New Forza and GT packs: armchair racing just got a whole lot better (video)

Xbox and PS3 wannabe racers will soon be able to enjoy a bonanza of new digital exotica and in-car madness, with the news that both Forza Motorsport 4 and Gran Turismo 5 are to get hefty updates.

Forza's December DLC pack will provide, awesomely, the Monster Suzuki Pikes Peak special that evokes the legendary Escudo Pikes Peak.
Some of you will remember the Escudo for its imperious appearance in Gran Turismo 2, in which it could be tuned to a four-figure power output and, with some simple gear ratio tinkering, could be driven around the Test Course at over 300mph, while pulling a wheelie.

Other cars in the update include a 1937 Maserati S, a Maserati GranTurismo MC GT4, a 1988 Pontiac Fiero, a 1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde, a 1977 Ford Escort RS1800 and an original VW Scirocco. The Forza pack comes December 6th to download.

A little later, in February, a big fat new version of Gran Turismo 5 will become available - with a shiny new box and everything.

Gran Turismo 5: Spec II will be released in February, and is basically a bundle that bolts the GT Online Update Version 2, released in October, to the original game and re-packages it.

Version II fixes a lot of the bugs that, well, bugged everyone in the original release, as well as adding some common sense stuff that Kazunori Yamauchi and co didn't think about during the game's six-year development period.

Players now have cockpit views of every one of the cars in the game, resolving Yamauchi's baffling decision to only include interiors for a fraction of the cars originally. It's now possible to save long races while they're happening, and a couple more steering wheels are compatible with the game.

We guess that Version II will cost the standard £40 or so when it's released, though with the downloadable update free, and used copies of GT5 now selling for under £15...well, you can see where we're going.

In fairness, there's a load of other downloadable content on the disc too, which you'd have to pay extra for from the PlayStation Store. But still.

Anyway, enough of that - here's a shiny new video of the Forza update:

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