On March 27, Turn 10 Studios, the folks behind the Forza Motorsport
series, and Universal Pictures, the studio responsible for the Fast and Furious
franchise, gave us a match made in heaven, announcing a “standalone expansion” featuring the two franchises. Called Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious
, it features the cars from the latest film installment, unique missions and the voice-acting of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, who plays tech guru Tej Parker on camera. A Fast and Furious
video game? Seems like a no brainer.
It gets better. Rather than limiting the Fast and Furious Edition cars to the expansion game, Turn 10 made them available through one of their (some may say notorious) downloadable content packages. Eight of the expansion’s 11 cars were made available for just $4.99 (the only cars that weren’t included were the Fast and Furious Edition Nissan GT-R, while the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and McLaren P1 are already available in-game).
What’s cool ais that the cars featured in both games are visually identical to the vehicles driven by the stars of Furious 7. Each in-game car has an on-screen parallel that plays a role in advancing the film’s story. Considering that we’re unlikely to score seat time in Dominic Toretto’s real Dodge Charger, then, we figured we’d take to the game and test the car in the digital realm. We’ve got nine little cluster reviews, covering the cars both in the game and how they appear in the movies. And don’t worry, there are no major spoilers here.
Click on for the cars of Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious.
1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast and Furious Edition
Supercharged 7.2L V8 / 900 HP / 663 LB-FT
The one vehicle that is mandatory in a Fast and Furious video game, Dom’s hot-rodded 1970 Dodge Charger, is as much a character in the films as its driver. Furious 7 marks the fourth appearance of this Mopar beast in the series. Not surprisingly it’s a handful to drive, wildly quick and with a four-speed transmission packed full of very tall gears. But beyond that, it’s arguably the coolest of the FF Edition cars.
This black beauty is exactly as it appears in the latest installment of the film, with the video game version featuring intricate little details, like the moving parts on the BDS supercharger. It’s an iconic car, and it’s treated as such in the game.
1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast and Furious Edition
5.6L V8 / 717 HP / 656 LB-FT
Featured from the opening credits and in the final action sequence of Furious 7, the menacing black AAR Cuda is Letty’s vehicle of choice. Among the classic Mopars in Forza Horizon, the Plymouth sits between the agile Road Runner and Dom’s brutally fast Charger. It’s probably the coolest looking classic in game, featuring a contrasting gloss-matte black color scheme and the prominent AAR logo on its rear fender.
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast and Furious Edition
3.6L V6 / 570 HP / 837 LB-FT
Neither particularly fast nor particularly furious (despite it’s claimed 837 pound-feet of all-American torque), this heavily modified, armored Wrangler is helmed by Tej in one of Furious 7‘s first big actions scenes. It certainly has presence, with hardcore body mods, bigger wheels and a beefed up suspension that makes tackling the rougher, tougher parts of the FH2 map easier. Still, and much like the real-life Jeep, the movie version is hilariously devoid of feedback and suspension manners.
2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast and Furious Edition
Twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 / 618 HP / 619 LB-Ft
The whole premise of Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast and Furious is to secure cars for Dom, Brian and the crew to use on screen. So we found it strange that we were being asked to score the “bad guy” Maserati Ghibli sedan piloted by Jason Statham’s villainous Deckard Shaw. It seems that the video game mirrors the movie series’ penchant for plot holes.
On the big screen the Maserati stars opposite the Road Runner in a scene featuring both Toretto and Shaw, and reveals that there’s more to its driver than what’s on the surface. In game, it’s wickedly quick and sounds absolutely delicious, providing a sharp, neutral handling character that’s easy to fling about.
1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast and Furious Edition
7.2L V8 / 670 HP / 600 LB-FT
Driven briefly by Dom in Furious 7, this handsome orange Road Runner arrives in Forza Horizon 2 with a 440-cubic-inch V8 and surprisingly light, agile handling. Road Runners have featured in a number of FF films, but its appearance in the seventh installment might be its most high profile. As for its fate in the film, we’ll just say its ironic considering the car’s name.
2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast and Furious Edition
5.7L V8 / 520 HP / 578 LB-FT
One of the more obvious pieces of product placement in Furious 7, this red Dodge appears with Dom driving in a scene where the rest of the team pilots cars like the McLaren 12C, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Ferrari 458 Italia and SRT Viper. In the game, it’s a lightly modified example of the 5.7-liter R/T model. It’s a weird inclusion in the game, too, considering it has approximately 30 seconds of screen time.
2015 Dodge Challenger Fast and Furious Edition
5.7L V8 / 520 HP / 578 LB-FT
One of the most prominent cars in the Furious 7 trailers, this rally-raid-ready Challenger features in the first big action sequence, and does everything from parachute out of a plane to rescue Brian O’Connor from a bus that’s about to fall off a cliff. In short, it’s a huge part of the film’s first big set piece. In the game, it’s an entertaining way of bombing cross-country, and thanks to its Sublime Green paint and many body mods, it sticks out while doing so.
1998 Toyota Supra Fast and Furious Edition
Twin-turbocharged 3.0L I6 / 675 HP / 497 LB-FT
If you’ve watched Wiz Khalifa’s music video for the song See You Again, which features in the final scene of Furious 7, you’ve seen this white Supra. Piloted by Brian O’Connor, it signals his exit from the franchise (following Paul Walker’s death) in a tear-jerking sequence alongside Dominic Toretto. While O’Connor piloted an orange Toyota in the original The Fast and The Furious, he proved to be a big Nissan Skyline/GT-R fan in the sequels, which makes the Supra’s appearance in the memorial a bit odd.
That aside, the Supra’s appearance in the game is a notable link between the modern Fast and Furious franchise and its import-heavy roots. This is the free car in the FF car pack.
2015 Nissan GT-R Fast and Furious Edition
Twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6 / NA / NA
While not part of the Fast and Furious car pack, Brian’s modded Nissan is easily the most potent vehicle in the standalone expansion. It plays a major role in the final action set piece of the film, and takes part in some ridiculous stunt sequences.
In the game, it’s sharper than just about everything else. This the vehicle you’ll turn to when you absolutely need to get through a mission. We’ll admit, we’re disappointed this isn’t available as part of the FF car pack.