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CSR2 ShowDown Leagues (Season #154) – Best Cars + Tunes

ShowDown is the latest new game mode in CSR2 and you can win some nice prizes there if you use the right strategy.

With every ShowDown Event, I will post here how the eligible cars will perform and which one you should use.

Elite ShowDown (April 24th, 2022)

This next Elite ShowDown is coming:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 (Maxed) Time Stage 6 (Elite 0) Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Lamborghini LB Silhouette Huracan Coupe 5 7.470 7.982 9.269 Click here
Bugatti EB110 SS 5 7.694 9.673 11.176 Click here
Mazda RX-7 Rocket Bunny 4 9.680 10.482 12.726 Click here
Lamborghini Countach LP 5000 QV 4 9.874 11.742 12.659 Click here
Honda LB NSX 4 9.882 10.472 12.728 Click here
Ford 1966 GT40 Mk2 4 9.948 11.852 13.491 Click here

In this upcoming Elite ShowDown there are no big surprises and most players will run the Silhouette Huracan with being given out so many times in previous events and most players have it upgraded well, too.

Champion ShowDown (May 17th, 2022)

Here’s the new roaster for the ShowDown:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Porsche Duke Dynamics 911 GT-RSR 5 7.736 10.275 Click here
McLaren Artura 5 7.737 9.996 Click here
BMW M8 Competition Coupe 5 8.043
McLaren 675LT Spider 5 9.319 12.655 Click here
Audi 2014 LB R8 V10 Coupe 4 10.727 14.911 Click here
Mercedes-AMG G 63 4 10.743 12.525 Click here

Unless you really want or did max out the Duke Dynamics Porsche, the McLaren Artura will probably be the best choice to use. It’s a dyno-beater. easy to drive and was the Prestige Cup car not too long ago so chances are high you can run it without much additional investment.

Champion ShowDown (May 3rd, 2022)

Here’s the new roaster for the ShowDown:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster 5 7.147 9.912 Click here
Chevrolet COPO Camaro 5 7.193 8.928 Click here
McLaren Vorsteiner 570-VX 5 8.224 11.236 Click here
Donkervoort D8 GTO 5 8.343 10.671 Click here

Pretty clear times here and if you are in a milestone crew you want to upgrade that Zonda Cinque Roadster for ShowDown to get a huge lead and get the final milestone prices for sure. The COPO Camaro is a paid car in previous events so if you have it and upgraded it you can also use it as it will perform quite similar.

The Prestige Cup car, the McLaren Vorsteiner 570-VX is pretty much 1 second slower and should be you choice if you have no other option.

Elite ShowDown (April 14th, 2022)

This next Elite ShowDown is coming:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 (Maxed) Time Stage 6 (Elite 0) Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo 5 7.103 7.578 10.047 Click here
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider 5 7.472 7.747 11.318 Click here
Porsche Carrera GT 5 7.574 9.068 11.121 Click here
Lamborghini Huracan Coupe 5 7.898 8.347 10.739 Click here

The Saleen S7 is the clear favorite here but with the 488 Pista Spider and the Huracan Coupe (Attention! It’s NOT the LB Silhouette version) you have also options to go with. Overall a ShowDown where every player can compete in and if you don’t have any car, the 488 Pista Spider will be available for Gold and a good investment as it will be frequently featured in ShowDown events.

Champion ShowDown (April 20th, 2022)

Here’s the new roaster for the ShowDown

Car Tier Time Stage 6 Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
W Motors Fenyr Supersport 5 7.840 9.787 Click here
Bentley Continental GT Speed 5 9.641 12.248 Click here
TVR Sagaris 4 10.105 12.027 Click here
Aston Martin Vantage (Elite Max) 4 10.314 12.771 Click here
Aston Martin Vantage (Elite 0) 4 10.622 12.771 Click here

If you have the Fenyr Supersport, lucky you then you can easily crush anything else. I’d personally run the TVR Sagaris which you should have maxed after the two times it was Prestige Cup car and investing all the cash into the Bentley for that little boost is not really worth it.

Elite ShowDown (April 14th, 2022)

This next Elite ShowDown iscoming:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 (Maxed) Time Stage 6 (Elite 0) Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Shelby Super Snake 5 7.452 7.709 9.969 Click here
Bugatti EB110 SS 5 7.694 9.673 11.176 Click here
Porsche 911 R 5 7.889 7.941 11.558 Click here
SUBARU 2020 BRZ tS 5 7.895 8.167 9.51 Click here

The final times of the cars are pretty close together and I think for most players the best take will be the Subaru BRZ for the plain reason that you need to max it out for Tashimi X anyway and probably already have with maybe a few missing Elite Custom Levels.

