MOST WANTED, A gaming Revolution that changed Lives- Part 3

CAYMAN -S 

The Cayman S was a Porsche offering till the year 2009. Being a mid-engined sports car, the Cayman S carried a 3.4 Litre Flax-Six Engine that produced 295 BHP @ 7000 RPM, The 6 speed manual transmission conveniently raced at 274 kmph. However, the Cayman S was a light weight car and a slight tap on the rear could give the racer a toss for his money, the acceleration on the Cayman S was impeccable. It went as fast as desired (after upgrading) The cayman came with a price tag of 94 Lakh INR while in the game it costs around $ 60,000 (half the price. Sigh!! what naa insaafi man!!)

PORSCHE CARRERA GT

Another mid engined supercar by Porsche took gamer’s by surprise. It was incredibly fast and very easy to drive. Well, being powered by a V10 engine does have a different awe altogether.

Being priced between 1.28-2.68 crores in the real world, it was much better getting it for $ 2,80,000 in the game (at least that way, we could just think about racing the car and not worrying about the other expenses :P)

Produced between 2004 to 2007, the 5.7 Litre V10 engine did wonders to the car. It produced 612 BHP @ 8000 RPM and a 6 speed manual transmission goes real easy on the roads (at least in the game it did)

PORSCHE 911 TURBO S (996)

Introduced to the Porsche family in the year 2004, the 996 Turbo S is a powerful beast that possesses more power than the 996 Turbo. All the power comes through a K24 Turbocharge fitting and the new intercoolers along with a higher manifold pressure of 0.9 bar. The 911 Turbo was replaced by the Porsche 997 Turbo S model in the year 2010.

In reality this car costs anywhere between 1.28 crores- 2.66 crore INR. While, the game offers the 996 Turbo for $ 1,05,000. Built on the heavier side, the turbo can catch great speeds and comes handy in drag races. However, it faces difficulty at corners.

The 3.6 Litre Turbo Flat 6 engine produces 444 BHP @ 6000 RPM, taking your ride at an impressive 307 kmph.

PORSCHE 911 CARRERA S (997)

Produced between 2004-2008, the 911 Carrera S (997) succeeded the previous 996 version. Built with a 3.8 Litre flat 6 Engine, it produced 350 BHP @ 6000 RPM. Being a rear wheel drive car, it could touch 293kmph in a jiffy.  It is certainly a high performance car that was newly introduced to the PASM (Porsche Active Management System) and came with two different driving modes built for different driving conditions. The car touches the 1.4 crore price margin.

 

MERCEDES-BENZ SLR Mc LAREN:

Looks like a glorious achievement, the SLR Mc Laren is the trendy looking two seating, Mercedes Benz sports car that was definitely among my pic (especially the black colored merc) I’ve tried burnouts too (in the game)

Just the sound motivates you into going faster, thanks to the 5.4 litre S/C V8 (M115 ML55) Engine mated on this Chick Magnet. The SLR produces 617 BHP @ 6500 RPM. The 5 speed automatic transmission allows a gamer to reach 335 kmph in no time.

The SLR on the Merc means “Sport Leicht Rennsport” in more comprehensive terms, it means Sport Light Racing. This expensive Merc has carbon ceramic brake disks to put all that raging power to a hold.

In the game, the Merc SLR comes with a price tag of $ 3,00,000 whereas in real life, it costs around 2.37 Crore INR +.

 MERCEDES BENZ SL 500 (R230)

Yet another Luxury addition to the Merc family as well as the NFS Most wanted, the SL 500 (RD 230) was produced post 2001 and lasted till the year 2011, the R 231 had taken over the R230 in 2012 including a few changes like a face lift, new bumpers, cooling intakes, new lamps (fog and rear), new alloy wheels and a more stylish V shape.

Available at a price tag of $ 75,000 in the game, the SL 500 costs and upwards of 1.15 crore Inr. The 302 BHP Producing machine @ 5600 RPM delivers an easy 250 kmph with its 5 speed Auto Transmission.

