepower, while its compact dimensions ensure it's just as agile as the baby Porsches need to be. C'mon Porsche, show us the road cars already!
2008 Renault Megane R26.R
This is one of those forbidden fruit deals. The Renault Megane wowed our friends and colleagues across the Atlantic, but arguably none more so than the limited-edition R26.R of 2008. It took the classic go-faster route—more power, less weight—and applied it to the hot hatch with devastating effectiveness.
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Kyle began his automotive obsession before he even started school, courtesy of a remote control Porsche and various LEGO sets. He later studied advertising and graphic design at Humber College, which led him to writing about cars (both real and digital). He is now a proud member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), where he was the Journalist of the Year runner-up for 2021.
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