Forza 4: November Speed Pack DLC Review

by Adam Dileva

The time has come; Turn 10 is dropping more DLC on us Forza Motorsport 4 fans in what's appropriately named, The November Speed Pack. As you probably have guessed by now, this DLC has come out in November and includes some of the speediest cars you'll race with (for their respective classes). Now keep in mind, if you've purchased the Season Pass already, this pack is included as one of the six DLC packs you're set to receive. If you did not, you'll need to pony up 560 Microsoft Points ($7) to race these speed machines.

So what do you get for your hard earned Microsoft Points? You get access to 10 unique cars, each with their own nuances and racing styles. Here's the list of cars with their default Class and rating. I raced each on the same track with default setups and these are my initial thoughts of the bundled vehicles.

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 (R3 709): Obviously the first car I tried as I'm a Lamborghini fan. It's definitely a speed machine, as to be expected by anything with the Lamborghini logo on the hood.  What it lacks in high speed cornering, it easily makes up in acceleration. Comes complete with auto folding out wing to help stabilize the car at excessive speeds.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air (E 218): It's exactly what I thought it would be, turns like a house, sluggish, but fun to upgrade and tune. It's more of an iconic car than a true race contender, though I'm sure I'll be proven wrong with someone's insane tune setup.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 (B 483): It has the typical mean-looking Charger style to it with a huge front grill, though I honestly expected a lot more from its performance. It's slow off the start and slides in turns very easily, though its V8 Hemi will give you the power when needed though.

2012 Aston Martin Virage (A 535): Never really been an Aston guy myself but wow...  I always favor handling over any other car stat and this car sticks to the corners with the best of them. While it has slow acceleration, the cornering is fantastic and I actually had to undercompensate. Staying on the raceline won't be an issue with this V12 monster.

2011 Ferrari #62 Risi Competizione F458 Italia (R3 763): Not much to say, it's Ferrari; its fast, handles well, and wins lots of races.

2011 #2 Audi Sport Team Joest R15++ TDI (R1 981): Simply put, this car does what you want it to do. You can stick on the racing line going 200 mph+ without any problems. I don't usually race R series because I'm all over the place at those speeds, but this thing is a beast and has incredible handling when you factor in the speeds.

2011 Audi RS3 Sportback (B 482): Very average, and nothing really stood out other than the top speed in the class.

2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R (B 458): It's easily up there with the other B class cars. Decent acceleration and capable handling make this car a safe choice or a fun tuning project.

2013 Ford Focus ST (B 439): Very slow out of the gate, but the handling more than makes up for the slow starts.

1992 GMC Typhoon (C 376): Lastly but surely not least. Wow.... I expecting a slow and clunky SUV but starting at the back of the pack I was in the lead by the first turn. It has great acceleration for a C-class SUV. I'm a sucker for odd and unique vehicles (which probably explains my Delorian obsession), and the GMC Typhoon seems to fit in with my play style appropriately. There's nothing quite passing racers in this monster that almost has 300 horses power under its hood. I can't wait to find a great tuning package for this thing.

The November Speed Pack does an adequate job at giving you access to a variety of different vehicles that should surely become contenders in their given class. Obviously everyone is going to have different tastes of vehicles, and I only didn't care for the VW and Audi RS3; other than those picks though, I enjoyed racing each of the cars, especially my new favorite C-class, the Typhoon. My only issue is that you aren't 'given' the cars directly into your garage in your career mode; you're simply allowed to purchase them. So save up those credits and give the Typhoon a whirl, you won't be disappointed. Oh, and no, there's so no Porches (and won't be), so stop holding your breath.


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