Forza Horizon 5’s next Festival Playlist is called ‘Italian Automotive’

Justin Melillo
Forza Horizon 5’s next Festival Playlist is titled Italian Automotive, and with that brings four seasons of festivities as well as a whopping 23 new cars.

The 24th Festival Playlist for Forza Horizon 5 is called Italian Automotive, and it’s slated to kick off on 17th August. An ode to classic and current day Italian cars, Italian Automotive brings back brands such as Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Lancia to the Forza Horizon community.

A whopping 23 new cars to Forza Horizon 5 are on the way. The new Festival will be the best way to get most of those cars, but there are some cars that can only be gotten through a new Car Pack DLC that will become available next week.

Here’s everything you need to know about all the new cars and the rewards that players can unlock during the Italian Automotive Festival Playlist.

23 new to Forza Horizon 5 cars are on the way

There will be three ways to unlock new cars over the next four weeks when the Italian jobs begin. The easiest way will be to spend money, either by purchasing them through the Autoshow or by purchasing them through the DLC pack.

Some may only be available through those methods, but there are many that are going to be unlockable in the Festival Playlist. In fact, all four seasons / weeks will feature a new Italian motor vehicle to collect at both 20 and 40 PTS.

Found in the Festival

Some of the more sporty cars in the series, from names such as Alfa Romeo, Abarth and Lancia, are the big prizes for participating in events during the Festival weeks. Here are the eight cars that are unlocked through these means.

  • 1992 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4 (20 PTS, Summer ‘WET’ Season)
  • 1986 Lancia Delta S4 (40 PTS, Summer ‘WET’ Season)
  • 2016 Abarth 695 Biposto (20 PTS, Autumn ‘STORM’ Season)
  • 2014 Alfa Romeo 4C (40 PTS, Autumn ‘STORM’ Season)
  • 1980 Abarth Fiat 131 (20 PTS, Winter ‘DRY’ Season)
  • 2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione (40 PTS, Winter ‘DRY’ Season)
  • 2017 Abarth 124 Spider (20 PTS, Spring ‘HOT’ Season)
  • 1982 Lancia 037 Stradale (40 PTS, Spring ‘HOT’ Season)

Buy from the Autoshow

Free additions to the game for in-game credits, there are eight more cars that can be collected and utilized in the Autoshow. Some cars are also prizes for completing select events in the Festival. Here are those eight cars.

  • 1968 Abarth 595 Esseesse
  • 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
  • 1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2
  • 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale
  • 1980 Fiat 124 Sport Spider
  • 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale EVO
  • 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale

NEW DLC: Italian Exotic Cars Pack

Seven more cars are new and available only through purchase of the Italian Exotics Car Pack. It will be available starting on 15th August for $9.99 / £7.99 / €9.99 on either the Microsoft Store or via Steam. This pack is not included with the Forza Horizon 5 Car Pass, Standard, Deluxe or Premium Editions.

  • 2023 Lamborghini Huracán Tecnica
  • 2022 Ferrari 296 GTB
  • 2020 Ferrari Roma
  • 2020 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12
  • 2020 Lamborghini SC20
  • 2019 Italdesign DaVinci Concept
  • 2018 Lamborghini #63 Squadra Corse Huracán Super Trofeo Evo

Forza Horizon 5, “Italian Automotive”, Series Rewards

Moving into the Festival, the Italian Automotive theme is all about Italian machinery. This is even true in the Series rewards.

For 80 PTS earned through all four weeks, the ‘legendary’ and ‘hard to find’ Lamborghini Aventador SVJ can be added to your collection. Double that, earning 160 PTS of a possible 280, and you will unlock an ‘epic’ and ‘hard to find’ Ferrari 512TR.

Forza Horizon 5, “Italian Automotive”, Summer rewards

As always, each new festival kicks off with the Summer ‘Wet’ Season. 70 PTS are up for grabs and two ‘exclusive’ cars are the season’s rewards for collecting them.

At 20 PTS, the ‘common’ Alfa Romeo 155 is unlocked. A more ‘rare’ Lancia Delta S4 is unlocked with 40 PTS collected.

In the #FORZATHON Weekly Challenge, you’ll need the 1968 Abarth 595 Esseesse from the Autoshow to complete the chapters, score five valuable PTS and collect 80 FORZATHON points as well.

Players will find one of the other Autoshow cars available to win in The Trial, if they’re a part of the Hall of Fame, that is. The ‘rare’ 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale is unlocked here, as are 10 PTS.

An ‘epic’ Ferrari 488 GTB is a prize in the first EventLab of the week, while the second EventLab and the PR Stunts all offer up some Super Wheelspins.

An ‘epic’ Lamborghini Diablo SV is unlocked in the Red vs Yellow Seasonal Championship and the The Way Up one offers a ‘legendary’ Car Horn Reward.

There is a Treasure Hunt in this first week, it’s call The Grand Tour and it’s something to do with a Maserati.

The Photo Challenge is dubbed #SHOWOFF and you just need a Ferrari, any Ferrari, and a photo of it chilling in Guanajuato.

Finally, the Horizon Open offers up an ‘epic’ 2018 Portofino as a reward for doing some drifting.

