Need for Speed Heat Now Available

The much anticipated new entry into the Need for Speed franchise is now available to buy - welcome to the world of Need for Speed Heat.

Now based in the visually stunning Palm City, a fantasy location where players will enact the story of your lead character as they look to progress through the official and underground street racing scene.

With a wealth of cars to choose from, the usual under the hood customisation options available to pimp your ride, and the ever present and increasingly sneaky Police always ready to pounce and make your life hard on the racing streets - this is everything you've come to know and love from the Need for Speed franchise, but bigger and (hopefully) better.

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Want to know what cars are available from launch in the new game? Well, it's quite a list... 127 cars come with the title as standard - from road to race, new to old - Need for Speed Heat has quite the collection, and all with a wide range of customisation options for good measure!

Check out the full car list from the new game below:
  • Acura NSX 2017 Sportscar
  • Acura RSX-S 2004 Coupe
  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio 2016 Performance
  • Aston Martin DB5 1964 Classic
  • Aston Martin DB11 2017 Sportscar
  • Aston Martin Vulcan 2016 Hypercar
  • Audi R8 V10 Performance Coupe 2019 Supercar
  • Audi S5 Sportback 2017 Performance
  • BMW i8 Roadster 2018 Open-top
  • BMW Z4 M40i 2020 Open-top
  • BMW M4 2018 Performance
  • BMW M2 Competition 2019 Performance
  • BMW M4 GTS 2016 Performance
  • BMW M3 E46 GTR (Razer's from NFSMW) 2006 Coupe
  • BMW M4 Convertible 2018 Open-top
  • BMW i8 Coupe 2018 Sportscar
  • BMW M3 2006 Performance
  • BMW M3 Evolution II 1988 Performance
  • BMW M3 2010 Performance
  • BMW M5 2018 Performance
  • BMW X6 M 2016 SUV
  • Buick Grand National 1987 Muscle
  • Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Coupe 2019 Sportscar
  • Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport 2017 Sportscar
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS 1967 Classic
  • Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 2017 Pickup
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2013 Sportscar
  • Chevrolet Camaro Z28 2014 Muscle
  • Chevrolet Bel Air 1955 Classic
  • Chevrolet C10 Stepside Pickup 1965 Classic
  • Dodge Challenger SRT8 2014 Muscle
  • Dodge Charger 1969 Classic
  • Ferrari Testarossa Coupé 1984 Supercar
  • Ferrari FXX-K Evo 2018 Hypercar
  • Ferrari 488 Pista 2019 Supercar
  • Ferrari 458 Spider 2014 Supercar
  • Ferrari 458 Italia 2014 Supercar
  • Ferrari F40 1988 Supercar
  • Ferrari LaFerrari 2016 Hypercar
  • Ferrari 488 GTB 2015 Supercar
  • Ford F-150 Raptor (FEM from NFSP) 2016 Pickup
  • Ford Focus RS 2016 Hot Hatch
  • Ford Mustang GT 2015 Muscle
  • Ford F-150 Raptor 2016 Pickup
  • Ford Mustang 1965 Classic
  • Ford Mustang BOSS 302 1969 Classic
  • Ford GT 2017 Supercar
  • Ford Mustang Foxbody 1990 Muscle
  • Honda S2000 2009 Open-top
  • Honda NSX Type-R 1992 Sportscar
  • Honda Civic Type-R 2000 Hot Hatch
  • Honda Civic Type-R 2015 Hot Hatch
  • Infiniti Q60S 2017 Sportscar
  • Jaguar F-Type R Convertible 2019 Open-top
  • Jaguar F-Type R Coupe 2017 Sportscar
  • Koenigsegg Regera 2016 Hypercar
  • Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary 1989 Supercar
  • Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe 2019 Supercar
  • Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster 2019 Open-top
  • Lamborghini Huracan Performante 2018 Supercar
  • Lamborghini Huracan Performante Spyder 2018 Open-top
  • Lamborghini Aventador S 2018 Open-top
  • Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster 2018 Open-top
  • Lamborghini Huracan Spyder 2018 Open-top
  • Lamborghini Huracan 2018 Supercar
  • Lamborghini Diablo SV 1995 Supercar
  • Lamborghini Murciélago SV 2010 Supercar
  • Land Rover Defender 110 Double Cab Pickup 2016 Offroad
  • Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR 2015 SUV
  • Lotus Exige S 2006 Trackday
  • Mazda MX5 2015 Open-top
  • Mazda MX5 1996 Open-top
  • Mazda RX-7 Spirit R 2002 Coupe
  • McLaren 600LT 2018 Supercar
  • McLaren P1 GTR 2015 Hypercar
  • McLaren 570S Spider 2018 Open-top
  • McLaren P1 2015 Hypercar
  • McLaren 570S 2015 Supercar
  • Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe 2018 Coupe
  • Mercedes-AMG GT R 2017 Sportscar
  • Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster 2019 Open-top
  • Mercedes-AMG G63 2017 SUV
  • Mercedes-AMG GT 2015 Sportscar
  • Mercedes-AMG A 45 2014 Hot Hatch
  • Mercury Cougar 1967 Classic
  • Mini Countryman John Cooper Works 2017 Hot Hatch
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X 2008 Rally
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 2007 Rally
  • Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Edition 2018 Coupe
  • Nissan GT-R Nismo 2017 Supercar
  • Nissan 370Z Nismo 2018 Coupe
  • Nissan 350Z (Rachel's from NFSU2) 2003 Coupe
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (Eddie's from NFSU) 2002 Coupe
  • Nissan GT-R 2017 Supercar
  • Nissan 180SX Type X 1996 Coupe
  • Nissan 350Z 2008 Coupe
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V·Spec 1999 Coupe
  • Nissan Fairlady 240ZG 1971 Coupe
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V·Spec 1993 Coupe
  • Nissan Silvia Spec-R Aero 2002 Coupe
  • Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R 1971 Coupe
  • Pagani Huayra BC 2017 Hypercar
  • Plymouth Barracuda 1970 Classic
  • Polestar Polestar 1 2020 Coupe
  • Pontiac Firebird 1977 Classic
  • Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2019 Sportscar
  • Porsche Cayman GT4 2015 Sportscar
  • Porsche 911 GT2 RS 2018 Supercar
  • Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 2018 Sportscar
  • Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet 2018 Open-top
  • Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS 2018 Sportscar
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 2018 Sportscar
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series 2018 Sportscar
  • Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Cabriolet 2018 Open-top
  • Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 1973 Sportscar
  • Porsche 911 Carrera S 1996 Sportscar
  • Porsche 918 Spyder 2015 Hypercar
  • Porsche Panamera Turbo 2017 Performance
  • SRT Viper GTS 2014 Sportscar
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2006 Rally
  • Subaru BRZ Premium 2014 Coupe
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2010 Rally
  • Volkswagen Beetle 1963 Hot Hatch
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport 2016 Hot Hatch
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI 1976 Hot Hatch
  • Volvo Amazon P130 1970 Classic
  • Volvo 242DL 1975 Sedan
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In terms of making changes to the cars in game, the feature is set to contain two distinct variations, visual and performance.

