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The 2018 Summer Update is the 27th update for Asphalt 8: Airborne. It was shown in a livestream on Asphalt's Facebook page on June 13, 2018 and released on June 14 for iOS and Android and June 18 for Windows.

Announcement

2018 SU promo

Discover everything you need to know about the upcoming Summer Update!

TOMORROW IS HERE
Welcome the 2018 McLaren X2 -- a glimpse into the future of F1 racing in Asphalt 8. Ultimate power and speed emanate from the X2, and now you can conquer it. Do you have what it takes to dive into tomorrow? Stay tuned to find out.

ASPHALT MOMENTS
Experience classic Asphalt 8 events in the new Asphalt Moments series. Revisit your favorite challenges and rediscover racing history for all-new prizes!

PORSCHE 70TH ANNIVERSARY
Riding in a Porsche is always a unique experience. Celebrate the carmaker's 70th Anniversary by driving the brand's legendary vehicles, including the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the Cayman GT4, and many more!

HOT SUMMER, HOTTER CARS 
Get a taste of sunshine from the Rimac Concept S, Sbarro GT1, Zenvo TS1 GT, Mazda RX-8 Special Edition, Rezvani Beast Alpha, and 2018 McLaren X2 -- and make the most of this summer!

SPECIAL EVENTS SERIES
Hop onto the seat of Asphalt's greatest supercars in our Special Events Series -- and keep an eye out for one-of-a-kind offers!

New Vehicles

Class C

Class B

Class A

Class S

The new vehicles will need the following engine cards:

  • i4 Engine
    • Rezvani Beast Alpha (x52)
  • V8 Engine
    • Sbarro GT1 (x40)
    • Zenvo TS1 GT (x56)
  • Electric Engine
    • Rimac Concept S (x36)
  • Rotary Engine
    • Mazda RX-8 Special Edition (x32)
  • Custom Racing Engine
    • 2018 McLaren X2 (x64)

Game Changes

Gameplay Changes

  • The Asphalt Moments Series is a new series of special events that are repeats of previous special events.
  • Reduction in pro kits Fusion Points:
    • The Fusion Points for Common Pro Cards have been reduced from 650 to 500 while Rare Pro Cards were reduced from 1500 to 1000.
    • The Fusion Points for Blueprints have been reduced by 50%. Common Blueprints now give 1,500 points, rare Blueprints give 4,500 and legendary Blueprints give 9,000.
  • The Season 9 duplicate race for the Porsche 718 Boxster S, set in Dubai Reverse, has been removed.
  • There is no longer a loading screen when the player restarts or replays a race event when online. Previously it could only be done when offline.
    • Despite this, the traffic pattern will still occasionally change when the race is restarted or replayed, being carried on from the previous update.
    • The feature was corrected on June 20th, but it can still be done offline.
    • On some devices the feature works only when being offline all the time (counting from the last game restart).
  • Vehicles that give Champion Kit Boxes as rewards in their Masteries have had these boxes changed into Blueprint boxes.
  • As of this update, it is possible to play two events of the same type at once. For example, some players had to play the Mazda RX-8 Special Edition's R&D along with the W Motors Fenyr Supersport's R&D, which was revived through Asphalt Moments.
  • 6 races for the 2018 McLaren X2 have been added in the McLaren Legends Season.
    • They erroneously reuse the recommended rank values for the last three races in the McLaren Legends Season requiring the McLaren MP4-31.
  • A8Tokens only upgrades are once again used on Mazda RX-8 Special EditionRezvani Beast Alpha, and Rimac Concept S.
  • The revived Porsche 718 Boxster S Championship doesn't award blueprints for the car; the car is given only after the completion of all the Grand Finales instead.

Cosmetic Changes

  • The engine sounds for the BMW S 1000 RR & Kawasaki Ninja H2R have been changed to "Kawasaki Z1000" (bike_kawasaki_z1000), from the previous sound "Yamaha R1 1000cc Superbike" (1000cc_yamaha_superbike) & "Kawasaki Ninja" (bike_kawasaki_ninja), respectively.
    • The note also plays at constant redlining even when the vehicle is still accelerating.
  • Mirroring the Porsche Update including Simple Mobile advertisements and decals, this update includes Straight Talk advertisements and decals on various tracks in the game (the same ones that received Simple Mobile advertisements in 2017, as well as the Arash AF10). These are available only in USA.
    • The Munich Subway has also received the Straight Talk treatment; unlike all other Straight Talk-decorated tracks in the game, it does not have an additional pre-race cinematic showing the Straight Talk decorations.
      • On August 3, 2018, most tracks now have Asphalt 9: Legends decorations, to promote the game sequel (released on July 26, 2018).
        • These were removed on September 1, 2018.
  • The two checkered strips used to mark the start/finish line on tracks are now placed further apart.
Offers
  • The blue outline introduced in the previous update, which was only used for Mastery, has been added to the PLAY menu as well when selecting race modes.
  • Time-limited offers have been moved to a new tab labeled "Offers", accessed from the main menu.

