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Discussion Starter #61 (Edited)
Kind of... basically it's an open world driving game with events etc but with Forza's physics & handling & also using Forza's graphics engine. The team behind Horizon is a new British developer called Playground Games who are owned by Turn10 (The guys behind the normal Forza Motorsport titles) Playground Games' staff is made up of ex Codemasters (DIRT, GRID, TOCA, Colin McRae Rally) ex Bizzare Creations (Project Gotham Racing, Blur) ex Criterion (Burnout) & ex Blackrock studios (Flatout, Split second) staff

Here's some more details for you...

There are bits of Project Gotham, Need for speed, Test drive unlimited, burnout, dirt etc even when you see it in action but they've combined all those features into a game that handles well instead of that shite arcade style handling you'd normally get with a title like this as well as the great graphics you'd normally get from a Forza game..

Also worth noting that the Horizon series will be running separate from Forza Motorsport so track driving & serious tuning, racing etc will stay with that series whereas Horizon is more about having fun & competing against your friends etc DLC will continue for FM4 :wink: there's still quite a bit to come yet....

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Ah cool i'm a big fan of forza, i was a fan of the very first need for speed but they killed it off and turned it into an arcade game. Do we have a release date?

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Discussion Starter #64 (Edited)
Viper Pack

Just a heads up that this pack was released today & can be downloaded for FREE :thumbup1:


2013 SRT Viper GTS + Viper Autovista experience

July DLC Pack

The July DLC car pack will be revealed next Tuesday & will be released on Tuesday 3rd July & while i can't spill what the cars are gonna be yet i can leave some clues for each car for you :wink:

Clue 1 - simply "Porky's"
Clue 2 - This car sounds like a Kawasaki
Clue 3 - This car's name is an earlier version of a Star Trek series
Clue 4 - A GT3 Car
Clue 5 - Air-Sick Bag
Clue 6 - This pack will be the fastest pack ever released

Might be able to post some more later

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Discussion Starter #65
July DLC Car Pack

Available on Tuesday 3rd July for 560MS Points

**also note this pack is not part of the season pass**

2011 McLaren 59 GT MP4-12C GT3

The first McLaren GT race car since the F1 GTR finished production in 1997, the new 12C GT3 is based on the MP4-12C McLaren carbon-fiber chassis production sports car. The 12C GT3 is designed to allow any driver to reach the car’s performance limit. In conjunction with CRS Racing, development has been pursued with the level of detail equal to that of an F1 car. In fact, the 12C borrows technology from F1, such as the steering wheel. Because the road car’s 3.8-liter, V8 twin-turbo has so much power, it has been de-tuned for the GT3 to make it more tractable, leaving it with 539 hp. To save weight and to accommodate race-specific gearing, the 12C also features a Ricardo six-speed sequential-shift gearbox instead of the seven-speed of the road car. McLaren’s goal is to build strong relationships with their buyers, so the car will be a very limited production. Demand for the initial run of 12C GT3’s was high, 20 more are planned for 2013 and 2014. Finally, a McLaren is back in GT3 racing!

1973 AMC Gremlin X

Described by AMC as “the first American-built import,” and based on an AMC chief stylist’s sketch on an air-sickness bag, the AMC Gremlin was a two-fold response to Japanese imports and the fuel crisis of the era. AMC did not have the budget for a full-fledged new car to match up with Ford's and GM’s new import beaters, so they developed the Gremlin first on a shortened AMX body and eventually a shortened Hornet. Resembling a sawed-off station wagon, the Gremlin is only slightly longer than a VW Beetle, although its long hood gives the impression of a larger car. The Gremlin had one body style that carried it through its entire eight-year production, with limited changes. The first two years of production saw a two-seat base model as well as the four-seater that was much more popular. The “X” trim package came with stripes, body color fascia, slotted road wheels, and a blacked-out grill insert. While these features did not make the Gremlin any faster--it was already the most powerful sub-compact--they did increase appeal and contributed to a 30 percent increase in sales for 1973.

2012 Ascari KZ1R

A track-tuned version of the race-bred supercar of the road, the KZ1R is capable of a top speed of 200 mph and 0-60 acceleration of three seconds. Ascari cars are hand-built on a state-of-the-art, carbon-fiber, monocoque adding to their potential as track superstars. Powered by the naturally aspirated BMW M5, 5.0-liter V8 and feather light at less than 3,000 lbs, despite luxury appointments such as electric windows, the KZR1 delivers an intensely exciting ride. The interior is all business and stripped to the bare essentials while still providing comfort inside the built-in safety cage. Outside, the front splitter and rear-wing generate additional downforce while complimenting the aerodynamic smoothness of the elegant body. Ascari will build only 50 KZ1R models so your best bet of getting close to one just might be in Forza Motorsport 4.

