The latest Playground Games livestream has given us a sneak preview of what’s to come in the next Forza Horizon 4 update. Series 22 is due to drop later this week and will bring some very exciting cars to the UK.
Read on to see what you can expect to arrive over the next month.
New Reward Cars
Series 22 brings a very heavy rally theme to the reward cars. Six machines in total all have rallying pedigree.
Summer brings quite possibly one of the most famous (or infamous) rally cars of the 1990s: the 1994 Toyota Celica. The ST205 generation is a highly sought-after machine and became a legend in gaming with its iconic Castrol livery. With 250hp from a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the ST205 is still a seriously potent car even today.
Popular but also notorious, the Celica would become part of rally history as it was the car involved in Toyota’s cheating scandal during the 1995 World Rally Championship. This saw the Toyota Team Europe rally outfit stripped of its points in 1995 and banned for the 1996 season.
Autumn also sees the introduction of the Ford Racing Puma. Although it had humble Fiesta underpinnings, the Puma has gone on to become a UK cult classic — and the Racing Puma the pick of the bunch. With only 500 units made, the Racing Puma is also a rarity. The 1.7-liter Yamaha engine may make just over 150hp, but a light weight means the Puma is still eager to be thrashed.
Winter has two cars up for grabs, starting off with the 1992 Toyota Celica. This ST185 generation helped bring Toyota its first constructors championship in world rallying. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine kicks out around 200hp, but four-wheel drive means it will be able to go fast on road and on the dirt trails.
Joining it is the Mistubishi Starion. Although it didn’t find glory on the world stage, the Starion still found success in more regional rally championships in the 1980s. Using a 2.6-liter turbocharged engine, the Starion made nearly 200hp. With a rear-wheel drive chassis, the Starion will be a riot to throw around in the countryside.
Spring adds the last two cars of the update, starting with the Nissan Pulsar GTI-R. This 1990s hot hatch tends to be the forgotten man among the rally-bred machines, but it comes with serious power. Built under homologation to WRC Group A rules, the Pulsar features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine out of a Silvia. With 227hp, the Pulsar also gains the sophisticated ATTESA four-wheel drive system to get that power on the road.
Finally there’s the Peugeot 205 Rallye. While the 205 GTI is arguably one of the greatest hot hatches ever, the Rallye has tended to slip under the radar. Pitched as a cheaper alternative to the GTI, the Rallye features a stripped out interior, bringing weight down to just 1,750lb. Although the 1.3-liter engine provides only 103hp, the 205 Rallye will prove to be huge fun even at reasonable speeds.
Horizon Promo – Quick Photo
Series 21 saw the return of Horizon Promo, keeping players busy photographing all the cars in-game. For those impatient with the photo processing times, PG has confirmed that you’ll be able to skip that process using Quick Photo.
Stay tuned for more Series 22 details later this week, along with our seasonal update this Thursday.