I talked so much about waiting for some good Lancias to get in the game that I didn’t decide that I had to buy Forza 6 until all my favourites were in. It took until the last car update.
This one wasn’t in that; it had been announced beforehand. But the Fulvia was just a little behind the true greats I knew about.
I still thought it was great, but it wasn’t quite on the calibre of some other Lancias. However, that said, I’d never really driven it in much of anything before so I wasn’t to know. Indeed, it only came to the Forza series in Horizon 2, so it’s a recent addition here as well.
But my general thought was that’d it probably be just like a Lancia to drive. What does that mean though? Well…
First thoughts upon driving the Fulvia off the line were that it was surprisingly quick. Or at least it felt that way; the gearing is short and sweet, as it would be with this model being based around rallying. So while it might not have actually been that fast, it felt that way and that is good enough for me.
The engine roars away just as you’d expect it too in a car of this type. Except this is rather different because the engine in this is a rare V4 configuration, so actually it doesn’t quite sound like anything else. Which is fine as long as the sound in question is good, and here…it is.
Cornering in the Fulvia is actually really rather good, thanks to the low weight giving you more chances to throw it into a corner. That said, it’s far from perfect. The FWD drivetrain, naturally can cause understeer in places and it was not uncommon to see the car snap back too quickly upon straightening the wheel out. Like a teenager who just wants to get out of work, it sometimes just can’t wait for you to stop turning and rushes back into line before you’ve got it placed just so. This isn’t the end of the world, though.
The car also shakes about quite a bit on bumps, of which at Watkins Glen there are plenty. If they’re on a fast bit (which they are for the most part here) it’s no big deal, but in a corner it might be a little disconcerting.
Overall though, the drive is not bad. However, I mentioned that I expected it to drive like a Lancia, and in that regard…it fits the bill perfectly. Not perfect, but still cheerful. In that regard Turn 10 can give themselves a pat on the back for getting it down so well. So while it’s not the absolute best drive around, it’s quite possibly one of the most realistic. That can only be a good thing.
Aside from the driving there’s other factors, chief among which is the looks by which many a car of this era – and certainly Italian ones like these – are often judged. And the Fulvia pulls it off very well. Rather than being one of the gorgeous ‘curvy’ beauties of the time, the Fulvia is instead one of the simple yet beautiful lookers from the 60s. And anyone should take good looks, no matter how they come.
So to sum up. The Fulvia is a Lancia, as Lancias should be. It does plenty right, from drive to sound to looks. It’s well worth your time. Now I can only wonder what some of the other Lancias will be like…