It’s official. After yesterday’s leak, the Forza Horizon 3 January Rockstar Car Pack has been confirmed, bringing with it seven new cars for gamers to take across the Australian landscape (or up Blizzard Mountain). The full lineup is rather diverse:
- 2015 BMW i8
- 2016 Bentley Bentayga
- 2014 Ford #11 Rockstar Energy Trophy Truck
- 1972 Ford Falcon XA GT-HO
- 1987 Nissan Skyline GTS-R (R31)
- 2015 Radical RXC Turbo
- 2015 Volvo V60 Polestar
The Rockstar Car Pack is now available on the Microsoft Store, but you’ll have to wait for the game update to go live around 18:00 GMT before you can see the content in-game. The pack retails for $6.99 USD, and is included in the FH3 Car Pass. Forza Horizon 3 itself is available on both XB1 and Windows 10, and you can read our review here.
As per tradition, we’re going to look at the cars in greater detail below.
2015 BMW i8
Finally! The i8 is easily one of the most unique-looking vehicles on the road, but it’s felt like an eternity waiting for the BMW hybrid to arrive in a big racing title. Underneath those sharp lines is a pumped up version of the base Mini’s 1.5L triple-pot engine paired with an electric motor. The combined power output is 362 bhp, enough to move the relatively light (1485 kg / 3274 lbs) i8 to 60mph in the low fours. Appropriately speedy for something that looks like a spaceship.
2016 Bentley Bentayga
Following on the heels of the EXP 10 Speed 6 that arrived in last month’s pack, another Bentley has arrived. Other than the winged B on the nose and W12 under it, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything else in common between the two, though. The Bentayga is Bentley’s shot across the bow at Range Rover, as the crew from Crewe aims to establish itself in the ultra-premium crossover market. Luckily, in FH3, you won’t have to worry about the fuel bill.
2014 Ford #11 Rockstar Energy Trophy Truck
Joining the FH3 trophy truck ranks is this, arguably the most-decorated one of them all. Driven by off-road racing legend Rob MacCachren as well as teammates Andy McMillin and Jason Voss, the 2014 version of the Ford won the Baja 1000 by a massive 29 minutes. It marked the beginning of streak that’s still going: MacCachren won again in 2015 with McMillin, and last year with Jason Voss.
1972 Ford Falcon XA GT-HO
Continuing the trend that’s tied (almost) every car pack together, we’ve got ourselves another Aussie machine. It’s another Ford too, though newer than the ’67 Falcon found in the November Alpinestars Car Pack. This is the rarest of the rare though: following a media scare, only a single production model was completed. That makes this a chance to drive a part of Australian automotive history.
1987 Nissan Skyline GTS-R (R31)
The R31-generation Skyline tends to live in the shadow of the three subsequent generations of the nameplate. As many of the 80’s most desirable cars were, the GTS-R was the product of homologation: in this case, some 800 were built to satisfy Group A regs. The car was a success, with Jim Richards driving it to two wins in the first six races of the 1990 Australian Touring Car Championship. The final two races would be contested in none other than Godzilla.
2015 Radical RXC Turbo
Few cars deserve the “race car for the road” designation more than the RXC Turbo. Powered by a 450 bhp version of Ford’s 3.5L Ecoboost V6 — you know, the engine good enough for a class win at Le Mans — the Radical should prove a force to be reckoned with on shorter, twistier roads around Australia.
2015 Volvo V60 Polestar
There’s just something about a sporty wagon that we can get behind. With 345 bhp channeled through all four wheels, the Polestar could put a lot of cars in that same position. While it’s slightly down on power compared to the newest version, which trades the turbo-six for a twin-charged four-cylinder, the bigger engine is torquier.