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Discover Italian Automotive in Forza Horizon 5

11 August 2023- Playground Games
Italian Automotive introduces 16 cars for all Forza Horizon 5 players as Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Abarth and Lancia are back at the Horizon Festival.

Calling all Italian Automotive fans, this update is for you: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia all return in our biggest Forza Horizon 5 car drop ever! Get ready to experience Italy’s automotive excellence with 16 cars for your garage. This includes 8 cars immediately obtainable in the Autoshow from Tuesday, August 15 and 8 cars unlockable in the Italian Automotive Festival Playlist over the next four weeks, beginning on Thursday, August 17 running through September 14, 2023.

To ensure you can store and customize all of these cars, we’ve increased the total garage space from 1,000 to 2,000 cars and the save slots for tunes and liveries from 600 to 1,000. Your feedback on the Suggestions Hub helped us prioritize these improvements, so please keep sharing your ideas so we can understand which changes would be the most beneficial to our players.

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Four cars lined up in front of their respective relase dates
Five cars placed in four lines each one with the realease dates of the cars

Games Fixes & Release Notes

Here’s a look at some of the fixes and improvements you can look forward to in this update:

  • Increased the total garage size from 1,000 to 2,000 cars.
  • You can now save up to 1,000 tunes and 1,000 liveries, up from 600 each.
  • Fixed an issue with the Auction House where sometimes last-minute bid extensions were not functioning correctly
  • Fixed different issues regarding drivatars and videoclips not working as intended in Icons of Speed
  • Fixed an issue with Seasonal EventLab were blueprints downloads and usage were not getting counted correctly when participating in Coop/PvP modes
  • Seasonal Playground Games King Mode had a total time of 10 minutes instead of 8
  • Fixed different issues with car decorations and elements (stickers, colors, parts, among others) were not being shown as intended
  • [PC] Improvements made to some unusual long loading times particularly on Windows Store PC clients before the start of the game window
  • [PC] Improvements made to some instances where the game client was becoming unresponsive after launching the game
  • [PC] Fixed an issue where the unlocked framerate option would be hidden when enabling DLSS and Resolution Scaling options

Once the Italian Automotive update has released for download on Xbox, Windows and Steam, we will publish the release notes with the full list of included fixes. Here’s where you can stay in the know with the issues that we’re investigating. Remember to report any game bugs that you encounter on the Troubleshooting Hub, our official issues tracker available on the Forza Forums.

Italian Exotics Car Pack

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Give your Forza Horizon 5 garage the finest masterpieces of Italian design. The Italian Exotics Car Pack introduces 7 meticulously crafted new-to-Forza cars for you to collect and drive:

2023 Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica

With a design inspired by the Super Trofeo Evo2 racing line, the latest Huracán model has improved aerodynamics, stability, and has enhanced the overall driving experience without losing the striking and iconic Lambo DNA we all love and recognize at a glance. The Huracán’s mighty 5.2-liter V10 engine has 630 CV that can (and will) send you flying at 201mph. This new Huracán is built for the driver as it features new connectivity functions, customization of interiors, and different driving modes to give you the feel you want out of its electromechanical rear-wheel drive. Huracán Technica is a bridge between Lamborghini’s supercar pedigree and its future.

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2022 Ferrari 296 GTB

The Ferrari 296 GTB redefines what a supercar is by putting together a petrol V6 and an electric engine that together can deliver 830 CV. The GTB is the very first Ferrari road car with an electric engine attached to the back of the combustion one and allows drivers to use both or stick to the electric only. 2022’s Gran Turismo Berlinetta’s build is centered on balance: the hybrid system is designed to give the car the lowest gravity center possible by placing the battery in the lowest position available. This car’s engine and overall design is inspired by Ferrari’s racing history taking ideas from the 156 F1, the 250 LM, and the 126 C2; and it will not shy away from the incredible speed and power offered by its predecessors.