I know the Super Snake is getting featured more and more recently but that’s because it was given for free and NM wants you to invest your resources in it and I’m sure in a few months you will barely see it getting featured – my personal recommendation is to not invest in it now, unless you have only little left or you really want to max it out anyway (don’t recommend that).

Champion ShowDown (March 23rd, 2022)

Here’s the new roaster for the ShowDown

Car Tier Time Stage 6 Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63 Coupe 5 7.916 9.501 Click here
Ferrari 812 GTS 5 8.016
Lamborghini Huracan Performante 5 8.096
BAC Mono 5 8.293 10.178 Click here

So not that ShowDown Leagues are over I really think how helpful this graph still is as you are more racing against the total amount of races rather than earning tokens… so, still, the cars are quite close together and I think the S 63 Coupe will be the car of choice that everybody has and upgraded well, too.

Elite ShowDown (March 16th, 2022)

This next Elite ShowDown has clear priorities:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 (Maxed) Time Stage 6 (Elite 0) Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Shelby Super Snake 5 7.452 7.709 9.969 Click here
Lamborghini LB Silhouette Huracan Coupe 5 7.470 7.982 9.269 Click here
Mazda RX-7 Rocket Bunny 4 9.680 10.482 12.726 Click here
Dodge Viper GTS 4 10.696 12.334 14.001 Click here

Champion ShowDown (March 9th, 2022)

Here’s the new roaster for the ShowDown and it’s really F2P friendly:

challenger srt super stock 5 7.963 Nitro: 188/4.0 FD: 2.00 Tires: 0/100
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Coupe 5 8.080 10.612 Click here
VUHL 05RR 5 8.315 11.562 Click here
Jaguar F-Type SVR (+ Graphic Pack) 5 8.607 10.598 Click here
continental gt3-r 5 8.631 Nitro: 470/5.6 FD: 2.21 Tires: 17/83

Elite ShowDown (March 1st, 2022)

This next Elite ShowDown has clear priorities:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 (Maxed) Time Stage 6 (Elite 0) Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Nissan 2017 GT-R (R35) 5 7.102 7.486 8.875 Click here
Mazda RX-7 5 7.727 9.422 13.745 Click here
Porsche 911 R 5 7.889 7.941 11.558 Click here
Lamborghini Huracan Coupe 5 7.898 8.347 10.739 Click here
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition 4 9.898 11.407 11.833 Click here
Honda NSX 4 10.192 10.249 14.422 Click here

By now you should have maxed the 2017 GT-R from the 2nd Elite Tuner Chapter so this is your go-to option, also as it’s quite easy to drive and I think 99% of all players will run it. It is so much faster than the Mazda RX-7 that there’s simply no use in taking any other car to the track.

The downside is that it will become quite a grind with so many players running that car so milliseconds will decide and that’s not always easy to consistently shape off with manual start.

Champion ShowDown (February 23rd, 2022)

Here’s the new roaster for the ShowDown and it’s really F2P friendly:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
AIMGAIN GT NSX 4 10.117 12.872 Click here
RS 7 Sportback 4 10.185
Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition (992) 4 10.187 12.718 Click here
Lotus Evora GT430 4 10.408 11.927 Click here
BMW i8 4 11.392 13.399 Click here
BMW ACS8 4 11.444 14.03 Click here

The previous season’s milestone car is not the apex car and the Prestige Car, the Porsche 911 Targa is pretty much as fast as it so use it. There’s no really point in upgrading the RS7 Sportback at this point.

Elite ShowDown (February 17th, 2022)

This next Elite ShowDown has clear priorities:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 (Maxed) Time Stage 6 (Elite 0) Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Toyota Supra MK4 (Elite Tuner) 5 6.856 9.070 9.875 Click here
Shelby Super Snake 5 7.452 7.709 9.969 Click here
SUBARU WRX STI 4 9.866 11.235 12.854 Click here
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition 4 9.898 11.407 11.833 Click here
Chevrolet 2020 Corvette Stingray 4 9.989 10.239 13.381 Click here

If you made it to unlock the final car of the ELite Tuner event you have the beast and APEX car. The Shelby Super Snake is the runner-up and as it was a free car many players got around Christmas it’s probably also a popular choice. However, I wouldn’t recommend upgrading this car including the Elite Tokens as it’s super expensive and not wort the hustle unless you already did.

The T4 Elite Tuner cars are viable options and cars you probably won’t need to invest any additional resources in and a solid option to stockpile some tokens and cash during this ShowDown.