1998 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V600

Take a luxury sportscar and then squeeze even more horsepower out of an already chest-pounding motor. That’s what Aston Martin did with the super-low production Vantage V600. This comprehensive upgrade package added twin mechanically driven Eaton superchargers, with optimized intercooling and a fatter exhaust. As a result, engineers at Aston produced 600 hp and 600 ft-lbs of torque from the aluminum-alloy, 5.3-liter V8 powerplant. To cope with all that juice, ventilated and grooved discs with six-piston, AP calipers were fitted; as well as Eibach springs and Koni dampers. Only 56 cars were built with this option package; not surprising, since only a select few can afford the V600’s stunning combination of power and luxury

1952 Hudson Hornet

A historically profound leader in both automotive design and sports car racing, the 1952 Hudson Hornet set new standards in safety, interior space, and handling. It also set stock-car racing win records that would stand for decades. By mounting the floor at the bottom of the frame rails, the Hudson Hornet had a lower center of gravity that contributed to handling that was a class above its competition. Furthermore, structural rigidity and safety were enhanced by steel girders that wrapped into the roof. In an age where V8 cars boasted about their horsepower, Hudson built a 308ci L6 with “Twin-H” power that brought 40 out of 48 wins in 1952. Doc Hudson, the “Fabulous Hudson Hornet” of Pixar’s “Cars”, breathed new life into the awareness of the Hudson Hornet’s history and will naturally inspire many “Cars”-based liveries in Forza 4. Hudson produced cars until 1957 but they will long be remembered as an innovator and race champion.

1954 Jaguar XK120

There is something about driving a Jaguar roadster from the 1950s that is like riding a motorcycle. It’s freeing and exudes a carefree, Zen-like feeling when behind the wheel. The sound of the engine, the huge wooden wheel in your hands, the short windshield; they all come together in a transportive experience, an automotive time machine taking you back to a simpler, more elegant era. But the XK120 is not just slick sophistication; it also delivered refined performance and an exhilarating ride. SE stands for “special equipment” which included a C-Type cylinder head, extending horsepower output to 210. With its curvy body and Jaguar’s obsessive attention to detail, the XK120 emanates a unique feminine beauty; treat it like a lady and it will amply reward you.

1956 Lotus Eleven

An all-new racing car for 1956, the Lotus Eleven incorporated a tubular steel space frame and stressed aluminum panels for rigidity. The car was powered by a lightweight 1.1 liter Coventry Climax engine and could hit 143 mph, and finished seventh overall at Le Mans. Fully loaded the car weighs around 1,000 pounds. Other versioned cars had engine options with sizes from 750 cc all the way to 1,500 cc. In its primary 1,100 cc class, the Lotus Eleven was successful on the track and was piloted by drivers such as the great Stirling Moss. To this day, there are few cars that can match its beauty or feather-light package.

2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

Whenever a Mercedes-Benz model gets the AMG treatment, you can expect slick refinement and a serious power boost. The SLK 55 is no exception. Dropping in a 5.5-liter V8 with 415 hp and 376 ft-lbs of torque is just the beginning. The sports exhaust opens flaps in the system, letting the raspy rumble of the naturally aspirated AMG V8 be heard loud and clear. The flaps respond to throttle pressure and the system can also be closed for a more subdued ride. Variable valve adjustment, cylinder deactivation, and start-stop technology provide respectable mileage in a car that has marked performance. The seven-speed transmission pushes the rear wheels through a clutch pack instead of a typical torque converter for quicker, smoother shifting. The SLK55 AMG is a dressy competitor in its class, with enough option packages to serve those in search of lavish luxury and pure thrills.

1995 RUF CTR2

Following the release of the new 993-chassis, Alois Ruf went to work building a new CTR that would once again sit in the upper echelons of automotive performance. Capable of 220 mph and 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, the CTR2’s performance was the stuff of legend among its contemporaries. Fitted with all-wheel drive, a Kevlar body, and a Ruf-tuned 3.6-liter, twin-turbocharged, flat-six generating 520 hp and later 580 hp, the car was light, quick, and agile on any surface. To prove the car’s dominance, Ruf enter two CTR2s in the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb. They were both street legal and driven to and from the race. They placed second and fourth and set the overall top qualifying time. They went on to win another twenty races, ranking the CTR2 as one of the most successful performance cars of the 1990s.