2020 Ferrari Roma

The 2020 Ferrari Roma can be described with just two words: Style and Speed. The timeless and elegant design on the Roma conceals a powerful 3.8-liter turbo V8 engine capable of producing 620 CV. Aerodynamics were an integral part of this vehicle’s design: an active rear wing increases downforce and allows drivers to take corners quickly without losing an ounce of style, and the entire body of the car allows creates low drag when taking off. 70% of the Roma’s components are completely new and designed to improve the power-to-weight ratio making it one of the best of its class. 0-60mph will take you only 3.4 seconds, making the 2020 Ferrari Roma a must have for drivers who love to look good when going fast.

2020 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12

Just when you thought Lambo’s couldn’t get any wilder, the Essenza SC12 gets unveiled. This track-only monster is equipped with a 6.5-liter V12 engine that can produce a face-melting 819bhp. Born and raised to be fast, the Essenza’s chassis is built completely on carbon fiber which makes it weigh in at only 1376kg (3033.56 lbs). Every detail of this car’s exterior is designed to improve aerodynamics, air flow, and provide cooling for the engine, and, of course, scream “I want to go fast” when you look at it. This hypercar might be the pinnacle of Squadra Corse’s work to this day.

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2020 Lamborghini SC20

The striking image of a one-off Lambo truly is a sight to be seen. The 2020 SC20 is a custom build with racing roots, original details, aerodynamic design, and the biggest engine Lamborghini has ever made: a 6,498 CC V12 with a seven-speed ISR transmission. The car is covered top-to-bottom in carbon fiber that has been polished by hand and is designed to allow the car to drive comfortably even at high speed. This no-roof, no-windshield, no-nonsense vehicle is a huge contender for the “Poster Car King” title.

2019 Italdesign DaVinci Concept

Built to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo DaVinci’s passing, the Italdesign DaVinci is an all-electric concept grand tourer that pays homage to one of the greatest and most iconic Renaissance artists and inventors. It’s designed first and foremost to be premium with intricate styling and details throughout both the exterior and interior, as if it’s a work of art by DaVinci himself. Its electric motors drive all four wheels, though Italdesign has approached this as a modular car that allows various electric motors and batteries to be swapped in from different automakers. If a petrol-powered car is desired, then it’s even possible to swap out the inner workings for a more conventional drivetrain. In fact, Italdesign tried and tested this themselves with a 4.0-litre V8 prototype showcased at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. While its overall aggressive looks and large gull-wing doors are certain to catch the attention of many, it’s the modularity provided by the DaVinci Concept that would certainly appeal most to esteemed car enthusiasts. If the DaVinci ever enters full production someday, which Italdesign says it could after a few small tweaks, then it’d certainly set a new bar for not only the constantly evolving electric vehicle market, but also the concept of car modularity and premium automotive design.

2018 Lamborghini #63 Squadra Corse Huracán Super Trofeo Evo

The successor of the Lamborghini racing breed is here with a brand-new body kit developed by Lamborghini’s Motorsport division which includes a rear fin and a roof air intake. The Super Trofeo’s styling was a hint at the future of its makers supercars that incorporate similar styling lines and features for road-friendly vehicles. But it’s not just about the striking and certainly unique exterior, the Super Trofeo Evo packs with a massive punch with its 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 620 CV at 8250 rpm that made it run Monza in 1:34.3. And now you have more reasons to make this the car of your choice to run any GT World Championship.

Once the pack is purchased, you are granted a one-time only, free addition of each car to your Forza Horizon 5 garage, with no additional in-game credit cost. The Italian Exotics Car Pack is available from August 15 for USD $9.99 / GBP £7.99 / EUR €9.99 on the Microsoft Store and Steam. It is not included with the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass, Standard, Deluxe or Premium Editions.

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New Autoshow Cars

The Horizon Festival’s local mechanic has been busy as 8 iconic Italian cars enter the Autoshow. Once you’ve updated Forza Horizon 5, drive over to any Horizon Festival Outpost or Player House to browse the latest additions. Tune them up in your garage and check out the sights of Mexico while behind the wheel of some of Italy’s most exquisite machinery.

