Top 10 Best Cars In Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005)

The top 10 best cars in the original Need for Speed: Most Wanted game released in 2005.
The Top Ten
1 BMW M3 GTR

This car, along with the not-available-in-career Corvette C6R and Porsche 911 GT2, is among the only three actual race cars in the game, and its performance shows it. It devours the mighty Carrera GT and SLR McLaren, and the police will never have a chance to catch you in it, not even Cross.

It's equal in performance to the C6R, but since that one isn't available in Career Mode, the M3 GTR takes the cake. It's also the most iconic car of the NFS series and my favorite car in real life, so definitely #1 for me.

With the absolutely highest top speed in the game (recorded at 401 km/h), ludicrously fast acceleration, and impressively good handling, this makes for an awesome car. The only real drawback is the nitrous, which is rather scarce for this car.

Otherwise, the BMW M3 GTR is the best car available. If you drive it wrong, you'll hit a wall. If you drive it right, you are practically a driving god.

2 Porsche Carrera GT

Porsche Carrera GT = Best Car. There's a reason why this car with Junkman parts is usually banned in online races. Because if it isn't, it smokes everything else due to its amazing handling and acceleration. Might not have the best top speed (it belongs to the Murciélago), but the difference in amount is negligible, and the Carrera GT reaches its top speed faster and maintains it better.

Absolute best car in NFS MW 2005, amazing all around, whether in online races, career mode vs. AI races, or pursuits.

3 Lamborghini Gallardo

Now, people may wonder why this car is so good. It doesn't have good acceleration before you've won against Ronnie (since every part will be unlocked after defeating Ronnie). Well, no. It hasn't, but every car enthusiast should have sufficient knowledge to know that it's not all about that. But what do I mean by that? Well, let me elaborate:

The car's handling is just insane. I got Junkman tires after defeating Ronnie, and that's where this car should not be underestimated. Because after you've completed Ronnie, you're getting the best top speed and acceleration, and its handling is excessive (especially with the tires). However, if you got all the Junkman parts, there's then no challenge whatsoever. If I were Razor and heard that correctly, I would've shot myself and given away the BMW M3 GTR, since even that car won't be able to compete. You should really not be skeptical about this car, since it's the best buy you'll get. Just remember to add that you should get the Junkman parts from at least the last three drivers.

4 Lamborghini Murciélago

The Murciélago is the absolute best when it comes to pursuits. It's quite heavy, and that works to its advantage when it comes to overcoming roadblocks. At top speed, it can even make the heat level 5 cops fly. It's even better than the Carrera GT, BMW M3, and McLaren.

Its heaviness also provides it with good handling even at top speeds. If we increase the handling and steering in 'Performance Tuning', then it can also be used in races. When it comes to races, it's second only to the Carrera GT.

The Murciélago is the best car in the game, in my experience, because its speed, handling, and acceleration are almost full. You can beat any car in this game easily with the Murciélago if you can handle it perfectly. I think this car is #1 in the game.

You can easily complete your milestone challenges with this car because this car has great strength. Wow.

5 Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren

I beg to differ with all those who say the BMW M3 is the best car because the McLaren is the best car, in my opinion. Great speed and handling but super awesome acceleration. That car can smoke any car that gets in its way when fully upgraded, maybe even a Bugatti.

I defeated Razor with this ride. Moves like a bullet. Now I see why it's so expensive.

My favorite car. I don't know why the M3 is first when you get it only for the last pursuit. This would be a better number 1. This car has perfect handling, amazing acceleration, and in pursuits, pierces through roadblocks and spike strips like a hot knife through butter.

6 Lotus Elise

If you're looking for M3 GTR-like racing performance, look no further than the Lotus Elise. Its handling is just as good, if not better. The only downside is that it can't do pursuits like the M3 does.

I've tested my beloved Cayman S with the M3 GTR many times. The M3 had better handling in turns and saved 2-3 seconds of lap time. But when I tested this thing on the same track, boy oh boy, does it feel like a small M3 GTR on turns.

On the spiral highway at the endgame map, the Cayman S goes at 265 kph, the M3 GTR at 271 kph, and the Lotus at a whopping 273 kph. Its turning speed is just great. Don't trust the stat card. The M3 GTR has great handling, and the Lotus is equal in it. This thing has a lot of grip similar to the M3, whereas other cars will lose grip at high-speed turns.

