Need for Speed Unbound’s Vol.4 update celebrates 75 years of Porsche

Thomas Harrison-Lord
The electric Porsche Taycan will be added to the roster of cars, alongside further Linkup locations and Gauntlet playlists.
Need for Speed Unbound's Vol4 update celebrates 75 years of Porsche

As part of the Stuttgart manufacturer’s celebrations, which include limited edition Xbox consoles, the next game update for Need for Speed Unbound is set to feature a whole lot more of Porsche.

Porsche Taycan Turbo S

As with the recent updates for Criterion Games’ open-world racer, there’s one new car that can be unlocked – the electric Porsche Taycan Turbo S.

0-60mph is dispatched in just 2.4 seconds in this all-wheel-drive super-saloon. To unlock it, there’s a new Porsche -themed Lakeshore Online Playlist. Complete that three times and the Taycan will be available to purchase for both multiplayer and single-player garages.

Need for Speed Unbound Porsche Taycan

Gauntlet Playlist mode

A new playlist type, the Gauntlet events will see the cops active during a race. If you take them down during the event, you increase your rewards. If you get busted, however, you lose everything.

Fresh Linkup areas

Linkups are a form of online co-op added to Unbound in Vol.3, and we thought it was one of the best features yet.

This time around, seven new areas have been added for up to 16 players to try and complete objectives together. When the green dot appears on the Lakeshore Online map, you can now quick-route to a Linkup too.

Need for Speed Unbound's Vol 4 update celebrates 75 years of Porsche

Legendary Custom Porsche 911 Carrera S (1997)

More new Porsche content, except this time the 993-generation 911 is already in the game. But this extremely customised version is not.

Legendary Custom Porsche 911 Carrera S 993 1997 Need for Speed Unbound

To unlock it, hit level 50 of the Speed Pass, a relatively recent cosmetic item unlock system that pays out XP after every completed event. Alongside the extended sportscar, further unlockable customisation items will be available.

Two new DLC packs

As is the format, all paid DLC for Unbound is purely cosmetic-based. This time around, there are fresh designs for the Mercedes-Benz G63, part of a Hip Hop Origins Swag Pack, and Lotus Exige.

Need for Speed Unbound Hip Hop Mercedes G63

There is also a new Customs Pack, which delivers three cosmetic packs for cars that call back to classic Need for Speed titles for $5.99.

  • Eddie’s NISSAN Skyline GT-R V·spec (1993) – Need for Speed™ Underground
  • Rachel’s NISSAN 350Z (2008) – Need for Speed™ Underground 2
  • Joe’s Polestar 1 (2020) – Need for Speed™ Heat

These cars are all already in the game, and can be earnt organically, but the visual customisations are only available through this DLC. It’s up to you…

Need for Speed Unbound Heat Bonus McLaren F1

Speaking of NfS Heat, anyone who owns and played the 2019 will now receive the McLaren F1 within Unbound as a thank you bonus. EA Play subscribers will receive a customised 2021 Lamborghini Countach.

Daily and weekly challenges will also be refreshed and some online Playlists and Linkups we’ll be ‘Boosted’ for a limited time for extra bank.

Need for Speed Unbound Lamborghini Countach 2021 EA Play

Vol.4 will also launch with a series of quality-of-life fixes, listed below. It launches on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S on 16th August 2023.

When does Need for Speed Vol.4 release?

The Vol.4 update and content for Need for Speed Unbound releases 16th August 2023.

Need for Speed Unbound Vol.4 changelog

Quality of Life Improvements:

  • Players can now quick route to Linkups.
  • The number of decals players can place on livery wraps has been increased to 1,000.


  • Fixed an issue where Waru’s Racer in Trouble mission would not occur.
  • Fixed an issue where A$AP Rocky’s vehicle delivery mission would not occur.
  • Fixed an issue where cops would stop interacting with the player after they participated in a Qualifier event.

Client & Performance:

  • Fixed an issue where some PCs failed to boot via EA App.
  • Fixed an issue where players would encounter graphical issues with Nvidia DLSS enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where the player is unable to load into multiplayer due to an inventory issue.

Map & World:

  • Fixed an issue on the map screen where Linkup time remaining was not accurate.
  • Fixed an issue where Linkups would despawn too early.


  • Fixed an issue where the messaging between rounds in linkups didn’t display correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where daily challenges weren’t appearing correctly if completed on the previous day.
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to join a Linkup after leaving a Playlist.


  • Fixed an issue where players would incorrectly be labeled as in a cop chase in the Playlist podium screen.
  • Fixed an issue where the party menu failed to open on certain screens.
  • Fixed an issue where the Linkup notification message appeared incorrectly after leaving the garage. 
  • Fixed an issue where chat wheel messages would appear for players while in the playlist car select screen.
  • Fixed an issue where the Linkup in-progress notification incorrectly stays on screen. 
  • Fixed an issue where the Speed Pass max rank wasn’t shown correctly on the player’s banner.
  • Fixed an issue where the Mitsubishi Evolution X 2008 Epic Custom had the wrong body kit thumbnail.
  • Fixed an issue where player banner stickers wouldn’t display correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where the Linkup of screen indicator would sometimes appear while in the garage.
  • Fixed an issue where the off screen indicator showing a player’s heat, appeared incorrectly during Linkups.

Vehicle Customisation:

  • Fixed an issue where decals would become transparent after being reset.
  • Fixed an issue where, at times, the body kit and wrap for A$AP Rocky’s Mercedes 190E couldn’t be applied.

General Fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where EA Play subscribers were seeing incorrect offers as part of their Player First Trial.
  • Fixed an issue where Speed Pass rewards didn’t appear correctly when returning to the garage.
  • Balanced the intensity of Linkups effects at night. 
  • Fixed an issue where the reward screen didn’t appear correctly after purchasing premium content. 
  • Fixed an issue where progress would get blocked if players completed a multiplayer challenge before starting a campaign.
  • Various minor bug fixes & stability improvements in addition to what’s specified in these patch notes.

Source: EA

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