This page is about the gameplay element. For other uses, see Nitro (disambiguation).

Adrenaline mode redirects here. For the game of a similar name, see Asphalt 6: Adrenaline.

A8 Perfect Nitro Metal Effect

A McLaren P1™ GTR activating the Perfect Nitro, Asphalt 8: Airborne.

A8 Knockdown Metal Effect

An Arash AF10 activating the Perfect Nitro and knocking down a GT by CITROEN, Asphalt 8: Airborne.

Nitro, also known as Adrenaline mode, is a fundamental aspect of the Asphalt series. It has appeared in every game so far. The nitro aspect draws heavily from Bandai Namco Entertainment's Ridge Racer series of racing games, as well as the nitro/turbo system in the Need for Speed series and the boost system in the Burnout series.

Nitro is a reference to nitrous oxyde, which racers sometimes pump into their vehicles' engines to make their engine produce more power due to more oxygen being present in combustion.


Nitro boosts the player's vehicle for a limited period of time. It can be triggered once the player has filled up their nitro gauge (doesn't have to be full).

Asphalt 5 and earlier games

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Asphalt 6: Adrenaline / Asphalt Injection / Asphalt 7: Heat/Asphalt 9: Legends

In Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Asphalt Injection, Asphalt 7: Heat and "Asphalt 9 : Legends " if the nitro gauge is full, the player can trigger Adrenaline mode, granting invincibility status to the player's car and making it very fast (often unrealistically faster than in later games), with the ability to knock down racers at even the slightest touch. Despite the advantages it seems to merit, it is also more dangerous, as it makes the player go a lot faster than normal, making cornering harder.

Asphalt 8: Airborne

In Asphalt 8: Airborne, there are now three levels of nitro which substitute Adrenaline mode:

  • Level 1 = Basic level of nitro, and the longest-lasting.
  • Level 2 = Triggered by firing nitro outside of the red zone. Equivalent to Perfect Nitro in terms of nitro efficiency.
  • Level 3 = Triggered by firing nitro again after triggering Level 2 nitro. Highest power, but the nitro gauge drains the fastest with this nitro level.
  • Perfect Nitro = Equivalent to Level 2 nitro in terms of nitro efficiency, except it has Level 3 power nitro. Triggered by firing the nitro once it hits the red zone (must be timed right). It is also worth noting that the screen brightens up and becomes very slightly blurry to emphasize the Perfect Nitro effect. On high-end iOS devices running iOS 8 or higher, Windows 10 (with the "Extreme" graphics setting), or high-end Android devices (with capable hardware), the vehicle's wheels leave behind trails of flames, similar to the turbo effect from Hot Wheels: Velocity X.

Additionally, in Infected mode, when the player has been infected, they are given unlimited nitro that is essentially Perfect Nitro but with an additional 22.2 mph (35.7 km/h), allowing vehicles to reach extreme speeds.

In the Career Mode Season races, there are multiple Perfect Nitro Triggered bonus stars to be achieved. This bonus objective also appears in Research & Development, Enduro Double Down, and Championships.

During loading screens, the game may occasionally state that firing nitro during a drift may help handle dangerous curves.

Asphalt Overdrive

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Asphalt Nitro

Nitro in Asphalt Nitro works exactly the same as in Asphalt 8: Airborne, but with major graphical differences.

Asphalt Xtreme

In Asphalt Xtreme, there are now three small nitro gauges. Perfect Nitro has been replaced with Long Nitro, which can be triggered by activating the nitro when the gauge hits the red zone. A Long Nitro will only last for 1 gauge unless fired again and is not locked into it, allowing a Level 3 to still be fired. The Nitro gauges now fill up after the small white bar below them has been filled up. In Infected, green nitro bottles will cause an infection but the race mode no longer has the 'Infection Overload' wreck. Nitro now remains active even if the player is drifting or in the air.

Replenishing Nitro

The Nitro gauge can be replenished during a race in various ways, namely by:

  1. Collecting blue (+25% Nitro power-up) or yellow (+50% Nitro power-up) nitro bottles
  2. Drifting
  3. Doing short mini-drifts side to side also known as "wiggiling"
  4. Air time
  5. Performing barrel rolls or flat spins
  6. Perfect runs
  7. Knocking down opponents
  8. Controlling/downing traffic vehicles or performing Near Misses
  9. Urban/city havoc/destruction (destroying obstacles)
  10. Driving (in Xtreme)


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