Performance Customisation
Tweak your car’s performance to match your driving preference, whatever your style. There are four main areas you can customize: Engine, Chassis, Drivetrain, and Auxiliary. Upgrading the Engine will give you more power to play with. But if you’re all about how your ride handles you’ll want to focus on the Chassis. Drivetrain gives you access to a combination of handling parts and pure performance parts. And Auxiliary covers everything from nitrous to repair kits.

Visual Customisation
If you can dream it, you can design it in Need for Speed Heat. You’ve got a massive assortment of paint and finish options to choose from, not to mention the hottest splitters, bumpers, tires, grilles, spoilers, and morel. Wild customs? Go faster stripes? It’s all you. Looking for even more options? The wrap editor is back and better than ever, with new decals, collectibles, and cop logos!

As well as car customisation, Need for Speed Heat also includes the ability for the player to make changes to their game character for the very first time. From clothing to looks, Heat gives gamers the opportunity to really immerse themselves in the latest addition to the long running and well regarded franchise.

Lots to see and do - the game is available now!

Need for Speed Heat is available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC now.

Share the love! Discuss the game, ask the questions and engage the community at the Need for Speed Heat sub forum here at RaceDepartment.

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Cote Dazur

No. Wheel. Support.

I'm outa this.
I was going to complain about no VR support, when I saw your post, no wheel support, really, I get that RD is catering to an audience that is larger than just hardcore SIM, which is a good thing on many levels, but news on a driving game who does not support wheels and not even cockpit view, if I got it right, in 2019!That is a bit much and disappointing.


