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  • Oahu Raceway

    Reach the "Pro" rank to unlock the Oahu Raceway.

  • The Reward multiplayer race challenge

    Reach the "Expert" rank (180 achievement points) to unlock The Reward multiplayer race challenge.

  • Ford Island race challenge

    Reach the "Expert" rank (180 achievement points) to unlock the Ford Island race challenge.

  • The Legendary Record multiplayer race challenge

    Reach the "Champion" rank (450 achievement points) to unlock The Legendary Record multiplayer race challenge.

  • May The Best Man Win multiplayer race challenge

    Reach the "Champion" rank (450 achievement points) to unlock the May The Best Man Win multiplayer race challenge.

  • All challenges

    Reach the "Champion" rank (450 achievement points) to unlock all challenges.

  • Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione

    Win the Gold Cup in the "Tour Of The Island" race challenge to unlock the Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione.

  • Chrysler Firepower Concept Car

    Win the Gold Cup in all Transporter extra challenges to unlock the Chrysler Firepower Concept Car.

  • Chrysler ME FOUR-TWELVE

    Win the Gold Cup in all Race solo challenges to unlock the Chrysler ME FOUR-TWELVE.

  • Ford Mustang GT-R Concept

    Win the Gold Cup in all Convoy extra challenges to unlock the Ford Mustang GT-R Concept.

  • Ford Shelby Cobra Concept

    Win the Gold Cup in all Top Model extra challenges to unlock the Ford Shelby Cobra Concept.

  • Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept

    Win the Gold Cup in all Speed solo challenges to unlock the Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept.

  • Volkswagen W12 Coupe

    Win the Gold Cup in all Time solo challenges to unlock the Volkswagen W12 Coupe.

  • Volkswagen W12 Roadster

    Win the Gold Cup in all Hitchhiker extra challenges to unlock the Volkswagen W12 Roadster.

  • Photos mode

    Reach the "Amateur" rank to unlock Photos mode.

  • Editor mode

    Reach the "Pro" rank to unlock Editor mode. In this mode, you can create custom challenges or modify already created challenges.

  • Tuner shops

    Reach the "Amateur" rank to unlock the tuner shops.

  • Bike dealerships

    Go to all the car showrooms on the island to unlock bike dealerships.

  • Paint Shop Luxe

    Win the Gold Cup in the "Around The Crater" race challenge to unlock Paint Shop Luxe. This deluxe paint shop can be found in Kahala and allows many vehicles to have custom paint schemes.

  • Walmaealamae Haven of Peace

    Drive along every road on the island to unlock the Walmaealamae Haven of Peace house, which has a 10-car garage, for purchase from any real estate agency.

  • Chronopack

    Buy two vehicles to unlock the Chronopack.

  • Easy money

    Once you reach the "Pro" rank, do the "170 MPH in Heavy Traffic" speed race. When you start, go to the opposite side of the freeway, so you are going with traffic. Once you finish, do not press A. Keep re-trying until you reach your desired limit. Note: A fast car (over 190 mph) is recommended.

    Go into the achievements screen and check what you need. Try purchasing cars such as three Fords, three Aston-Martins, etc. You will know what cars you need by looking in the purchases area of your achievements. To gain enough money to buy the cars, keep repeating the 170 MPH race. Once you have completed enough achievements to become a champion, repeat the Alfa Challenge in the Competezione car, which should cost you nothing. You will receive $75,000 for each win.

    Go to the bottom of the map by the crater. There is a speed challenge there that awards $40,000. A C-Class car is required (TVR Sagaris recommended). You can do it in about 1:30 to 2 minutes and get $40,000, which results in about $1,200,000 after one hour.

