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Vehicles in Mafia II are authentic to their time period. With 44 accessible vehicles and an additional 12 bonus vehicles, the variation adds an element of realism to the vibrant look of Empire Bay. Vehicles are unlocked throughout the course of the game and most passenger vehicles can be saved in the player's garages.

Cars can run out of fuel, suffer body damage, collect dirt and explode. Upgrades and repairs can be purchased at any Charlie's Service & Repair. Car trunks and hoods can be opened, and engines can be repaired if they break down. The player can customize many parts of the car to their liking, including engine upgrades, color changes, wheels, tires, as well as personalized license plates. Additional upgrades are added through download of certain DLCs.

Vehicles

1940s

Passenger Cars

Trucks and Vans

Specialty Vehicles

1950s

Passenger Cars

Trucks and Vans

Specialty Vehicles

Limited Availability

Seen Only

Bonus Vehicles

Main article: Downloadable Content in Mafia II

Greaser Pack

Made Man Pack

Renegade Pack

The Betrayal of Jimmy

Vegas Pack

War Hero Pack

Game Ownership Bonuses

Joe's Adventures

Cut Vehicles

Vehicle Modification

Main article: Charlie's Service & Repair

Performance Upgrades

Vehicles in Mafia II can be modified with three levels of performance upgrades.

  • Basic Tuning increases the overall performance and top speed of the engine. This is the only level available in the 1940s era of the game.
  • Sports Tuning decreases the weight of the vehicle and tightens up the suspension, giving the vehicle better handling.
  • Super Charge increases the engine's speed by adding a supercharger. This level is only available if The Betrayal of Jimmy or Jimmy's Vendetta is installed.

Cosmetic Upgrades

Vehicles in Mafia II can be modified with four different cosmetic upgrades.

  • Paint. Vehicles can be painted in single or two-tone, depending on the vehicle. 20 colors are available in the 1940s era and an additional 20 are added in the 1950s.
  • Custom paint jobs. Eight different custom paint jobs, from racing stripes and decals to flames, are available. These are only accessible if The Betrayal of Jimmy or Jimmy's Vendetta is installed.
  • Wheels and tires. Choose from twelve different sets of Rims and Tires. Five are available in the 1940s era and an additional seven become available in the 1950s.
  • Custom license plates. Change your license plate to suit your personality. Choose up to six characters with numbers 0-9 and letters A-Z.

Vehicle Theft

A large part of Mafia II is vehicle theft or 'grand theft auto' as the police dispatcher in-game refers to it as. In fact, this is how you obtain the very large majority of your vehicles since no option to purchase them legitimately exists in-game.

That is why a number of different methods are present in order to break into vehicles around the map. The first (and only) tactic you are properly shown comes in chapter two in the form of lockpicking which allows you to quietly break into cars and slip away without drawing much attention to yourself. The difficulty ranges from just a single pin on car models such as the Smith V8 all the way up to six pins on the Shubert Armored Van. While lockpicking is a good method if you don't fancy attracting police attention right away, it is the slowest of all methods and increases the chances that an officer on his beat or a patrol car will see you

The next method is simply smashing the window. This is a far quicker method than lockpicking, however civilians will panic if the see you and police officers are much more perceptive when it comes to window breaking and they are able to see you from greater distances, thus upping your chances of becoming wanted. While you can always smash a window, there are certain other tactics that can be utilised. For example, when wielding a two handed weapon such as a shotgun, the player character will use the butt stock of the gun and break the glass in a single hit, unlike sidearms and your elbows which take two hits, thus making it much more effective to pull out a longarm. However, you do have the added risk of police officers and gangsters seeing you who will become hostile in their own ways.

The final method is shooting at the car. While this sounds counter intuitive, there are some benefits. For example, shooting at either the driver or passenger side windows and breaking them allows you to enter the car as normal. Whilst being extremely swift, it will no-doubt attracted the attention of local law enforcement. The other shooting method is firing at the car's handle. With enough shots the lock will eventually pop off and you will be allowed to enter the car as normal. Be warned however, this method is extremely ineffective as it takes a large amount of shots to actually get the lock off, even sometimes taking as much as a full magazine in sidearms and in some cases nearly a full shotgun tube. This was likely put in a world building however, an attempt to make the cars as interactable as possible.

Trivia

There are 7 vehicle related achievements in Mafia II.

  • The One Careful Owner achievement requires the player to drive a total of 50 miles in one vehicle.
  • The Petrol Head achievement requires the player to drive at least 30 different vehicles.
  • The Cruise Control achievement requires the player to keep any vehicle at 30 mph or over for 5 minutes.
  • The Get Rich or Die Flyin' achievement requires the player to get all wheels of your car into the air for at least 20 meters and then touch the ground again.
  • The Pedal to the Metal achievement requires the player to travel at 125 mph.
  • The Tuned Ride achievement requires the player to upgrade one of your cars one level.
  • The Dream Handling achievement requires the player to upgrade one of your cars to the maximum level.

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