Best cars in the Forza Horizon 5 Italian Automotive update
Image credit: Playground Games

Best Cars in the Forza Horizon 5 Italian Automotive Update

Forza Horizon 5

This weekend, Playground Games announced the upcoming Italian Automotive update for Forza Horizon 5 including 23 new cars. Here are our favourites from the list.

This weekend, Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games came together to host the most recent Forza Monthly live stream event. Whilst much of the showcase displayed plenty of features and content coming to the upcoming Forza Motorsport, Forza Horizon 5 also got its 15 minutes.

With a new series fast approaching, Playground Games unveiled everything coming in the biggest FH5 car drop ever. Set for release on 15 August, the Italian Automotive update does exactly what it says on the tin.

Introducing a collection of cars from Italian brands both to the Autoshow and upcoming Festival Playlist, fans of the game will revel in motoring beauty throughout August and September.

Alfa Romeo models are stunning in Forza Horizon 5
Alfa Romeo models are stunning in Forza Horizon 5. Image credit: Playground Games

Manufacturers previously missing from the title such as Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Abarth will now feature thanks to the update. Other models from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini as well as a gorgeous Italdesign concept will appear in the latest Car Pack DLC.

With over 20 cars joining Forza Horizon 5 in the Italian Automotive update this week, there are many to choose from. Here are the models we are most excited to drive.

Best Italian Automotive Festival Rewards

With every update to Forza Horizon 5 comes a new set of festival playlist rewards. The Italian Automotive update for FH5 is no different. What is different however is that every weekly reward car for the next month is new to the game. That makes prioritising weeks to play very difficult, especially with so many incredible vehicles available.

However, with both the 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and 1980 Fiat Abarth 131 available to win in the same week, Winter is going to be busy. For 20 points claimed throughout the week, one can pick up the epic-sounding 131. This car has rallying pedigree aplenty and a four-pot 2-litre engine with a surprisingly nice tune.

Abarth 131 and Alfa Romeo 8C in the same FH5 week
Abarth 131 and Alfa Romeo 8C in the same FH5 week. Image credit: Playground Games

Reach 80 points during the week from 31 August to 7 September and you will earn the Alfa Romeo 8C . This modern classic is a work of art both visually and mechanically. From the outside, it clearly draws inspiration from Zagato’s TZ Giulia racecars from the 1960’s. Under the bonnet lies a shouty 4.7-litre V8, similar to that found in the Ferrari 458.

Top Autoshow models

Unlike many updates in recent times, the Italian Automotive update for FH5 adds models to the Autoshow. Players can as a result purchase them with in-game credits. Indeed, rather than spending hours completing challenges and winning races, one can finally use those millions of credits won in wheelspins.

Among the list of new Autoshow additions are some absolute beauties. From Alfa Romeo comes the 2017 Giulia Quadrifoglio, its older sibling, the 1965 Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale and the 33 Stradale. Lancia joins the fray with its Delta HF Integrale EVO. The Fiat-Abarth pairing adds the 1980 124 Spider and 1968 595 Essesse

Lancia returns to FH5 in the Italian Automotive update with some amazing cars
Lancia returns to FH5 in the Italian Automotive update with some amazing cars. Image credit: Playground Games

One must admit that the 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 however is one of the most stunning automobiles to ever hit the road. Thanks to amazing Zagato styling, it is often dubbed a mini-Ferrari 250 GTO. But with a lightweight design and even lighter 1.6-litre inline-four, it may well be more agile than the Fezza.

Alongside the TZ2 has to be the Lancia Stratos which also features in the Forza Horizon 5 Autoshow from today. One of the all-time great rally cars, it surely places among the best cars in the game. Tackling the ridiculous mid-engine monster will certainly be a fun experience.

FH5 Car Pack picks

Along with the free update to Forza Horizon 5 comes the Italian Automotive Car Pack DLC. Costing £7.99 or €9.99, it introduces seven new Italian supercars to the game from Lamborghini and Ferrari. Obviously by purchasing the pack, you will automatically receive all models in your garage. But there are some you may prefer driving than others.

Ferrari has lost its appeal compared to screaming Lamborghini cars
Ferrari has lost its appeal compared to screaming Lamborghini cars. Image credit: Playground Games

Unfortunately for the Prancing Horse which now features a range of turbocharged, dull-sounding models, the pack features many naturally aspirated Raging Bulls. The barking, track-only 2020 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 has to be the most desirable model in the pack. It features radical styling and the aforementioned ear-piercing sound track. If you don’t fancy jumping behind the wheel of this hurricane on wheels, it may be time to re-evaluate things.

If a V10 is more your speed, another track-only brute comes as part of the pack in the shape of the 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo. A more recent Super Trofeo car does currently race on the real-life circuit. But it is still thrilling to see this racing model at the Horizon Festival.

What car are you most excited for in the Forza Horizon 5 Italian Automotive update? Tell us on Twitter at @OverTake_gg or in the comments down below!

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