I know many people think that they need to get all cars in Real Racing 3, but that is not correct. If you choose the right ones you can finish all the series and save a lot of cash.
Getting all cars will cost you R$45,643,695 & 78,710 Gold – without the upgrades. So, if you do not invest any real money you simply need to make smart car choices and that’s what I have here in my Real Racing 3 Car Buying Guide.
I have always kept in mind to only recommend you to buy cars that you need to finish a certain career series with available bonus series in mind – I call that smart skipping cars.
You will always need at least 2 cars to finish a series in general as the first car will not meet the PR required for the last races, even when being fully upgraded.
The first category after you finished driving school. With a lot of bonus series you should start watching out to not buy every car available, there will be points later where you really need the R$ you start saving now (not even talking about the Gold).
Pure Stock Challenge Series
You need to Start with the Nissan Silva, but this won’t get you far so only do the upgrades you must to unlock the Ford Focus RS – the Ford will be able to get you the BMW 1 Series M Coupe unlocked. I’d recommend skipping the Dodge Charger as you will need to apply Gold upgrades to finish the last races in the Pure Stock Challenge series and you won’t need it for any bonus series as other cars in later career series will be better there.
Street-Spec Skirmish Series
Take the Skyline GT-R and upgrade is as far as possible and skip the Nissan 350Z. Then you should get the BMW Z4 M Coupe. You can finish the series by upgrading it to the max (but you need 8 Gold for 2 upgrades that you can’t buy otherwise, however a small price). Getting the Z4 SDrive 35i is not necessary as you can also use the 1 Series M Couple from the Pure Stock Challenge to finish the 6 Cyl Annihilation bonus series.
Bonus Series in AMATEUR
When you follow the above instructions you have the suiting cars already available:
- Road Car International: Z4 M Couple from Stree-Spec Skirmish series
- 6 Cyl Annihilation Series: BMW 1 Series M Coupe from the Pure Stock Challenge series will get you through all the races (you will need to use 7 Gold for the last upgrades but that’s worth it)
- Global Production Pursuit: When you take the BMW Z4 M Couple like recommended above, you already have the best car available.
V8 Naturals Series
The Dodge Charger R/T is the initial car and you can skip the Charger SRT8 as it is not strong enough to get to the last races. Next you should take the Lexus IS F but do not invest in the Gold upgrades. The Gold upgrades for this car could take you through the whole series but you should instead get the Cobra 427 (even though it costs 180 Gold), it will not require any Gold upgrades to finish the series and pay it back in the bonus series “The Legend Continues”.
Performance Rumble Series
You start off with the Dodge Challenger SRT8 and skip the Nissan 370Z. Then you should get the Ford Shelby GT500 as it will be great for the V8 Muscle Hustle and Couple Clash bonus series, although do not invest in the Gold upgrades. Only use the car until you unlock the M3 GTS. This car is a beast and also required in a couple other bonus and exclusive series.
Start off with the Audi TT RS Coupe until you can get the BMW M6 Coupe. You should also invest the 33 Gold for all upgrades for the M6 Coupe and it will be strong enough to finish the whole series for you and you can skip the 911 GT3 RS.
Bonus Series in PRO/AM
With my recommendation in this guide here you are prepared for the bonus series:
- AWD Attack: Uses an exclusive car that you need to buy
- Road Flair: You have the Skyline GT-R from the Street-Spec Skirmish series
- V8 Performance Brawl: Use the Shelby GT500 from the Performance Rumble series and wait for the later series that will give you the more powerful cars, do not invest Gold
- V8 Muscle Hustle: As said above, the Shelby GT500 is a great choice and will bring you through the whole bonus series.
