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Introduction

The Crew features 12 cars that can be equipped with a dirt spec. Which of these cars is the best? Obviously this will be hard because all cars have pro’s and con’s and there are a lot of different tracks. But let’s try to find out!

Just like in The Crew’s best street spec car all cars in this test have been equipped with Level 40 bronze performance parts (a tuner level 40 starter kit). Unlinke gold and platinum parts these parts have no additional bonus. Furthermore all performance enhancing perks were enabled (handling, braking, top speed, acceleration). These two factors combined make sure all cars have an identical performance rating of level 749.

The Crew’s Best Dirt Spec Car on Paper

The following table displays all raw values as displayed in The Crew on 19 January 2015. All stats were archived on screenshots.

acc speed grip
2012 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392 6717 3717 3472
2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS 6485 3705 3548
2013 Nissan 370Z 6491 3711 3646
Ford Mustang GT 2011 6465 3709 3550
Ford Focus RS 2010 6494 3712 3793
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 2010 6659 3710 3609
2012 Dodge Charger SRT-8 6504 3718 3467
Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) 6660 3714 4088
2012 Grand Cherokee SRTR8 6532 3716 3568
Mini Cooper S 2010 6433 3714 3732
Chevrolet Camaro RS 1969 6551 3712 3911
1969 Dodge Charger r/t hemi 6589 3714 3249

Real World Testing in The Crew

It is good to know how the stats of the different street specs compare, but how does this translate in performance? The only way to know for sure is “real world” testing.

Top speed methodology: Accelerating across the salt flats until the approximate top speed is achieved. After that point no more nitrous was used and we let the car stabilize at its natural top speed. The delta row shows the difference between the highest value.

Acceleration methodology: Acceleration was tested at Speed Skill 83 at the Bonneville Salt Flats (Mountain States). All cars were “launched” while depleting their full nitrous charge. No further nitrous was used to complete the challenge.  The nitrous button was held down before accelerating to ensure identical starts. By using the map to fast travel on the Speed Skill itself we can be sure the car always started on the exact same spot. The delta row shows the difference between the highest value.

This Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 2010 scored 6489 points in the acceleration test.

 

The Real World data

car level 749 Top speed delta Acceleration delta
2012 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392 226 -5 6415 -154
2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS 226 -5 6435 -134
2013 Nissan 370Z 225 -6 6474 -95
Ford Mustang GT 2011 227 -4 6417 -152
Ford Focus RS 2010 226 -5 6432 -137
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 2010 222 -9 6489 -80
2012 Dodge Charger SRT-8 226 -5 6400 -169
Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) 226 -5 6569 0
2012 Grand Cherokee SRTR8 227 -4 6459 -110
Mini Cooper S 2010 231 0 6513 -56
Chevrolet Camaro RS 1969 229 -2 6542 -27
1969 Dodge Charger r/t hemi 227 -4 6454 -115

 Which of these cars should not be used for competitive racing?

Some cars are troublesome and disqualify themselves based on acceleration test:

  • Dodge Challenger SRT-8 392
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS
  • Ford Mustang GT 2011
  • Ford Focus RS 2010
  • Dodge Charger SRT-8

If we look at top speeds then the following cars are lagging behind:

  •  Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 2010
  • Nissan 370Z

So if you are looking for the best competitive car you can likely skip on these.

What is the best Dirt Spec car?

Looking at the data a few “winners” emerge. The Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) has the highest grip rating and did best on the acceleration test. Unfortunately it is 5 KM/h slower on top speed. The Mini Cooper has has the highest top speed and scored very high on the acceleration test, it is only 56 points behind the Skyline. The mini also lacks 356 grip points.

Another interesting car is the Chevrolet Camaro RS 1969. This car has a high top speed (229 KM/h), did very well on the acceleration test  (-27) and scored good on the car stats. It is only 177 points behind in the grip rating.

Therefore GameplayInside recommends taking a closer look into the following cars

Nissan Skyline GT-R: has the best grip and acceleration but lacks some top speed (5 KM/h).
Mini Cooper S: has the best top speed but lacks some acceleration (-56) and loses 356 grip points.
Chevrolet Camaro RS 1969: seems to be a well balanced car; lacks only 177 grip points and 27 acceleration points.

Further testing?

Obviously there is room for additional testing. All these cars should be tested on a repeatable track so that the true effect of handling can be taking into account. This guide already took a lot of effort (and bucks), but it is planned for a future update :)!

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Comments:

  • Thanks for this guide ! Already owning the Skyline, gonna check out the Mini and the Camaro. I like to have multiple cars to choose from 🙂

    Please keep up the good work on The Crew !

    • Sebastiaan de Kooter

      Glad to be of service :).

      Currently working on a Circuit spec comparison.

  • The Most Known

    Thanks, good job.