Yes, Forza Horizon 5 finally allows you to open and close convertible roofs

Forza Horizon 5 Store Screenshot
Forza Horizon 5 Store Screenshot (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios | Microsoft)

Forza Horizon 5 heads to Xbox consoles and PC this November, with the game recently receiving an extensive unveiling as a part of Microsoft's E3 2021 press conference. The new game, headed to Mexico, brings its largest open world to date, with its first gameplay showcasing various locations from deserts, jungles, and volcanoes. The reveal also pleased Forza diehards with new car customization, including the capability to open and close convertible roofs.

The feature fulfills a long-standing community request, with several cabriolets making an appearance at the event and joining the list of confirmed Forza Horizon 5 cars. Keen-eyed viewers could also spot a McLaren 720S Spider opening its roof during Microsoft's eight-minute gameplay demo, showcasing an automated retracting convertible in action.

The Forza Horizon 5 reveal also has players speculating that convertible roofs aren't the only upgrade, with traces of optional race settings across some cars. The studio flexed the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE during the game's reveal, an upcoming hypercar inspired by advancements in Formula 1 technologies. Gameplay footage showed the car entering and exiting "Race Mode" while stationary, with a retractable rear wing and variable suspension. Microsoft is yet to confirm whether this feature will appear in the final game.

Forza Horizon 5 marks the latest entry in the hit Xbox racing series, with its release set to conclude a three-year hiatus for the franchise. While a soft reboot of Forza Motorsport remains in the works, a next-generation experience built around Xbox Series X|S consoles, Playground Games has returned to its Horizon festival, hosting a variety of virtual gas-guzzlers.

Forza Horizon 5 hits Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC on November 9, with preorders live.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • I'm behind with the Forza Horizon games, I still haven't finished 2 or 3, and haven't even touched 4. I've been slack with it, playing too many endless grind games like a sucker.
  • Well, at least you've admitted to yourself and the interwebs ya got a problem. Now you can effectively deal with it by picking up FH2 and 3 🤣🤣.
  • I enjoy the Horizon series, but so wish I could turn down the sim part of it down even more to more like arcade feel spin on a dime feel. With these visuals this would make for a very fun arcade take a spin fun fest. That's some gibberish talk there, but basically, I want the look but want to have more control and speed which leads to more fun for me. Have your sim and be able to flip a switch and have your arcade physics to boot. You would have a lot more people playing these games if so.
  • Do you have to be parked, or can you do this at 110? With the expected realistic results. Will there be a Logitech fan accessory so you can feel the wind in your hair?
  • I want this to also be the case for convertibles that aren't automated. I want my avatar to stop the car, jump out, and then fidget with the roof for 10 minutes until it's all sorted (I'm looking at you, Capri).