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AutoWeek makes your Forza Motorsport 3 garage even better

Thu, 07 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0800

How would you like to be able to drive the Aston Martin One-77 before virtually anyone else in the world? And then jump from that car into a Porsche Boxster S or a Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport?

You can do that, starting Jan. 12. That's when the special-edition AutoWeek Car Show Pack becomes available for Forza Motorsport 3 on the Xbox 360. The car pack will cost you only 400 Microsoft points on Xbox Live--about $5--for 10 of the hottest cars on the planet.

Here's the full lineup of the car pack, courtesy of our friends at Turn 10:

-- 2010 Aston Martin One-77

-- 2009 Audi R8 LMS

-- 2009 Audi RS 6

-- 2010 BMW Motorsport M6 Coupe

-- 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

-- 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500

-- 2010 Saleen S5S Raptor

-- 2009 Lotus 2-Eleven

-- 2010 Pagani Zonda R

-- 2010 Porsche Boxster S

Editors Dutch Mandel, Roger Hart, Natalie Neff and Dale Jewett sat down in our Detroit office to discuss the virtual metal in our car pack--most which we have driven. There were plenty of opinions, which you can hear in podcasts.

The highest praise went to the Shelby Mustang GT500. The 500-plus-hp beast drew remarks ranging from "the complete package" to "the best-handling Mustang ever."

As for the foreign marques, we can't wait to jump in to the Audi R8 Le Mans car. And the Pagani Zonda R, every 15-year-old's dream, has the potential to be the fastest car in the game.

Take a listen to the podcasts--there are so many cars, we broke it up into two segments--and find out what we think about the rest of the cars in the new pack.

Gamers, start your engines.

By Jake Lingeman