Forza Horizon 4 Season Change: The Coming Winter Snow

Freezing temperatures are making for a very chilly start to a new Winter season in Forza Horizon 4. Wrap up extra warm as you’ll need to bring all the heat you have to get through the latest offering of events around the festival.

This week’s rewards are rather less suited to the snow than many others, plus there’s more prizes on offer when you complete the 50% and 80% goals for the seasonal playlist.

Hail Storm

France leads the seasonal completion prizes for Winter with the 1975 Citroen DS23.

Widely considered as one of the greatest cars in the world, the DS was pioneering in several areas that became commonplace today. In addition to headlights that would turn in the direction you were heading, Citroen championed its hydropneumatic suspension which gave unparalleled ride quality over even the roughest of surfaces. The DS excels more in comfort than performance as the 2.4-liter engine makes just 113hp.

A car that does excel in performance is the 2015 Lexus RC-F. Built in response to the M3 Coupe becoming the M4, Lexus used the IS-F as its base to create the hot RC. The characterful 5.0-liter V8 may lack torque compared to the turbocharged BMW, but it makes up for it by producing 467hp. With a weight hitting almost 4,000lb, the RC-F has the attitude of an old-school muscle car more than a sports coupe.

Pay a visit to the Lake District for the Winter Photo Challenge. #FordCrossing requires you to snap any Ford over at Derwent Water. With the lake being frozen in Winter, you can also get some shots playing on the ice. Winter championships feature a varied selection of cars including Horizon Edition variants of the Land Rover Series III and 2013 BMW M6.

One car worth checking out is the 1988 Mitsubishi Starion ESi-R.

This former flagship coupe would go on to be the last rear-wheel drive car Mistubishi would make before going all-in on the Lancer Evolution. Despite a rather muddied history behind the reasons for its name, the Starion is still seen as a cult classic with a successful motorsport pedigree. Under those flared arches is a 2.6-liter turbocharged engine making 188hp, but a few tweaks can help to bring out real potential.

You’ll need to win the “Mud is Thicker Than Water” championship in order to claim this Mitsubishi.

A fresh round of Super7 also awaits those keen to take on its trials. If you can finish each of the seven cards, you’ll win a Lamborghini Veneno.

Event list for Winter can be found below:

Offroad Rampage

  • Series: Cross Country Series
  • Cars: Offroad
  • Restrictions: A Class, 800 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, Land Rover Series III FE

Mud is Thicker Than Water

  • Series: Dirt Racing Series
  • Cars: Modern Rally
  • Restrictions: B Class, 700 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, Mitsubishi Starion ESi-R

Cold Commute

  • Series: Road Racing Series
  • Cars: Daily Drivers
  • Restrictions: A Class, 800 PI
  • Prizes: 15,000 CR, 25,000 CR, 2013 BMW M6 FE

The Trial: Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud (Co-Op Championship)

  • Series: Dirt Racing Series
  • Cars: Evo vs Impreza
  • Restrictions: B Class, 700 PI
  • Prizes: 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

Winter Games – Series 59

  • Series: Playground Games
  • Cars: Extreme Offroad
  • Restrictions: C Class, 600 PI
  • Prizes: Quartz Regalia Type D

Super7 – Winter

  • Completion Prize: Lamborghini Veneno

M68 Speed Trap

  • Season Objective: 270mph

Arthur’s Seat Danger Sign

  • Season Objective: 721.8ft

Royal Terrace Speed Zone

  • Season Objective: 108mph

Forzathon Events

Forzathon puts its spotlight on a British icon that can handle the snow and ice with ease: the 1972 Land Rover Defender Series III. Climb aboard and get started in putting the old girl to work.

Up next, leave a trail of destruction across the festival as you’ll be required to earn a total of 20 Wreckage Skills. After that, show that age is no barrier to performance and take victory in a Cross Country Series event at Ambleside Rush Cross Country.

Lastly, really get to know what the Defender can do by taking it on a 15-mile drive around the UK to wind down.

Forzathon Shop

Muscle cars of very different natures are in the shop this week, kicking things off with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

The venerable super sedan has always been a thorn in the side of the BMW M5 and Audi RS6 but could never quite deliver a killer blow, but this facelifted version of the W212 E-Class may well give its rivals something to worry about. This variant is the E63 S, meaning the 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 packs a huge 577hp. Dealing that killer blow to its rivals is the addition of four-wheel drive to the E-Class for the first time, allowing for all-weather supercar baiting performance.

You’ll need a hefty 599 Forzathon Points for the AMG, but it could ultimately prove to be a worthy choice if you find its rivals to be lacking.

Stepping back in time, we find the 1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z.

This special edition Camaro was built to celebrate its use in the International Race of Champions stock car series. It would ultimately replace the Z28 as the flagship model in the range. The 5.7-liter V8 makes a rather scant 245hp, but tinker under the hood and you’ll get a proper muscle monster. Chevrolet also worked to beef up the Camaro’s handling, which was practically unheard of for a muscle car.

The IROC-Z will also set you back 599 FP, which will also have a lot of people talking when you roll up to your next car meet in one.

Clothing items up for grabs are the Modern Rally T-shirt and the Red Biker Boots.

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