The Lunar New Year Update is the thirteenth update of Asphalt 8: Airborne, which was released on February 4, 2016 for iOS, Windows, and Android (on the same day).


The following text was published on the Apple App Store:

We're celebrating the Year of the Monkey in Asphalt 8! So let's start the year firing on all cylinders!
  • Asian-Inspired R&D Event: Compete in this completely redesigned R&D Event to win the unique ED Design Torq!
  • New Cars: The Alfa Romeo 4C, Lamborghini Estoque & other super cars will be progressively revealed. Keep an eye on our Time-Limited Events to be the first one driving them!
  • Area 51 Events: Crack open the mysteries of this secret base in exclusive events. The sky's not the limit; it's just the beginning!
  • Chinese New Year Decals: Customize your favorite cars with decals full of awesome Asian designs.

New Cars

Class D
Class C
Class B
Class A

The new cars will need the following Engine Cards:

Game Changes

RD overview (v2.3.0)

Car Price Changes

On February 16, 2016, some car prices were reportedly reduced. The following data is taken from iOS. On Windows and Android, these price changes didn't take place.

Class D


Class C
Class B
Class A
Class S

The current list is incomplete.

If you have not bought any of those cars yet, feel free to compare their price in your client to the price on the Wiki page and remove them from the table and add them to the list if their price was changed.

The maximum amount of credits you could have saved (according to the current list) is A8Credits 1,310,000.

These price changes have since been reverted.

Events Schedule

  1. ED Design Torq R&D February 4, 2016
  2. Alfa Romeo 4C R&D February 25, 2016
  3. Lamborghini Huracán R&D March 9, 2016


  • This marks the first update of the year 2016.
  • This update came a bit early while the TRION NEMESIS cups were still running. However, this update did not introduce any new Class S cars, so the incentive to get a TRION NEMESIS was still intact.
    • Also, this update came mere days before the Mosler GT3 was made available for everyone. However, the incentive to acquire a new non-tokens Class A king was still intact too.
    • This update marks the first time since the Free to Play Update that no new Class S cars were added to the game at all.
  • The Lunar New Year Update celebrated 2016, the Year of the Monkey, evident in the new decals for the cars mentioned.
  • The icon for the Lunar New Year Update, which features the Lamborghini Egoista, is reused from the Santa's Gift Update, but with a red-colored background.
    • This background would later be reused in the icon for the Elite Cars Update featuring the Chevrolet 2016 Camaro SS.

Bugs / Glitches


Post Update Info-Screen

Chinese New Year R&D
Happy New Year! And it's a lucky one for you -- check out the newest holiday R&D event and test drive the all-electric, all-innovative ED Design Torq!
New Holiday-Themed Decals
Celebrate by painting your ride! Brand-new decals inspired by the Year of the Monkey.
Nine New Cars
We've got the ED Design Torq, the Alfa Romeo 4C, the Lamborghini Estoque, the Holden Coupe 60, and more. Compete in special Time-Limited Events to unlock them before anyone else!
New Pro Kit Boxes
Check it out! We've custom-tooled a new set of Pro Kit boxes packed with cool pro cards. They'll be available on special holidays throughout the year.
  • Year of the Monkey - What's New 1
  • Year of the Monkey - What's New 2
  • Year of the Monkey - What's New 3
  • Year of the Monkey - What's New 4

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)