- Prime Production Match-Up: You can finish this bonus series with the Z4 M Coupe from the Street-Spec Skirmish series
- Coupe Clash: Again, you have the most powerful car with the Shelby GT500 in your garage
- Classic Mazda Challenge: You need to buy the exclusive car
- Skyline Classic Challenge: You need to buy the exclusive car
- Hot Hatch Power Match: You can use the Ford Focus RS but you will need to buy the Megane R.S. 275 for 95 Gold later
- Hot Hatch Power Match 2: When you buy the Megane R.S. you can finish the series with this car
- *New* Classic Nissan Collection: This bonus series is pretty bad as you will need to buy all cars with Gold and can’t use them in any other series
- *New* Japanese Sport Showdown: With the Nissan Silva from the first career series you can get pretty far but don’t invest in Gold upgrades if you haven’t already, the Nissan won’t take you through this whole bonus series you need the Honda S2000 that costs 160 Gold.
Pro/Am Supercar Club Series
You start out with the Dodge Viper SRT10 and should upgrade it and keep it until you can buy the Nissan GT-R Premium, means you can skip the Ford GT. You also don’t need the Porsche Carrera GT as the Nissan GT-R Premium is able to finish the last races even without the Gold upgrades (but they make it easier) and the Modern Sport Car Classic bonus series.
Supercar Masters Series
The Lamborghini Gallardo is the starting car in this series and it will take you far enough to get the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0. The Porsche will also be very helpful for the Deutsch Duel bonus series but even with all upgrades it will not be strong enough to get the latest races, even with the Gold upgrades. You will need the Audi R8 V10 Coupe as well but also good enough to finish the V10 Showdown bonus series.
Classic American Muscle Series
Starting out with the Dodge Challenger RT and you can skip the Charger RT. The Cobra GT500 costs 80 Gold but is still a good investment. Otherwise you would need to pay 122 Gold to max out the Charger RT so it’s cheaper, makes it easier and you have a nice car for the Retro RWD Tour bonus series.
Bonus Series in PRO
Now let’s have a look at the bonus series, you already have pretty much the required cars you can have:
- RWD Open Revolution: You have the BMW M3 GTS from the PRO/AM series that will get you through this bonus series
- Modern Sport Car Classic: With the Nissan GT-R Premium from the Pro/Am Supercar Club series you can handle this bonus series pretty well
- V10 Showdown: Buying the Audi R8 V10 Coupe in the Supercar Masters series was smart and you can complete the bonus series with this car
- Deutsch Duel: With the Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 you already have the best car you can have for this bonus series
- Retro RWD Tour: The Cobra GT500 you bought is strong enough to finish the whole bonus series
- E-Type Extravaganza: This exclusive series requires that you buy the car
- GT4 Rebels: You need to buy the car but it’s quite expensive with 280 Gold
- Japanese Production Club: As you skipped the 350Z in the Amateuer group, you should get the Lexus IS 350 F Sport and then wait until you can get the Mazda RX-7. It’s the best way as you need the Mazda anyway to complete this bonus series.
- Renault´s Global Passion: You need to buy the car but it’s quite expensive with 260 Gold
- Group A Grand Tour: You need to buy the car but it’s quite expensive with 280 Gold
- Vintage Muscle: You already have the Cobra GT500 and it’s good enough to make it through the series
- *New* Maximum Muscle: You remember when I told you to skip the Dodge Charger SRT8 in V8 Naturals? Well, here you *could* use it but it won’t take you barely to 50% in this bonus series and you need to buy a Gold car anyway. I’d save this bonus series until you hit a later career series and the cash don’t bother you
- *New* Nissan Production Heroes: The same here, you skipped the Nissan 370Z so wait until later to get it when the price will not bother you that much. Keep in mind that you need the Gold price 370Z NISMO to finish the series, the 370Z you can buy with cash will only get you barely to 75%
- *New* VTEC VS Wankel: I’d skip this bonus series completely, you will need to buy and upgrade 2 Gold cars…
Accolade Open Series
The best strategy here is getting the Audi R8 LMS Ultra as it can be used in 5 more bonus series and you can skip the Porsche 918 RSR Concept that will cost 150 Gold on your way to get the BMW M3 GT2 ALMS. There’s an exclusive series for the 918 but you can puchase it later and the M3 is great for a lot more bonus series.
