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Known as the “Giant Killer,” the 550 was Porsche’s first foray into building cars specifically designed for racing. Actor James Dean bought and intended to race his 550 at Salinas in the fall of 1955 but died in a car accident shortly after completing filming of the movie “Giant”. The 550 with a Type 547 1.5-liter, flat-four, air-cooled engine produced a little more than 100 horsepower. One of the biggest steps forward was the space-frame tubular chassis which made it immensely lighter than its racing competition, as well as rigid and stable. This car set in motion Porsche’s racing prominence and helped build a reputation that sparked global sales. The 550 is nimble, agile, well-balanced, and quick even bone stock. It generates a feeling of confidence and glory when being pushed through corners. Even when pitted against heavier, larger displacement cars, you will find that bigger is not always better.
— Official description [1]

The 1955 Porsche 550A Spyder - abbreviated as Porsche 550 and also known as Porsche 550 Spyder[2] and abbreviated as Porsche 550 - is a mid-engined sports car by Porsche featured in Forza Motorsport, the Porsche Expansion Pack for Forza Motorsport 4, and in the Porsche Car Pack for Forza Horizon 3.

It also appears as standard in Forza Motorsport 7 and all subsequent titles.

Unlock in Forza Horizon 4

It is primarily unlockable via the Autoshow in Forza Horizon 4, but has also been made available as a seasonal reward:

Synopsis

Using the Porsche 356 as a base, the 550 Spyder is a lightweight sports car built for motorsport racing, which would later be further developed into the Porsche 718.

Statistics

Icon ForzaMotorsport1 Wide
Speed 4.7
Accel 5.4
Braking 4.4
Corner 4.5
Base Rarity 7.3
C3
Unlock Requirements
North America:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Europe:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Asia:
missing data
Rarity: ?
Performance
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking:
120-0 mph (193-0 km/h): missing data
 
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
 
Icon ForzaMotorsport4 Wide
Speed 3.9
Handling 4.1
Acceleration 4.9
Launch 5.4
Braking 3.9
F 198
DLC:
Unlock Requirements
Car Dealer:
Purchase from the car dealer for 600,000 CR
Performance & Body Style
Body Style:
Superlight
Speed:
Top Speed: 137.1 mph  (220.6 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 8.200 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 25.200 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 142.7 ft (43.5 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 396.8 ft (120.9 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.79 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.72 g
Icon ForzaMotorsport7 Wide
Speed 5.3
Handling 4.2
Acceleration 6.2
Braking 3.8
Rare FM7 T3
E 299
Unlock Requirements
Unlock:
Purchase from the car dealer
Performance & Division
Division:
Vintage Sport Coupe
Collection Tier:
Tier 3 - Rare (+440)
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
1/4 Mile: missing data
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data
Icon ForzaHorizon3 Wide
Speed 5.2
Handling 5.3
Acceleration 6.2
Launch 6.5
Braking 4.4
C 522
DLC:
Requires the Porsche Car Pack
Unlock Requirements
Autoshow:
Purchase from the Autoshow for 600,000 CR or 1,200 T
Performance & Championship
Championship:
Classic Racers
Speed:
Top Speed: 142.0 mph  (228.5 km/h)
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 7.409 secs.
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): 19.791 secs.
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): 188.1 ft (57.3 m)
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): 470.9 ft (143.5 m)
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): 0.76 g
120 mph (193 km/h): 0.75 g
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Speed 5.9
Handling 4.2
Acceleration 5.4
Launch 6.9
Braking 3.7
D 387
Unlock Requirements
Autoshow:
Purchase from the Autoshow for 600,000 CR
Performance & Car Type
Car Type:
Classic Racers
Rarity:
Legendary
Speed:
Top Speed: missing data
Acceleration:
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): missing data
0-100 mph (0-161 km/h): missing data
Braking:
60-0 mph (97-0 km/h): missing data
100-0 mph (161-0 km/h): missing data
Lateral Gs:
60 mph (97 km/h): missing data
120 mph (193 km/h): missing data

Conversions

Icon Engine Conversion - Engine
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport4 F6 - 911 '73
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3 2.7L F6R
2.0L F4 - Turbo
1.6L I4 - Turbo Rally
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4 2.0L F4 - Turbo
2.7L F6
2.0L F4 - Turbo Rally
Icon Drivetrain Conversion - Drivetrain
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport4 AWD
Icon Game ForzaMotorsport7 AWD
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3 AWD Drivetrain
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4 AWD Drivetrain
Icon Aspiration Conversion - Aspiration
Icon Game ForzaHorizon3 Single Turbo
Positive-Displacement Supercharger
Icon Game ForzaHorizon4 Single Turbo
Positive-Displacement Supercharger

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References

  1. forzamotorsport.net description
  2. Vehicle name in titles before Forza Horizon 4
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