Playground Games has released the Series 16 Update for Forza Horizon 4. Available to download on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC from Tuesday, November 20th, this latest version of the shared open-world racing game introduces four exotic Italian cars to drive across beautiful, historic Britain with a range of new gameplay improvements and more.
Up first is a low-production, high-performance masterpiece that’s making its gaming debut in Forza Horizon 4 – the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista. It’s accompanied by a classic race car from the prestigious automaker, the 1970 Ferrari 512 S. Meanwhile, former Ferrari technicians and engineers bring us the 2018 ATS GT, whilst the final car to be featured in this update is a fan-favourite that made its return to Forza Motorsport 7 last year, the 1999 Lamborghini Diablo GTR.
All four of these new vehicles, as well as a host of returning exclusive cars, will be available to unlock over the next four seasons in Festival Playlist. For more details on the new rides, however, you can find their official descriptions outlined below from Turn 10 Studios.
A Forza first! The latest track specialist supercar from Ferrari. With each new model of their mid-engine supercars, Ferrari has brought a low-production, even higher-performance model to the proverbial table. They came with names like Challenge Stradale, Scuderia, Speciale, and now, the Pista (that’s Italian for “track”). As with previous track specialists, they have wrung out additional horsepower, and lost weight. The Pista lost 40 pounds alone just in engine weight, while gaining 49 horsepower. Throughout you will find improvements to airflow and downforce. It’s the ultimate 488, and it’s raised the bar of what to expect from Ferrari… again.
When the 512 S hit the track in 1970, it scooped up the first win of the season at Sebring. From there on, despite the thunderous torque of its 5-liter V12 and its sumptuous lines, it was relegated to finishing positions behind the Porsche 917. Rule changes and reducing engine capacity to three liters gave birth to the 312PB and a return to racing glory for the Scuderia. Given its elegant beauty and limited production, the 512 will live forever in the memories of the Tifosi. One drive will show you why.
In 1961, eight technicians and engineers were fired by Enzo Ferrari. They went on to build their own race team and production cars under the name Automobili Turismo e Sport. While the Formula 1 team failed, they did develop one of the first mid-engine road cars. There were 12 and they were called the 2500 GT. The new ATS GT was designed to re-envision that original groundbreaking design. At the heart of the new ATS GT is a McLaren 650S. What sets it apart is the unique styling details such as the opaque engine cover and a token shape in the rear pillar that presents the aerodynamic profile of the original 2500 GT.
A rare Lamborghini with all the racing goodies is ready to add to your Forza garage. Constructed to race in Lamborghini’s Diablo Supertrofeo one-make series, the GTR starts with a standard 6-liter GT car. The modifications mainly center around chassis, suspension, and better cooling and braking systems, but the engine does get a revised exhaust system that boosts output to 590 horsepower. Despite the intimidating nature of the GTR, it’s easy to control at the limit and very, very fast. Don’t expect to see one at your local track day, however, as only 40 models were built.
Playground Games has also improved the subtitling system in Forza Horizon 4 with the Series 16 Update. The location of displayed text has been moved to the bottom center of the screen, away from their original position on the left-hand side. Players can now adjust the font size of all subtitles from within the Video Settings menu, as well as the transparency of their background. An example of how adjusting these settings affect the new subtitles interface is also shown, too.
The Series 16 Festival Playlist features an all-new Showcase Remix, as well as a returning fan-favourite. The “Morning Rush” sees you behind-the-wheel of Isha’s Taxi as you battle the iconic Flying Scotsman, from the Scottish Highlands of Glen Rannoch to the city centre of Edinburgh.
Meanwhile, the returning “Motorcross Purposes” from last series sees you racing the rough-and-ready Aerial Nomad against MotoX bikes through the dense foliage of Lakehurst Forest.
Playground Games has made further improvements to discovering new cars in the Auction House. Now, you can quickly select manufacturers with an updated pop-up search interface.
Meanwhile, with this update, some cars are no longer permitted in competitive multiplayer modes such as Rivals and Online Adventure. These restrictions have been designed to “ensure that all multiplayer modes have a wide selection of competitive vehicles.” Currently, only two vehicles are blacklisted – the 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker and the 2018 Top Gear Track-Tor.
Additional fixes and further improvements can be found listed in the Series 16 Release Notes on the Forza Support site. Looking ahead, the Series 17 Update for Forza Horizon 4 features the return of Toyota, and in particular, the 1998 Toyota Supra RZ – with more iconic rides from the esteemed Japanese automaker to follow.
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