7 Porsche Cayman S

You see, this car is the best. I have upgraded it to the highest performance level, and it still outperforms the Lamborghini Gallardo at its full potential. I even compared it with the Carrera, and it still excels in handling, acceleration, and top speed. However, I must admit that the Lamborghini Gallardo is the best in terms of handling.

If you're purchasing a car in NFS MW, my old friend, the best choice is the Porsche Cayman S. The only car that surpasses it is the BMW GTR. Trust me, this car is amazing when fully upgraded. I hope you decide to buy it and good luck defeating all the blacklist members. Get this car and read about it!

8 Chevrolet Cobalt SS

I replayed the game and found that after continuously upgrading it throughout the blacklist and putting one or two Junkman parts on it, it refuses to be outdone. I have no intention of keeping this car, but I simply cannot get rid of it because, working at Baron, the cars don't touch the Cobalt in stats. I honestly didn't expect to keep it after I defeated Sonny, but here I am going after Baron in it.

My only complaints are that it's front-wheel drive and rather light, making ramming roadblocks lower than 100 mph suicide. And the light SUVs will put a hurting on it. That's how mine got its first impound strike.

9 Dodge Viper SRT 10

Carrera GT x Elise's other child. Really good handling comparable to both the Carrera GT and the Elise. Stats are close to the Carrera GT, and the handling really feels like a combination of the Carrera GT and Elise.

Very easy to drive. Way easier than even the Lotus Elise. Those who say otherwise should first explain why they think it's good that the tires suddenly become uncontrollable when you move through grassy areas.

Really nice car. Despite having bad handling, this car is the best car after beating JV. Moreover, you can beat Razor with the Viper easily. Good speed and acceleration give you an opportunity to beat cops of every heat level on highways.

10 Chevrolet Corvette C6

You're not joking around when you achieve this car, especially if you get Webster's (Blacklist #5) car, because that thing's just as good as any car above - even better, in all honesty.

However, if you're buying this car instead of getting the pink slip from Webster, then it's not as good, as Webster's car has some locked performance upgrades.

The Chevy Corvette C6 is the fastest car in the game. I've beaten this game multiple times, and I used it every time. I race it against every car. I've upgraded other cars with Junkman parts and raced them against it, and nothing can beat it (even the Porsche Carrera GT). The fastest, best-handling car in the game!

The Contenders
11 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII

This monster, when fully equipped, can beat anything from sharp corners to broad highways. The best of the best when used efficiently.

Cheap when it enters but is an absolute monster. Four-wheel drive that's good in races and demolishes police cars. Buy this or get Earl's.

So OP with ultimate and Junkman parts, all stats were over the max limit. So responsive in any situation. Makes the game easy.

12 Volkswagen Golf GTI

The most expensive car for a reason, as it gets used for any% speedruns. With its front-wheel drive and basically no wheelspin, it does really well in cop chases, especially at pushing cars out of its way.

All in all, a really good car for cop chases and also at least decently good at racing, even better with aerodynamics at +5.

You can get this really early on, and you can take this car to beat the game. Seriously, very respectable top speed and doesn't lose out to any other car when properly handled.

Yes! This is one of the best cars! I won against all the Blacklist members with this monster. Handling and acceleration are wow, and it reaches 350+. The trick is the performance markers! Try it out.

13 Toyota Supra

I love the Toyota Supra more than anything. Even in real life, it is my dream car. Fast and Furious. Easy handling if you like to drift. You can get used to it easily. Same here. Started using it from Blacklist 13 to 1. Beat Razor with it. If it is fully upgraded, it is faster than any car.

I'm already up to Blacklist #3 using just this car. Amazing speed and handling get you out of any sticky situation, and great utilization of NOS can get you through any blockade of cops. Perfect car.

My all-time favorite, the Supra. Once upgraded and tuned correctly, not only will it haul in the races, but it's also a beast against the cops! Started playing the game again yesterday on PC, and I'm currently using it for the cops, heat level 5, and not busted once.

14 Porsche 911 Turbo S

Seriously underrated car. It's just unfortunate to be surrounded by other great cars. I think especially the launch off the line is particularly good.

In my opinion, the best car of the game: Won all the races from Blacklist 4 to 1 with it, got about 4m bounty, and beat Razor. This car is marvelous!

It's a cop car murderer. Highly agile, strong, acts like a tank. Most stable car of the game. It will never spin on you or get out of hand.

