These ten cars — the March Forza Motorsport 3 DLC — constitute the first of our two Jalopnik-branded downloadable content packs. You came, you saw, you guessed, and you just might have won. Our exclusive look at the cars below.
A quick refresher: Jalopnik is working with Turn 10 Studios to bring you two custom download packs for the Xbox 360 game Forza Motorsport 3. One pack was chosen by you, the Jalopnik commenters; it consists of weird old racing and street cars. The second pack, a group of newer vehicles, was chosen by Jalopnik and Turn 10 staff. We hinted at it over the course of the past week with a slow-burn contest.
Now it's time to reveal the results. The winners — the commenters who gave the correct make and model first for each car — will receive a copy of Forza Motorsport 3 along with a copy of the download pack. The next two people with the correct answer will receive a copy of the download pack. This pack will be released this month; the voted-on pack will hit digital shelves later this year.
If you're a winner, drop me a line at sam at jalopnik dot com to find out how to redeem your prize.
That said, here's the real reason you're here — enjoy the cars!
2010 Aston Martin Rapide
Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin's CEO, once worked at Porsche. While he was there, he helped shepherd the 989 — a pretty four-door sedan concept — to the brink of production. The car never saw showrooms, but twenty years later, Porsche released its Panamera just as Bez's boys were finishing up the Rapide. Both are fast, both wear a famous badge, and both seat four people. Only one is gorgeous.
Second Place: excelchan
2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
The V8 Vantage feels like nothing so much as the world's nicest Mustang, a polished piece of just-right British excellence with an American heart. (It has a small-block grumble and a crystal starter button. Is that cool, or what?) The V-12 car replaces the V-8 with the glass-smooth double six from Aston's DB9 and DBS. The finished product sports 510 hp, 420 lb-ft of torque, and a very large, very hairy can of Britain Is Coming To Break Your Face. This is what an Aston should be.
Winner: evoCS-Hench-Minion to the stars
Second Place: GuyH65
Third Place: andre_lico
The contest page for this car is here. (Car #9)
2010 Audi TT RS
There is one car in Audi's lineup that draws a direct line back to the original Quattro coupe, one car that lives to claw its way down a winding road to the tune of a yowly, turbocharged five-pot. That car is the TT RS. It is essentially an ordinary all-wheel-drive TT with a 340-hp 2.5-liter turbo five under the hood and a few chassis tweaks. There is little turbo lag. There is also little wheelbase. Love it.
Winner: Jorge Martinez
Second Place: OCTANE-65
Third Place: erdbeerheld
The contest page for this car is here. (Car #10)
2010 BMW Z4 sDrive35is
Excellent engine, refined chassis, 335 hp, and some nifty body parts. Dances well, sounds great, has an overboost function. The standard line is that it's an MZ4 in everything but name (it's not, though that's an argument for another day), but this is irrelevant: M or not, the 35iS is a wonderful car.
Second Place: dwmccall2
Third Place: sparks 87
The contest page for this car is here. (Car #3)
1992 Bugatti EB110SS
The original modern mining of Bugatti's good name. 592 hp, a quad-turbocharged V-12, and a chassis built by Aerospatiale. Like the Veyron, it has little historical connection to le patron, but that doesn't mean that it's not cool. There are two downsides: 1) Parts are crazy expensive (albeit available, thanks to Dauer Sportwagen), and 2) the interior looks like a something out of Russian Lexus copy. You're driving it in a video game. These things do not matter. Dig it.
Second Place: 3.slow
Third Place: lynn54harris
The contest page for this car is here. (Car #5)
Ford GTR ALMS (Robertson Racing)
OK, so it hasn't exactly won a lot of races. Or, you know, any. Who cares? How can you argue with something that looks like this? (Note: See that "D. Murry" on the side? That's David Murry, Porsche racer extraordinaire and the single nicest guy in American motorsport. Hi David!)
Second Place: lazaroff
Third Place: Nobody!
The contest page for this car is here. (Car #4)
2010 Honda Civic Type R Mugen
"Wah, wah, wah," you say. "Just another Honda," you say, "and Forza has a lot of Hondas." Baloney. This is the 8500-rpm, built-in-England, 237-hp Mugen Civic Type R. It is an angry, raw, limited-slip-equipped buzzbomb, the kind of thing you send your grandmother out in if you don't want her to come back alive. It is 230 pounds lighter than the ordinary Civic Type R, and it will bite your head off if you so much as look at it funny. Modern Hondas don't come any more insane than this. Quit whining.
Second Place: Kuang
Third Place: backfire103
The contest page for this car is here. (Car #2)
Jaguar XKR ALMS (Rocketsports Racing)
So Paul Gentilozzi, he of Rocketsports Racing and much IMSA success, is running a factory-backed Jaguar XKR in the American Le Mans Series. It competes against Porsche 911s and Chevrolet Corvettes. It's going to run at Le Mans this year. A Jaguar. At Le Mans. We approve of this on principle.
Second Place: Nobody!
Third Place: Nobody!
The contest page for this car is here. (Car #8)
Mazda Furai Concept
For the most part, concept cars are not runners. They do not move, they do not see abuse, and they most definitely do not haul ass. The Furai — the name is Japanese for "sound of the wind" — is different. Mazda's coolest show car was built on the bones of a Courage C65 Le Mans prototype; it has a three-rotor, 450-hp, ethanol-friendly Wankel under its rear lid, and it is no stranger to angry motion. Shortly after its debut, members of the press were given high-speed, sphincter-clenching rides in the Furai at Laguna Seca. This is the real deal.
According to several reliable sources, the Furai was recently dismantled by Mazda. Now you can drive it. Go like the sound of the wind.
Second Place: EL5
Third Place: CTKHO
The contest page for this car is here. (Car #1)
2010 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
This one is a little goofy. It costs as much as a 911 GT2 but does not offer the same speed or horsepower. It is essentially a warmed-over, limited-edition Carrera S, one with a ducktail spoiler, Carrera 4 rear bodywork, a double-bubble roof, and a few minor engine modifications. But we like it. It has a ducktail. A ducktail, people. Seriously.
Second Place: porsche9146isreallyporsche914ls9
Third Place: S50B32
The contest page for this car is here. (Car #7)