Forza 4: Top 20 Starter Cars Under 50,000 Credits
Have a played a few races, scored a mound of cash but not sure what to spend it on? Want help on deciding which car is the best for you? If so, check out our rundown of the top 20 starter cars in Forza 4, everything from Rank E to A.
Mazda MX-5 Miata
The MX-5 is more expensive than quite a few Rank D cars, but in many ways this is the perfect starter car. It’s a nominal fee – and really low horsepower because of it – but it’s light, nippy and can be tuned to keep it ahead of the pack in many races.
Honda 1991 CR-X SiR
At the lowest end of the scale is this, the Honda CR-X. It’s a basic car, to be sure, but it’s fairly light and is as cheap as chips. While its lacklustre horsepower won’t impress immediately, all the money you’ve saved buying the thing can be spent on upgrades.
Mitsubishi FTO GP Version R
Much like the Honda CR-X, the FTO is a great starter car thanks in part to its bargain price. There’s enough power underneath the hood to get this off the starting line quickly, though its heavier weight will be its downfall on straights without any tuning.
Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
This is one of the heavier cars, so it really compromises overall handling for pure grunt. But with some lightweight body kits the Camaro’s acceleration could put you ahead early in any race with a healthy mix of straights and soft corners.
Acura RSX Type-S
The Acura RSX is an all-rounder: it’ll be a decent purchase early on to help you tackle a handful of race types – from long straights to the multiple bends of the city tracks – but it will eventually become outperformed by the later, better optimised vehicles.
Mini Cooper S
Ah, the trusty Mini Cooper. You’re not going to impress anyone zipping around in a Mini Cooper, especially at 163 horsepower. But it will get your around most corners with ease and can be kitted out to keep it speeding ahead of the pack after exiting a bend. Best for city tracks, really.
Honda 2003 S2000
The S2000 manages that sweet spot that few heavier cars can reach: namely, equal parts handling and acceleration that make it easy to take as many positions as possible. In the end its weight will hold it back, but at that point you be after a Zonda anyway.
Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
At such a low price, the Toyota Celica is possibly the best Rank C when it comes to potential. Another heavy car, but one that makes up for it with a power under the hood but is perfect for fine tuning – especially after the money saved on the initial cost.
Vauxhall Astra VXR
The Astra is something of a wild card. To look at it you’d think it’s far too heavy to compete, but it can be fairly quick at exiting corners and easily dragged around the bends. As with all heavy cars, however, it’s top speed will be restricted on straights.
As possibly the heaviest car on this list, the Pontiac GTO really shouldn’t be as fast as it is. But when a 400 BHP engine is pushing the machine, that’s no surprise. Get a lightweight kit on this and you’ll have a car that gets out in front within moments of a race.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
It might be a lot of money, but consider that this is a Rank C vehicle and you’ll see just how powerful it really is. It’s a lot of money, comparatively, but it does tune up well and will keep you going well into the tougher races.
As a Rank B car the Mazda RX-7 is a little overpriced for what you actually get, but it’s base handling makes it a dream to drive. Couple this with a few necessary upgrades – most notably a better engine tune – and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Audi 2004 S4
This is a five-door. Bear that in mind and you’ll understand it’s flaws, the obvious being just how heavy it is. There’s enough power in here, however, that it is more than capable of keeping you in front of more races.
Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Of the three 18k Rank B cars on offer here, we’d probably suggest the Impreza over anything else. There’s a reason its bright blue paint is so iconic, because its combination of slick (if temperamental) handling with super fast acceleration makes it one of the best cars you can get for your money.
Vauxhall Monaro VXR
The power of the Monaro is its single selling point, which – considering its weight – is a bizarre anomaly. Even its top speed is improved with the overall grunt, meaning it can compete on tracks with longer straights too.
BMW 2003 M5
Compared to the Vauxhall Monaro VXR, the BMW M5 really shouldn’t be capable of outperforming it. While the Monaro has subtle statistic improvements over the M5, the overall power of the M5 is better distributed, making it a beast of straights.
Lotus Elise Sport
You might laugh at the Elise’s pitiful horsepower rating, but consider the fact that it weighs about half of the majority of cars on the track and you’ll see it’s almost impossible to keep up with on city tracks with a lot of sharp corners. Stick a massive engine in there and you’ll stay at the front of the pack for every race.
TVR Tuscan S
Of the Rank A cars, this is probably the best early racer. At 30k the Tuscan S is almost a negligible fee when compared to similarly rated cars. Of course its low horsepower will need to improve at some point, but for an early headstart this is probably the best car.
Dodge Viper SRT-10
The Dodge Viper is one of the most memorable power cars, its insane speed belying its fairly cheap price for similar ranking vehicles. As with most American cars, however, there’s little subtlety, which makes it a little hard to handle. Beyond that, it’s practically a rocket.
Lotus Esprit V8
The Esprit V8 doesn’t look like too much of a contender when pit against the Dodge Viper, but it is a little easier to manoeuvre around a corner. It’s lower chassis and better aerodynamics means it’ll pick up speed a little quicker too.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
If you have 50k to drop on a car and looking for a real beauty, this is the one for you. It outperforms the already speedy Dodge Viper while its underlying handling makes it a car you’ll want to stick with for some time. This is all helped by the many upgrades and tuning options, too, making a car to stick with.