2012 Spyker C8 Aileron

After the demise of the Le Mans GT1 class, Spyker has focused its efforts on developing a car for the new GTE class. What they have produced is an off-the-shelf race car that is ready to compete; just add driver and livery. The C8 Aileron’s 40-valve, mid-mounted, 4.2-liter engine produces 400 hp and 354 ft-lbs of torque. Getting that power to the ground is a Tiptronic six-speed automatic ZF gearbox with paddle shifters or a Getrag manual transmission. These cars can be purchased with full-race support packages. The previous GT2 class Spyker claimed two second place GT2 wins in the Le Mans series and a fifth overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2009. Here’s hoping Spyker gets the chance to match, or even beat, that performance with the C8 Aileron soon.


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Discussion Starter #66
August "Playseat" DLC Car Pack

Available 7th August for 560MS points

2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302

When it comes to iconic muscle cars, the Mustang Boss 302 is a revelation backed by legions of followers. For 2013 the Boss has a look that’s both aggressive and contemporary, with a bit of throwback charm, including the hockey stick and center stripe of the original 1970 version. Underneath the hood is the 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 444 horsepower and 380 ft/lb of torque. It may be the same as last year but why fool with perfection? The lack of change in the Boss’s motor also follows the original series of Boss 302’s that were produced for two years with the same drivetrain and slight cosmetic differences. Styling upgrades include a new hood with functional heat extractors, a new front splitter, and trick new LED tail lamps. The Boss is even available in school bus yellow as a tribute to the 1970 Trans-Am championship car driven by Parnelli Jones.

2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato

Improving the Aston Martin DB7’s already outstanding sales numbers was the challenge set before Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez and designer Andrea Zagato. The pair discussed the problem while sharing judging roles at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The prototype was shown in August 2002, with the first lucky customers seeing cars in the fall of 2003 on this very limited run of only 100. The DB7’s beautiful form features side vents, shoulder lines, a grill, and headlights that are all telltale Aston Martin, plus the signature “double bubble” roof contour found on most Zagato cars. The DB7 is powered by a 5.9-liter V12 normally-aspirated engine running through a six-speed manual transmission. Its outstanding performance is partially due to the 130 pounds shaved by the alloy body hand-built by Zagato, but also aided by the upgraded suspension and brakes. A modern car worthy of the DB in its name… David Brown, the longtime owner of Aston Martin, should be pleased.

2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The spirit of Chevy’s hallowed ZL1 Camaro makes its return, and it delivers on the expectations set by its predecessor. The new ZL1’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is pure American muscle through and through, cranking out a healthy 580 horsepower. It is available with a six-speed short-throw manual, which obviously appeals to the purist, drag-strip loving audience it speaks to. The original ZL1 was a bare bones, special order, quarter-mile king that rates among the quickest factory-built cars ever. The new ZL1 builds on that legendary performance while also surrounding its pilot in comfort and the car provides an adjustable suspension and huge Brembo brake rotors to reel in all that power when it comes to cornering and stopping. Chevy has now escalated the rivalry of the pony cars, may the Mustang—Camaro battles begin anew.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track

Built-in driftability comes standard in this, the fastest of the Genesis Coupes. The 3.8 Track’s rear-wheel drive and hearty V6 deliver an exciting ride whether the car is in a straight line or you are linking smoke-billowing drift turns. America and Japan have stiff competition coming for their segment in the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track. The Hyundai even beats the American V6 pony cars and the Infiniti G37S in acceleration and quarter-mile times. The 3.8 Track’s 348 direct-injected ponies pass through a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic providing linear power delivery. Three traction-control levels give the driver a range of performance from reserved to downright playful. So look out competition, Hyundai has got something good going here.

1962 Lincoln Continental

No other car quite exemplifies the term “land yacht” as the Lincoln Continental. It is absurdly regal in its presentation and as ostentatious as it is wide and long. In 1962 it was offered as “economical,” surely not for the gas-chugging 430 CID V8, but genuinely for its quality and how well-built it was. The Continental’s iconic suicide doors provide entry into the plentiful six-passenger, leather and vinyl, bench seats. Walnut paneling, power everything and more leg room than a lazy-boy make this a sweet choice for just rollin’ or road trippin’ in comfort fit for a king. Cruising a Continental, dropped to the ground with some oversize wheels, immediately catapults the driver to the status of celebrity. Beware the paparazzi!

