The Festival Playlist arrived into Forza Horizon 4 with the Series 7 Update last month, but the fun continues in Series 8 with a slate of new exclusive cars and rewards up for grabs. Whether you’re here for the latest rides or have a desire to bring your character to life this Easter to appropriately celebrate the occasion of bunnies and chocolates, this article covers everything you can unlock in Forza Horizon 4 over the next four seasons.
For those unaware, Festival Playlist brings together all of Forza Horizon 4’s time-limited activities under one neat, easy-to-use menu interface. This includes Seasonal Championships, Showcase Remixes, PR Stunts, Rivals, Online Adventure and more. It’s the definitive one-stop destination for everything that’s currently happening in the shared open-world racing game – tracking your progress across each active seasonal event and allowing you to easily see which rewards are currently available to unlock.
Each week in Series 8 of Horizon Life offers two unique unlockable rewards, including a brand-new exclusive car for 50% total completion within each passing season. Another bonus car or item is available at 80% Completion. Festival Playlist will always keep you updated with how close you are to unlocking the current available items. It’ll also inform you of any events that are offering their own unique bonuses, too – so be sure to pay close attention to the different championships that are available to compete in.
Since the introduction of Festival Playlist, we’ve opted to replace our weekly seasonal articles for Forza Horizon 4 with monthly deep dives instead. These highlight all the latest content available to unlock in the game with each passing series – giving you everything you need to know about the current exclusive cars and items that can be unlocked. They’re also accompanied by our dedicated update breakdown stories, which showcase all the latest features, tweaks and content additions that have been included with each release.
Series 8 of Forza Horizon 4 celebrates the Easter season in-style with a selection of unmissable rides to add your garage, along with an adorable and unmissable Bunny outfit! From the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé making its debut in the Forza franchise for the first time to the famed Italian supercar masterpiece that is the 2012 Ferrari 599XX Evolution, there's plenty of incredible vehicles to be unlocked over the course of the next four seasons.
Below, we’ll have a look at all the cars available to earn throughout the Series 8 Festival Playlist in Forza Horizon 4 – featuring their official descriptions from Turn 10 Studios!
The Giulia Quadrifoglio is all Alfa Romeo, with exotic lines, delicate styling touches, and the performance you expect from an Italian sports sedan. The Quadrifoglio sports an impressive 505 horsepower Ferrari-derived 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6. The front bumper on Quadrifoglio models is aggressive looking and, in the rear, you will find the gigantic rear diffuser and a gorgeously protruding exhaust. It's been a long time to wait for the Giulia, but by any measure it was worth it. In its Forza Edition dress and specially tuned for road ripping performance, this Giulia is a true work of art you won't be able to stop staring at, unless you are trying to keep up with it.
This is one set of headlights you do not want to see coming up behind you. However, it is also one set of wheels that you do want to drive. Available with a proper bumper bar, search lights and light bar, this is your Forza Horizon cop car. The Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor (FCVPI) is the most widely used vehicle by law enforcement for years due to the durability of it’s rear-wheel-drive and body-on-frame construction. The Crown Vic is built to take the abuse of pursuit operations and day-to-day enforcement duty or even taxi-service. Whether you prefer to chase or be chased, this is an addition to the world of Forza that many fans have been waiting for.
You don’t have to be an executive to appreciate the first class amenities of the latest in the line of super luxury four-door coupes from Europe. The Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door is big in every sense of the word that matters to car lovers. Sure it’s big enough to cruise with threefull-size friends, but more importantly it has the full-size gusto under the hood you have come to expect from the Mercedes-AMG performance group that brought the world the SLS and AMG GT. Consider it the best of both worlds, twin-turbos and a V8. At full tilt you will feel the rush of 630 hp. Well enough to drift into the next dimension and beyond, or just dust the competition the immensity of its opulence.
When it comes to Hot Wheels, there is nothing more iconic that the over-the-top Twin Mill. Designed by Ira Gilford, who quit his job at Chrysler to design cars for Mattel, the Twin Mill is a prime example of the kind of outlandish concepts that make Hot Wheels such a success story. A life-size, drivable replica was built in part by legendary hot rod designer Boyd Coddington with then upcoming car icon Chip Foose in charge of the build. It was finished by Barry Lobeck years later and debuted at SEMA in 2001. What the Twin Mill lacks in visibility from its detailed cabin, it makes up for in horsepower. Dual-blown Chevy 502 big blocks blast around 1,400 horses, making it one of the most powerful cars in Forza history.
It’s notable that Ferrari considers itself a racing team first and automaker second. Leaving no gaps in the realm of elite performance, the XX line was created to bridge between Formula One and production cars. The Evoluzione has only 30 more horsepower than the previous 599XX but is a full second faster on Ferrari’s exclusive Fiorano test track.