MERCEDES BENZ CLK  500

Considered one of the top performing model between 2002 and 2009 mated with a 5.08 L V8 engine that produced 302 BHP @ 6000 RPM which was replaced by the E 500 Coupe.

Priced at $ 75,000 the CLK 500 was a decent ride, I wouldn’t deem it perfect to command all sorts of races even after being completely upgraded with the junk man parts. Trouble lies in the corners, when the CLK 500 starts playing spoil sport with the gamer. The CLK 500 is the heavier cousin of the other Merc’s in the game, you can use this car to ram in to opponent cars or cops or if you are too bored, you can also bang into random gas stations or enter buildings and perform insane stunts. The rear wheel drive  and 7 speed auto transmission,certainly comes in handy for such situations.

GAMER’S WORD:

Most Wanted was definitely one of the most wanted racing game that partially fulfilled our racing fantasies. While, the other games under the NFS(Need For Speed) series have been a smashing success too, Most Wanted will always be known to start it all.

Most of the vehicle customization ideas flowed in from the game. I have come across real life modified versions of Indian Cars that look just like the ones in Most wanted. After sharing my opinion, its time for me to play the most wanted again.

UNTIL NEXT TIME 🙂

NFS MOST WANTED, A gaming Revolution that changed Lives – Part 2

After the initial dose of the Most Wanted, lets review the other cars too shall we?

LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO:

Possibly the best start to the continuation, the Lamborghini Gallardo has just been a darling, found in almost every NFS Most wanted Players garage. The 5 litre V10 powered lambo was the first of its kind, with such a powerful engine among the Gallardo series.

Rolling out between 2003 and 2005, the Gallardo produced 493 BHP @ 7800 RPM racing upto 311kmph. Even in the game, the Lambo Gallardo was priced like a Lambo, $1,20,000 was the price in the game, and in reality, well $600K  ie. 2.79-3.80 crore INR (it was better owning one in the game, at least you could drive and crash the gallardo like no ones business 🙂

LAMBORGHINI MURCIELAGO:

The garage was graced by two of the most (then)powerful Lambos. The Murcielago was sleeker and meaner. It reigned the real world from 2001-2006. The 6.2 Liter V12 engine produces 572 BHP @ 7500 RPM, giving it the ability to go as fast as 332 kmph. Succeding the Diablo, the Murcielago is definitely a worthy champion. In the game, the Murcielago costs $ 2,25,000 and in real life, the Murcielago costs $800K ie. between 3.92- 4.77 Crore INR. wouldn’t you love to hear the murcielago?

LEXUS IS 300

The one car that made me race through the initial part of the game, the Lexus IS 300 is definitely a friend on wheels.

Reigning from 1998- 2005,  Lexus is known for creating the most reliable cars in the world (a unit of Toyota motors) The IS 300 produces a humble 214 BHP @ 5800 RPM. The saloon car cum Sedan came with a 3 Litre engine, is available at the beginning of the game with a decent price of $ 27,000. Although, the new IS 300 is among the slowest offerings (without any upgrade) the car manages to eke its way through the race.

LOTUS ELISE 111 R:

Manufactured by Lotus between 2004 and 2011, the Lotus Elise 111 R, looked too small to perform. But, after taking it for a spin, I was certainly convinced by its power. Powered by a fuel injected 1.8 litre Toyota engine, the Elise produces 189 BHP @ 7829 RPM and conveniently drove me at 222,Unofficially available in India, but the game price is $ 48,000.

MAZDA RX-7 FD:

Mazda has been seen a lot in the fast and furious movies, the 1999-2002 Mazda RX 7 FD. I tried my hands at drifting with this vehicle. Although, the 6 series was more successful in various countries due to its adherence to emission regulations.

The 7 series was sold as a right hand drive version, the 1.3 Litre 13B- REW rotary engineproduces 255 BHP @ 6500 RPM, giving the driver the ability to race at 250 kmph.