1989 Mercedes-Benz #63 Team Sauber-Mercedes C9

The C9 was the watershed Group C racecar that brought Sauber-Mercedes pole and second position on the grid at Le Mans in 1989, leading to a win and second that year. It also holds the fastest legitimate speed on the Mulsanne Straight at 247 mph, and may be the singular reason why the chicanes were added. The C9 was a breakthrough model, succeeding where others has suffered reliability and safety issues. It could be said this car is what later brought Sauber-Mercedes into F1. Sporting a completely re-engineered M119 V8 motor made of alluminum, with twin-turbochargers and a full four-valve per cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts, the C9 motor bumped power to 800 hp. Built into a light-alloy monocoque the C9 is well balanced, robust, and sleek. The beauty of the chassis in classic silver harkens back to the successful Silver Arrows of ages past. Among group C racers the Sauber C9 is a fabled competitor.

1984 Peugeot 205 T16

From afar, the Peugeot 205 T16 looks much like the front-wheel drive, front-engine street car it was based on. When competition in World Rally Championship (WRC) was at an all-time high, Peugeot wanted to taste the victory they had enjoyed in the past. To meet Group B homologation, 200 road cars had to be built and, with that, the 205 T16 was born. These radical cars had a specially developed mid-mounted four-cylinder turbocharged, 16-valve engine mated to a four-wheel-drive system. The street version of the 205 T16 only differed from the rally version through a lowered turbo boost and the interior trim. The factory rally cars had an astounding record beginning in 1984, taking first place in three rallies, then seven more first place victories in 1985. After 1986, WRC cancelled the Group B category due to safety concerns, but not before the Peugeot 205 T16 brought in six more top podiums. The 205 T16 enjoyed its very last race--the 1986 Olympus Rally in Washington State--where it took second overall.

2013 Scion FR-S

This long-awaited collaboration between Toyota and Subaru is no disappointment. The FR-S is very comfortable on back roads or even at the track thanks to its well-matched Subie flat-four and rear-wheel drive. The 2.0 liter puts out 200 horsepower matched with a six-speed transmission in a package that weighs around 2,800 pounds. The FR-S will do 0-60 in just over six seconds and is no slouch in cornering responsiveness. While the FR-S has stability control, it is more fun with STM turned off for those that can handle a car that has the juice and setup to push the rear-end out if asked to do so. The FR-S is a long awaited bit of automotive passion from the Toyota team who seemed to abandon the sports car market by ending production of the Supra, Celica and MR2. In short: the FR-S signals the return of a proper sports car from Toyota and that return is a welcome one.

1962 Triumph TR3B

As the market for sports cars exploded in the USA during the early 1950’s, Triumph first launched the TR2, a car that performed well in Europe, even competing at Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. They followed with the Triumph TR3 from 1955 through 1962. The TR3 continued to develop over the years with upgrades like front-disc brakes, improved cooling, and a larger engine. These changes made the car popular at sports car races in its era, and similarly successful at vintage car racing events of today. The TR3’s racing success and fun road-going manners established Triumph in the sports car market for many years to come. This final and best version of the TR3 had a 2,138 cc four-cylinder engine with dual SU carburetors and an output of 105 hp. At only 2,200 pounds, and with a fully-synchronized transmission, it provided plenty of sporting excitement. Today, just as in 1962, this is a great example of the true, wind in your face, open-top sports car.

2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport

In the Lexus GS350 F Sport, luxury and refinement are cast strongly enough to compete with the Germans. This stately ride has enough power and speed to excite even youthful interests. Regardless of whether most Lexus customers will more than likely be driving at the posted limits on their way to and from the country club, the GS350 F Sport is a capable sport sedan. Rear-wheel drive and 306 naturally-aspirated horsepower definitely make this car a kick in the pants. Driven aggressively the GS350 can utilize its firmer suspension and larger front-brake rotors to raise adrenalin or it can serenely transport its passengers in comfort and security. It’s really about the potential to excite, and the GS350 F has excitement in spades.


