Forza Motorsport 8 - Best Starting Car to Choose

Best starting car to choose in Forza Motorsport 8 (2023), including which car to get when starting Career Mode for beginners and new players, differences of each starting car, and other useful tips.

Forza Motorsport 8 - Best Starting Car

Best Starting Car to Choose in Forza Motorsport 8

For beginners and new players, the 2019 Subaru STI S209 (AWD) is the best choice.

Forza Motorsport 8 - Best Starting Car to Choose

When choosing your starting car in Forza Motorsport 8 (2023), it is recommended to go for the 2019 Subaru STI S209. This AWD (all-wheel drive) sedan is the best starting point to begin Career Mode thanks to the class’ forgiving handling while also having good acceleration off the line. These traits will help you finish well in most early racing events.

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The Subaru STI S209 might not have the greater potential speed available to the RWD (rear-wheel drive) 2018 Ford Mustang GT, but you are less likely to spin out of control from oversteering, going too hard on the throttle, taking a corner from a bad line, or other mistakes when starting out.

The FWD (front-wheel drive) 2018 Honda Civic Type R, meanwhile, has superior handling to the STI S209 (which can greatly benefit beginners as well), though you may find its lower power and acceleration a noticeable disadvantage during races. Despite this, the Type R is the clear second choice if you prefer the generally better stability it offers compared to the S209.

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Overall, choose the car that you like the best.

In the end, the most important factor when choosing your starting car is what you like the best. You do not have to shy away from picking the hard-to-control Mustang GT or the Civic Type R which initially lacks a punch if you prefer their design and feel when driving them. You will have access to various tuning options later anyway to make any of the starting choices viable in the long-run.

Starting Car Specs Comparison

Below is a table comparing the specs of all three starting cars in the game, including each vehicles drivetrain, Performance Index (PI), power, and total weight. Note that these stats can change via tuning and other upgrades applied to your car.

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Starting Car Stats (No Upgrades)

Starting Car Specs
Car Forza Motorsport 8 - 2018 Honda Civic Type R2018 Honda Civic Type R Forza Motorsport 8 - 2019 Subaru STI S2092019 Subaru STI S209 Forza Motorsport 8 - 2018 Ford Mustang GT2018 Ford Mustang GT
Drivetrain FWD AWD RWD
PI 571 547 568
Engine 2.0L I4-T 2.5L F4-T 5.0L V8
Power 306 HP 341 HP 460 HP
Torque 295 LB-FT 330 LB-FT 420 LB-FT
Weight 3,117 LBS 3,485 LBS 3,705 LBS
Weight Distribution 62.0F/38.0R 59.0F/4.0R 53.0F/47.0R
Power/Weight Ratio 0.098 HP/LB 0.098 HP/LB 0.124 HP/LB

All starting cars can be purchased at the shop afterwards.

All three starting cars will be available for purchase using credits once you gain access to the car shop (Showroom). Because of this, you do not have to worry about missing out on any of the free cars you can choose when starting the game.

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Upgrades and tuning can compensate for each car’s drawbacks.

You can purchase upgrades from the Upgrade Shop using Car Points (CP) or tune your car to compensate for its drawbacks. These customization options will help you modify your vehicle to suit your preferences, driving style, and qualification to enter specific racing events throughout the game.

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Forza Motorsport 8 Basic Information

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Game Editions Is the Game Coming to PS5?
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PC System Requirements PC Exclusive Features
Game Controls Game Difficulty
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Game Modes Guides

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Career Mode Guide Rivals Mode Guide

Career Mode Event Guides

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Featured Rival Events and Schedules VIP Events and Schedules

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All Achievements List (Xbox and Steam) All Cars List
All Unlockable Cars All Limited-Time Cars
Best Starting Car to Choose Best Upgrades
Tips for Beginners Should You Get VIP Membership?
How to Level Up Cars Fast Money Farming Guide
How to Farm Car Points (CP) How to Increase PI (Performance Index)
Car Pass Rewards List All Car Upgrades List
All Tracks List Differential Tuning Guide
Pitting Guide Tires Guide
How to Tune Cars How to Increase Horsepower (HP)
How to Reduce Car Body Weight Weight Reduction vs. Horsepower Increase
How to Drift How to Sell Cars
Car Class List and Guide How to Get Car Discounts
How to Change Driver Suit All Driver Suits List
How to Unlock Engine Swap How to Unlock Drivetrain Swap
How to Change Language How to Change License Plate
How to Enable Leaderboard in HUD Is Slipstream Effect in the Game?
How to Skip Practice Time of Day and Weather Effects Guide
Photo Mode Guide Car Design and Paint Guide
How to Share Car Designs

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Alpine AMC
Apollo Ariel
Aston Martin Audi
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Auto Union BAC
Bentley BMW
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Buick Cadillac
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Ferrari Ford
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Hyundai Infiniti
Jaguar Koenigsegg
KTM Lamborghini
Lexus Lola
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Maserati Mazda
McLaren Mercedes
Mercury Merkur
Mitsubishi NIO
Nissan Oldsmobile
Opel Pagani
Peugeot Plymouth
Pontiac Porsche
Radical RAESR
Renault Rimac
Saleen Shelby
Subaru Toyota
TVR Ultima Sports
Vauxhall Volkswagen
Volvo VUHL
Xpeng Zenvo
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Forza Proto-H Cars Forza Touring Cars
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