    Once you reach the "Champion" rank, buy the Farboud Supercharged GTS Prototype for $305,000 at the McLaren-Noble-Ascari-Farboud dealership (northern region of the map). Then go to its tuning shop, in the eastern part of the island along the shore. Buy the best mods for it. In the city east of the southern airport (where you started and where many things are found), there is a speed race called "180 MPS Downtown". Start it with the car. Immediately turn around when you start. There are no cameras to pass. Simply reach 180 mph and press A to finish. With the upgrades, if you do not hit any cars you should get to the speed in about 20 seconds. Repeat this for another easy $75,000. This can result in about $1,000,000 in less than eight minutes.

    Once you reach the "Champion" rank, complete the "Tour Of The Island" race if you have not already done so. After completing the "Tour Of The Island" race, you will get the Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione. There is a race on the main highway called "Alfa Romeo Day". Every car in this race will be an F class Alfa Romeo while you will have the C class Alfa Romeo. The race is about 2.8 miles long on a near straight-a-way. You will earn $75,000 for the race.

    Once you reach the "Champion" rank, do the "Alfa Romeo Day" race. Use the Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione. Everyone else will have different slower cars. The race is on the highway with no cars and is only 2.8 miles long. It is worth $75,000. Keep repeating this for easy money.

    Once you reach the "Expert" rank, there is an easy race called "Lucky Day". It only lasts about two minutes and results in $40,000 every time. Try using the Kawasaki Ninja ($14,000) with the stage 3 tuning package ($25,000).

    Take the highway to a spot near but not too close to an intersection. Find a racer and get them to do an Instant Challenge with you. Set the finish line just behind the start line on the opposite side of the highway. When the race begins, immediately turn over the center of the highway and drive past the finish line. Do this five or ten times and then do a race that is worth about $20,000. You will get a lot of money for the win. Note: This does not always work.

  • C/D class Saleens

    Take a Ford Mustang GT Coupe and/or Ford Mustang GT Convertible to the U.S. Muscle Car Tuner shop. They will ask whether you want them tuned as a Ford or Saleen. Press Down and select "Saleen". The new car(s) will have a sign that says "Saleen" at the top of the windshield. They will also be upgraded to C/D class cars.

  • Recommended cars for each class

    This following is a list of the best overall cars and bikes for each class. Note: This is assuming you have the best performance kit for each vehicle without bringing it out of its class (mostly level 3). The first vehicle to appear is the best of the class overall. Others, such as the CC8S in A-class might be a better choice for long, straightforward courses. For the MA-class, the MV Agusta is better in all stats than the Kawasaki, but some prefer it because it is much cheaper than the MV Agusta and also because of its first gear being longer.

    G-class

      Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe (great top speed, acceleration, and handling for its class, but has to be unlocked first; has stats similar to C or B car)

      Lamborghini Muira P400SV (good top speed, 198 mph)

      Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato (good handling and lack of drift; costs $3,000,000; level 3 kit $80,000)

    F-class

      Audi TT Quattro sport

    E-class

      Nissan Skyline R34 GT (downloadable content only)

      Nissan 350Z NISMO S-Tune

      Audi S4 Cabriolet

    D-class

      Aston Martin DB9 Coupe

      Cadillac XLR-V

    C-class

      TVR Sagaris (best for acceleration)

      Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder (best for handling, 94%)

      Noble M14 (best for top speed, 208 mph)

    B-class

      Ford GT (best for acceleration and braking power; same top speed as Dodge Viper SRT-10)

      Dodge Viper SRT-10 (slightly better handling than Ford GT)

      Farboud Supercharged GTS Prototype 2005 and Jaguar XJ220 (best for top speed)

    A-class

      Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo (best for acceleration 93%; and great top speed 250 mph)

      Koenigsegg CC8S (best for extremely high speed, 263+ mph)

      Enzo Ferrari (best for handling, 100% from the start; braking, acceleration, 90%; and lack of drift)

    MB-bikes

      MV Agusta F4 Brutale 910S (best for top speed)

      Kawasaki Z1000 (best for acceleration)