Prestige Powermatch Series
You have the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and with all the Gold upgrades that you had to do to pass the Marquis World Championship challenge you can finish the whole series. Optionally you can also get the SL 65 AMG Black Series to help you out in other bonus series but this is not mandatory.
Aston Martin Expedition Series
Bonus Series in EXPERT
Now let’s have a look at the bonus series, you already have pretty much the required cars you can have:
- V10 Grand Open: You can start out with the Dodge Viper SRT10 from the Accolade Open. Then I’d recommend you to not get any other car for that bonus series as you need to get the Lexus LFA in a later career series anyway.
- Muscle and Prestige: This is not a nice bonus series and I’d recommend you to skip this one as it requires you to buy the Bentley Continental GT and further cars for Gold that you don’t necessarily need.
- Factory Faceoff: You have the DB9 and the Lexus IS F from earlier career stations so you won’t have a problem finishing them.
- Spadaconcept Supercar Showcase: You will need to buy the exclusive car for that
- Luxury Tourer Tournament: With the DB9 and the Maserati GranTurismo you have two good cars in your garage to finish this bonus series
- Track Aces: This is also a bad bonus series as it requires you to buy cars that you need to pay Gold for
- Silvia R3 Spec World Series: You will need to buy the exclusive car for that
- Porsche Supremacy: You can use the Cayman GT4 if you have it from the GT4 Renegades bonus series
- Unleashed World Series: You have the Aston Martin DB9 so you can finish the series
- Ultimate Vantage: I told you to get the V12 Vantage, right? Use it here and you’re good
- Millennial Sports: I’d recommend you to wait until you unlock the Porsche 911 GT2 in a later series and then finish this bonus series
Open Sky Challenge
You get the Ariel Atom 3.5 and should upgrade it until you unlock the Caterham Seven 620 R. The Caterham is the car that will let you finish the series but you need 237 Gold for that. Alternatively, I recommend you to not invest in the Gold upgrades and get the Ariel Atom V8 for 150 Gold and get only the necessary Gold upgrades, that will get cheaper.
Euro Supercar Duel
Both cars here are pretty similar and you only need one of them for this series – I recommend you to take the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG and max it out with the Gold upgrades. Don’t get the Bentley, it has not a higher power rating and you won’t get a real advantage from buying it.
Classic Ferrari Showdown
The F40 is your car of choice and you won’t need to buy the F50 with Gold to finish this series, rather use that Gold to max out the F40 unless you’re soo in love with the F50 that you really have to have it 😂
GT3 World Series
Use the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and skip the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560 GT3 and then get the BMW Z4 GT3. The Z4 is strong enough to get you through the whole series and the Vantage GT3 will not give you any additional advantages in other bonus series so you can save the cash here.
Bonus Series in MASTER
Now let’s have a look at the bonus series, you already have pretty much the required cars you can have:
- German Grand Tour: If you got the R8 V10 Coupe like I recommended earlier you can take it to win this challenge, however, you also got the Z4 GT3 that is pretty much the same power
- Grip Fiends: You have the BMW M3 GT2 ALMS so you have the strongest car for that bonus series in your garage
- Grand Tourer Supremacy Series: I recommended you earlier to get the Mercedes SL 65 AMG and this is the right car to do the job here
- GTS Superseries: You will need to buy the exclusive car for that
- Ferrari Heritage Hustle: You have the Ferrari 375 F1 already from the Redline Originals challenge
- East/West Throwdown: You have cars to start it but later you will need the Nissan Sumo Power, but you will get it from a later career series
- Race-spec Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale World Tour: You will need to buy the exclusive car for that
- 6 Cyl Mastery: This is a tricky one. Even if you have the Cayman GT4 you won’t make it very far here and need to buy the expensive Gold cars later
- Open Sky Challenge II: You have the Caterham Seven 620 R so no worries you can finish this bonus series
- Road vs Rally: If you decide to get the Lotus Exige for the 6 Cyl mastery bonus series you can finish this series as well
- Japanese Ultra: Another nasty bonus series with only expensive cars that you can only buy with Gold
- *New* Season in Sicily: You need to buy the car for 400 Gold and need Gold upgrades to proceed beyond 45% completion so I’d skip this one
- *New* Nissan R3 Spec Showcase: This is another series where you need to dump a lot of Gold
- *New* Mountain Spider: 400 Gold for the car plus you can only get 25% without Gold upgrades.
