June 09, 2012
Here's a quick rundown of the cars we unveiled at E3 2012. If you want to see these and more, check out our cars area,
Porsche 911 Carrera S
We love the 911 so much we made it our cover car for Most Wanted.
A 911 of some kind or another has been manufactured continuously since 1963 making it the oldest sports car in the world.
The latest Carrera S is the pinnacle of almost 50 years of automotive heritage. The 3.8 liter flat six pumping 400 horsepower through the rear wheels is a far cry from the 128 you got with the original.
The 911’s small size, great acceleration and ace manoeuvrability make it perfect for sudden, evasive moves. Head for the dense urban network of Fairhaven’s Downtown area and whip it through side streets and shortcuts to lose the cops.
The Carrera S is a true driver’s car, so recreating the handling for Need for Speed has been a blast. It’s the fastest all-rounder in the game and one of the most enjoyable to drive.
We have a long-standing relationship with our friends at Porsche. We’re proud to say we’ve worked closely with them to bring your most fun Porsche driving experience you’ll find in games.
BMW M3 Coupé
The original Most Wanted cover car is back. And just like the game, it’s all new and completely reinvented.
The M3 is the ultra-sporty version of the classic 3-series coupe from BMWs legendary Motorsport division. For the first time in 3 series history, BMW crowbarred a V8 screamer into the engine bay and then loaded the car with advanced electronics to make handling it a breeze.
What’s not to love about this car? It’s the same, timeless M3 shape but with 420 horsepower and an even more menacing exhaust note. If that’s even possible.
It’s an amazing combination – a street-legal racing car you can drive the kids to school in every day.
You don’t get to do that in Most Wanted. What do get to do is race, escape the cops and batter your friends off the road, and nothing does it better than the M3.
We like to think of it as the perfect all rounder. It’ll handle freeways, off road terrain and dense urban locales equally well.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
Some say Lambo’s latest – the Aventador – is the most beautiful car in the world. Disagree? Then Like us on Facebook and join our “lively” debate.
Whatever you think of the looks, you can’t argue with the power. The Aventador’s as powerful as it is sexy. With a 6.5 liter V12 churning out nearly 700hp, the top speed of 217 mph lends credibility to the theatrical, exotic styling.
We particularly enjoy the earsplitting shriek of the engine at high speed; like the car’s ripping the air apart to make its way through. It’s all very Lamborghini. Head for the freeway, and there’s almost nothing in Most Wanted that can touch the Aventador.
For a car this fast, it’s big and heavy making it surprisingly durable in a fight.
The all-wheel-drive is also great for those long drift turns that are a Criterion Games trademark. We live for beautiful, 200 mph drifts, so head for the hills, lay the power down and slide through every turn.
Ford Mustang Boss 302
When Ford set about redesigning the Mustang in 1967, it was so secret that when asked what he was working on, the chief engineer usually replied: “the boss’s car”. The name stuck. And the car was a triumph.
We weren’t born then, but when Ford brought back the Boss in 2012 after a 42-year hiatus, we were first in line to try it out. The heavily modified, 5-liter V8 delivers a stellar 444 horsepower, but what we really love is the styling – a perfect nod to the Boss of old.
The car’s weight, strength and stability make it an excellent Most Wanted car. It’ll shake off heavy impacts from aggressive cops or other racers and let you dish out wince-inducing Takedowns on your friends with ease.
Subaru Cosworth Impreza STI CS400
When we think Subaru Impreza, we think speed. And mud.
The Impreza is one of our all-time favorite cars: an off road car somehow reminiscent of the classic Lancia Delta Integrale or the Audi Quattro. Worthy rally champions and childhood dream cars.
Only 75 of this particular model – the Cosworth STI CS400 – were built, making it one of the most wanted cars in the world.
It’s the car’s rally heritage that sets it apart from the pack in Most Wanted. Shake the cops with ease by getting off the road or hitting big jumps. Make use of the excellent traction and acceleration to dominate stunts and jump records in Autolog.
The Impreza’s unbeatable off road, but your friends may underestimate the car’s performance on tarmac. Boasting 395hp and a blistering 0-62 time of 3.7 seconds, the CS400 is one of the best all-around cars in the game.
It’s particularly useful at mid to low-speeds and will drift comfortably and easily on any surface and at practically any speed.