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The Need for Speed features seven courses divided into two categories: Road courses and Track courses. All courses are available from the beginning of the game except for the Lost Vegas course as it requires the player to complete all tournaments in order to be unlocked.

Road courses are point-to-point events split into 3 stages whilst Track courses follow a circuit with a set number of laps.

Burnt Sienna and Transtropolis are two additional courses included in the PC only released "Special Edition" of The Need for Speed.

Road

City

City is a 16 mile long road course that stretches across a city with mostly straight roads. It also passes a memorial park, a recreation centre and an industrial park.

It has an overall difficulty rating of Beginner. In Tournament mode, players are only allowed to drive class C vehicles along this course.

Segment 1 City 1 Segment 2 City 2 Segment 3 City 3
5.2 miles

Beginner
4.7 miles

Beginner
6.1 miles

Intermediate

Coastal

Coastal is a 15.2 mile road course that encompasses resorts, valleys, cliffs and beaches along its seaside terrain.

It has an overall difficulty rating of Intermediate. In Tournament mode, players are only allowed to drive class B vehicles along this course.

Segment 1 Coastal 1 Segment 2 Coastal 2 Segment 3 Coastal 3
5.2 miles

Beginner
5.0 miles

Intermediate
5.0 miles

Intermediate

Alpine

Alpine is an 18.1 mile long road course that traverses through farmlands, along a lake, through a forest and across a glacier.

It has an overall difficulty rating of Advanced. In Tournament mode, players are only allowed to drive class A vehicles along this course.

Segment 1 Alpine 1 Segment 2 Alpine 2 Segment 3 Alpine 3
5.7 miles

Intermediate
6.4 miles

Advanced
6.0 miles

Advanced

Track

Rusty Springs Raceway

Rusty Springs Raceway
Rusty Springs Raceway is a mostly oval shaped course set within a barren desert.

It has a difficulty rating of Beginner and contains four corners along its 1.5 mile length. It also only permits the use of class C vehicles in Tournament mode.

Rusty Springs Raceway can be altered to an Egyptian setting known as "Oasis Springs." The player must input the cheat code - EAC RALY - before entering a race at the Rusty Springs Raceway.

Autumn Valley Speedway

Autumn Valley Speedway
Autumn Valley Speedway is a modern race course with autumn coloured trees situated around it as well as large race day inflatables.

It has a difficulty rating of Intermediate and contains eight corners along its 3.0 mile length of steeply banked turns. It also only permits the use of class B vehicles in Tournament mode.

Vertigo Ridge

Vertigo Ridge
Vertigo Ridge is a high altitude track that follows a series of rocky mountains and highland forests.

It has a difficulty rating of Advanced and features 11 corners along its 3.0 mile length. It also only permits the use of class A vehicles in Tournament mode.

Lost Vegas

Lost Vegas
Lost Vegas is a track set within the middle of a Las Vegas inspired city. It is the only course to feature a night time setting.

It has a difficulty rating of Intermediate and features 9 corners along its 3.0 mile length. It also only permits the use of class A vehicles in Tournament mode.

Lost Vegas is unlocked upon the player completing one of the tournament events.

Burnt Sienna

Burnt Sienna
Burnt Sienna is set within a barren desert. The course goes through an Old Western ghost town, a mine and a cave.

It has a difficulty rating of Intermediate and features 13 corners along its 3.0 mile length. It also only permits the use of class B vehicles in Tournament mode.

Burnt Sienna is only available in "Special Edition" of The Need for Speed.

Transtropolis

Transtropolis
Transtropolis features an extremely compacted urban setting that traverses through a multi-story carpark, industrial areas and an airport.

It has a difficulty rating of Advanced and features 16 corners along its 3.0 mile length. It also only permits the use of class A vehicles in Tournament mode.

Transtropolis is only available in "Special Edition" of The Need for Speed.

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