Classic metal may make new Forza 5 pack our favorite ever [w/video]

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We're usually pretty enthused every time Turn 10 Studios unveils another of its monthly car packs for Forza Motorsport 5. It means we'll have an entirely new batch of vehicles to play with when the work day finally ends, whether that means we race, tune, style or simply crash them. This latest car pack, though, the Meguiar's Car Pack, is arguably one of the most interesting that we've seen.

On the surface, there are some pretty standard cars here. The BMW M3 DTM car is going to be an extremely cool addition to the game, as is the Aston Martin V12 Zagato. Where this car pack gets interesting, though, are in the number of classics on offer. Sure, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air might not be too special in a game like Forza. We could say the same of a 1967 Chevelle. What about an Aston Martin DBR1, though? Or the bootlegger's dream – the 1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe? Yes, there are some seriously weird gems in this car pack.

Both the 1973 Mazda RX-3 and the underappreciated, Lotus-tuned Ford Cortina are featured here, while we can add one more Alfa Romeo to Forza's stable with the gorgeous 1986 GTV-6 (this writer is still holding out hope for the appearance of a Montreal or SZ in a future car pack). Rounding out the group is the Dodge Dart Hemi Super Stock.

Turn 10 put together a short video composed of in-game footage of the cars. Scroll down and have a peak at the video, as well as the press release, which describes each car. The Meguiar's Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 5 is currently available for download, and costs $9.99 (naturally, it's free for Season Pass owners).
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Forza Motorsport 5 Meguiar's Car Pack Now Available

Turn 10 Studios released the Meguiar's Car Pack for "Forza Motorsport 5," available for download today. The pack features a collection of vehicles built from the ground up for the new generation, which car fans can collect and customize while putting their virtual driving skills to the test.

The car pack includes 10 beautiful vehicles inspired by a variety of rare concepts. Take the American muscle '67 Chevy Chevelle for a spin to power past competitors, or throw it all the way back to 1940 in the Ford De Luxe Coupe for a classic vintage run. Craving some luxury and speed? Try the 2013 BMW M Performance M3 Racing Car, which is known as one of the fastest cars in "Forza Motorsport 5," and can handle just about any track with a killer combination of performance and design. The rest of the pack includes additional appearances of your favorite cars from Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, and more.

Meguiar's and Turn 10 Studios have worked together through the years to help turn car lovers into gamers, and gamers into car lovers. Meguiar's has delivered automotive passion to its fans for more than 110 years, providing car buffs with high-performance car care products for every automotive surface, to make their favorite vehicles stand out in a crowd.

The Meguiar's Car Pack is available now for $9.99 in the Xbox Live Marketplace, or at no additional cost for "Forza Motorsport 5" Car Pass owners.

Now, let's take a look at all the cars in the Meguiar's Car Pack:

2013 BMW M Performance M3 Racing Car

BMW left the highest level of European touring car racing in 1992. With the 2013 BMW M Performance M3 Racing Car, the German marque's latest racing beast, it's easy to believe that the company dedicated the entirety of the past 20+ years preparing for its re-entry into racing. That's because this M3-based race car utterly dominated the competition upon BMW's return. Bruno Spengler won the driver's championship, and BMW won the team title and the manufacturer's title. The team also set fastest lap records, all while cutting build costs and increasing driver safety, two goals of recent regulations. It helps, too, that the M3's aesthetics are above reproach; practically every line screams pure speed. In terms of both performance and design, the M3 Race Car is closer to a Formula car than a GT racer. The M Performance M3 is powered by a naturally aspirated four-liter V8 with a six-speed pneumatically actuated transmission. Braking is breathtakingly effective, and the car (with driver) weighs in at less than 2,500 pounds. The fluid beauty of the body has enough aero to make it stick to the track surface during even the rainiest events, while still managing a top speed of around 186 MPH. Put the M3 Race Car up against anything in your "Forza Motorsport 5" garage, and you will find it is one of the fastest and best-handling cars in the game.