    MA-bikes

      MV Agusta F4 Tamburini (best for top speed, 220 mph without drafting; handling, 100%; acceleration, 93%; braking power. 96%; and lack of drift; $45,000; level 3 kit $40,000)

      Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (has same handling as MV Agusta, but top speed, braking power, and acceleration are worse; $14,000; level 3 kit $25,000)

  • Cars

    G-Class Cars

      AC 289
      Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
      Chevrolet Camaro Z-28
      Chevrolet Corvette 1969 Stingray
      Jaguar Type-E Coupe
      Lamborghini Miura P400SV
      Maserati 3500 GT
      Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing
      Pontiac Firebird
      Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
      Shelby GT 500

    F-Class Cars

      Alfa Romero GT 3.2 V6 24V
      Audi A3 3.2 Quattro DSG
      Audi TT Quattro Sport
      Chevrolet SSR
      Saturn Sky
      Volkswagen Golf R32

    E-Class Cars

      Audi A6 4.2 Quattro
      Audi S4 Cabriolet
      Ford Mustang GT Coupe
      Ford Mustand GT Convertible
      Jaguar XK Convertible
      Jaguar XK Coupe
      Nissan 350Z Coupe
      Nissan 350Z Nismo S-Tune
      Nissan Skyline GTR R34 (XBLC)
      Pontiac GTO

    D-Class Cars

      Aston Martin DB9 Coupe
      Aston Martin V8 Vantage
      Aston Martin DB9 Volante
      Aston Martin DB7 Zagato
      Audi RS4 Quattro Saloon (XBLC)
      Cadillac XLR-V
      Crystler 300C SRT-8
      Jaguar XKR Coupe
      Lotus Elise R
      Lotus Esprit V8
      Maserati GranSport
      Maserati Spyder 90th Aniversary
      Maserati Spyder Cambiocorsa
      Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG
      Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG
      Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG
      Mustang GT-R Concept
      Wiesmann Roadster MF3

    C-Class Cars

      Alfa Romero 8c Competizone
      Aston Martin Vanquish S
      Chevrolet Corvette C6 Coupe
      Crystler Fire Power Concept Car
      Ferrari 288 GTO
      Ferrari 575M Marenello
      Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
      Lotus Sport Exige 240R
      Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG
      Noble M14
      Spyker C8 Laviolette
      TVR Sagaris
      TVR Tuscan S
      Volkswagen W12 Roadster

    B-Class Cars

      Ascari KZ-1
      Caterham CSR 260
      Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe
      Dodge Viper SRT-10
      Farbound Supercharged GTS Prototype 2005
      Ferrari F430
      Ferrari F430 Spider
      Ford GT
      Jaguar XJ220
      Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe (XBLC)
      Lamborghini Gallardo SE
      Mercedez-Benz CLK DTM AMG
      Noble M12 GTO-3R
      Shelby Cobra Concept
      Shelby GR-1 Concept
      Volkswagen W12 Coupe

    A-Class Cars

      Chrysler ME Four-Twelve
      Ferrari Enzo
      Koenigsess CC8S
      Lamborghini Murcielago Coupe
      Maserati MC12
      Mclaren F1
      Mclaren F1 GTR
      Mclaren F1 LM (XBLC)
      Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
      Pagani Zonda C12S Roadster (XBLC)
      Pagani Zonda C12S
      Saleen S7 Twin-Turbo

    MB-Class Motorcycles

      Ducatti Monster S4R
      Ducatti Supersport 1000 DS
      Kawasaki Z1000
      MV Agusta F4 Brutale 910S
      Triumph Speed Triple

    MA-Class Motorcycles

      Ducatti 999R
      Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10 R
      MV Agusta f4 Tamburini

  • Achievements

    Accomplish the indicated achievement to get the corresponding number of Gamerscore points:

      Single Player Victory - Level 1 (20 points): Win the Gold Cup in 5 single player challenges.
      Single Player Victory - Level 2 (20 points): Win the Gold Cup in 10 single player challenges.
      Single Player Victory - Level 3 (20 points): Win the Gold Cup in 20 single player challenges.
      Single Player Victory - Level 4 (30 points): Win the Gold Cup in 40 single player challenges.
      Single Player Victory - Level 5 (40 points): Win the Gold Cup in 60 single player challenges.
      Single Player Victory - Level 6 (60 points): Win the Gold Cup in all the single player challenges.
      Single Player Time Challenges (15 points): Win the Gold Cup in all the single player time challenges.
      Single Player Race Challenges (20 points): Win the Gold Cup in all the single player races challenges.
      Single Player Speed Challenges (10 points): Win the Gold Cup in all the single player speed challenges.
      Island Tour (30 points): Win the Gold Cup in the "Island Tour" challenge.
      Multiplayer Victory - Level 1 (10 points): Take 3 victories in multiplayer races. Only ranked matches are counted.
      Multiplayer Victory - Level 2 (20 points): Take 15 victories in multiplayer races. Only ranked matches are counted.
      Multiplayer Victory - Level 3 (30 points): Take 30 victories in multiplayer races. Only ranked matches are counted.
      Successful Missions - Level 1 (15 points): Successfully complete 3 missions (Top-Model, Hitchhiker, Vehicle Transport, or Courier).
      Successful Missions - Level 2 (25 points): Successfully complete 15 missions (Top-Model, Hitchhiker, Vehicle Transport, or Courier).
      Successful Missions - Level 3 (35 points): Successfully complete 40 missions (Top-Model, Hitchhiker, Vehicle Transport, or Courier).
      Successful Missions - Level 4 (60 points): Successfully complete ALL the missions (Top-Model, Hitchhiker, Vehicle Transport, or Courier).
      Instant Challenge Victories (10 points): Take 5 victories in Instant Challenges.
      Sharing Custom Challenges (10 points): Share 3 custom challenges in the Drive-Ins.
      Custom Challenge Victories (10 points): Take 2 victories in the custom challenges of the Drive-Ins.
      Club Member (10 points): Create a Club or become a member of an existing Club.
      Club Race Victories (10 points): Take 3 victories in Inter-Club races.
      Trade (10 points): Buy or sell a vehicle from/to another member on trade.
      Ferrari Collector (20 points): Own at least 3 different Ferrari cars.
      Lamborghini Collector (20 points): Own at least 3 different Lamborghini cars.
      Mercedes-Benz Collector (15 points): Own at least 3 different Mercedes-Benz cars.
      Chevrolet Collector (10 points): Own at least 3 different Chevrolet cars.
      Aston Martin Collector (15 points): Own at least 3 different Aston Martin cars.
      Ford Collector (10 points): Own at least 3 different Ford cars.
      Bike Collector (10 points): Own at least 3 different bikes.
      Ben Sherman Collector (10 points): Own at least 10 Ben Sherman items.
      *ecko unltd. Collector (10 points): Own at least 10 *ecko unltd. items.
      Tuner (10 points): Buy a performance pack for one of your vehicles in a Tuning Shop.
      Explorer (40 points): Discover all the roads on the island.
      Easygoing Tourist (10 points): Cover 30 miles (48 km).
      Steadfast Tourist (25 points): Cover 200 miles (320 km).
      Traveler (30 points): Cover 400 miles (640 km).
      Seasoned Traveler (35 points): Cover 1,000 miles (1,600 km).
      Eagle-Eyed Driver (40 points): Cover 5,000 miles (8,000 km).
      Owner (20 points): Own at least 2 houses.
      Real-Estate Tycoon (30 points): Own at least 15 houses.
      Small Collector (15 points): Own at least 2 different cars.
      Amateur Collector (20 points): Own at least 4 different cars.
      Confirmed Collector (25 points): Own at least 10 different cars.
      Most Varied Collector (30 points): Own at least 20 different cars.
      Extreme Collector (30 points): Own at least 50 different models of cars.

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