I have on origin access playable for 10 hours, it's an ok NFS game, nothing more, also The graphics, i mean real in game visuals not the trailers/pics, surprisingly poor for my taste and also for the current date... the most simple textures+too much reflection! trees and vegetation quality= exactly burnout paradise's quality. you don't expect physics and something like that from these games but at least better visuals could be great, it can't even match the ubisoft's DOA game, "The crew 2" game. rant ended :D

Cote Dazur

Do you race Mario kart in VR too on a motion simulator with your kids?
My kids have kids of their own and are not interested in any form of racing games, but my 2 grandaughters, 3 and 5, are very interested in sitting on pappies laps to drive the cars in the goggle and zero interest in moving the car on the screen with the pad. I hope it answers your question.;)
Bram, it is your web site, if you are happy trying to promote game like this one, I am happy for you. I am not sure how it will help RD main mission and how it fits in the main reason you enjoy SIM, which is racing online with other SIM racers, as per the podcast you did earlier this year with Paul and Paul.
I was just expressing my opinion that this one is a little extreme, at least even Mario Kart has wheel support, I believe.

Like everybody else I started with an arcade game and using a pad, so I get it, we need to cater to the next wave if we hope to keep this amazing hobby growing in the future. I am just feeling that this one is really in the fringe.:)

Mark Ratzenbacher

I only got my simrace setup at high-grade-level able to play this game, so i am definetely interested in wheel support.

This is a deal-breaker, thank you for the info Rendelius.

These imho sarcastic comments can be saved (especially since coming from site-admins).

Anyway to bad, as i was looking for a non-serious race-game able to be played on my simrace-setup.
The concept of escaping cops in a complex, open world city.. would have so much potential, when done in totally different way. Wreckfest handling and damage kind of way.

No wheel support, says it all. They are in the complete opposite end of spectrum (the most boring kind) and seems like they are determined to stay there, year after year. Follow the arrows, press button to drift

It doesn't even look good, Forza Horizon 4 looks TONS better, has more cars, and actually a cockpit view and some kind of wheel support. Why this game even exists

Nick Hill

I am all for a good arcade racer but...I'm clearly way too old for this game.

That's why I like the GRID series so much, I think. Very little dudebro attitude to make me feel like the fossil I'm becoming.

The older I get, the more I find playing video games takes a suspension of disbelief to a level I can't maintain. AAA titles, for sure. Very hard to find one that takes their audience seriously. Most seemed to be geared towards the teen-to-early-20s male demo...since that is probably overwhelmingly the most lucrative/enthusiastic market segment for video games, that would make sense.

It probably sounds like I'm complaining, but I am really fine with it - I still have plenty of games to play, I'm just unlikely to spring for any title that assumes me to be wearing a flat brimmed hat and calling everyone "bruh" :D


Sounds like most in this thread are taking ALL of this way too seriously. It's a goof-around game. Do burnouts. Run from cops. Pimp your ride. Lol. What's the big deal? No wheel support? Who cares? And if RD wants in on here because it contains cars and you can drive them, then so be it. Gee wiz. Please don't everyone be so serious.


It's too bad that arcade racing games these days are not taken seriously. After 2 hours of play, I can admit that the map is cool and that the handling is not completely stupid, but it's still mostly dumb dudebros with nothing to say who don't shut up, rap and hip hop, and some lazy on/off drifting mechanic that you can't control much. Better than some previous games, but NFS is still far from a slam dunk.

Then you have people like PGSM who don't think that arcade games can be good and engaging. Stick to Forza Horizon if you just want to do burnouts in a field.

The world needs a new Midnight Club, that series rewarded skill and reflexes, with solid handling and dangerous traffic.


2019 and it amazes me that people still care about NFS.
I assume many still hope, viewing these night screenshots, that a new nfs underground 2 will get a sequel. Still my favorite arcade racing game (with ghe original nfsmw and the hot pursuit reboot), the physics made sense (and you had to set up your car for each type of race, as there were various, no other nfs game did that after nfsu2), the city looked great and had really different unique areas, a remaster would be welcome.

But that won't happen. People care about nfs but nothing can be expected from this franchise at the moment.

Patrik Marek

Yeah I suppose it is quite similar to Forza, Forza having slightly more realistic approach to physics.
I do like the night & rain though, don't remember if Forza had that looking this good
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