Forza Horizon 5, “Italian Automotive”, Autumn rewards

The following week, it becomes the Autumn ‘Storm’ season in the Horizon-verse, and once again, 70 PTS are up for grabs within the week to collect.

With 20 PTS earned, the ‘exclusive’ and ‘common’ 2016 Abarth 695 is added to your collection. By collecting 40 PTS, another ‘exclusive’ but more ‘rare’ Alfa Romeo 4C is yours.

One of the Autoshow cars that’s new, the 1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale EVO. is needed to complete this week’s #FORZATHON Weekly Challenge for five PTS and 80 FORZATHON points.

Like in the Summer, another one of the Autoshow cars can be collected here to save your credits, in The Trial for Hall of Famers. The reward is 10 PTS and the ‘rare’ 1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale.

A ‘legendary’ Ferrari F40 is available to win in the first EventLab, while again the second one and the PR Stunts all offer up the Super Wheelspins as usual.

There’s an ‘epic’ Lamborghini LM 002 available for winning the Shopping Trip Seasonal Championship., and a ‘legendary’ Ferrari 812 for winning the Prancing Horses Seasonal Championship. Just a ‘common’ Fist Pump emote for wining the Contemporary Italian Seasonal Championship, though.

No Treasure Hunt in the Autumn, but there’s always a Photo Challenge to get into. This one is the #MASERATIFESTIVAL for an ‘epic’ Car Horn.

There’s also a Collectibles this week – All Aboard, where you need to smash 10 boat piñatas for a ‘legendary Car Horn.

Forza Horizon 5, “Italian Automotive”, Winter rewards

Week three is the Winter ‘Dry’ Season. 70 PTS again, with two new cars again as season rewards.

Both ‘exclusive’ once again, the ‘common’ Abarth 131 is unlocked at 20 PTS and the ‘epic’ Alfa Romeo 8C is yours at 40 PTS.

Getting the theme here, yet? Completion-ists can see that once again, for the #FORZATHON Weekly Challenge, they will need to dip into their credits to buy a 1980 Fiat 124 Sport Spider, one of the new cars in the Autoshow only.

The trope continues again with The Trial, as the ‘rare’ 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, another new car available in the Autoshow, is unlockable here if you’re a Hall of Famer.

An ‘epic’ Ferrari 458 is obtained in the first EventLab, four Super Wheelspins are unlocked in the second and three PR Stunts. There is Seasonal PlayGround Games this week, as usual, and it yields a ‘legendary’ Police Siren Car Horn.

Two ‘epic’ cars in the Maserati GT-S and the Lamborghini Huracán P are rewards in the Seasonal Championships.

The Treasure Hunt returns this week – it’s called Stratospheric. In the Photo Challenge, it’s a #BEACHPARTY, and in the Horizon Open, win a race in an Italian vehicle for a Pop N’ Lock emote.

Forza Horizon 5, “Italian Automotive”, Spring rewards

Our final week is the Spring ‘Hot’ season. and the final 70 PTS are up for grabs in the 280 total for the Festival.

Two final ‘exclusive’ rewards can be won here. At 20 PTS, it’s the ‘common’ 2017 Abarth 124. With 40 PTS, you earn a ‘rare’ Lancia 037.

The status quo is broken when this #FORZATHON Weekly Challenge doesn’t need a purchase if you’ve been playing along so far. That 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio from The Trial last week is what you need here for the five PTS and 80 FORZATHON points.

Also a change from the past three weeks, The Trial doesn’t have a new car, but still a pretty ‘epic’ one to win in the Ferrari 365 GTB4.

Another ‘epic’ one can be won in the first EventLab, that being the Ferrari F355. The final four Super Wheelspins of the Festival are in the last EventLab and the three PR Stunts.

The final two Seasonal Championships will offer a ‘common’ Maserati Levante and an ‘epic’ Lamborghini Huracán.

In the final Treasure Hunt, you may get lucky in figuring out the clue for A Lucky Find. The #TRACKDAY Photo Challenge is the final Photo Challenge and one last challenge in The Eliminator wraps up the Italian themed festivities.

Patch Notes

As usual, the new Festival and month will also bring the standard game updates and fixes alongside. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Increased the total garage size from 1,000 to 2,000 cars.
  • You can now save up to 1,000 tunes and 1,000 liveries, up from 600 each.
  • Fixed an issue with the Auction House where sometimes last-minute bid extensions were not functioning correctly
  • Fixed different issues regarding drivatars and videoclips not working as intended in Icons of Speed
  • Fixed an issue with Seasonal EventLab were blueprints downloads and usage were not getting counted correctly when participating in Coop/PvP modes
  • Seasonal Playground Games King Mode had a total time of 10 minutes instead of 8
  • Fixed different issues with car decorations and elements (stickers, colors, parts, among others) were not being shown as intended
  • [PC] Improvements made to some unusual long loading times particularly on Windows Store PC clients before the start of the game window
  • [PC] Improvements made to some instances where the game client was becoming unresponsive after launching the game
  • [PC] Fixed an issue where the unlocked framerate option would be hidden when enabling DLSS and Resolution Scaling options


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