NFS Unbound: How To Upgrade Cars [Explained]

Learn everything there is to know about upgrading your car in Need For Speed Unbound

NFS Unbound features extensive customization options, which can help you enhance both the visuals and performance metrics of the car but knowing how to upgrade it accordingly can be quite troublesome. There are multiple categories to choose from via each menu found in the Style and Performance section of your car customization menu, and figuring out how each one may modify and alter your car is important.

Key Highlights:

  • NFS Unbound supports a variety of customization features for cars in order to help them stand out.
  • There are two types of main upgrade categories in the game, Style and Performance.
  • Players can alter the visual aesthetics of the ride in the Style section with paint jobs and body kits.
  • The Performance upgrades will drastically improve the capabilities of the ride during races.
  • Most of the upgrades are locked behind certain Rep levels and require a specific amount of cash to unlock.

The Style Customization

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Style (Image Captured by us)

First things first, if you’re someone who absolutely adores the idea of making your car look one-of-a-kind, then heading into the Style options from the ride customization menu will be the way to go. You will be able to access it right off the bat during the prologue section of the game so take your time getting used to the different sections here to help you make your ride stand out from the best of the best.

The options to stylize your car are certainly in a large variety here, but thankfully, we have gone ahead and explained in detail each one of the sub-settings located in the Style customization menu. The list of choices to alter your car’s appearance here is shown in the image above.


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Body (Image Captured by eXputer)

The Body customization section will allow you to upgrade and alter the different physical features of your ride in Need For Speed Unbound. The first option here, called Body Kits, will consist of different body packs for your entire car, all the way from the Bumpers and side skirts to the Rims of your tires. This is a great feature for anyone looking just to alter the appearance and be done with it in an instant.

However, if you’re someone who prefers having full creative control, then you can head into the second option here, called Edit Body Parts, where almost anything of the car can be upgraded in terms of the intricate details such as the headlights as well as larger parts such as the spoilers and fenders.

Lastly, you can also head to the last option here, called Ride Stance, which will allow you to adjust the height of the car, which will drastically change its outlook. You can also adjust the wheels here too on whether to make them stand out from the car.

Paint & Wrap

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Paint and wrap (Image by eXputer)

As shown in the image above, the entire Paint And Wrap section will allow you to visually customize the appearance of the car with paint jobs and decals of any caliber. Most importantly, though, if you’re playing the game online, you also have the luxury of heading straight into the Community list, which will contain numerous wraps and paint jobs created by other players that you can download for yourself and try out.

Most of these are pretty creative and if you want to learn to upgrade the visual parts of the car, then applying a new wrap or paint job is the first of those steps in NFS Unbound. Furthermore, if you’re not a fan of community-created wraps, then, by all means, head into the dedicated decal creator of the Edit Wraps section, which will help you freely customize the appearance in any kind of way you wish.

Driving Effects

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Driving Effects (Screenshot Grab: eXputer)

One of the new visual upgrade features in the game is called the Driver Effects, as shown in the image above. The following section of the Style customization consists of Tags and Samples. The former allows you to add these brand-new neon smoke trail effects whilst drifting or boosting during races. Most of these are unlocked by completing secret challenges, but there are a few of these effects to choose from right from the beginning.

Furthermore, choosing one of the Samples will change the sound of the car, whether it’s the horn or the sound of the engine as you are revving it up. We strongly recommend investing in other visual upgrades during the beginning hours of the game, as these are pretty unnoticeable, at least from our perspective.

Vanity Items

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Vanity Items (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

As shown in the image above, the Vanity Items consist of pure cosmetic parts of the car, such as being able to adjust the horn of your car, which, let’s be honest, is a feature you will rarely use in a game such as Need For Speed Unbound.

The Underglow is a feature that has been most beloved by players of the franchise ever since the days of the NFS Underground games. It allows you to apply neon light kits under your car to make them stand out more in the grand scheme of things to befit with the street racing theme of the game. Lastly, if you’re looking to gain some additional height for the ride, then you can opt to invest in the Air Suspension upgrade here too.

Exhaust Sound

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Exhaust sounds (Image credit: eXputer)

One of the coolest features, as depicted in the image above of NFS Unbound, is being able to customize the Exhaust Sounds of your car in any type of way you wish.