MAZDA RX 8

Superseding the RX7, is the RX 8 that packed a mightier roar and better features. The 1.3 Liter 13B-MSP engine is powerful and produces 232 BHP at 8500 RPM. The rear wheel drive offers driving comfort and in real life goes hard on your fuel. The 6 speed manual transmission is quite the race car you would expect.

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF GTI (MK5)

The 2 Litre fuel injected engine on the Golf (mk5) is pretty impressive. Being, the first of its kind to contrain a dual clutch transmission otherwise known as DSG (Double Shift Gear Box) the Golf, was produced between 2004 and 2009. Creating 197 BHP at 5100 RPM, the Golf went as fast as 235 kmph. Priced at $ 35,000 the mazda RX7 was priced at

VAUXHALL MONARO VXR

Warning, the Sound could mess with your speakers!!!

Produced between 2005 and 2007, the 6 Litre V8 engine on the Monaro produces 400 BHP @ 6000 RPM and could easily touch 290kmph. Sold under the Vauxhall brand (United Kingdom) the Vauxhall was quite pleasing to drive in the game and i’m assuming it would be the same in real life.

TOYOTA SUPRA:

If it is one of the favorites, it’s got to be a supra. Toyota’s production of these fantastic performers started off in the year 1993 and went on up to 2002. But, the supra is still missed. Carrying a 3 Litre Twin Turbo I6 engine, the Supra gave out exceptional results.Producing 276BHP @ 5600 RPM, the Supra went as fast as 241 kmph, making it my second favorite ride.

SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STi

It looked like the Lancer Evo, and even performed like it.The Subaru is a Japanese Brand that came with a 2 Litre Flat 4 engine, it was produced from 2004-2006. It produces 300 BHP @ 6000 RPM and goes at 250 kmph. Although it couldn’t keep up with the much superior cars, the Impreza was an  impress-er 🙂

RENAULT CLIO V6

Hatch backs are always cute, the Renault Clio was the same, it looks a little like the Swift but then it looks a little like the fabia too. Built somewhere in between the year 2003 and 2005. Mated with a 3 litre V6 24 v Engine, producing 251 bhp @ 7150 RPM and topping its speed at 232kmph.It costs $ 40,000 in the game. The ride was pretty smooth yet it used to lack the complete power as much as the rival vehicles would produce.

PONTIAC GTO

A two door classic from Pontiac, a 6 Litre LS2 V8 massive engine that is priced at $ 35,000 in the game, provides excellent handling and drift, especially when it comes to a high speed cop chase. Although mustang offers a better handling over curves, the Pontiac’s Bulky build helps keep the disturbing cop cars at bay. Producing 400 bhp @ 6600 RPM, the pontiac touches 253kmph mark.

 MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION VIII

My favorite car in the game is the Lancer EVO (also seen in Fast and Furious) I wouldn’t have defeated a lot of Bosses if it weren’t for this car. The first thing that i love about the car is its ability to accelerate like a cheetah. It was indeed the most powerful Mitsubishi offering during 2003-2005 which possessed a 2 Litre Turbo I4 engine that made 261 BHP @ 6500 RPM.

MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE GT

The front wheel drive-car might not have possessed the best of looks, but it was certainly noisy to put the rivals at shame.

The 3.8 Litre 6G75 V6 engine mated on to the Eclipse produces 263 BHP @ 5750 RPM and touches the 220 speed at ease. A worthy price tag of $30,000 in the game, the main power with this vehicle lied in its customization.

Stay tuned for the final dose of the super finest cars Most Wanted offered!  🙂

NFS MOST WANTED, A gaming Revolution that changed Lives – Part 1

There was a time when we were introduced to super cars and we always wanted to experience the feel behind the wheel (Most of us still do).  Just the sound of a super car, on TV or our computer screens would make us wonder which car it could be. Well, I’ve been there, and I still do that.

Sadly, that one dream of driving a super car always gets away. The year was 2005, was when Electronic Arts had digitally made my wishes come true. So what if I couldn’t drive in person? my online alias could do my work for me. Rightly named Need For Speed Most Wanted, this game was indeed a legend (I still have it on my laptop)

After simulating most of our racing dreams, Electronic Arts had introduced 37 of the most popular cars (then) to this game. Everything seemed too good to be true, then again video games are supposed to keep you glued on to your screen right?