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Discussion Starter #67
September "Pennzoil" Car Pack

Available to download from today (4th September) for 560MS points

2013 Viper #91 SRT Motorsport GTS-R

A mid-season entry in the American Le Mans Series for 2012, the #91 Viper is sponsored by Forza Motorsport. In both of the races it has competed in the 2012 season, drivers Kuno Wittmer and Dominik Farnbacher have achieved top ten finishes. Each race provides the team with another chance to coordinate driver changes, increase the efficiency of pit stops, and to collect data. The Viper’s monster 8.4 liter V-10 is reduced to 8 liters by changing cylinder bore and stroke, and the car requires a restrictor on the engine’s intake to maintain parity within the GT class. The engine runs on E85 and carries 110 liters of fuel, almost double the capacity of its stock brethren. Meeting all the ALMS requirements and keeping the car as close to stock in appearance was no small feat. The team achieved a nearly identical twin to the road-going cousin after many digital iterations and the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics.

2013 Viper #93 SRT Motorsport GTS-R

Sporting the Pennzoil livery--one of the most iconic brands in motoring--the #93 SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-R is a mid-season entry in the 2012 American Le Mans Series. Driven by Marc Goosens and Tommy Kendal--with IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay on deck for endurance races--the #93 certainly doesn’t lack for driving talent. This SRT factory-backed ride is one half of the long-awaited return of the Viper to ALMS racing. The Viper’s last factory race was way back in 2000. This new SRT Viper GTS-R is engineered for speed, reliability, and durability. Its primary focus is to dominate endurance races such as the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and the 24-hours of Le Mans in France.

1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

One of the most beautiful cars ever built, the lightweight powerful Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale also holds the record of being the most expensive new car sold in the US of its time at around $17,000. Initially as many as three of the extremely rare Stradale came to North America, but now only one remains on the continent. The car modeled for Forza Motorsport 4 is part of one of the greatest private collections of Italian cars in the world. These cars were ahead of their time, using butterfly-style doors, large wrap-around glass, twin-spark ignition, dual-overhead cams, a six-speed Coletti transmission, and plenty of lightweight magnesium parts. As you start the two-liter V8 engine, it doesn’t take long to realize the powerplant is only inches behind your head. With an RPM redline of 9,500--outrageous for 1968--you hear a symphony of sound from rumble to scream.

1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

The DB4 GT Zagato is widely considered one of the most desirable Aston Martins ever made. Only 20 were originally built, making the GT Zagato DB4 a rarity among rarities. The design of the car was entrusted to the then-23-year-old Ercole Spada, who worked for the famous coachbuilder Gianni Zagato. This was the first of numerous successful partnerships between Aston and Zagato. Because these cars were hand-built, each has its own personality but all were lighter, faster, and slightly smaller than the Aston Martin DB4 they were based upon. The engines enjoyed a higher compression ratio than the standard DB4 and produced as much as 314 hp. The rolling chassis, complete with engines, were shipped to the Zagato factory in Milan where the lightweight alloy bodywork was created. In their day, the DB4 GT Zagatos raced well against Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, and others, and always looked and sounded fantastic while doing so.

1958 Austin-Healey Sprite MKI

The Sprite MKI was commonly known as the Bugeye Sprite in the U.S., or Frogeye Sprite in Europe due to the bulging headlights in the bonnet. The Sprite was an inexpensive, fun sports car at a time when the only other sports cars made were quite pricey. Within a year of launching the Sprite, the small factory at Abingdon was producing 450 cars per week. When Carroll Shelby started his School of Performance Driving, he used Bugeye Sprites as the part of the training tools. The car modeled for Forza Motorsport 4 had sold new through a dealer in Seattle and stayed in the area. The current owner has had the car most of its existence, even using it as a daily driver for more than 10 years, then restoring it twice over the years. If you spot a Nevada Beige MK1 Sprite at one of the many Pacific Northwest car rallies or shows, you just may be looking at the Forza Motorsport 4 model car. Just as it is in the game, it is a fun, lightweight sports car that makes you smile everywhere you go, whether you are appreciating its unique look or blazing down the road with the wind in your hair.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