Designed by "Mr. Hot Wheels" designer Larry Wood, the Bone Shaker is one of a handful of Hot Wheels deemed popular enough to warrant the creation of a real-life version. Built in 2011 by Picture Car Warehouse, the Bone Shaker carries all the details of the original 1:64 scale model. The trademark skull face with hands gripping the headlights make it clear that this is no run-of-the-mill rat rod. The small-block Chevy motor with headers and straight pipes was built to intimidate in both sound and performance. To show off the interior details and stay true to the original form, the top is open -- although closed-top die-cast versions were also made. Inside, creepy details like the skull-topped spine shifter and the skull-and-crossbones steering wheel pair perfectly with the awesome flame-job on the outside.
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 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.
Before you try and find a skyscraper to launch “Arabia’s first supercar” from, as Vin Diesel and Paul Walker did in the film Furious 7, consider it’s $3.4-million price tag and amazing performance. After all, even a car of this value cannot be expected to survive such a thrashing. However, take it to the graywacke aggregate surface of Yas Marina, and you will be astounded by its ability to destroy the competition. This bespoke chassis with a 780-horsepower Ruf twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat six pushing it around is formidable, to say the least. If dressing to impress is of higher value, just gander at the titanium blades within the headlights that are encrusted with diamonds and jewels. Either way, the Lykan HyperSport was created to make an impression like no other.
The Corsa VXR puts the “super” in Super Mini. It can also make your city driving downright thrilling. Consider the more than 200 turbo-inspired horses under the hood for a start, then strap in and give it a rip. If the car’s aggressive stance and oversized wheels don’t scream atypical, its stiff suspension will hammer home the point. So go ahead, run it around town, get your groceries but, when that guy next to you at the stoplight gives you a look, don’t hesitate to show your tailpipes as you tear off in a blaze of Super Mini glory.
In addition to the 2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR for achieving 50% Completion in the Festival Playlist this Spring, those who earn 80% Completion will unlock the Easter Bunny Suit – the perfect outfit to celebrate the season of bunnies and chocolate! Plus, the elusive Trial event in Spring will also be offering some accompanying Rabbit Ears, which are undoubtedly the best match to go alongside this unique, one-of-a-kind outfit designed for this special time of year.
However, that’s not all! A bonus selection of exclusive cars can also be earned throughout designated Seasonal Championships over the next four weeks. The 2018 Mercedes Benz X-Class Pick-Up Truck can be won in Summer, followed by the 1958 Plymouth Fury in Autumn, whilst the beloved 2014 Terradyne Ghurka from the Fast & Furious film franchise is up for grabs this Winter – providing you can successfully brave the harsh snowy conditions within this season.
There’s also a new Showcase Remix event to play this Autumn. The Forest Sprite is a twist on the motorbike event showcased at the beginning of Forza Horizon 4 and sees you behind-the-wheel of a heavily-modified 1958 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk1, which comes equipped with a motorbike engine to make it ready for off-road driving in the forest. Instead of the colourful sunshine of Spring, this event is set at dusk during the fall season and will be available to play for just one week only from April 18th, so don’t miss out on it!
In addition to all the seasonal fun promised over the next four weeks, the Forza Horizon 4 Series 8 Update also introduced an entirely new way to experience Online Adventure. Introducing Drift Adventure, a twist on the Online Adventure mode that challenges your ability to slide sideways in-style. You’ll earn Drift Score around the asphalt racing circuits available in Forza Horizon 4 across a series of three 7-minute events. The lap with the most accumulated Drift Score will be deemed the best, so good luck! Furthermore, the Drift Cockpit Camera that was added to Forza Motorsport 7 last month has also been introduced into Forza Horizon 4 with the Series 8 Update.
Moreover, there’s been a series of improvements made to the core Online Adventure experience. Firstly, collisions have been disabled for the first 30 seconds of races, whilst Freeroam Rush has now been removed from Road Racing and Street Racing Championships. S2 Class has also been removed from Dirt Racing and has been replaced by B Class. Playground Games has also introduced Layer Masks to the Forza Horizon 4 Livery Editor, which allows players to create their own “cookie-cutter shapes” when bringing their masterpieces to life. Finally, the option for wheel-spacing has been added to over 100 new cars, which means every vehicle that could reasonably support these in the game now has them.
The Series 8 Update for Forza Horizon 4 is available to download now on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC featuring everything discussed above, alongside the cars of the Barrett-Jackson Car Pack, which includes a collection of bespoke classic automobiles made for auctioneer enthusiasts. So, what are you waiting for? Take a trip back to Horizon today and discover everything that’s new to experience over the next four seasons this month in beautiful, historic Britain.
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