My intrepid guts took me on an all time high when I missed one of my major classroom test because, well the night prior to the test I was experiencing the best Most Wanted had to offer, 7-8 steady drag races followed by a major cop chase, followed by a whole night filled with @$#* (I hope you get it 😉 ) Although, I do not regret missing the boring test, I had to come to terms with the fact that it was a game and the digital world was too addictive.

Recently Electronic Arts had launched their newest series in the Need for Speed edition (there was a movie too) which had the latest speed demons introduced like the Bugatti Veyron etc. No matter how pretentious this game might seem, NFS Most Wanted still holds a very special place. Need For Speed has various series.

Let me drive you all through memory lanes, experience and the efficacy that we had experienced while playing the game. Lets take a look at the speed demons at their finest and the value they hold in real life.

Letssssss Go !!

1. ASTON MARTIN DB9

The British luxury car Aston Martin DB 9 had also been used in the movie Johnny English-1. The DB9 has been a member of the Aston Martin family Since 2004 and is still being produced. Although the 5.9 litre V12 engine powered grand tourer coupé looks a tad different currently (face lift and a few more aesthetic changes) and a power boost in the year 2013.

See the Aston Martin in action :

The DB 9 produced 470 bhp @ 6000 RPM, did 0-100 in 4-6 roughly seconds. In the game, the Aston Martin DB 9 took longer to gain top speed because of its bulky body. In the game the DB9 costs $ 90,000 (which is nothing, because it’s a game after all) In real life, the DB9 costs $500K ( ie. 2.90-3.00 crore INR )

Aston Martin DB 9
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2. Audi A4 3.2 FSI Quattro

NFS had taught me the pronunciation of AUDI (I used to pronounce it as oddy)

I used to feel like the transporter while driving this car (silly right?) This German wonder that was produced from 2004 lasted till 2008 is sadly not in production anymore. The A4 3.2 quattro had a 3.2 Litre FSI V6 engine that produced 252 dhp @ 6500 RPM and went as fast as 250 Kms (per hr) This was the third fastest petrol car produced by Audi.

Hear the A4 3.2 FSI Quattro

 

Audi A4 3.2 FSI Quattro NFS
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The cost of this car in the game was $ 35,000 and in real life, well it used to cost $60K ( ie. 36.12 lakh INR )

3. Audi A3 3.2 Quattro:

The A3 3.2 Quattro was lasted on the production belt from 2003-2005. This car had a 3.2 Litre VR6 engine and produced a decent 249 BHP @ 6300 RPM, attaining a maximum speed of 249 km/hr. After receiving a face-lift in 2005, the A3 3.2 Quattro was the second most powerful model in the A3 range of cars produced by Audi.

See the As 3.2 Quattro in action:

Soon, this car was replaced by the Audi RS3, this car costs $ 32000 in the game and in reality, the price was $70K ( ie.36.72 lakh INR  )

Audi A3 3.2 Quattro NFS
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4. AUDI TT 3.2 Quattro:

The sports coupé model produced by Audi in 2004 was manufactured till the year 2006. The 3.2 Litre VR6 engine mated on to the TT 3.2 Quattro could reach a speed of 379 km/hr (after being modified in the game)

AUDI TT 3.2 Quattro NFS
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With a $35,000 price tag in the game, this car in reality as available for $110K ( ie. 54.59 lakh INR )

Let the TT stun you again:

 

5. BMW M3 GTR and the GTR (E46) version:

Once you start the game, you have your old companion, the BMW M3 GTR that has no rage as compared to the one you win during the end. Although, the BMW M3 GTR had capabilities of taking the rider real fast in the game, there were drawbacks with it, no matter how much the M3 was upgraded; it did not provide the most perfect handling especially during sudden turns and cop chases.

BMW M3 GTR NFS
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Since, this was a one of a kind car in the game, it wasn’t available for sale. However, in reality it would cost you 78 + Lakh Inr    . The M3R’s were produced till the year 2013.

