A 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish and the legendary Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR would seem to lead this class in terms of performance metal, though the utterly lovely Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato is no slouch, either. You might not instantly remember the Bowler EXR S, but rest assured that the love child of Land Rover and a rally raid outfit is a high-horsepower SUV that should be fun to use on the unpaved sections of the Horizon universe.
Still, the big win here is absolutely the 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan. A full-size Euro cargo van, pumping out an whopping 198-horsepower and with a center of gravity roughly eight feet off the ground. What's not to love? Follow on below to watch a video introduction to the Top Gear car pack, as well as a short description of the full list of available cars.
The April Top Gear Car Pack includes:
2012 Aston Martin Vanquish
With styling nods to previous Astons and a welcomed upgrade in the engine department, the new Vanquish retains much of the familiar Aston Martin grace, while still receiving a kick in the pants in performance. Its 565-horsepower V12 produces a pleasing growl and will zip the car past nearly everyone else on the highway, all while you bask in the Vanquish's considerable interior creature comforts.
2012 Bowler EXR S
The Bowler EXR S is the result of the 2012 brand partnership between Land Rover and U.K.-based rally raid manufacturer Bowler. The striking all-terrain vehicle is fitted with a modified version of the Range Rover Sport's supercharged 5.0-litre V8, and produces 550 bhp, giving it a top speed of more than 150 mph. The first Bowler designed for road use, the EXR S is equally at home in the deepest parts of Horizon's back roads.
2011 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato
Combine traditional Alfa elegance with 600 horsepower of pure Dodge fury and what do you get? The 2011 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato. This street-legal sports car features an 8.4-litre V10 and the kind of gorgeous curves you'd expect from Italian design center Zagato. In short, this one's as easy on the eyes and as it is fun on the road.
2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan
The SuperSportVan is the latest creation in a long-standing series of Ford-built custom transit vans dating back to 1971. The 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportvan dons Le Mans bonnet stripes and an eye-catching livery on the outside. Inside is the 3.2-liter, 198-horsepower engine taken from the much larger Transit Jumbo. What's the point? It's a one-off design to show that Ford engineers can have fun too, and it was unveiled at the 2011 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham, U.K. It also presents a vast canvas for designs and further customization for "Forza Horizon" fans.
1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes CLK GTR
Only a street car in the loosest sense of the word, the CLK-GTR is nearly identical to its pure racing counterpart, which dominated the GT1 class at Le Mans so thoroughly that after a few wins no competitor wished to challenge it. Buying a CLK-GTR to use for lightning-quick grocery runs is a questionable plan, but for dominating your friends in Horizon's Colorado, there are few street-licensable cars that can keep up, putting these drivers in a very exclusive club.
2002 BMW M3-GTR (FREE Download)
The 2002 BMW M3-GTR is synonymous with rarity. As BMW puts it, "The GTRs (both race and street copies) were never sold to anyone. Only three street copies were built. Not all three were ever shown. A street copy was shown in the US only once, and for less than an hour." Little wonder, then, that this M3 is bound to be a prize for "Forza Horizon" players.
The Forza Horizon April Top Gear Car Pack will be available Tuesday, April 2. Each car is available for 240 MS Points or you can purchase them as a pack for 400 MS points. Coinciding with the release of the April Top Gear Car Pack we will also be releasing a new batch of Community Rivals Mode events to compete in. Pick up the April Top Gear Car Pack, then head over to "Race Central" at the Horizon Festival, select "Rivals" and then go to the "Monthly Rivals" section.