Champion ShowDown (February 9th, 2022)

The next Champions ShowDown is coming up and we run cars that we haven’t seen much, if at all, before:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Jaguar F-Type R Convertible 8.142
Bentley Continental GT Convertible 8.545 10.417 Click here
Ferrari Portofino 8.592 10.906 Click here
Lotus Emira 10.322 11.893 Click here
Maserati LB GranTurismo MC Stradale 11.892 12.903 Click here

The Milestone Car from previous season is absolute favorite here and looking at the low in events we have a viable option to upgrade and run for this event. Runner-up is the Bentley that is the boosted car and has been the Prestige Cup car I think about a hear or a little more ago so you might already have it upgraded at a decent state.

The T4 cars are not worth running unless you have no other option. The Emira is fine, beats dyno and was the prestige Cup car in the previous season but pretty much anybody will run it and I don’t think you will get very far in the ladder with it.

Elite ShowDown (February 3rd, 2022)

The next Elite ShowDown is coming and the cars are these:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 (Maxed) Time Stage 6 (Elite 0) Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Lamborghini LB Silhouette Huracan Coupe 5 7.470 7.982 9.269 Click here
Mazda RX-7 Rocket Bunny 4 9.680 10.482 12.726 Click here
Honda LB NSX 4 9.882 10.472 12.728 Click here
Nissan Silvia (S15) Rocket Bunny 4 10.399 10.987 13.133 Click here

Not very exciting and I think the LB Silhouette Huracan Coupe is probably the car that most people are running + it’s also with the 100% boost so no point in using any other car. If you haven’t upgraded it so far, do it. It’s absolutely worth it in the long run.

Aston Martin SupercarScience ShowDown (January 27th, 2022)

Car Tier Time Stage 6 Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Concept 5 6.815 9.982 Click here
Aston Martin Valkyrie ‘Track Pack’/’Spirit’ 5 6.850 7.133 Click here
Aston Martin Valhalla Concept 5 7.010 7.710 Click here
Aston Martin V12 Speedster & ‘DBR1’ 5 7.177 9.447 Click here
Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro 5 7.518 9.176 Click here
Aston Martin Vulcan 5 7.547 9.176 Click here
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante 5 7.758
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 5 7.758
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Coupe 5 8.080 10.612 Click here
Aston Martin One-77 5 8.142 9.542 Click here
Aston Martin DB11 5 8.696 9.611 Click here
Aston Martin Vantage (Elite Max) 4 10.314 12.771 Click here
Aston Martin Vantage (Elite 0) 4 10.622 12.771 Click here
Aston Martin Vantage Roadster 4 10.655 13.014 Click here
Aston Martin DBX 4 11.618 13.415 Click here
Aston Martin Vanquish 4 12.223 13.742 Click here
Aston Martin DB5 2 13.625 16.731 Click here

If you want to win the V12 Speedster you very likely have to run at least the Vulcan (but you can pick it up for Gold in the store), all other cars are probably not fast enough and also have quite a gap when it comes to final times.

Champion ShowDown (January 26th, 2022)

The next Champions ShowDown is coming up and there are, as I predicted, some surprises inside:

Car Tier Time Max Time Stage 5 Setup
McLaren Artura 5 7.687 9.996 Click here
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante 5 7.718
Saleen S1 5 7.854 9.965 Click here
Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe 5 7.980 Click here
Lamborghini LB Murcielago LP670-4 SuperVeloce 5 8.022 9.646 Click here
BMW M8 Competition Coupe 5 8.043 9.781 Click here
Ferrari F12tdf 5 8.187
Audi 2016 R8 V10 plus Coupe 5 8.283 9.809 Click here

In the game you will see the DBS Superleggera Volante, last season’s prize car, as the APEX Car, but as I said before, the McLaren Artura can beat it as it is able to beat dyno.

So, for most players out there you should run the Artura and save yourself the cash for upgrading the DBS. The only reason to run a different car is if you have the Saleen S1 upgraded and you want to get that 100% SP bonus.

Elite ShowDown (January 19th, 2022)

The next Elite ShowDown is coming and the cars are these:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 (Maxed) Time Stage 6 (Elite 0) Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Saleen S7 Twin Turbo 5 7.103 7.578 10.047 Click here
Jaguar XJ220 5 7.461 7.995 9.638 Click here
Ferrari 488 Pista Spider 5 7.472 7.747 11.318 Click here
Porsche 911 R 5 7.889 7.941 11.558 Click here
Plymouth HEMI Cuda 4 10.040 10.177 13.805 Click here
Honda NSX 4 10.192 10.892 14.422 Click here

I think nothing really interesting here, you can roll the classical 911 R or 488 Pista Spider or one of the T5 Elite Custom cars if you have them upgraded well enough.

I wouldn’t invest much Elite Token, except the 911 R or the 488 Pista Spider as they are good future investments. If you only have one of the T4 cars ready I think you’re fine using them and still get some rewards without blowing too much cash. Keep in mind the new update is around the corner and new events might need that cash more than getting some extra tokens from this ShowDown.