Speedrush TV Challenge
This series kicks off with the Speedrush TV Challenge where you get the Audi R8 V10 Spyder so there’s not much car strategy to use here except of winning races and upgrading that Audi R8 V10 Spyder. Make sure to unlock the car at the end because you will use it in the next career series otherwise you will pay 65 Gold.
GT1 Grand Tour
My recommendation is to start the party off with Ford GT FIA GT1 that you can use for a later bonus series and only upgrade it until you can get the Nissan Sumo Power. I know it sucks but you need to get 3 cars in this series (but these will be super helpful for a bunch of bonus series, so take it easy). The Nissan Sumo Power will help you to unlock the Lamborghini Murcielago R-SV GT1 (also helpful for a bunch of bonus series).
Lexus LFA Showcase
You have only the Lexus LFA here but it will be helpful for more bonus series.
You can get pretty far in this series without any Gold upgrades, unless you want to 100% it.
This series requires you to get the Ferrari FF and as the F12Berlinetta costs 320 Gold you should also get the 2nd car that is the 458 Italia, which will be very handy in multiple bonus series. You will need to invest some Gold upgrades for the Ferrari 458 Italia but this will be a lot less than getting the F12Berlinetta and upgrading it.
Bonus Series in ELITE
The career series haven’t been that exciting in Expert if you ask me but the bonus series are really large. There are lots of them and they also feature pretty awesome cars as well, so let’s check out how to beat them without going broke 😉
- 12+ Cyl Slam: With the Pagani Zonda F from my recommendation above you can finish the first part of the series easily. After that you will need to get the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 (but this is also a car useful for other bonus series later)
- The Legend Continues: Both cars cost Gold so you might want to save this one for last, especially as you need to have both of them to finish the series
- Hi-Rev Rush: You should have the Lamborghini Murcielago R-SV GT1 from the GT1 Grand Tour which is, despite how it looks when you look at the series, the strongest car in the series so you’re good here.
- Global GT Clash: Also here you have the Ford GT FIA GT1 from the GT1 Grand Tour or the BMW M3 GT2 ALMS from the Accolade Open of the Expert series so you have two cars that will take you through this bonus series
- 50 Years of 911: I’d recommend you to wait until you unlocked the Porsche Ascendancy bonus series (also in this career series) and finish this series off with the Porsche 911 Turbo (2009) you unlock there directly so you can skip the first cars here.
- Battle Italia: With the Ferrari 458 Italia you can make some good progress here, but it won’t be enough to finish off this whole bonus series. Bottom line you will need the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 to finish this series (which will also be needed in the Burning Rubber bonus series later).
- International Power Match: With the Lamborghini Murcielago R-SV GT1 from the GT1 Grand Tour you already have the car to finish this bonus series in your garage.
- Road Masters: With the Lexus LFA and the Audi R8 V10 Spyder you already have the cars that will bring you through the first half of this series but the only car to finish it is the McLaren 675LT that you need to buy and not have in any career series – however, it is useful for other bonus series as well.
- Project Jaguar: This bonus series really sucks, all cars only available via Gold and no other great use for them. I skipped it actually.
- Grand Adventure: You already have the Ferrari 458 Italia but you will need the McLaren 570GT (which costs 400 Gold so it’s not really worth it in my opinion)
- Coupé de Grâce: This is also a bonus series where you will need a car that costs Gold. I only recommend you to make this series if you decide to do the Project Jaguar bonus series as well so try to get the Jaguar F-TYPE SVR.
