Forza Horizon 5 has been a phenomenon since its release back in November 2021. The game has got millions upon millions of players thanks to the fact that it made it to the Xbox Game Pass and the PC Game Pass on Day 1. Fast-forward to almost 3 months from its debut, we are getting the 4th major update, and Playground Games is adding 8 new cars and an all-new Horizon World Cup into the game.
The developers have also announced that they won’t be working on fixing a couple of glitches and bugs. Although that is a bit disappointing, they are not game-breaking bugs and can be momentarily ignored for the greater good.
A total of 8 new cars are getting into the game. Some of these cars can be unlocked completely for free, while you need to pay real money for some others. Most of the cars are from Chinese car manufacturers. This is good as the Forza Horizon 5 garage is getting more of a global appeal now. Let’s have a look at all the new rides.
1. 2016 NIO EP9
NIO EP9 is an electric hypercar from the Chinese automobile manufacturer NIO. The car has a solid manufacturing history and has sold only six units to NIO investors to date. The car sells for £2.5M in real life, but Forza Horizon 5 will allow you to grab the car for 45 points in the Summer Festival Playlist. This electric hypercar is fast. It held the Nürburgring lap record until a little while ago when the Rimac Concept Two “Nevera” beat it.
NIO EP9 was built to beat the Rimac Concept One. That car came out a few years ago and packed a 1000 HP. The NIO upped that to 1360 HP, making it the fastest EV. But, Rimac saw what they did and released the Rimac Concept 2, which comes with 2000 HP.
We have no idea how this car is going to fare inside of Forza Horizon 5, but we are expecting a bunch of customization options like other hypercars in the game.
2. 2013 Wuling Hongguang S Minivan
Wuling is one of the most popular minivan manufacturers in China. Wuling Hongguang S Minivan is an underpowered racing vehicle, coming in at just 82 horsepower out of a 1.2L engine and a five-speed manual transmission. But, Playground Games did confirm that the game will come with a bunch of engine swaps to make it look like a sleeper car. This is pretty much identical to what can be done with the 1983 GMC Vandura G 1500.
You can unlock the Wuling Hongguang S Minivan for 45 festival points at Horizon Autumn.
3. 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
The Porsche 911 series is filled with cars that never fail to impress. Porsche 911 GT3 RS from 2012 is a veteran, and we have seen in it five previous Forza Horizon titles to date. These include Forza Motorsport 6 and 7, and Forza Horizon 2, 3, and 4. It is arguably the fastest 911, with a record in the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It packs a monstrous flat-six, naturally-aspirated 4.0L engine, and has been built to rule the tracks.
This automobile can become the most monstrous road-legal car in your garage when coupled with some tough customization. The will car will cost you 45 points in Horizon Winter.
4. 2015 MG MG3
MG has been doing a great job after the Chinese bought the dying manufacturer out. The MG3 model is a great entry in the five-door hatchback segment. Additionally, although it isn’t an aggressive addition to Forza Horizon 5, it is a great piece of British automotive design and Chinese manufacturing. The 2015 MG MG3 was a massive success for MG, and you can make it your own in Forza Horizon 5 for 45 points in Horizon Spring.
These four cars are coming to Forza Horizon 5 starting next month, i.e., February 2022. One car will get added to the garage every week as seasons last for a week in the game. The other four cars are being added to the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass. Thus, if you have it, you will be getting one car every week.
5. 2019 Ford Golf R
Ford Golf R from 2019 is the first car you will be getting for free if you have the Car Pass subscription. But, this is simultaneously a bit disappointing. 2019 Ford Golf R is the seventh generation of the Golf R and is almost similar to the 2014 version of the car with the same name. The newer, the eighth generation of the Golf R, is a much better car with a bunch of more options. Unfortunately, we don’t have it in any Forza games so far.
These things would have been fine if the Golf R was a free-to-claim car that you can win in wheel spin. Sadly, what makes things worse is that you have to pay to get this car in your garage. Golf R released in 2019 is not a bad car, but it is not worth the extra money.
6. 2005 MG XPower SVR
The 2005 MG XPower SVR automobile is the second MG entry into the Forza Horizon 5 garage. The car was manufactured by the Rovers section of the company, which was called MG Rover. It is more of a muscle vehicle, and its design hasn’t aged well. It looks much like a Mustang with a bit of a design overhaul and a big old V8 engine that pumps up to 400 HP. The design could have been a bit more sporty, especially because Gordon Murray, who designed the XPower, also had designed the extremely aggressive-looking McLaren F1.
The car could be a great addition to the garage, especially more if it comes with extreme customization options like a diesel swap.
7. 1992 Mazda 323 GT-R
Mazda 323 GT-R from 1992 is a great car if you are into dirt racing. The car is a small hatchback with an awesome design. The layout of the taillights has aged quite well. But, the best part of this car is that it is an all-wheel-drive design, coming from an era before the Subaru STI or the Mitsubishi Evo.
However, the game needs to add a bunch of upgrades for this hatchback. Only that can make this a great entry, especially because it is a paid car.
8. 2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
The more 911s, the merrier. Forza Horizon 5 is working on this principle, as the 911 Sport Classic will be the 12th model in the game’s arsenal. However, this isn’t the introduction of the 911 Sport Classic to Forza. We have seen this in Forza Motorsport 3 and 4.
The 911 Sport Classic is an awesome car with a big 3.8L naturally-aspirated engine that can pump up to 400 HP. It looks very subtle, and must by far be the best-looking 911. It has got a bit of a premium look and looks more like an executive ride despite being a track-ready beast.
However, the Forza Car Pass paid game package is meant for new additions to the franchise garage. The fact that we are getting a re-introduction of a car that has already been seen in two of its previous games is surprising.
That is all for the 8 cars that are being added to the game throughout next month. We are seeing the total number of cars in the game get close to 600. Consequently, at this rate, it will overtake its predecessor to boast the largest garage in any Horizon game in no time!
Forza Horizon is available as of November 4th, 2021 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Microsoft Windows. It is also available for free with an Xbox Game Pass or PC Game Pass subscription.