Champion ShowDown (January 12th, 2022)

Here’s the roaster for the upcoming Champion ShowDown:

Car Tier Time Max Time Stage 5 Setup
Lamborghini Huracan Evo Coupe 5 7.987 9.502 Click here
McLaren Vorsteiner 570-VX 5 8.224 11.236 Click here
McLaren Liberty Walk 650S 5 8.277 9.931 Click here
VUHL 05RR 5 8.315 11.562 Click here
Aston Martin DB11 5 8.696 9.611 Click here
Pagani Huayra 5 9.024 11.236 Click here
Bentley BR9 4 10.070 11.885 Click here
Chevrolet Rocket Bunny Corvette Stingray 4 10.248 12.443 Click here
Nissan Silvia (S15) Rocket Bunny 4 10.399 13.133 Click here

If you picket any of the T5 cars up or have the extra cash and the Milestone Car it’s actually not a bad idea to use it if you want to get some decent rewards from the ladder. The Vorsteiner and Vuhl are the boosted cars but no car many players have and I dn’t recall them being available for Gold.

Elite ShowDown (January 6th, 2022)

The next Elite ShowDown is coming and the cars are these:

Car Tier Time Stage 6 (Maxed) Time Stage 6 (Elite 0) Time Stage 5 Tune & Shift
Toyota Supra MK4 (Elite Tuner) 5 6.856 9.070 9.875 Click here
Mustang ’10th Anniversary Edition RTR’ Spec 5 5 7.403 9.097 Click here
Shelby Super Snake 5 7.452 7.709 9.969 Click here
Mazda RX-7 (Elite Tuner) 5 7.727 9.422 13.745 Click here
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition 4 9.898 11.407 11.833 Click here
Cadillac CTS-V 4 10.431 11.395 13.344 Click here

The Toyota Supra will crush anything here so if you’re into Elite Tuner you might have it already. With the Shelby Super Snake you have a decent option and it was given away for free during December but you need to upgrade it with at least 4 Stage 6 parts to be able to compete with it decently and also put a good bunch of Elite Tokens into it.

The RX-7, however, can be an interesting choice that many players have already worked on and as you need to max it for Elite Tuner Chapter 4 anyway it’s probably the best choice (and you should have the tickets to get it in the Elite Tuner Store.

Tip To Win More In ShowDown In CSR2

ShowDown Events work different from normal Live Races in CSR2 and I want to give you some insights that will help you understand how you can do better, even if you have one of the slower cars.

ShowDown Matchmaking

Matchmaking in ShowDown is pretty easy – you will get matched against a player that has the same amount of trophies as you.

This is important to understand because right after the start you will also see people with a lot faster cars racing against you, simply due to the fact that they haven’t gotten the chance to get more trophies so far. As time goes by the faster cars will be higher and the slower cars lower.

So, the best strategy to actually do ShowDown races will be in the later days of the ShowDown Event and not right at the start, because that’s the time when it becomes easier. The longer a ShowDown Event lasts the easier you can do that. Some last 2 days (which is not much time for the faster cars to move up in trophies) and some do 7 days (where you have at least 3-4 days left with the harder opponents out of your sight).

showdown map

Winning/Losing Streaks

There are people that swear this happens but there’s no hard evidence for an algorithm that will send you on a losing streak against someone with a faster car once you’ve won a couple of races in a row.

Why am I writing this then? Well, there have been some strategies to only do 2-3 races every hour and then stop to prevent this. I personally never do this and use all my attempts I have to get the best result possible and I also don’t recommend you to waste time not using all your races.

The more races you do the better your chances to get higher the ladder, that’s it. If there’s no clear evidence that there’s a losing streak algorithm in ShowDown I will update this here, of course 🙂

But, hey, if you see that you lost a couple of races in a row it’s probably time to make a break to wait until those faster cars left your trophy range so you will see more opponents that you can beat. I think it’s more about if you gotten too fast into a trophy range that you can’t beat will catch you here and not the game sending you to lose on purpose.

showdown races

Conclusion

No win trading? No lobbies & down tuning? Rewards for better times? ShowDown looks promising to become a new fun and also fair game mode – as long as you do define the term “fair” to not gaining any unfair advantage away from having a better car. Of course, those with the stronger cars will be in favor here and take away the higher perks.

What do you think? Leave a comment below 🙂

Written by Tim

Hi, I'm Tim and I play CSR2 since the release for every day straight and I absolutely love the fine-tuning aspect of the game and the feeling when hours of trying tunes get a little bit better times. It's all about details in life, right? ????

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