M12S Warthog CST
The 2554 version of the M12S Warthog is approximately twenty-five percent smaller and thirty percent lighter than the militarized M12B Warthog FAV, while having paint jobs derived from the 2558 M12B model. As a civilian model of the Warthog, the M12S inevitably lacks any form of armament. The M12S has two seats, one for the driver and the other for a passenger.
Like the 2554 version of the M12 FAV, this version of the Warthog uses a version of the second chassis. It also features an SLED searchlight and a rear-mounted antenna at the passenger side. The M12S, as with the standard Warthog, is a front-biased vehicle, with 54% of its weight distribution set to the front. The M12S also uses a similar duel spring suspension to keep the vehicle stable in different environments. The size of both the front and rear tires is 420/60R20. Unlike the Halo versions of the Warthog, the M12S Warthog CST's cluster gauges are not static.
The M12S's tires are at the default tire pressure setting of 30.0 psi (2.1 bar). The M12S has neutral camber on both front and rear and lacks toe-in and toe-out. Its front caster angle is 5.0 degrees. In addition, its anti-roll bars are extremely stiff, with 2.38 for the front and 2.53 for the rear. The M12S has a stock ride height of 57.7 cm (22.7 inches) and has a front spring stiffness of 307.2 lb/in (5.49 kgf/mm) and a rear spring stiffness of 319.7 lb/in (5.71 kgf/mm). It has very soft rebound and bump stiffness, with 3.3 and 3.1 for front and rear rebound stiffness, respectively, and 3.0 and 2.8 for front and rear bump stiffness, respectively.
There are three other manufacturer colors available for the M12S Warthog:
Unlike the M12 and M12B FAV, the M12S lacks the more ubiquitous four-wheel steering in an effort to sacrifice low-speed maneuverability for better high-speed handling and performance-wheel steering. The M12S features an 8 liter (8,003 cc; 488.4 cu in) twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 720 hp (537 kW; 730 PS) and 855 ft·lb (1,160 N·m) of torque, as opposed to the 12.0 liter liquid-cooled, hydrogen-injected internal combustion engine that its FAV counterpart contains, making the M12S significantly faster. The V8 has a specific power output of 90 hp (67 kW; 91 PS) per liter, a bore/stroke ratio of 108 mm×109 mm (4.25 in×4.29 in), a redline set to 6,500 rpm, and a fuel cutoff threshold set to 6,900 rpm. It also has a power-to-weight ratio of 313 hp (233 kW; 317 PS) per tonne, or 7.04 lb (3.19 kg) per horsepower. This version also has 27.6 inches (70 cm) of total suspension travel and an advanced dampening system. As with the M12 FAV, the engine is housed in an openable compartment at the front of the vehicle. This Warthog is equipped with permanent all-wheel drive.
The front differential is set to 100% on acceleration and 0% on deceleration, while the rear differential is set to 100% on both acceleration and deceleration. The M12S Warthog has an 86% / 14% rear/front center differential balance.
When set to the default tune, the M12S's top speed is shown as 184.3 kilometers per hour (114.5 mph). It has an actual maximum speed of 192 kilometers per hour (119 mph), a 53.6% increase from its Halo counterparts, though gearing, while adjustable by default, is limited at such speeds. It has the following gear ratios:
The M12S Warthog can reach a speed of 97 kilometers per hour (60 mph) in 3.7 seconds, while being capable of reaching a speed of 161 kilometers per hour (100 mph) in 9.81 seconds; in-game, though, it accomplishes these in 5 and 13.8 seconds, respectively. The M12S can traverse a distance of a quarter mile in 12.4 seconds at a speed of 176.1 kilometers per hour (109.4 mph). In addition, the M12S can brake from 97 kilometers per hour (60 mph) to a stop in 164 feet (50 m) and 161 kilometers per hour (100 mph) to a stop in 356 feet (109 m). The vehicle's mid-housed transmission is a 6-speed automatic with manual override. The M12S Warthog boasts heavy duty, offroad, double wishbone suspension at both the front and rear of the vehicle. The suspension travel (full droop to full compression) is 0.7 meters (27.6 inches). The M12S Warthog CST utilizes a 35 centimeter (14 inch) disc brake, as does the M12 FAV. The M12S Warthog CST is capable of 0.89 lateral Gs at 97 kilometers per hour (60 mph) and 0.88 at 193 kilometers per hour (120 mph) on offroad tires.
The M12S Warthog CST is a top-end Class A vehicle with the following statistics:
Being AWD, the M12S Warthog CST is capable of a strong launch off the line without any wheelspin and features the best handling among the Extreme Offroad vehicles, only bested by several Rally Monsters vehicles. With its superior handling and braking over most other offroad-oriented vehicles partly thanks to its AWD drivetrain, which also gives it superior launch over most other AWD vehicles in the game, the M12S Warthog CST is ideal for offroad applications, including Cross Country races. With proper driving skill, it is capable of reaching at least top 25 in Class A Rivals leaderboards on short Cross Country Circuit or Scramble routes.
With a Speed rating of only 4.3 (out of a maximum of 10; 5.2 in Forza Horizon 4), owed to by its aforementioned top speed of 192 kilometers per hour (119 mph), the M12S Warthog CST's top speed is among the lowest of all the Extreme Offroad vehicles, making it unsuitable for long distance driving and leaving it at the mercy of the likes of other Extreme Offroad vehicles like the Local Motors Rally Fighter and, obviously, hypercars/supercars like the McLaren Senna and Porsche Carrera GT. Even with gearing adjusted for higher top speed, it is still disadvantaged by its slower acceleration at speeds above 180 kilometers per hour (112 mph), discouraging the use of this vehicle for drag races past a quarter mile (402 m). In addition, the Warthog is very limited with its upgrades, with only the tires, rims, and drivetrain being upgradable (including the RWD swap). In Class A, the Ford Ranger Raptor and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 are superior, especially on longer routes.
Changes from Forza Horizon 3 to Forza Horizon 4
Behind the scenes
The M12S was created for the Forza Horizon racing video game franchise, debuting in Forza Horizon 3 as a playable vehicle. To unlock the M12S in Forza Horizon 3, a free download to everyone who had played either Halo 5: Guardians or Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One would be available. Eligible players would receive codes to download the Warthog via an Xbox Live Message, and codes were sent out between September 6, 2016 and September 23, 2016. In addition, players who did not play an Xbox One Halo game later had the chance to earn the Warthog via special #Forzathon events that were added to Forza Horizon 3 in October 2016 (The Halo Weekender), February 2017 (Who Wants Seconds?), January 2018 (Hot and Heavy Horizon), and March 2018 (Play in the Mud), or through the in-game Auction House.
The M12S reappears in Forza Horizon 4. It is featured as the main vehicle of the Showcase Event named The Halo Experience Showcase, with John-117 behind the wheel; the event was officially unveiled in the September 2018 edition of Forza Monthly.