There's something for everyone, including Fast & Furious fans.
It's a new month, so we have a new Forza Horizon 5 update to look forward to. The Winter Wonderland series introduces a slew of new cars, including the 2022 Subaru BRZ, the Lotus 340R, several vintage racers, like the Ferrari 512 S and Aston Martin DBR1, and the vehicles from the latest Fast X blockbuster. Oh, and the awe-inspiring GMA T.50 supercar.
Aside from these exciting new additions, several fixes have been applied to the game, and the stadium has been transformed into a winter wonderland-themed arena, replete with a new racetrack. Let's take a look at the latest update in detail.
Following the addition of the Toyota GR86 earlier this year, Playground Games has introduced the modern Subaru BRZ. Like its Toyota-badged sibling, the BRZ is powered by a 2.4-liter Boxer engine that produces 228 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
Before this, Subaru fans could only choose from the 2013 BRZ. This latest addition adds another car to the brand's FH5 portfolio, which now includes 12 vehicles. Perhaps it's not the most potent car offered to players in the game, but with some tuning and performance mods, it can be turned into a fun drift car or a sleeper that punches above its weight.
To unlock the BRZ, players have to earn 20 points in Week 3 of the playlist, which takes place from December 21-28.
One of Norfolk's more obscure sports cars, the 340R was introduced in 2000 as a special edition of the Elise. As the name suggests, 340 examples were produced. The Lotus gains motivation from a 1.8-liter Rover K-Series motor that produces up to 187 hp and 139 lb-ft.
Despite these modest outputs, the 340R can sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, but straight-line grunt isn't what this car is about. Weighing in at 1,545 pounds, the 340R is an absolute delight in the corners, and owners love to show their dynamic prowess off during track days.
The 340R will be available for 20 points during Week 4, from December 28-January 3.
Another quirky British sports car, the Morgan Aero GT speeds into Mexico with its 4.8-liter V8 engine. First introduced in 2000, traditionalists were alienated by the, ahem, quirky front fascia.
Despite that, the Morgan soldiered on for 18 years, and the Aero GT was one of the final models. With adjustable suspension and other technical advancements, it was a far cry from the Morgans of old. A six-speed manual transmission was standard, but customers could opt for an automatic gearbox.
The V8 produces 367 horses, allowing the Aero GT to reach 62 mph in 4.5 seconds before hitting its 170 mph top speed. Interested? Earn 20 points in Week 2, which commences on December 14.
Another special Lotus, the 2-Eleven debuted in 2009 as an Exige-based rarity. This British track toy is fitted with a Toyota-sourced 1.8-liter that produces 252 hp and 178 lb-ft, thanks to a supercharger.
Performance is impressive, with a 3.8-second 0-60 mph time and a respectable 150 mph top speed. Available in track and road specifications, the 2-Eleven is a featherweight and tips the scales at 1,468 lbs (in track guise).
A successor to the 340R, it was eventually replaced by the 3-Eleven. You'll have to earn 20 points to add it to your virtual garage. The 3-Eleven will be available in Week 1 (December 7-14).
For fans of the Fast & Furious franchise, there's a new car pack that introduces four exciting cars from the latest installment, Fast X. Four vehicles form part of the pack: Dominic Toretto's 1970 Dodge Charger, the 1966 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport driven by villain Dante Reyes, a 1973 Datsun 240Z, and a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody.
Dom's classic Charger has 980 horsepower, making driving rather tricky. For Fast & Furious fans, it's one of the most iconic cars in the series and probably worth buying the pack for. If you want to play the role of the devious bad guy, the Impala Super Sport should be great fun to drive - it's even more muscular than the Charger, with 1,100 horses under the hood.
Fancy something more modern? The 1,000-hp Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye is a great addition and should be fun to drive across the Mexican landscape - just don't try to stop any big rolling bombs with it.
The Datsun 240Z adds some Japanese flair to the pack. Driven by Isabel Neves in Fast X, the classic sports coupe is destroyed by Reyes. While that's unfortunate, players can still enjoy the turbocharged 240Z, which has 737 hp. Vivid yellow paint and a widebody kit help it stand out.
A flip car is the last thing you'd expect to see in Forza, but players can now sample the Flip Car 2.0. The 700-hp V8 is all good and well, but the exciting thing is for the first time in FH5, the vehicle has steering on all three axles.
In the spirit of the season, Forza Horizon's Secret Santa is back. Players will be rewarded for their generosity; the more cars that are given away, the sooner everyone will unlock the GMA T.50. Arguably the most exciting supercar to debut in recent years, the T.50 is the brainchild of engineering extraordinaire Gordon Murray, the man responsible for the McLaren F1, among other things.
With a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter V12, the T.50 sounds incredible, singing up to its 12,100 rpm redline. 656 horses mean it's great fun to drive, with spirited handling and outstanding dynamics. If, for some reason, you're not interested in the T.50, the Aston Martin Valkyrie will also make its way to Horizon 5.
Here's how it works. Players need to fill a meter that tracks collective gift-giving. Once it reaches 50% and 100%, players will be awarded the T.50 and Valkyrie, respectively.
Aside from all the new cars mentioned above, four new vintage racers have been added to the Autoshow. The 1970 Ferrari 512 S, 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6, 1953 Jaguar C-Type, and 1958 Aston Martin DBR1 can now be enjoyed, allowing players to live out their 'golden era of racing' fantasies.
The stadium also benefits from festive decorations and a new track. The track is available for the duration of the series but will return in future updates. Fixes include several updates for PC players, and, importantly, the engine noise of the Corvette Z06 has been retuned to sound more realistic. The 'Vette was added in the last update, American Automotive.
We can't wait to see what's in the pipeline for the February update. In the meantime, players have plenty of cars to collect and things to do.