Next Forza Horizon 5 Series update will celebrate everything JDM

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Forza Horizon 5’s new FORDZathon Series has only just started, but Playground Games is already teasing what players can expect in the next series starting in February.

Forza Horizon 5 Japanese Automotive Series teased

In a blog post, Playground Games confirmed that Forza Horizon 5 Series 17 will be called Japanese Automotive.

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According to the blog post, the next series will celebrate Japan’s automotive scene by “introducing new cars, a new collectible and new EventLab props” along with new challenges.

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A teaser for Forza Horizon 5 Japanese Automotive can also be found via the in-game coming soon tab.

No other details were revealed, but the Forza Horizon 5 Japanese Automotive will likely be similar to the German Automotive Excellence Series. This means we can expect a handful of new-to-Forza reward cars from Japan.

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2023 Nissan Z coming to Forza Horizon 5

One of these reward cars is expected to be the all-new 2023 Nissan Z; the successor to the Nissan 370Z.

Last November, names of three new-to-Forza cars were revealed in clues for the most recent Torben Tuesday crossword: the Cupra Urban Rebel, Lamborghini Sian Roadster, and Nissan Z.

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The Cupra Urban Rebel concept and Lamborghini Sian were gifted to players as rewards in last month’s Horizon Holidays Series. That just leaves the Nissan Z. As this is a new Japanese car, it makes sense for it to debut in the Japanese Automotive Series.

Powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 sending 400 horsepower to the rear wheels, the new-generation Nissan Z has already appeared in Gran Turismo 7, Rocket League, and Real Racing 3. The Nissan Z Proto concept is also playable in Need for Speed Unbound.

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Forza Horizon 5 Japanese Automotive start date

Forza Horizon 5 Japanese Automotive will begin on 2 February.

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More details including a full festival playlist breakdown and new reward cars will likely be shared in January’s Forza Monthly and Let’s Go streams later this month.