Most legends come from humble beginnings, and the story of the Corvette is no different. In an era where the only true sports cars were built in Europe Chevy saw an opportunity. The company went about building a dream team to design a car that would appeal to a younger market, give the brand some flash, and keep it ahead of Ford in sales. Harley Earl—GM’s then design chief—let fly with an idea he had been coveting for more than a year since watching European sports cars at Watkins Glen: a low to the ground, two-seat roadster. Driven by practicality, the 1953 Corvette uses mostly off-the-shelf components such as the “Blue Flame” 160 hp, 235 cubic inch, in-line, six-cylinder and two-speed Powerglide transmission. The only options available were a heater ($91) and an AM radio ($145). All 300 that sold in 1953 had both options. The 1953 Corvette didn’t even have rollup windows. All the cars were hand-built, and all were Polo White with red interiors. The use of fiberglass was not only a weight-saving innovation but was a necessity due to the Korean War and a limited availability of steel. The 1953 Corvette’s dramatic and bold exterior was just what the public wanted and it forever changed the course of American car history

1965 MG MGB GT

In the mid-1960s, the MGB GT offered European refinement for a price the average car buyer could afford. A fastback-style roof, designed by Pininfarina, and accommodating headroom for driver and passenger made for comfortable road-going ability. The car’s raspy in-line four cylinder delivers almost 100 hp, more than enough to make driving the MGB GT an exciting exercise. For its time, performance was considered brisk; it was lightweight and featured fine handling as its strong points. The MGB was a relatively modern design, utilizing a monocoque structure. This reduced manufacturing costs while adding to the overall strength of the car. The MGB was also one of the first cars to include controlled crumple zones to protect both driver and passenger.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

A treasured masterpiece, the original Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR is housed in a glass case at the Mercedes museum. Never again will it see the pavement or the risks of racing. In fact, it may be one of the most valuable cars in the world. Driven by a young Stirling Moss and co-driven by journalist Denis Jenkinson, it won the 1955 Mile Miglia rally in record-breaking time and achieved incredible speed--a full 32 minutes faster than Juan Manual Fangio, who placed second in the other 300 SLR. Moss’s record time to finish the famed Mille Miglia in the 300 SLR has, to this day, not been beaten. The 300 SLR’s straight 8-cylinder engine, with state-of-the-art fuel injection and desmodromic valve actuation, gave high-revving reliable power. Depending on the tune applied and fuel type used, the car produced between 276 and 310 hp. Sadly 1955 also saw the end of Mercedes’ works-supported racing after the tragic accident at Le Mans. Mercedes did win the 1955 sports car championship, despite retiring at Le Mans out of respect for those who died. Later Sir Stirling Moss was invited on several occasions to relive the 300 SLR’s glory in vintage races before it was permanently retired.

1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

”The Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is the most economical sports car you can buy… it's just not the most powerful.” So says the announcer in the commercial introducing the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Although it’s true enough that it was never a powerful sports car, in the looks department the Karmann Ghia has character and style in spades. Automotive historian Jan Norbye called out its stylistic similarities to the Alfa Romeo 2500 S and the Lancia Aurelia. Those styling cues are no doubt Italian, as the Karmann Ghia was designed by Ghia, a prestigious Italian design firm. Karmann coachworks was under orders to design a sports car to build over the VW chassis. After several of their proposals were rejected, Karmann reached out to Ghia, who delivered a prototype that perfectly hit the mark. The car has seen more than 20 years of production and the only cosmetic changes were larger bumpers and head and taillights.

1983 GMC Vandura G-1500

If the GMC Vandura isn’t the most classic van of all time--and it may well be--it certainly has the coolest name. Be it a work van, party-wagon, or a rig worthy of toting B.A. Baracus and the rest of “The A-Team” around, this half-ton hauler has potential. It’s television-inspired fame has gotten it on the “Fifty Most Famous Cars” list. What you do with it is up to you in Forza 4. With the right wheels, and livery, the Vandura can be anything you can dream of. It's also a veritable canvas for your designing delight and, when tuned properly, this van drifts, slides, and gets sideways with the best of them... the best of the vans that is.

2011 Citroën DS4

Charismatic, practical, stylish and attractive are just a few words that describe the new DS4. Citroën says “The look combines coupe style with 2+2 practicality.” That it does, and the elegance that is exuded on the outside reaches to the interior as well with heavy doses of leather and chrome to appease the eye. The motor delivers a healthy and potent 197 horsepower to get up and go. For predictable and well-managed braking, the DS4 is equipped with large-diameter ventilated disc brakes, assisted by not only ABS, but also EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist). Ergonomics and minimizing environmental impact have been balanced and prioritized in the design as well, delivering comfort, convenience and that good feeling that goes with “being green.”
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