Forza Horizon G-Shock Car Pack brings Nissan IDx, Subaru Brat [w/video]

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With winter's icy grip around much of the nation, now may be the perfect time to sit inside at night and enjoy some video games. The latest six-car G-Shock pack for Forza Horizon 2 on the Xbox One is now here, and it gives players a very eclectic group of vehicles to race around the game's open world.

This month's group of vehicles spans the decades ranging from 2015 back to 1953. The newest and only concept of the group is the 2015 Nissan IDX Nismo. Since the production chances for this retro coupe look increasingly slim, this game might be your only chance to get behind the concept's wheel. However, if you prefer driving something a bit more classic and Italian, the 1953 Ferrari 500 Mondial is available. To add one more flavor of performance, there is the 2010 Mazda Mazdasped 3 hot hatch, which is also this month's free car for download.

In addition to three takes on the sports car, Turn 10 is also offering a trio of off-roaders. The quirkiest among them is the 1980 Subaru Brat GL, which features two jump seats in the back to avoid the dreaded chicken tax. If you prefer something more boxy and American, then the 1975 Ford Bronco is sure to please. Finally, for some real power to get through the mud, there's the 2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor as tuned by Shelby with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 making 575 horsepower.

As usual, the whole pack costs players $5 to download, or it's free as part of the season pass. Scroll down for a brief video showing all of these virtual rides off and read the press release about them from Turn 10 Studios.

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"Forza Horizon 2" G-Shock Car Pack Now Available

Welcome to the New Year! Are you ready to hit the roads of "Forza Horizon 2" for Xbox One in some new rides? You better be because the G-Shock Car Pack is lighting up the new year with some amazing vehicles.

Leading off the pack is a "Forza" First: the 2015 Nissan IDx NISMO is making its videogame debut in "Forza Horizon 2." The IDx prototype harkens back to Nissan's storied automotive history, with its compact size and aggressive appearance, and looks to the future with some serious under-the-hood performance. Take a spin in this gem, and you will be startled by its performance and charmed by its presence.

The remaining cars of the pack also have "Horizon Festival" written all over them. Take the classic Subaru Brat or the 1975 Ford Bronco, for example, vehicles that brought a new kind of fun to driving. Need a heavy duty weapon of destruction? The Shelby Raptor is just that. Or, if you are looking to finesse your way to victory, the Ferrari 500 Mondial is just the ticket.

The G-Shock Car Pack for "Forza Horizon 2" on Xbox One is available today for $5 in the Xbox Live store. Starting today, also available this month for free for all Xbox One players is the 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3.

Now, let's take a look at the G-Shock trailer and take a deeper dive into what these cars have to offer:

2015 Nissan IDx NISMO

When the IDx NISMO prototype debuted at the Tokyo Auto Show the overwhelming response was, "Yes please!" It didn't take long for Nissan to state that the car would make it to production, though the company has yet to announce a date or provide details on its final configuration. We do know it will be rear wheel drive and its obvious cues from the legendary Datsun 510 are enough to make it a guaranteed fun to drive ride. Nissan says the "ID" speaks to identity and "x" is a variable, but it doesn't take much digging to realize that "D" is the Roman numeral for 500 and "X" represents ten. Whether you reminisce about the many 510's that found success on the track, or the unending popularity of the line among enthusiasts, the IDx NISMO hits the spot. Some say underneath the body lies the heart of the mythical S15 but, on the outside, from the front fender-mounted camera mirrors to the side-dump exhaust, it's obvious this little car plans on making its own history.

1980 Subaru BRAT GL

Developed at the request of the president of Subaru of America, the BRAT (Bi-drive Recreational All-terrain Transporter) followed the trend set by the Chevy El Camino and Ford Ranchero as half-truck, half-car. On paper, and due to the rear-facing bed-mounted jumpseats, the BRAT was technically a car, which got Subaru out of an excessive light truck tariff versus that of passenger cars imported from Japan. Underneath its coupe-utility body is the heart of the Subaru Leone station wagon. Under the hood is the Subaru EA flat-four and in the GL model represented here, a dual-range four-wheel drive system. Although humble in power output, the BRAT, like any Subaru, is meant to go places the average car wouldn't dare.

2013 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Shelby

As if the Special Vehicle Technologies group hadn't done enough to make the Raptor something special, leave it to Shelby to turn this beast into a monster. Once the Shelby group gets a hold of one of the 500 trucks that will earn the Shelby badge, they dig deep and pull 575 horsepower out of the already potent 6.2-liter V8. On the intake side, that power comes from a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger and a huge Whipple intercooler, then it exhales through a Shelby/Borla exhaust. Of course each truck is embossed with decals noting the lineage, but they will be hard to read through all the dust being dispersed as the Shelby Raptor does its thing.

1975 Ford Bronco

When Ford introduced the Bronco in 1966, the goal was to compete with the Jeeps and International Scouts that dominated the off road vehicle market. Ford went all-in and designed the Bronco from the ground up, although the axles and brakes were from the 4x4 F-Series. The result was a capable ORV that was simple and functional. By 1975 the Bronco was struggling for market share, partially in part due to its more car like design and a lack of power compared to the competition from GM and Mopar, by 1977 the Bronco was remade, larger and more truck like, and the original became an instant classic. Ready to wheel its way into your heart or into any backwoods, the original Bronco was "built Ford tough" long before the marketing slogan ever existed.

1953 Ferrari 500 Mondial

Ferrari is known for its elegant and robust 12-cylinder engines, but the 500 Mondial features a four-cylinder. Born in the post-World War II economy that was recovering from near devastation, the Mondial was built to fill the demand of professional and gentleman drivers seeking the podium. A four-cylinder could generate better low-end torque and enable quick corner exits. The lighter overall weight was also an advantage. Drawing from the 500 F2 that dominated grand prix racing in 1952 and 1953, the Mondial was well balanced and quick. With coachwork from either Pinin Farina or Scaglietti – depending on if the car was series one or series two – it resembles the form of the 375 MM berlinettas and spyders of the era. Proving the formula was viable, Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi scored a class win and second overall in the Mondial's debut race at the 12 Hours of Casablanca.

2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3

For 2010, the much-loved Mazdaspeed 3 both changes and stays the same. What's different is the revised sheet metal that brings a distinctive trapezoidal grille to the entire Mazda 3 range as part of the new "Nagare" design language-although in the Mazdaspeed version, the 3 gains a large hoodscoop to keep the intercooler cool. As you would expect, the Mazdaspeed 3 comes with stiffer suspension than the normal version, as well as a new torque management system to deal with the twist produced by the 2.3-liter four cylinder that is turbocharged to the tune of 263 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs. of torque. The result is just a hint of torque-steer, although not nearly as much as there would be without the limited slip differential. Thanks to these technologies, the Mazdaspeed 3 is quick off the line, and pulls hard out of corners, almost as if it was equipped with all-wheel drive. It's not; but for a front-driver with this much power on tap, the results are highly impressive. Also of note is the new boost gauge, an LED indicator vertically sandwiched between the tachometer and speedometer-just the kind of little sporting touch that Mazda is known for.


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