Need for Speed: Most Wanted Cheats, Codes, and Secrets for Xbox 360

Get ahead with cheats and tips for the Xbox 360 version

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a racing game for Xbox 360. The ninth installment in the Need for Speed series, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, has cheat codes that give you free upgrades and unlock bonus challenges.

These cheats apply to the Xbox 360 version. There are also cheats for Need for Speed: Most Wanted on PlayStation 2 and the original Xbox version.

NFS Most Wanted Cheat Codes for Xbox 360

Using the Xbox 360 controller, input cheat codes at the screen that says Press Start. If entered correctly, you'll get a message indicating that the cheat was successful. Press the following buttons on your Xbox 360 controller for the desired effect.

Code Cheat
Left, Right, Left, Right, Up, Down, Up, Down Unlock Castrol Version of Ford GT
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Up, Down Free upgrades
LT, RT, RT, RT, Right, Left, Right, Down Unlock Porsche Cayman
Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right Unlock the Burger King Challenge

How to Avoid Impound Strikes

When the cops tackle you, disconnect the controller from the console to pause the game. Reconnect the controller, then choose to return to the safe house to avoid the impound strike.

How to Remove Strikes

If you have strikes from getting busted by the cops, turn off the Xbox 360 the next time you are pulled over. You'll lose any unsaved progress, but your strikes will be gone when you load your game data.

How to Improve Car Performance

After upgrading your vehicle, pause the game and choose Performance Tuning from the menu. Set the Height of your car to -1 for better handling. For better gripping, set the Height to -2, or set Aerodynamics to +1.

How to Get Easy Money

Compete in an easy race, such as a drag race. After winning the prize money, return to the safe house. Then compete in the same race again. Repeat until you have the funds you need.

How to Fully Upgrade Cars

Completing the Burger King Challenge unlocks Junkman parts, which are required to fully upgrade your vehicles. Max out any car in the shop, then add the desired Junkman parts and upgrade it again.

How to Get a Quick Start

If you accelerate at the exact moment the needle turns blue at the start of a race, you'll get a head start.

How to Use Nitrous

Using nitrous adds weight to your acceleration so that you go straight. Nitrous can be a lifesaver when you're on the verge of spinning out of control. Use it in combination with Speedbreaker to get around tough corners at top speed.

How to Unlock Blacklist Cars in NFS: Most Wanted

Win cars by completing the following requirements.

Vehicle Requirement
BMW GTR (Race version) Beat Blacklist Boss 1
Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren, Porsche Carrera GT Beat Blacklist Boss 3
Lamborghini Murcielago, Ford GT Beat Blacklist Boss 4
Porsche 911 Turbo S, Corvette C6 Beat Blacklist Boss 5
Dodge Viper SRT 10, Lamborghini Gallardo Beat Blacklist Boss 6
Porsche 911 Carrera S, Aston Martin DB9 Beat Blacklist Boss 7
Lotus Elise, Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 Beat Blacklist Boss 8
Mazda RX-7, Subaru Impreza WRX STi Beat Blacklist Boss 9
Porsche Cayman S, Pontiac GTO, Vauxhall Monaro VXR Beat Blacklist Boss 10
Mercedes-Benz SL 500, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII Beat Blacklist Boss 11
Cadillac CTS, Mazda RX-8, Mustang GT Beat Blacklist Boss 12
Renault Clio V6, Toyota Supra Beat Blacklist Boss 13
Audi A4 3.2 FSI Quattro, Mitsubishi Eclipse Beat Blacklist Boss 14
Audi A3 3.2 Quattro, Audi TT 3.2 Quattro Beat Blacklist Boss 15
Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Beat Challenge Series 68
Porsche 911 GT2 Complete the Challenge Series
Corvette C6.R Complete 100% of the Game

When you beat a Blacklist boss, you get to choose from a list of rewards. All of them except for Blacklist Boss 2 have cars as potential prizes you can win.