Grand Theft Auto Online: Car Upgrades for Better Performance to Win Races (GTA V Car Customization)
Cars are an important aspect in the world of Grand Theft Auto online. Car Customization is very detailed and you can do whatever you wish with your cars. Whether you want to change the paint job, engine, spoiler, horn sound, exhaust pipes, windows, brakes, and so much more! Some of the car customization is used mainly for cosmetic reasons.
However, some car customization, such as an upgraded engine, will improve the performance of the vehicle. Some upgrades are essential if you want to increase your chances of winning races with your custom car.
SUPER FAST CAR (ENTITY XF)
The following have an effect on your cars performance in Grand Theft Auto Online:
- Wheel accessories (bulletproof tires)
The other upgrades are only for cosmetic purposes. They will change the look of your car, but will not change how well the car drives when you are racing.
There are also upgrades that do not change the look of your car or increase the performance. Car insurance, GPS tracker, and explosives do not. It should be noted that those upgrades can only be bought in GTA V Online and not on single player.
Favorite Car Upgrade?
How to Unlock Car Upgrades in Grand Theft Auto Online
Vehicle upgrades cost money in GTA V, although, some upgrades need to be unlocked at a particular level. For instance, a player must be level 100 to unlock the 100% armor upgrade for cars. Once players reach the level required to unlock a particular upgrade, they can then purchase the upgrade with money at Los Santos Customs.
Other upgrades in Grand Theft Auto Online can only be unlocked by winning races. And when i say winning races, I mean getting 1st place, not second or third! Engine upgrades, for example, can only be unlocked when you win a certain number of street races (regardless of how much cash you have or what level you are).
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Types of Upgrades to Go Faster
The faster your car is, the better chance that you have of winning races that have enabled custom cars. Of course, a good driver is also important, but having a car that is upgraded will help tremendously. Upgrading a cars engine, transmission, and turbo will increase the acceleration. Acceleration is the time it takes to get to a certain speed (e.i. 0-60 mph in 3 seconds). Turbo will significantly increase the acceleration of vehicles in Grand Theft Auto Online. In my opinion and experience playing, turbo is the best performance upgrade for cars in GTA V.
Turbo (best upgrade for acceleration)
Turbo can only be unlocked by winning a certain number of races. Once you have won the required amount then it will be unlocked. Los Santos Customs tells you how many races you need to win (or other requirement) before unlocking a particular upgrade.
Armor For Cars in Grand Theft Auto Online
Armor upgrades will not make a car go faster in GTA V, however, armor makes cars much more durable. Cars will be able to take much more damage if hit by other cars, get shot at, or crash into buildings or obstructions in the game. This will help in some of the street races in GTA V.
In some races in Grand Theft Auto, there are some really tricky turns to make. If you upgrade your brakes for your car then you will have better chance of making turns without crashing into something. Some players say it does not make as much of a difference as it should, though.
Some cars have better breaking by default in Grand Theft Auto Online. Chose cars with better breaking because some cars spin out easier and do not turn around corners when going faster.
This allows your vehicle to take wheel damage without them getting destroyed by gunfire. An absolutely amazing upgrade in Grand Theft Auto Online (especially for motorcycles). If you do not have bulletproof tires then other players can shoot your tires and the handling of the vehicle becomes very poor. Turns will be harder to make and the top speed of the vehicles will dramatically slow down.
The cost of bulletproof tires is expensive, though ($25,000). It's worth it!
Do you think having both Engine Upgrades and Turbo is faster than just Turbo?
Why Upgrade Engines if Turbo maxes out Car's Acceleration Stat?
There has been a lot of speculation about just upgrading turbo and not purchasing the engines level 4 upgrade. Mainly because the acceleration stat will max out when upgrading to turbo. Some people say that having both engine 4 and turbo is faster than just having turbo when using the same car. Others say it does not make a difference. I have yet to confirm this, but if you want to be on the safe side, upgrade everything (turbo first).
Good luck racing in Grand Theft Auto Online with these upgrades! Just keep in mind, some races have custom vehicles turned off. Make sure you play races that have them enabled. Otherwise, you will not be able to test out your custom vehicle!
Try hosting your own GTA V racetrack so you can enable custom vehicles if you have trouble finding games with it on!