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How to Upgrade Cars in Need for Speed Unbound | Tips & Guide

How to Upgrade Cars in Need for Speed Unbound | Tips & Guide
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This guide is meant to give you all the information you need on how to upgrade cars in Need for Speed: Unbound.

When you start playing Need for Speed: Unbound, you’ll get access to three starter cars: Nissan Silvia, Lamborghini Countach, and Dodge Charger. While these are fine vehicles, they won’t take you far once the story starts requiring higher performance. Upgrades will be necessary.

If you’re just starting out with Need for Speed: Unbound, you might not even know upgrades are possible. That’s because the game doesn’t let you exploit every mechanic right from the start. Let’s see why many players of NFS: Unbound can’t upgrade car parts immediately and how you can unlock upgrades in the game.

When Can You Upgrade Your Car in NFS: Unbound

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Initially, you’ll have the ability to tweak some cosmetics on your starter car. Unlocking full upgrade options will require you to advance through the story of NFS: Unbound. In particular, you’ll need to get to the point where Rydell’s become restored. From then on, the dealership and—more importantly—its garage will become available.

Likewise, many of the numerous cars in Need for Speed: Unbound will become available, too. In other words, you’ll have a better choice of a starting point.

Better yet, other garages will become accessible after you’ve restored Rydell’s, making your upgrade options even broader. The only issue here is the potentially large time investment: You’ll need to spend up to an hour of real-time to reach this point. Luckily, Need for Speed: Unbound is so exciting and immersive that hours will pass before you know it!

How to Install Need for Speed: Unbound Performance Upgrades

The process for upgrading your car in NFS: Unbound is relatively simple:

  1. Enter the Pause Menu.
  2. Go to the Garage Option.
  3. Under Performance Upgrade, select the upgrades you want to install.

Yet, while the method described here is straightforward, you’ll have a harder time deciding which upgrade to install. Luckily, we can help with that, too.

NFS: Unbound Best Performance Upgrades

You can get the most out of your car in Need for Speed: Unbound by selecting the best possible car parts. This can be done for numerous parts:

  • Engine
  • Nitro
  • Fuel and exhaust systems
  • ECU
  • Induction
  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Chassis
  • Clutch
  • Gearbox
  • Drivetrain
  • Differential
  • Suspension
  • Auxiliary
  • Aspiration

Of the listed, the engine will be the most important. You can get a brand new engine to replace the existing one or change individual parts to upgrade the engine you already have. It’s crucial to aim for higher horsepower, acceleration, and overall speed.

The Nitro system is another critical point for upgrades. As a part of engine upgrades, your Nitro can skyrocket performance while reducing fuel consumption. Apart from the engine itself, this will be a crucial component, particularly in terms of acceleration and speed.

Other upgrades will contribute to better performance, but none will be as important as the engine and Nitro. To that end, focus on getting those two on the highest level possible and follow up with other upgrades accordingly.

This concludes our report on vehicle upgrades in Need for Speed: Unbound. You can explore our Game Guides section further for more tips and tricks on this and many other games. Or jump onto News to see what’s up in gaming today!

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