Forza Motorsport 5 to Ship With Fewer Cars and Tracks Than Forza 4

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This week, disappointment is making the rounds for fans of the Forza Motorsport series, as the newest iteration of Microsoft’s answer to Gran Turismo will feature only around 200 cars, compared to the 483 from Forza Motorsport 4 and far less than the 1,196 promised by GT6, out December 4. A likely reason for the major cuts to the number of tracks and cars available on the disc is Forza 5‘s status as an Xbox One launch title. Having a hard release date set by Microsoft and not the developer, combined with the immense amount of work the team had to do to bring the Forza series to a next-gen system, surely limited how much the team could pack into Forza 5 on launch day. That being said, Forza 5 is launching in a ridiculous number of varieties on November 22, all of which are designed to entice players to fork over more than $59.99 for the standard game, and all of which add cars that are already modeled and work in Forza 5. Here’s a full list of the cars in Forza 5, and how much you can expect to pay for them.

Few would disagree that Day One DLC is a transparent cash grab, but Turn 10 has a long history of adding in new cars monthly and charging a fee for it. As with many games that are frequently updated, Turn 10 is offering a “Season Pass” for $59.99 that will allow gamers to download all six future DLC packs planned for Forza 5. As noted above, there is a Day One DLC pack slated, and the only car announced so far is the Ferrari LaFerrari (the pack will undoubtedly include other cars that have not yet been announced. The price will likely be somewhere around $9.99). In addition to the standard car list, people preordering Forza 5 will get the following cars at no additional cost:

-2010 Audi TT RS Coupe

-2013 Ford Focus ST

-2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera

Now we have the cars included in the Limited Edition, which retails for $79.99:

-Audi RS3 Sportback

-2012 Aston Martin Vanquish

-2013 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500

-2013 McLaren P1

-2013 SRT Viper GTS

And then there’s something called the VIP pack, which also ships with the Limited Edition. The most likely reason that the car packs were split is to possibly make one available as DLC at some point, while the the other will stay exclusive to the LE. Here are the VIP Pack cars:

-1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

-1987 RUF CTR Yellowbird

-1991 Mazda #55 787B

-2011 Ford F150 SVT Raptor

-2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

So how much does that run for the completist? $499.99 for the Xbox One, $79.99 for Forza Motorsport 5 Limited Edition, and $49.99 for the Season Pass. Grand total: $629.97, and that’s before adding the Thrustmaster TX Racing Wheel, the only wheel available at launch. The price tag? A cool $399.99. So $1,029.96 all together for racing fans.

There are definitely some welcome additions to the Forza roster, with the current Lotus E21 Formula 1 car joining a couple historics, the Ferrari 312T2 that Niki Lauda used and the McLaren M23 James Hunt raced in 1976 (the year that is centerpiece for the drama of Rush). The Dallara DW12, which serves as the backbone for all current IndyCars, is also included.

Joining the car list trimming are the exclusion of a multitude of tracks, including the Nürburgring Nordschleife that has appeared in every Forza game since the first, as are Tsukuba, Road America, and the fictional Maple Valley Raceway. Absent too are Suzuka and the custom Camino Viejo de Montserrat mountain course. Added to the track roster are F1 tracks Spa-Francorchamps and Yas Marina, while more will undoubtedly be added in future DLC.

While the exclusion of many cars and tracks is a huge letdown to fans of the series, Forza has never looked better. Whether or not it takes full advantage of the Xbox One hardware is impossible to know, but the newest iteration brings a series already known for near-pornographic automobile imagery to the next level. Each real-world track was laser-scanned to add and shade road imperfections, and nearly every car was scanned the same way to provide high-definition detail. This last sticking point is one reason why so few cars are available; as opposed to Gran Turismo 6, in which some of the car models used are uprezzed cars from the original Playstation, Forza 5 nearly starts from new on every car. So love or hate the smaller roster, every one will look amazing.

Forza Motorsport 5 ships November 22 alongside Xbox One. The full car roster can be found on the Turn 10 web page.

Photo courtesy of Turn 10

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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