The August Playseat Car Pack is coming to Xbox LIVE on August 7! Available for 560 MS Points, this pack includes ten cars that beg to face off against one another, record setting breakthrough racecars from Le Mans and WRC, as well as rides that just ooze with cruisability, collectability and downright cool.
Each of these cars deserves a place in your garage, whether it’s to satiate the speed demons, be able to claim your elite collector status, or simply because no garage is truly complete without a Lincoln Continental with suicide doors! Take a look at all ten of these sweet rides in this pack:
2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302
When it comes to iconic muscle cars, the Mustang Boss 302 is a revelation backed by legions of followers. For 2013 the Boss has a look that’s both aggressive and contemporary, with a bit of throwback charm, including the hockey stick and center stripe of the original 1970 version. Underneath the hood is the 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 444 horsepower and 380 ft/lb of torque. It may be the same as last year but why fool with perfection? The lack of change in the Boss’s motor also follows the original series of Boss 302’s that were produced for two years with the same drivetrain and slight cosmetic differences. Styling upgrades include a new hood with functional heat extractors, a new front splitter, and trick new LED tail lamps. The Boss is even available in school bus yellow as a tribute to the 1970 Trans-Am championship car driven by Parnelli Jones.
2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato
Improving the Aston Martin DB7’s already outstanding sales numbers was the challenge set before Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez and designer Andrea Zagato. The pair discussed the problem while sharing judging roles at the 2001 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The prototype was shown in August 2002, with the first lucky customers seeing cars in the fall of 2003 on this very limited run of only 100. The DB7’s beautiful form features side vents, shoulder lines, a grill, and headlights that are all telltale Aston Martin, plus the signature “double bubble” roof contour found on most Zagato cars. The DB7 is powered by a 5.9-liter V12 normally-aspirated engine running through a six-speed manual transmission. Its outstanding performance is partially due to the 130 pounds shaved by the alloy body hand-built by Zagato, but also aided by the upgraded suspension and brakes. A modern car worthy of the DB in its name… David Brown, the longtime owner of Aston Martin, should be pleased.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
The spirit of Chevy’s hallowed ZL1 Camaro makes its return, and it delivers on the expectations set by its predecessor. The new ZL1’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is pure American muscle through and through, cranking out a healthy 580 horsepower. It is available with a six-speed short-throw manual, which obviously appeals to the purist, drag-strip loving audience it speaks to. The original ZL1 was a bare bones, special order, quarter-mile king that rates among the quickest factory-built cars ever. The new ZL1 builds on that legendary performance while also surrounding its pilot in comfort and the car provides an adjustable suspension and huge Brembo brake rotors to reel in all that power when it comes to cornering and stopping. Chevy has now escalated the rivalry of the pony cars, may the Mustang—Camaro battles begin anew.
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track
Built-in driftability comes standard in this, the fastest of the Genesis Coupes. The 3.8 Track’s rear-wheel drive and hearty V6 deliver an exciting ride whether the car is in a straight line or you are linking smoke-billowing drift turns. America and Japan have stiff competition coming for their segment in the Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track. The Hyundai even beats the American V6 pony cars and the Infiniti G37S in acceleration and quarter-mile times. The 3.8 Track’s 348 direct-injected ponies pass through a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic providing linear power delivery. Three traction-control levels give the driver a range of performance from reserved to downright playful. So look out competition, Hyundai has got something good going here.
1962 Lincoln Continental
No other car quite exemplifies the term “land yacht” as the Lincoln Continental. It is absurdly regal in its presentation and as ostentatious as it is wide and long. In 1962 it was offered as “economical,” surely not for the gas-chugging 430 CID V8, but genuinely for its quality and how well-built it was. The Continental’s iconic suicide doors provide entry into the plentiful six-passenger, leather and vinyl, bench seats. Walnut paneling, power everything and more leg room than a lazy-boy make this a sweet choice for just rollin’ or road trippin’ in comfort fit for a king. Cruising a Continental, dropped to the ground with some oversize wheels, immediately catapults the driver to the status of celebrity. Beware the paparazzi!
