Last week, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios dropped the official trailer for Forza Motorsport – the eighth edition of the legendary Xbox racing simulator. With this game being developed specifically for the Xbox Series X/S, which is the most technologically advanced Microsoft console to date, we expect that Forza Motorsport (it is not called Forza Motorsport 8, even though it is the eighth Forza Motorsport) will be the greatest iteration of the game to date. It will likely also be the best simulation racing game for a console, besting the Gran Turismo series from Sony.
The new trailer claims that Forza Motorsport will have 500 vehicles at launch, over 100 of which are new to the franchise—at least 100 cars, trucks, and SUVs that have not been featured in Forza Motorsport 1 through 7. The list of performance vehicles in Forza Motorsport 7 is so lengthy that it is hard to come up with more than a hundred cars, trucks and SUVs for the new game, but we can think of a few models from Dodge, Ram and Jeep that would fit nicely into the next generation Forza title.
The Jeep brand has some great options on Forza Motorsport 7 and Forza Horizon 5, but the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is not included in either of those games – and it should be.
Shy of the SRT 392 and Trackhawk versions of the Grand Cherokee, the 392 Wrangler is the best-performing Jeep ever and it deserves to be included in the Forza world. The Jeep Trailcat – a custom Wrangler with Hellcat power – is included in Horizon 5, but the factory 392 would be a welcomed addition to the next Forza Motorsport.
The Ram brand is not well represented in the Forza series – neither Motorsport nor Horizon. Forza Motorsport 7 included the 2017 Ram 2500 Power Wagon and the 2013 Ram Runner Concept while Forza Horizon 5 has only the 2017 Power Wagon. It is crazy that the Ram 1500 TRX is not included, as it is the quickest, fastest, most powerful and most capable factory performance truck ever. I expected to see it arrive on Horizon 5 at some point through a car pack, but it has not happened thus far.
As well as trucks are featured in the Forza series, they absolutely have to add the Ram TRX.
Dodge has always been well represented in the Forza series, mostly through Vipers and classics, but with the arrival of the Hellcat models, the Challenger (shown at the to of this piece on Horizon 5) and Charger have become formidable foes on both Motorsport 7 and Horizon 5. The 2018 Challenger Demon is also featured on both of those games, but none of the newer, more powerful Hellcat models are included in the series. For instance, the Hellcat cars featured are from the 2015 model year, so they both have 707 stock horsepower. Newer models have 717 horsepower and, of course, the Redeye models offer 797 horsepower and Jailbreak/Super Stock models offer 807 horsepower. Other than the Demon, none of the modern Dodge models with more than 707 horsepower are included, so Dodge gamers are missing out on some stock power, but there are also no widebody models included in the Forza series. There is no question that the differences between the narrow body and widebody models lead to a big advantage in handling for the wider muscle cars, so the best-handling modern Dodge vehicles are not included at all.
With that in mind, we would like to see a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak and a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak, each of which pack 807 horsepower and wider factory rubber for better grip in the corners. We also would like to see the 710-horsepower Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat come to the 8th Forza Motorsport, as it makes sense for the most powerful factory SUV in the world to be featured on the best console racing game on the market.
While the 392 Wrangler might be a stretch, the Ram 1500 TRX and the Dodge Redeye Widebody cars seem like no-brainers for the next Forza Motorsport, but we may not know until the game goes on sale later this year. In the meantime, check out the trailer video below.