Nothing beats the sound of the BMW M3R:

 

6. CADILLAC- CTS:

A sports saloon by nature and a real good car on roads (well at least in the game) This General Motors creation came a price of $ 32,000 and in reality, was available for $70K ( ie. 38 lakh INR – not considering import duties and other taxes here)

Being the first of its kind with manual transmission during the year 1988, this car could produce 255 BHP @ 6200 RPM (all thanks to its 3.6 Litre V6 LY7 engine) It could touch speeds of 246 Kmph.

CADILLAC- CTS NFS
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Watch the Cadillac take you away:

 

7. CHEVY COBALT SS:

A compact sport car by Chevrolet charged with a 2.0 litre LSJ 14 Engine was available in the game for $ 26,000 considerably one of the cheapest car in the game.

CHEVY COBALT SS NFS
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The Cobalt’s era started in the year 2005 and ended in 2007. It could produce 205 BHP @ 5600 RPM and fully modifying it would take you to a speed of 233 kmph.

Perhaps, the Cobalt should sound soothing:

8. CORVETTE C6:

CORVETTE was one of the finest looking vehicles in the game, classy by looks and definitely a game changer on roads. Released in the year 2005, the Covette had lasted till the year 2013 followed by the newly introduced C7 (2014). This omnipotent beast on wheels produced 400 bhp @ 6000 RPM and could touch the 300kmph mark when upgraded fully. Carrying a price tag of $ 80,000 in the game, the real life price crosses the $100K margin (ie. INR 50 lakh ).

CORVETTE C6 NFS
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9.  DODGE VIPER SRT-10:

A snake like feel and the aggression of a viper, the viper had certainly helped me defeat a few rivals.

Produced in the year 2003, the sports car labeled under the Dodge brand was a successor of the previous Viper GTS. The 8.0 Litre V10 engine definitely did not take a no for an answer on the streets.

DODGE VIPER SRT-10 NFS
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Carrying a price tag of $ 88,000, this acceleration savvy ride made it so simple to attain a speed of 306 kmph. Although, excessive power under the hood would act up a bit during a crucial race and might tend to take the vehicle off track, In real life the SRT 10 crossed the $100K price margin (ie. 1 crore INR )

Cant miss out the Viper:

10. FIAT GRANDE PUNTO: 

We’ve all seen the Punto on Indian roads; thankfully a few of us even own this car (that feeling of being in the Rock port city with your Punto would definitely soothe you)

FIAT GRANDE PUNTO NFS
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Although, the Grande Punto sport being a bit different carried a 1.9 Liter 8V multi Jet I4 engine that produced 128 bhp @ 4000 RPM and reaching 200 kmph in the game, this car was in Fiat’s production line from the year 2005 till 2009.

 

The Grande Punto wasn’t one of the finest cars in the came considering the max-power producing machines were plenty in the game. The price of which in the game was $ 27,000 and in reality is $10K ( ie. 4.99 to 7.42 Lakh INR) affordable right?

 11. FORD MUSTANG GT:

One fine American Muscle Car is just what was needed to make the game even better. Mated with a 4.6 Litre V8 Modular engine, the Mustang GT could produce 300 BHP @ 6289 RPM and could reach a decent speed of 233 kmph in the game.

Being a flagship model of the mustang series, the mustang was introduced at the 2004 International Auto show in North America. It was being produced from the year 2005 to 2010. In the game, the price of the mustang was $ 36,000 while in reality, the price crosses the $80K mark (ie. INR 40 Lakh price tag )

FORD MUSTANG GT NFS
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12. FORD GT:

A supercharged vehicle with a supercharged will to win. The 5.4 Litre supercharged Modular V8 engine had the power of 550 horses under the hood. Producing a speed of 330kmph in the game, this car could produce 550 BHP at 6500 RPM. It was produced from the year 2003-2006 and was priced $ 2,70,000 in the game.

FORD GT NFS
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I’ll be right back after a short little break 🙂

Hope you enjoy reading this article….