- Track Thrillers: You already have the Lexus LFA from the career series. In case you didn’t unlock the Audi R8 V10 Spyder in the first career series you already got the McLaren MP4-12C. Bottom line you will to get and max out the Ferrari F12TDF (that is not active in any other series so wouldn’t recommend that unless it’s the last one left)
- Trofeo Trials: You need to get the 460 Gold Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo as it’s the only car you can use in this series.
- Burning Rubber: I’d recommend you to finish the Battle Italie bonus series first and there you need to get the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 anyway and that’s the car that will also help you finish this series.
- Porsche Ascendancy: From the 50 Yeats of 911 you have the Porsche 911 Turbo (2009) and you can use it to get as far as possible, but to finish the series you will need to get 918 Spyder Weissach Package for 700 Gold.
- Supercar Revelations: Another bonus series where you need to invest some heavy Gold. You need to get the McLaren 570GT and the 600LT to finish that series (1000 Gold in total).
- Superfast Supercars: This series requires you to get cars. Even when you think that the Huracan LP610-4 will be ok . to get because you can use it in the 720S Proving Grounds bonus series and Automotive Mastery, it won’t get you to 100%
- Exos Experience: 880 Gold for a car that will only get you 49% without Gold upgrades…
- Ford Shelby R3 Spec GT350R World Series: 450 Gold for a car that will only get you 29% without Gold upgrades…
- Lamborghini Huracán R3 Spec World Series: 550 Gold for a car that will only get you 29% without Gold upgrades…
- Jaguar C-X75 R3 Spec World Series: 900 Gold for a car that will only get you 45% without Gold upgrades…
- Supercar Clash: The Porsche 918 Spyder Concept is the first car in Legend career you will buy so wait for it and then come back to get 50% completion here . without buying the Gold cars
- All-Out Attack: You skipped the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 earlier in career but you can now buy it with cash if you want to. Don’t mind the Gold upgrades though, they won’t get you past 50% in this bonus series
- 720S Proving Grounds: You need to buy 2 Gold cars here with Gold upgrades (1200+ Gold) . to do this season, I’d skip it
- Automotive Mastery: Do the International Power Match bonus series first to be able to get the McLaren 650S GT3 with cash for this bonus series
- *New* Nissan GT-R (R35) R3 Spec World Series: 850 Gold for a car that will only get you 31% without Gold upgrades…
You’ll start off with the Porsche 918 Spyder Concept (that you can also use for the Supercar Clash bonus series in MASTER and other bonus series very well). I skipped the Pagani Huayara because it’s not that useful in other bonus series and went for the Koenigsegg CCXR that will get you enough for unlocking the next series.
Spirit of Ferrari
This is a tricky series and you will start off with the Ferrari 458 Spider. The second car is a Ferrari 599 GTO and is actually stronger then the Ferrari Enzo. Now here comes the struggle, you will need the Ferrari Enzo for a bonus series but to skip the 599 GTO that is strong enough to finish the series but not useful in any other bonus series you will have to do all the Gold upgrades on the 459 Spider. This costs 398 Gold and is more expensive than getting the 599 GTO for 300 Gold.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is the only car you can buy with cash here and strong enough to get you through the series and unlock the Road To LeMans. In a recent update they adapted it and the Bugatti will not be strong enough to get the 83 PR required to unlock the Road To le Mans, even with all Gold upgrades applied so do not waste any Gold for upgrades here! You will need to get the Koenigsegg Agera R, no other car will be strong enough – it helpful for later bonus series though but still a bad move from the developers here. Look out for discounts they get promoted frequently for the Koenigsegg…
Road To Le Mans
There’s not that much strategy here as you will need to race through the stages. In the first stage you have the Nissan Skyline from Street Spec Skirmish, the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 from Super Car Masters series, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and the last car is one that you have to buy.
The McLaren P1 is the first car and I wouldn’t bother too much about the Renault and straight upgrade the P1 to finish this series with it.
… more coming soon…