There are four different categories that you can adjust the sound, from being able to adjust the pitch to either Timbre or Aggressive to adjusting Forced Induction sound impact from either Muffled or Exposed. You can rev the engine to see how it sounds, too; plus, there is no cost to customizing it, so feel free to see whichever suits your preference the best here.

The Performance Customization

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Performance (mage Credit Copyright: eXputer)

Tuning your ride with the best performance upgrades shouldn’t come as a surprise, as it is the key benefactor to helping you win races and other events in most NFS titles. Learning about how to upgrade your car and equip it with performance parts in NFS Unbound all comes down to progression and personal preferences. Follow along as we discuss each of the different categories to upgrade your car within the Performance customization.


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Engines (Image Captured by us)

As shown in the image above, the engine is perhaps the most essential part of the performance category here as it will naturally boost the overall level of your car, making it faster and more applicable to use in challenging events. However, it is worth noting that purchasing it should be thought of twice with the right decision as the price for each engine may vary depending on the car, and they are generally expensive in the beginning too.


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Parts (Image by eXputer)

The parts section here consists of the essentials for your ride, from choosing the Brakes, Nitrous and ECU of the car to adjusting which type of Chassis and Drivetrain you want to install in it. In our experience, we focused on upgrading the Engine Parts here, and if you’re using a car that has an average handling stat, then it is advised you focus on improving in any way possible.

Furthermore, most of the upgrades may also drastically alter the way your ride works, from being a grip-focused machine or a drift-king, so make sure to carefully choose which upgrades may improve your play style here rather than completely change it.

Elements such as Nitrous will affect your boosting properties during races, and Tires will allow you to adjust the acceleration and cornering of the ride, so be sure to check out each upgrade in order to verify what your car needs the most in terms of improvements.


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Handling (Screenshot Captured by eXputer)

Last but not least, the Handling is by far the most important upgrade here that you will need to adjust for yourself in NFS Unbound. As shown in the image above, it allows you to manually alter the Steering sensitivity of the car as well as adjust the maneuverability from either a Grip or Drift value.

Also found here is Downforce, which, when enabled to a higher value, will allow for effective cornering during races, while a lower value will increase your top speed, so feel free to customize that setting to match your play style and ride statistics. Traction control mostly comes down to personal choice, as it grants your ride increased stability so that it doesn’t unintentionally skid or transition into a drift position.

Upgrade Garage

Lastly, if you’re trying to get access to higher-end performance parts for your car, then it is worth upgrading the garage too, which will allow you to increase the variety of parts available to purchase and equip. You should primarily look into if you’re in the mid-to-late-game or have run out of parts to further upgrade your car with, so keep that in mind as you invest into it for the first time.


There is no surprise that NFS Unbound continues to impress as EA still cares about the NFS franchise as a whole and is willing to explore new lengths in order to deliver a satisfying experience for all arcade racing game fans. The series has seen dark times with newer releases over the past few years, but thankfully with NFS Heat serving as a proper reboot and returning it back to its roots, the franchise is shaping up to be back in style finally.

You can upgrade your cars from any of the safe houses located in the game by simply clicking on the Rides section next to your Character and selecting the car that you want to modify in your garage. You will need a ton of cash in order to make your purchases as well as a specific rep rank to unlock the parts you need in each customization section.

If you’re trying to grab all of the necessary upgrades for your ride as soon as possible, then it is worth checking out the Money Glitch In NFS Unbound before it gets inevitably patched by the developers. It is such a breath of fresh air to know that the game allows you to have a diverse set of customization tools available to you, which makes upgrading cars all the more fun and exciting.

This concludes our guide on how to upgrade your car in NFS Unbound; We hope it helps you out in understanding the customization aspect of the game as a whole. If you have any kind of questions related to the guide or want to let us know your experience with the game so far, then let us know all about it in the comments section below!

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Sulaymaan Ahmad

A prospective engineer with a long-standing love for competitive multiplayer shooters and narrative-driven experiences. When not sharing his meme-filled thoughts on Facebook, he can be found rocking Buck or Smoke in Rainbow Six Siege.

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