1968 Abarth 595 Esseesse

Available for 35,000 CR in the Autoshow.

What it lacks in power and refinement it makes up for in character and likability. The Abarth 500 is an Italian design inspired by the VW Bug, and 100% built for Italians. But you don’t have to be from Italy to appreciate its glorious sound and adorable form. The Cinquecento is an acquired taste but, like most good things, once you have acquired a taste for them, they become a part of you.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

Available for 120,000 CR in the Autoshow.

It’s been 21 years since Alfa Romeo sold cars in the United States, and one drive of the new Giulia might infer they spent the entire time making sure their next entry was perfect. The Giulia Quadrifoglio is all Alfa Romeo, with exotic lines, delicate styling touches, and the performance you expect from an Italian sport sedan. In Quadrifoglio dress the biggest treat is the 505 horsepower Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6. Not only is it four-letter fast, but the sonorous rumble it emits is stunning from idle to redline. 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 new Giulia, but by any measure it was worth it.

1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

Available for 15,000,000 CR in the Autoshow.

One of the most beautiful cars ever built, the lightweight and powerful Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale also holds the record of being the most expensive new car sold in the U.S. of its time (at around $17,000). Initially as many as three of the extremely rare Stradale came to North America; today, only two remain on the continent. The car modeled for Forza Motorsport 5 is part of one of the greatest private collections of Italian cars in the world. These cars were ahead of their time, using butterfly-style doors, large wrap-around glass, twin-spark ignition, dual-overhead cams, a six-speed Coletti transmission, and plenty of lightweight magnesium parts. As you start the two-liter V8 engine, it doesn’t take long to realize the powerplant is only inches behind your head. With an RPM redline of 9,500 —outrageous for 1968 — you hear a symphony of sound from rumble to scream.

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2

Available for 4,000,000 CR in the Autoshow.

Based on the success of the TZ1, a lightweight, space-frame race car, the TZ2 was lighter, lower and more powerful. Both cars were built by the team at Autodelta made up of owner Carlo Chiti, and design engineers Oarzio Satta and Guisseppe Busso. When the design work for the TZ2 took place Alfa Romeo had purchased Autodelta and given them responsibility for all of Alfa Romeo’s race development and team management. Since the TZ2 was to be a factory racer and would not have to meet homologation requirements, Autodelta was able to focus solely on performance and consider new concepts. Following Porsche’s lead as used in the 904 Carrera GTS, the body of the TZ2 is made of glass-reinforced plastic (GRP). This alone allowed the TZ2 to shed nearly 100kg (220.46 lb), but, in addition to the lighter weight, the TZ2 also had an all-new, fully adjustable suspension. The body, designed by Ercole Spada of Zagato, sat a mere 41 inches high, and many have called the TZ2 a “mini-Ferrari GTO.” Under the hood, is a delicious 1.6 liter inline four, prepared by Virgilio Conrero's Autotecnica Conrero shop in Torino. The TZ2 dominated GT-class racing for 18 months, thoughts of putting one into production were toyed with but never realized. This was the last front-engine racing Alfa before the Tipo 33 took over.

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale

Available for 300,000 CR in the Autoshow.

Alleggerita means “lightweight” in Italian, and by modern standards the Giulia gran turismo alleggerita is lighter than a dust mote, weighing in at less than 1,700 lbs. Prepared by Alfa Romeo’s competition department, Autodelta SpA, the GTA shaves weight off nearly every component. The outer panels are aluminum, and the steel monocoque is thinner gauge as well. The side glass was tossed, and plastic windows fitted, and racing-style magnesium alloy wheels round out the package. The rev-happy motor wears a twin-spark head with larger carburetors, making more power out of the 1750cc motor. When you take it all in, it’s the same gorgeous Bertone coupe shape as the regular Giulia GTV, trimmed down to fighting weight and packing a roaring twin-cam four. It’s understandable, then, how this timeless, classic road homologation version complements the race winning GTA Corse models.

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Alfa Romeos available in the Autoshow on August 15!

1980 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

Available for 25,000 CR in the Autoshow.

