Forza Garage Thursday Roundup 8/25/11

By: Alex Kierstein

I’ve been waiting to write this Forza Garage Roundup from my first day at Turn 10 a few months back, the moment I heard that one of the cars I love most—and that you, the community, have wanted for ages—was coming to Forza 4. One of the great things about being both a Forza Fan and a car guy is that even though I work here, I can occasionally geek out just as hard as you guys when it comes to the cars we’re including in this game.

Even the returning cars are pretty awesome, in my opinion, because I have serious love for the classic J-tin. The Hakosuka is definitely my favorite historic Nissan, and with the new lighting engine and customization options, it just looks great on the track and in any photo mode homespace. And then there’s the AE86, which has become the car of choice as the whole studio has gotten sucked into Rivals Mode drifting against each other, with the studio’s ace tuners and drifters going all out.

But I’m just delaying the inevitable by talking about the returning cars first, because no matter how great they are, we all know that the 1994 Nissan 240SX SE is the real star of this week’s Forza Garage lineup. And for many of you, it’s going to be the star of Forza Motorsport 4 itself. But whether you’re a die-hard drifter or not, the 240SX is a car that can do way more than just drift. It’s a blank slate for customizers, with a bunch of body kit options, and lots of powertrain options as well. Plus, I have to say the new model just looks great. Our car modelers are incredible, and the shots we’ve taken in game of the 240SX are sometimes almost indistinguishable from real life. There’s more to come in the future as we get the green light to reveal more in-game shots of new cars, but check out the taste of things to come with the shot of the 240SX below in its full glory, opposite-locked, and moving sideways, just like these Nissans will be doing in mass come October!

1994 Nissan 240SX SE

It’s no surprise that the 240SX has become a symbol of the power of the drift movement. On one hand, the “chuki”-era 240SX is basically a blank slate, waiting for customization. On the other, dead stock the 240SX a recipe for fun right off the bat, offering a perfect balance of features: it’s a lightweight, sleek rear-wheel drive fastback with excellent all-independent suspension and a torquey inline four.

Now consider that the 240SX is virtually identical, mechanically, to the JDM Nissan Silvia, so many of the excellent Japanese-market engines readily bolt in. For wilder engine swap options, the 240SX has a stout rear end capable of handling the power of a variety of Nissan engines. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, as the aftermarket offerings available for suspension, brakes, appearance, and more are so numerous they couldn’t possibly be summarized here. Know this: you can do anything with a 240SX, whether your cup of tea is drifting, circuit racing, dragging, or painting incredible liveries. Forza knows that the 240SX is capable of satisfying any flavor of enthusiasm, so we’ve ensured that there are tons of options for customizing the car in-game. Save up your credits and head over to the Upgrade Shop, and just take a look at the options for wheels and body kits alone.

1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R

Fondly known as the Hakosuka (“box Skyline,” chassis code KPGC10), the 1971 Skyline was the first to wear the world-renowned GT-R badge—for gran turismo racer—signifying that this was no run-of-the-mill Skyline GT. The inspiration for the GT-R was an early race special based on a previous-generation S50 Skyline 2000GT that credibly competed with a specially-constructed Porsche 904 GTS in the 1964 Japanese Grand Prix, finishing second, amazing everyone involved and giving Porsche a scare. Now, a bit of history: the Skyline originated not as a Nissan at all, but rather as the flagship of the Prince Motor Company. They developed the predecessor inline-six engines that powered the GT-R’s ancestors, and former Prince engineers ultimately designed the Hako’s S20 motor. In fact, the Hako itself started life as a Prince design, but Nissan purchased the company in 1966 and finished work on the Skyline; Nissan rightly realized the brilliance of the Skyline concept, kept the “Skyline” moniker, and continued to develop the engine—and that engine is magnificent. Displacing 2 liters and capable of revving to 10,000 RPM (virtually unbelievable in the era, when only Formula 1 engines could come close), the triple-carbureted engine produces 160 horsepower stock. The Hako’s lithe 2,400 lbs. weight and advanced rear semi-trailing arm independent suspension mean that it is a fast, sweet-handling car by any standard. Original 2000GT-Rs are extremely rare and highly prized, commanding six-figure prices in good condition, so it’s no surprise that clones abound. And while modifying an original Hako GT-R will bring the ire of traditionalists in real life, in Forza 4 you can customize the 2000GT-R pretty much any way you’d like—whether it’s dropping in a RB26DETT, converting to AWD, or deleting the front and rear bumpers for a clean race-ready look.

1985 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex

Any of the things the Sprinter Trueno is famous for could have made it an immortal JDM hero alone. Added up, it’s clear that the humble Corolla-based coupe that slays giants on the track and in the mountain passes is as legendary as they come. Widely known by the chassis code AE86 (from which the Japanese nickname Haichi-Roku, or “86,” comes from), it initially competed in various forms of production car racing, but then a video starring the Sprinter and a certain racer named Keiichi Tsuchiya changed everything. That video was “Pluspy,” and Tsuchiya is better known by the name Dorikin (“Drift King”)—and that video is generally considered the birth of drifting as we know it today. The Sprinter’s immediate popularity was only magnified when it was featured as the star vehicle in the wildly successful Initial D manga and anime series. The Sprinter Trueno deserves all this recognition and fame because it’s such a great package—extremely lightweight (just over a ton), the rear-wheel drive coupe has a strong and highly-tunable 4A-GE engine. The 1.6-liter motor makes 128 horsepower stock, using a twin-cam, 16-valve design—one of the first mass-produced motors in the work to use this advanced design. Add in a supremely balanced chassis, easy to modify for racing, drifting, or for show, and it’s no wonder that decades after it went out of production the Trueno is still a major presence in the drifting and touge scenes.

We know you’re all going to want to talk about these cars, so make sure to head over to the forums and discuss them. And don’t be shy about letting your friends on Facebook and Twitter know that the 1994 Nissan 240SX SE will be in the game, because we’re not shy about revealing it!

In addition to these classics, welcome the following cars to the Forza Garage:

  •  2002 Suzuki Liana GLX
  •  2011 Suzuki SX4 Sportback
  •  2009 Honda Fit Sport

That’s all we’ve got for this edition of the Roundup, but we’re sure it’s going to be plenty for Forza Fans to chew on. We’ll be dropping more cars tomorrow, just like we do each weekday, so check Facebook and Twitter for the latest Forza Garage reveals and updates. Until next week’s Roundup, stay sideways, my friends!

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