Cars to Satisfy a Need For Speed

2012 03 07 Motorshow Geneva 4609 Norbert Aepli

Want to take your Need For Speed off the gaming console? We've got four cars to get you going...

The Chevy El Camino

Anyone who knows anything about American cars knows that the classic Chevrolet El Camino is one of the quintessential all-American vehicles. Not to mention the fact that it’s a monster, with a 7.4 liter V8 engine and 450 horsepower. Is it a truck? Is it a sedan? Does it really matter? It’s a super-car, and a true blue one at that.

Chevrolet El Camino Bull DoserThe Pagani Huayra

Paganis are something of a connoisseur’s car, since those who are not precisely passionate about luxury and vehicles may well have never even heard about it. Besides, in real life, they are as rare as a Dodo bird, since they haven’t even been released. The car goes on sale in 2013, for a cool $1,150,000. Its name is derived from the South American Quechua language, and means ‘wind God’. Check out its sleek, aerodynamic shape and you’ll get it.

Pagani Huayra Aiace90The Lamborghini Aventador

This beauty is all about angles, power and speed. It’s got a huge V12 cylinder engine and is able to yield an ungodly 700 horsepower. It was unveiled in 2011 from the Italian super-car maker and, in real life, it’s as exclusive a purchase as they come. In NFS, too, it’s only available in the limited edition version of The Run, because games sometimes mirror real life.

2012 03 07 Motorshow Geneva 4609 Norbert AepliFord Shelby GT500

Dubbed the ‘Super Snake’, this 2007 car is possibly the strongest, baddest, meanest Ford Mustang to have ever hit the streets. Its V8, 5.4-liter turbo engine can produce up to 750 horsepower. It’s also the car featured on the cover of Need for Speed: The Run. Want to know why? Play the game, and you’ll figure it all out in a matter of seconds.

Shelby GT500KR At NYIAS Dusk KnightOf course, it might be a better option to just play Need For Speed. The franchise has been around for almost two decades, and as evidenced by its latest installment, Need for Speed: The Run (2011), EA hasn't lost their touch. They know their racing cars.

But if your need is for an even speedier fix, or your gaming console is as imaginary as your Lamborghini, there are a number of car racing games online. Start your training there (OK, or just help pass a slow afternoon), and then move up to EA's Need For Speed. And then you'll be ready to make your purchase of a Pagani Huayra. Or, let's face it, maybe just a Chevrolet.