Forza Motorsport 7’s Specialty Dealer stock sees its weekly refresh, and what a treat it is. Last week saw an end to the reruns with the appearance of the Pagani Huayra.
Continuing the theme of featuring four cars, this week strikes a balance between old and new. Fortunately, the combined total of the cars aren’t as costly as last week’s. Instead, the focus is on another factor: brute force. The full quartet:
- 2001 Audi RS 4 Avant
- 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale
- 2000 Lotus 340R
- 1973 Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R
First on the list is the Audi RS4 Avant. Introduced in late 1999, the RS4 succeeded the RS2 Avant, and was co-developed with Porsche. Like the RS2, it’s only available as a 5-door estate, but don’t discount the car based on that.
Power comes from a 2.7-liter bi-turbo V6 sending 375hp to all four wheels. Despite its hefty curb weight of 3,555lb, the Avant delivers sports car-like performance. The ride to 60 takes less than five seconds, with a top speed electronically-limited to 163mph. While there’s no such limitation in-game, the Avant has plenty of power to run with the best of them.
The Stratos is the first of its kind to be purpose built for rally racing, starting a trend in the process. It secured the World Rally titles in 1974, ’75 and ’76 and may have won more had the Fiat Group not turned to the 131 Abarth. Continuing its string of victories, the Stratos also won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1975, 76 and 77.
Powered by the same 2.4-liter V6 found in the Ferrari Dino, the Stratos makes do with 190hp. 0-60 takes under eight seconds and presses onward to a top speed of 144mph. It may lack the power of the RS4 Avant, but tipping the scales at a little over 2,000lb gives it plenty of agility when attacking corners.
Third on the lineup is the Lotus 340R. Think of the 340 as the mental version of the Elise. The 340 does away with such creature comforts as doors and a roof in the quest for ultimate performance.
Power comes from a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine sending 178hp to the rear wheels. The bare Lotus sprints to 60 in 4.5 seconds and onto a modest top speed of 132 mph. Did we mention it weighs 1,488lb? Chapman would be proud.
Finally, there’s the Nissan Skyline 2000 GTR. Affectionately known as “Ken and Mary”, the C110 was the first domestic car to feature disc brakes front and rear. Due to the sudden introduction of stricter emissions, production halted after four months. This GT-R is a collector’s item by all measures and a welcome addition for those missing its first showing.
As always, this week’s selection is up for grabs until next week’s reset. You’ll need less than 400k credits to go the distance, so you better get a move on.
Specialty Dealer Update: February 6
- 2001 Audi RS4 Avant (Uncommon +187; 108,100cr)
- 1974 Lancia Stratos (Uncommon +132; 75,900cr)
- 2000 Lotus 340R (Rare +226; 132,250cr)
- 1973 Nissan Skyline H/T 2000GT-R (Common +99; 56,925)