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Need for Speed: Shift - The Three Best Supercars

by: M.S. Smith ; edited by: J. F. Amprimoz ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Once you've hit tier 4 in Need for Speed: Shift it is time to look for a supercar. Among the tier 4 supercars featured in Shift are the most exotic cars ever made, and it is hard to make a bad choice. That said, there are a few tier 4 supercars in Shift which are more equal than the rest.

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    World Champ

    Once you've reached tier 4 of Need for Speed: Shift you have access to some of the most exotic and expensive cars ever produced. These monsters have horsepower numbers well over 500 and make similarly obscene amounts of torque. They are capable of reaching sixty miles per hour in under four seconds and top speeds of over 200.

    But even in the elite world of supercars, some are better than others. Some are easier to drive and others feel more responsive. Considering the huge investment required to purchase these exotic sports cars it is critical to choose the right one. The three listed here are my picks.

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    Lamborghini Reventon

    The Reventon is an inexpensive, easy to control supercar   Technically the slowest of the supercars, the Lamborghini Reventon is still an extremely powerful car. Its V12 engine makes 640 horsepower, allowing the car to accelerate to 60 in 3.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 210 miles per hour. This is slower than the other cars on the list, but the Reventon has a trump card - all wheel drive. This makes it a very easy car to control, and while the Veyron is also All Wheel Drive the Veyron also has to heft around about 500 more pounds. At some points, physics will come into play.

    The price is right, as well, as the Reventon will set you back only $580,000 in-game credits. That makes it the third least expensive of the tier 4 supercars. It is still quite competitive in stock form, but once you've gotten used to the extreme speeds you'll have earned enough money to purchase the most expensive cars in the game.

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    Koenigsegg CCX

    The Koenigsegg CCX is Shift's most insane supercar   Crazy is a good way of describing Koenigsegg. Despite being hugely fast, the Koenigsegg CCX has no rear spoiler. In real life this is known to make the CCX somewhat skittish, but in Need for Speed: Shift that behavior doesn't appear to be modeled. As a result, the Koenigsegg CCX is simply fast. 806 horsepower lives under the hood, along with 678 ft-lbs of torque, all of which goes towards the rear wheels.

    As a result, the Koenigsegg CCX is nearly as fast in a straight line as a Veyron. It in fact feels faster in certain straights, as it seems the Veyron's immense weight drags it down for a bit. In the corners the Koenigsegg is unforgiving, but very fast when driving precisely. This makes it a very good car for use on tracks which consist largely of long straights.

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    Pagani Zonda R

    The Pagani Zonda R is the quickest supercar in Need for Speed: Shift   The Pagani Zonda R is virtually a race car even in stock form. The Zonda R's chassis is made mostly of carbon fiber and includes a roll cage straight from the factory. Also available from the factory are front and rear race spoilers which generate significant downforce. The engine produces 750 horsepower, making the Zonda R extremely fast. In fact, it has the highest in-game rating of any stock car in the game.

    What sets the Pagani Zonda R apart, however, is how it behaves in a corner. It is a powerful RWD car, and can be a bit of a handful at times, but in most cases it can take corners at speeds well in excess of many other super cars cars in the game. This is thanks to that carbon fiber chassis, as the Zonda R weighs only 2,600 pounds. With so little weight to pull it sideways, it sticks to the road as if glued.