15 Ford GT

The most user-friendly of the cars in the 250k+ region. Handling-wise, it has a very controllable and predictable, very slight oversteer that also makes it very fun to drive. It does pretty well at races with that kind of handling. In cop chases, it performs fairly well because of its weight, but it likes to spin its wheels at low speeds, so watch out for that.

Fun fact: when driven with the stock gearbox, this car can reach 425 kph (264 mph) and is the ACTUAL fastest car in the game, at least on the actual map. The Viper can reach even higher speeds with its stock gearbox, but nowhere on the actual map. You need to get out of bounds to do that.

16 Aston Martin DB9

A good mix of top speed, acceleration, and handling, this car can beat anything in the game with the right tuning. I personally think every car is good given the right performance tuning, but the DB9 doesn't need a lot of tweaks to maximize its potential.

When a car is chosen by the best spy in the world to be ridden in, then you know she's a keeper. Hands down the most beautiful car out there. Also runs decently fast, comparable or better to the cars lower than tier 1 (t1 = Carrera GT, McLaren).

Definitely better than any other car in this game, not just in pursuits. A true killer!

17 Ford Mustang GT

Seriously speaking, this car is made for advanced players due to its handling. Overall, this looks phenomenal. You look good in pursuits, you look good in races, and you look good as a rival. Useful after Blacklist 9. Good straight-line acceleration. I literally felt jealous when I saw Razor in that in the beginning.

Best car for pursuits. It just smashes all the SUVs and breaks through the roadblocks. But it's not fast enough in heat level five.

Razor traded his cool and good car for the crappy BMW. Real shame if you ask me.

18 Mazda RX-8

The Mazda RX-8 is the best one for me because it has a very high-revving Wankel 1.3-liter engine. Sure, it doesn't hold true for an arcade that an engine would last too long while racing in the game's levels. Still, it's amazing to hear it roaring at higher tuning levels.

Simply because this car was meant to be fully customized by all sorts of parts, and although I don't change the performance modifiers much, I still do not think there are many better vehicles for the price you pay. If you do it like me and buy all upgrades firsthand when playing NFS MW, you can't go wrong with this car, unless you're thinking about doing pursuits. Then you're better off with something else, but for racing and sprints, this is definitely one of the best options. Think about it: front-engine, rear-wheel drive, highly customizable and, despite what people might think otherwise, it has a cool smile on its front hood. So go for the Mazda!

19 Mazda RX-7

I had this car since the start of the game and it is the fastest car I have so far. The fastest I did with it was 389 km/h but not fully upgraded.

20 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R

It's a very powerful car. This car has speed and acceleration which outpaces everyone. It is also a bonus car, a rare car.

21 Lexus IS 300

Apparently, the Lexus IS 300 is a great choice if you max out its performance, especially "turbo". Don't judge this car by its cover because of its looks, sedan/saloon. For a cheap car that can be bought for under $30k, its acceleration is greater than Cayman, Impreza, RX-8, RX-7, Viper, Corvette C6, etc., based on my experience.

The most unpredictable thing is the Lexus IS 300's power is so great that beating Razor #1 "BMW M3 GTR" is really easy. The only weakness of this car is about top speed. But it doesn't matter at all because Lexus IS 300 focuses on acceleration and handling. Moreover, it is easy to escape from cops too.

22 Subaru Impreza WRX STi

Can't beat a rally-bred street car with a rumbling flat-four 2.5-liter turbocharged engine. When you think Subaru, you think Impreza, you think WRX STI. The perfect rivalry with the Mitsubishi Evolution 8.

I finished the 10-minute police chase with this one and I didn't get busted even one time. You only have to tune it to max and start confronting cops.

What's a rally car doing here? It just seems way too out of place, being way too overpowered.

23 Mitsubishi Eclipse

Tiger tattoo on your car? That certainly gives out the Yakuza feel. And it really seems that way. The police can't touch this car, and neither can your opponents.

Awesome ride, again a great option. I had a few on the game in the past until my PS2 broke. Ace ride, very nice to drive, handles great, amazing speed, wicked in pursuits. Looks great with the tiger vinyl.

A great car. You can easily beat the whole game with it if you keep on upgrading it.

24 Fiat Punto

Very underrated car for races. It has handling close to the Elise, so insanely good handling, but like that car, the Fiat does not do so well in cop chases.

25 Porsche 911 Carrera S
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