Events Schedule

  1. Rimac Concept S R&D June 14, 2018, for iOS & Android; June 18, 2018, for Windows
  2. 2018 McLaren X2 Championship June 28, 2018
  3. Porsche 718 Boxster S Championship July 5, 2018
  4. Bloom 2 Multiplayer Season July 9, 2018
  5. Sbarro GT1 Championship July 12, 2018
  6. Asphalt Moments Series July 12, 2018
    1. Aston Martin One-77 EDD
    2. W Motors Fenyr SuperSport R&D
    3. BXR Bailey Blade GT1 EDD
  7. Mazda RX-8 Special Edition R&D July 19, 2018
  8. Rezvani Beast Alpha Championship July 26, 2018
  9. Zenvo TS1 GT R&D August 2, 2018
  10. Burnout 2 Multiplayer Season August 2, 2018

Bugs / Glitches

  • On Windows, vehicle prices were reverted to the ones prior to the Fall Out Boy Update or Motorcycles Update (for new accounts created from November 13, 2017 onwards). This means that cars such as the Devel Sixteen Prototype, Tramontana XTR, and Chrysler ME412 became Tokens-only, while the likes of the Lotus Evora Enduro GT, Lamborghini Veneno, Ford Shelby GT500, Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, etc. became Credits-only. This issue did not appear on Android or iOS, either before or after the update.
    • This was fixed on June 15, 2018, three days before the release of the 2018 Summer Update.
  • In the Garage, the wheels of the Mazda RX-8 Special Edition fit the wheel arches, but during a race, the wheel arches extend beyond the wheels. The brake calipers are also mismatched in color; the ones in the front are in red while the ones in the rear are in black.
  • The following glitch(es) still persist from the 2018 Spring Update:
    • Longer loading times (Android)
    • Gameplay lag (Android)
    • Erratic R&D rewards indicator
    • No stunt meter on a replayed race when using a motorcycle
    • No loading screen (see Gameplay Changes)
  • Fenyr SuperSport Bugged MAX+PRO Rank: Should the Fenyr SuperSport be assembled with Blueprints, its MAX+PRO rank will not be displayed as 1799, but instead 1624, as though the player participated in the car's R&D event and did not complete any of the Tests whatsoever.[1]
  • Aggressive AI: AI are reportedly to be more aggressive and more likely to catch up to the player. Should they be in front of the player, they will then leave him/her behind more easily.
  • No nitro refill during air times: Occasionally the nitro bar may not be recharged when the player drives the vehicle into the air (without triggering stunts such as barrel rolls and flat spins).
  • Exclusive Deals failed transaction: Sometimes, an Exclusive Deal may be displayed as having a price of N/A, but attempting to buy it will result in a failed transaction. Sometimes it can happen even when the Exclusive Deal does have a normal price.
  • Cars disappearing from garage: Both the Zenvo ST1 and Vencer Sarthe disappeared for a few days after the update was released for those who did not own either car. However, the blueprint progress for those were still tracked when their blueprints are viewed in the inventory. This was later fixed.
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The glitch displayed after an Elimination race

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The glitch displayed after a Grand Finale race

  • Championship Glitches:
    • In the McLaren X2 Championship, the player's team and the remaining racers' teams keep swapping when the results are displayed in both Elimination and Grand Finale modes. (See images to the right) For the latter event, when the player wins a grand finale, the player will receive 2nd place points but will still receive earnings in first place.
      • Also, only the player receives points in the championship standings while the other AI racers show no increase in championship points.
    • If the player collects all remaining trophies after receiving the reward vehicle from the Championship, the final rewards won't be given out and the event tab still remains on the main menu, but the Championship interface could not be entered.
      • Tapping the "Play" button from the garage showing the rewarded vehicle will instead bring the player back to the main menu.
  • The Sbarro GT1's handling was displayed as 1.350 Gs, and then decreases when upgraded. This was fixed in the next update.

Fixed bugs

  • The following glitch(es) have been fixed:
    • No nitro sounds when a race is replayed

Trivia

  • This update has the firsts of the following:
    • The first since the Porsche Update to not add any new motorcycle.
    • The first since the Car Blueprints Update to release a vehicle unlockable through a McLaren Championship.
      • This is also the first update since the same update to release a vehicle that uses a Custom Racing Engine.
    • The first since the Winter Update to add a Rimac vehicle.
      • Currently, Rimac holds the second longest gap for a model to add having 20 updates, 4 years and 5 months, after Pagani with 23 updates, 4 years and 1 month.
    • The first since the Elite Cars Update to add a Mazda vehicle.
      • This is also the first update since the same update to add a vehicle that uses a rotary engine.
    • The first since the Hot Wheels Update to not add new Enduro Double Down reward vehicles.
  • This update once again reuses the Research & Development Update icon featuring the McLaren P1™ GTR for the 8th time.
  • This also the first update where no car is obtainable outside of events. All cars must be unlocked during their respective events, as they are not purchasable with credits or tokens, and are not Blueprint-buildable.

Post-Update Screen

References

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Updates for Asphalt 8: Airborne
2013 Free to Play Update (v1.1.0)
2014 Daily Bonus Update (v1.2.0) • The Great Wall Update (v1.3.0)
Fuel Events Update (v1.4.0) • Dubai Update (v1.5.0)
San Diego Harbor Update (v1.6.0) • Winter Update (v1.7.0)
2015 Decals Update (v1.8.0) • More Than 300 Decals Update (v1.8.1)
Tenerife Update (v1.9.0) • Car Mastery Update (v2.0.0)
Research & Development Update (v2.1.0) • Santa's Gift Update (v2.2.0)
2016 Lunar New Year Update (v2.3.0) • Elite Cars Update (v2.4.0)
Enduro Update (v2.5.0) • Rio de Janeiro Update (v2.6.0)
Multiplayer League Update (v2.7.0) • Championship Update (v2.8.0)
2017 Lunar New Year 2017 Update (v2.9.0) • Car Blueprints Update (v3.0.0)
Porsche Update (v3.1.0) • Motorcycles Update (v3.2.0)
Munich Update (v3.3.0) • Hot Wheels Update (v3.4.0)
2018 Fall Out Boy Update (v3.5.0) • 2018 Spring Update (v3.6.0)

2018 Summer Update (v3.7.0) • Fifth Anniversary Update (v3.8.0)
Transylvania Update (v3.9.0)