1986 Alfa Romeo GTV-6

With bodywork penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro from Italdesign-Giugiaro, the Alfa Romeo GTV6 was heralded by automotive journalists for excellent handling, outstanding brakes, and the SOHC V6 2.5-liter engine that made for a thoroughly fun driving experience. The fantastic-sounding engine powered the rear wheels through a transaxle, creating a nearly perfect front/rear weight balance. Furthering the race-bred technology was the use of a deDion rear suspension and inboard disk brakes. The GTV7 proved its capabilities by winning the 1982-85 European Touring Car Championships. Alfa Romeo produced limited editions like the Maratona, Balocco, and Grand Prix editions, while aftermarket companies like Zender also provided excellent performance options. In 1986, the GTV-6 retired at the top of its game, including impressive performances in World Rally Championship races. In addition, 200 very collectible models were made, produced only in South Africa using a 3.0-liter version of the famed V6 engine. All GTV-6 versions are enjoyed today, just as they were when first rolled out, with many found in club racing or concourse events.

1958 Aston Martin DBR1

Coast through a corner and roll onto the throttle: the whine of the straight-cut gears gives way to a syncopated baritone that has few equals. Many cars are compared to growling or bellowing animals, but the DBR1's inline six truly sounds like a very large lion clearing its throat - one of the most primal-sounding motors in automotive history. The DBR1 was not only named after Aston Martin owner David Brown, it also fulfilled his decade-long ambition to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959, at the hands of none other than Carroll Shelby and his co-driver Ray Salvadori. The DBR1 also carried Stirling Moss to two of his four victories at the 1000km Nürburgring, run on the notoriously difficult Nürburgring Nordschleife. It did so not with raw power, although the 3-liter motor made 254 horsepower, but a combination of lightweight construction, slippery aerodynamics, and superior driving dynamics. Some of that lightness was due to the extensive use of magnesium alloy in the body, just 0.03 inches thick and quite fragile. Ultimately, the DBR1's career ended with the win at Le Mans, as Brown had satisfied his ambition to win the championship and turned the company's focus to single-seater racing. As such, the DBR1 gives drivers the unique experience of driving a beautiful car at the height of its development and success.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

As one of the most iconic American cars of all-time, the Chevy Bel Air has a huge following in the classic car community. The '57 Chevy is as emblematic of the 1950s as Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe, and as American as hot dogs or apple pie. The restrained-yet-obvious fins, classic two-tone paint, and huge chromed front grill and bumper have all contributed to the Bel Air's tremendous rise in value over the years. For 1957, the 265 V8 was punched out to 283 cubic inches and, when equipped with the Ramjet fuel-injection option, it pumped out one horsepower from every cubic inch. This was a feat that Chevy deemed as "magic" at the time, and claimed to be the first to accomplish. Over the years, many Bel Air models have become hot-rods or resto-mods. The 220 horsepower, four-barrel Bel Air featured in "Forza Motorsport 5" just begs to be dressed up to fulfill your hot-rodding dreams. Drop in a huge V8, prop it up with some 20-inch rims, and a give it a flame job, and you've got a guaranteed head-turner from Long Beach to Prague.

2011 Aston Martin V12 Zagato (Villa d'Este)

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the original DB4GT Zagato, Aston Martin – in collaboration with Zagato – created an elegant and vivacious concept car. The V12 Zagato (Villa d'Este) debuted at the prestigious Concorso d'Eleganza Villa D'Este in Italy, and won the "Best in Class" award for Concept and Prototypes. The next month, the car went on to compete at Germany's Nürburgring, including the 24 Hour race where it performed flawlessly. The V12 produces 510 bhp, the brakes are ventilated carbon ceramic, and it uses a carbon fiber drive shaft. With a top speed north of 185 mph and equipped with a full roll cage and a plastic driver's side window, this car is ready to race. All it needs is a driver and a custom livery to make it your own.