The Fiat 124 Sport Spider brought an affordable option to the road in Europe and America, and was largely unchanged, for nearly 20 years. In 1980 it had a fuel-injected 2.0-liter motor to motivate the sleek lines of its Pininfarina body. Over the course of its production run, more than 200,000 models were sold, with around 75 percent sold in the United States.

1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale EVO

Available for 100,000 CR in the Autoshow.

An F1 car for rally is one way to classify this robust, any condition, any surface racer. From a distance it resembles its distant, much milder, yet still capable cousin the Lancia Delta. Underneath, the bloodline is pure purpose-built racecar. A turbocharger lay rubber from all four wheels; try not to choke on its dust.

1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

Available for 550,000 CR in the Autoshow.

It’s shockingly beautiful and ready to raise the hairs on your neck tearing up the back roads. Built from the ground up to dominate Group 5 rally and then tamed for the street, the Stratos is very quick. Its timeless design is as attractive today as the day it first touched rally stages.

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The finest selection of Lancias is waiting in the Autoshow.

Festival Playlist

4 weeks, 8 incredible Italian cars. Are you ready for the challenge? Don’t miss out on the events featured on the Festival Playlist this series and look out for new challenges to smash the Yacht Piñata Collectible and Italian Automotive themed billboards available every week! New props will also be available in EventLab for creators to use in their custom events.

1992 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4

Earn 20 PTS during the Week 1 “Summer” Season on the Italian Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from Aug. 17 – 24.

Technically, the 1992 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4 can be termed a "compact executive", but this car has the heart of a touring car. Introduced in 1992, the 155 was a larger replacement for the Alfa Romeo 75. The Q4 version features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine capable of 187 horsepower and, unlike the front wheel drive 155, sports an AWD drivetrain. Capable of a 140-mph top speed and a 0-100 kph in around 7 seconds, it’s little wonder that the 155 had success in touring car racing. It’s a fun drive with a body style that’s begging for a race replica livery in Forza Horizon 5.

1986 Lancia Delta S4

Earn 40 PTS during the Week 1 “Summer” Season on the Italian Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from Aug. 17 – 24.

An F1 car for rally is one way to classify this robust, any condition, any surface racer. From a distance it resembles its distant much milder, yet still utterly capable cousin the Lancia Delta. Underneath the bloodline is pure purpose-built racecar. A supercharger and a turbocharger lay rubber from all four wheels, try not to choke on its dust.

2016 Abarth 695 Biposto

Earn 20 PTS during the Week 2 “Autumn” Season on the Italian Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from Aug. 24 – 31.

In case you don’t speak Italian, “Biposto” means two-seater. In terms of this micro-sized hot hatch, two-seater means more fun than might be legal. That’s why Abarth – pronounced ‘Ah-Bart’ – calls the 695 Biposto an entry-level track day car. Celebrating 50 years since the introduction of the immensely popular Abarth 695, the Biposto comes with features that make it a screaming fast pocket rocket with handling that rivals sports cars twice its price. All the upgrades come from the most preferred brands in performance including: Akrapovic exhaust, Brembo brakes, OZ wheels, Garrett turbo, and more. These components and the tuning result in a car that is far from its diminutive daily driving cousins with a backseat and a thrilling driving experience that is anything but small.

2014 Alfa Romeo 4C

Earn 40 PTS during the Week 2 “Autumn” Season on the Italian Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from Aug. 24 – 31.

Look out, sports car fans, the 4C has everything needed for spirited driving and even a few creature comforts. First off, the form which has met with near universal praise from fans and critics alike. As with any sports car built by Italians, the looks are only the icing; it’s the cake that is tasty: a carbon-fiber tub between twin aluminum sub-frames, and a rip-roaring turbo-charged four-cylinder with enough gusto to give anyone a permanent grin. The engine is behind the cabin, where it should be. The resulting driving experience is visceral and will have you wishing for the next off-camber corner all day. Thank you, Alfa, we needed that!