1989 Mercedes-Benz #63 Sauber-Mercedes C 9
The C 9 was the watershed Group C racecar that brought Sauber-Mercedes pole and second position on the grid at Le Mans in 1989, leading to a win and second that year. It also holds the fastest legitimate speed on the Mulsanne Straight at 247 mph, and may be the singular reason why the chicanes were added. The C 9 was a breakthrough model, succeeding where others has suffered reliability and safety issues. It could be said this car is what later brought Sauber-Mercedes into F1. Sporting a completely re-engineered M119 V8 motor made of alluminum, with twin-turbochargers and a full four-valve per cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts, the C 9 motor bumped power to 800 hp. Built into a light-alloy monocoque the C 9 is well balanced, robust, and sleek. The beauty of the chassis in classic silver harkens back to the successful Silver Arrows of ages past. Among group C racers the Sauber-Mercedes C 9 is a fabled competitor.
1984 Peugeot 205 T16
From afar, the Peugeot 205 T16 looks much like the front-wheel drive, front-engine street car it was based on. When competition in World Rally Championship (WRC) was at an all-time high, Peugeot wanted to taste the victory they had enjoyed in the past. To meet Group B homologation, 200 road cars had to be built and, with that, the 205 T16 was born. These radical cars had a specially developed mid-mounted four-cylinder turbocharged, 16-valve engine mated to a four-wheel-drive system. The street version of the 205 T16 only differed from the rally version through a lowered turbo boost and the interior trim. The factory rally cars had an astounding record beginning in 1984, taking first place in three rallies, then seven more first place victories in 1985. After 1986, WRC cancelled the Group B category due to safety concerns, but not before the Peugeot 205 T16 brought in six more top podiums. The 205 T16 enjoyed its very last race--the 1986 Olympus Rally in Washington State--where it took second overall.
2013 Scion FR-S
This long-awaited collaboration between Toyota and Subaru is no disappointment. The FR-S is very comfortable on back roads or even at the track thanks to its well-matched Subie flat-four and rear-wheel drive. The 2.0 liter puts out 200 horsepower matched with a six-speed transmission in a package that weighs around 2,800 pounds. The FR-S will do 0-60 in just over six seconds and is no slouch in cornering responsiveness. While the FR-S has stability control, it is more fun with STM turned off for those that can handle a car that has the juice and setup to push the rear-end out if asked to do so. The FR-S is a long awaited bit of automotive passion from the Toyota team who seemed to abandon the sports car market by ending production of the Supra, Celica and MR2. In short: the FR-S signals the return of a proper sports car from Toyota and that return is a welcome one.
1962 Triumph TR3B
As the market for sports cars exploded in the USA during the early 1950’s, Triumph first launched the TR2, a car that performed well in Europe, even competing at Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. They followed with the Triumph TR3 from 1955 through 1962. The TR3 continued to develop over the years with upgrades like front-disc brakes, improved cooling, and a larger engine. These changes made the car popular at sports car races in its era, and similarly successful at vintage car racing events of today. The TR3’s racing success and fun road-going manners established Triumph in the sports car market for many years to come. This final and best version of the TR3 had a 2,138 cc four-cylinder engine with dual SU carburetors and an output of 105 hp. At only 2,200 pounds, and with a fully-synchronized transmission, it provided plenty of sporting excitement. Today, just as in 1962, this is a great example of the true, wind in your face, open-top sports car.
2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport
In the Lexus GS350 F Sport, luxury and refinement are cast strongly enough to compete with the Germans. This stately ride has enough power and speed to excite even youthful interests. Regardless of whether most Lexus customers will more than likely be driving at the posted limits on their way to and from the country club, the GS350 F Sport is a capable sport sedan. Rear-wheel drive and 306 naturally-aspirated horsepower definitely make this car a kick in the pants. Driven aggressively the GS350 can utilize its firmer suspension and larger front-brake rotors to raise adrenalin or it can serenely transport its passengers in comfort and security. It’s really about the potential to excite, and the GS350 F has excitement in spades.
As always with the release of the August Car Pack, there will be a new batch of Community Monthly Rivals Mode events launched. A special Rivals Mode featuring the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 will be available to commemorate the original Boss 302’s Trans Am championship. We’ll also be awarding unicorn cars to 100 random players per week who set a leaderboard time in the “Who’s the Boss” Rivals event.
The August Car Pack is not included as part of the Forza Motorsport 4 Season Pass, which concluded with the April Alpinestars Car Pack. Season Pass owners will need to purchase the August Car Pack separately.