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-396

The '67 Chevelle SS-396 introduced a number of improvements to the then-three-year-old Chevelle model line, including improved tires, better steering response, and optional front disc brakes. While the three-speed automatic was standard, the Chevelle you'll drive in "Forza Motorsport 5" features the four-speed option 375-horsepower V8, which was a dealer-installed conversion fitted into just a few hundred of the SS-396 models at the time. That rip-roaring power pushing a chunky hunk of Detroit steel weighing more than 3,500 pounds makes the '67 Chevelle a classic piece of American muscle car heritage, as well as a car that's just as fun to listen to as it is to slide around a track.

1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe

Yes, a pre-war Ford in "Forza Motorsport 5." It's difficult not to appreciate this car; while hard to find nowadays, the Ford Coupe has been an icon since its inception, and it sold millions in its time. The flathead V8 alone is a piece of history. It could be said that hot-rodding began with this car, when our veterans came home from World War II and wanted something affordable they could work on and build up. The design reflects the Art Deco period, with its bold and sweeping lines, and minimal flashy exterior components. The original, begging-to-be-modified flathead V8 puts out a mild 60-85 horsepower. Although weighing in at only 2,970 pounds, the De Luxe Coupe is fairly light and responds well, once upgraded to modern components. Just tooling around bone stock, however, is like taking a luxurious trip back in time.

1966 Ford Lotus Cortina

One of the first "race on Sunday, commute on Monday" factory cars, the Lotus Cortina built its reputation on the track and in people's daily lives. Henry Ford II assigned Lotus' Colin Chapman the task of building a Ford that was performance-inspired and could give Ford some racing credibility. The Cortina did so in triplicate, winning rally and touring car championships right and left, and being driven by the likes of Jim Clark. The Cortina provides a peppy 0-60 time of just under 10 seconds, and adroit cornering – partially thanks to its dainty 2,060 pounds of weight. Without a doubt, credit needs to also be given to its 115 horsepower, generated by a twin-cam 1.6-liter four-cylinder with thirsty and throaty-sounding dual-Weber carbs. While this car can carry four people in relative comfort, it is most happy when being revved high and thrown into a corner with full gusto.

1973 Mazda RX-3

As the nemesis of the Nissan Skyline – the RX-3 battled and defeated the mighty Skyline in the 1972 Japanese Grand Prix, denying Nissan 50 consecutive wins – the RX-3 represents the sportier side of Mazda when compared to the more docile RX-2. Outside Japan, the Mazda RX-3 was competitive on the track, dominating the Class C entries at the Bathurst 1000, and in the U.S. in IMSA and SCCA racing. Under the hood is the twin-rotor 12A, creating more than 100 high-revving horsepower. Even though not as fuel-efficient as some of the other compacts from Japan, the RX-3 was extremely popular, making up more than 50 percent of Mazda's sales before the release of the RX-7. While the RX-7 was a pure sports car, the RX-3 contributed much to its design. These days, seeing an RX-3 is a rarity, and will raise the dander of any true classic import lover.

1968 Dodge Dart HEMI Super Stock

While the age of factory-produced drag cars is long past, the Dart HEMI Super Stock represents the peak of the short-lived factory drag race wars. In short, there was never a faster factory-built drag car ever made. There were only 50 of these built by Hurst, and delivered to dealers for drag racing greats like "Dandy" Dick Landy. A giant 426 HEMI was shoehorned into the engine bay, with a little help from a few sledgehammer hits to the fender walls. The wheel arches and shock towers were modified similarly to provide clearance for the valve covers. Then, to lighten the body, a fiberglass nose, fenders, and hood were bolted on along with lightened bumpers and the removal of the mirrors, radio, heaters, and yes, the backseat. The unique L023 coded Dart's HEMI itself was built by hand-picked technicians from Chrysler's Marine and Industrial division. It was laughably rated at 425 horsepower; in actuality, it easily touted more than 500. While some were driven on the streets, the L023 came with a factory sticker stating, "This vehicle was not manufactured for use on Public Streets, Roads or Highways, and does not conform to Motor Vehicle Safety Standards." Whether that was a warning or a sales pitch is still up for debate.

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