1980 Abarth Fiat 131

Earn 20 PTS during the Week 3 “Winter” Season on the Italian Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from Aug. 31 – Sept. 7.

Carlo Abarth is rightfully famous for applying the dark art of tuning to some of the most unlikely cars in the world—simple, robust, but decidedly unsporting Fiats—and creating legitimate giant-slaying racers out of them. This Abarth 131 is a homologation version of the standard Fiat 131, a relatively tame family sedan until fitted with a 2-liter, 16-valve fuel-injected motor creating nearly 140 horsepower. Combined with lightweight fiberglass body panels sporting box flares and aggressive air scoops, the boxy coupe can scoot to 60 in less than eight seconds—incredible performance for such a small car developed during the 1970s. With independent rear suspension fitted by Abarth, the 131 is perfectly suited for hanging out its duck-tailed hindquarters on the tight, technical courses. This road version allowed the 230-horsepower rally version to dominate World Rally Championship racing between 1977 and 1980. With only 400 of the street cars ever produced, Forza is probably the best place to experience this diminutive Italian rally car on the road.

2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

Earn 40 PTS during the Week 3 “Winter” Season on the Italian Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from Aug. 31 – Sept 7.

From every possible angle, the 8C Competizione is a steel-and-carbon-fiber supermodel of the highest order. Yet you might be surprised that it wasn’t designed by one of the famous Italian coachbuilders—instead the 8C was designed in-house at Alfa Romeo’s own design center. The 8C also has the beast to back up the beauty, using a version of the 4.3-liter V8 that sees duty in the Maserati Coupe and the Ferrari F430, and is precisely balanced with a 6-speed transaxle mounted just ahead of the rear wheels. Keeping all the weight inside the wheelbase allows the 8C to dance with the finest corner-carvers around, and it can hold its own at a stoplight drag by handily laying down 12.4-second quarter miles. Of course, with those looks, a simple cruise down the boulevard will rack up double-takes without needing to even let the 8C’s 450 horsepower sing its warbling quad-exhaust note.

2017 Abarth 124 Spider

Earn 20 PTS during the Week 4 “Spring” Season on the Italian Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from Sept. 7 – 14.

Built on the same chassis and with many of the same components of the Mazda Miata, the Abarth 124 Spider takes that solid base and spices it up with Italian flair. This variant has the most horsepower available and an optimized suspension. The car’s bulging lines beg to cut their way through the wind with the top down. Under the long hood is the treat that separates the 124 from its Japanese sibling. Whether you actually find the turbo in the engine bay or note the distinguishing sound of it spooling up as you throttle up, the forced induction is what makes this little convertible a real treat. Like the Miata, this is a car you can drive at 100 percent all day and have loads of fun in the process. So, what are you waiting for?

1982 Lancia 037 Stradale

Earn 40 PTS during the Week 4 “Spring” Season on the Italian Automotive Festival Playlist. Available from Sept. 7 – 14.

When is a road car not (exactly) a road car? When it is a homologation variant of something as wild as a Group B rally car. As its name implies, the 037 Stradale is road-legal (stradale meaning “road” in Italian), sure, but under all of the road-approved gear like headlights, turn signals, and reflectors is the same spaceframe, Kevlar-reinforced fiberglass, and competition-bred engine as the Group B car. Of course, the Stradale versions couldn’t be as wild as their racing twins, with additional weight and an engine tune that wouldn’t require a tear-down every few races. Located amidships in a longitudinal placement is Lancia’s competition-tested 2-liter four-cylinder motor, supplemented with a supercharger provided by Abarth that adds extra power without the lag of turbochargers. As the last of the rear-wheel drive rally cars to see success in WRC, the 037 does have the advantage of lighter weight and less complexity than the early all-wheel drive competition, which helped propel the Group B 037 to a manufacturer’s championship in 1983. With a minimum construction of 200 cars to comply with racing rules, the 037 Stradale is exceedingly rare.

What's Next

The next Forza Horizon 5 update celebrates our Horizon Creatives with some new community-requested improvements to EventLab. Stay tuned for details in September!

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