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Upgrades are permanent car performance upgrades in the Asphalt series, which increase the car's rank. Upgrades can't be undone, so downgrading a vehicle isn't possible by conventional means. Upgrades differ from Boosters by not being time-related and from Pro Kits by not requiring anything more than Credits to apply. Also in contrary to the Pro Kit upgrades, all five upgrade levels are available for every car of the game.

Overview

Asphalt 8: Airborne

There are four categories for (standard) upgrades:

  1. Acceleration - depicted as an engine block
  2. Top Speed - depicted as a turbocharger
  3. Handling - depicted as a brake caliper
  4. Nitro - depicted as a nitrous tank

Each category contains five upgrade levels above the basic (zero) level, and each upgrade made adds to the performance of the car and increases the rank of the car.

Rank (when the car is either stock, MAX, or MAX+PRO) is calculated as: (34.7-SQRT((34180.823-92.692*Nitro)/Top Speed+1014.173))*1000 - This is assuming the unit system is set to metric.

The maxed out acceleration stat is 11/15 (73.33%) of the stock acceleration stat; the maxed out handling stat is the stock handling stat + 0.05 Gs; and the maxed out nitro stat is usually the stock nitro stat multiplied by 1.5. The maxed out top speed stat is a certain number higher than the stock top speed stat. Examples:

  • Acceleration: 2.20 sec → 1.69 sec
  • Handling: 1.300 Gs → 1.350 Gs
  • Nitro: 16.86 mph (27.14 km/h) → 25.29 mph (40.71 km/h)

Example from the Jaguar F-TYPE Project 7:

  • Rank: 1215.28 (1215) → 1438.98 (1439)
  • Acceleration: 3.90 sec → 2.86 sec
  • Top Speed: 183.72 mph (295.79 km/h) → 205.01 mph (330.07 km/h)
  • Handling: 1.200 Gs → 1.250 Gs
  • Nitro: 16.86 mph (27.14 km/h) → 25.29 mph (40.71 km/h)

Upgrade Prices

The upgrade prices of each level can be found from the car pages. Vehicles of Asphalt 8 page features a summary table of costs to max out the vehicles.

The price of the upgrades rises on every level and it also costs more to upgrade a higher end or more recently added car. The original cars of the game with blue and white license plates and all pre-The Great Wall update cars (until about after the introduction of W Motors Lykan HyperSport around February 2014) can be upgraded to MAX level with considerably less amount of Credits compared to the cars that were introduced in updates after the Dubai update. The upgrade costs of the cars introduced in the Great Wall update fall mostly inbetween these two ends.

This radical shift upwards in the upgrade (and purchase) costs of the cars has led to significant discrepancies to the relation between the upgrade costs and performance gains when upgrading a vehicle. It is notable though that while introducing this new era of high prices, it's mainly done by bringing in new cars to the game - the upgrade (and purchase) costs of the vehicles that are already found in the game aren't drastically modified. However, the highest cost for maxing out a Class D car drastically jumped in the Tenerife Update with the BMW M3 Sedan, which costs A8Credits 2,059,330 to max out.

Since v2.3.0, new cars added to the game can be upgraded either with Credits or Tokens. In the Elite Cars Update (v2.4.0), two new cars require Tokens for their upgrades: the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage and Mosler Super GT.

Free Upgrades

Free upgrades can be earned as rewards by winning cups or finishing certain collections. Free upgrades (Class D & C) are also one of the alternating prizes in Multiplayer, when having a seven game (Class D upgrade) or nine game (Class C upgrade) winning streak (finishing in the top 3 in seven/nine Multiplayer games in succession). The other alternative prize for a 7 game winning streak is A8Credits 5,000. For the 9 game winning streak also a Nitro Starter or A8Credits 7,500 can be earned as a reward.

"Each free upgrade is linked to a class of cars (D, C, B, A, or S). When a player owns a free upgrade, the next purchase of an upgrade for a car in that class is free. The player cannot choose when they spend the free upgrade. It is always the first purchase they make after receiving it." (Source: Gameloft Forum - Thread: Questions & Answers by Fabien FromGameloft www.gameloft.com/?request=forum&url=showthread.php%3F177588-Questions-amp-Answers)

How to upgrade a car?

  1. Select a car you wish to improve
  2. Tuning → Upgrade (the available upgrades are shown) → Tap on the purchase icon of the desired category. If the upgrade costs only Credits or Tokens, tap on the icon. Otherwise, if the upgrade is either Credits or Tokens, tap on one of the currencies.

On the Upgrade page

  • The Level numbers (LVL) indicate the current level of that category.
  • The performance gains are depicted with green color.
  • After upgrading all the categories to level 5, on the Car selection page a MAX symbol is lit beside the (lit/unlit) PRO symbol.

How AI Rank is Calculated

AI racers' ranks are always optimized to be approximately equal to the recommended rank of the event or to the player's car rank, but is still limited to the MAX+PRO rank though. The AI racers always upgrade one level of top speed first before continuing with one level of acceleration, one level of handling, and one level of nitro. The process repeats until the car is maxed out. For example: if the recommended rank of the event is 1500, a BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage AI racer would be ranked at A1552 (4-5-4-4). Changing the recommended rank to 1557 changes the AI racer's rank to A1560 (5-5-4-4). If the recommended rank becomes 1566, the AI racer is ranked at A1568 (5-5-5-4). Change the recommended rank to 1575, and the AI racer is now ranked at A1608 (5-5-5-5).

If the car has to be ranked past its MAX rank, its Pro Kit upgrades always goes up by one level, but first being upgraded in Tires (Top Speed + Handling), then Suspension (Nitro + Handling), Drivetrain (Top Speed + Acceleration), and finally Exhaust (Nitro + Acceleration). The process repeats until the car reaches MAX+PRO.

Upgrade Rank Percentages

Main article: Asphalt 8 Upgrade Rank Percentages

Asphalt: Xtreme

AX Upgrade system

The upgrade system in Asphalt: Xtreme takes a different approach towards installing the upgrades when compared to the main series. The new system can be considered to be combination of Upgrades and Pro Kits from Asphalt 8: Airborne. In addition to requiring sufficient credits to purchase the upgrades, upgrades now require a tech card, material card and upgrade card. All 3 cards can be won in Career races by achieving race stars.

The upgrade categories are identical to Asphalt 8's version but with a graphical redesign and are animated

  1. Top Speed - depicted as a turbocharger
  2. Acceleration - depicted as an engine block
  3. Handling - depicted as a suspension spring
  4. Nitro - depicted as a nitrous tank

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