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Ryo Watanabe (Nihongo: 渡邉りょう) is a fictional character and main antagonist in Need for Speed: ProStreet as the Showdown King.


Need for Speed: ProStreet[]

Ryo Watanabe is a member of the Apex Glide racing team, and was crowned the Showdown King by the Super Promotion racing organisation. He is first introduced to the player at the D-Day event hosted by the Battle Machine organisation. Ryo openly detests Ryan Cooper and directly insults their driving abilities whilst on stage at the D-Day event.

He drives a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X throughout the career with the same vehicle having a blueprint for each of the four racing modes. Many of his records held by other racing organisations and course locations can be beaten by the player in career mode.

Ryan Cooper is required to dominate all three Showdown race days within the Super Promotion organisation before they can challenge Ryo's Showdown King title at the Showdown King Challenge: Nevada and Showdown King Challenge: Tokyo race days.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X[]

Image Vehicle Ratings
Grip Class
PWR: 5.9, HNDL: 5.2, AERO: 8.2
Drag Class
PWR: 3.3, TRCT: 3.8, AERO: 7.7
Speed Class
PWR: 6, STBL: 5.2, AERO: 8.2
Drift Class
Drift Class
PWR: 5.4, CTRL: 3.1, AERO: 5.2

Need for Speed: Shift[]

Ryo Watanabe appears in the PlayStation Portable release of Need for Speed: Shift, driving a Koenigsegg CCX.


  • Ryo drives his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in drift events and Wheelie Competitions, despite all-wheel configuration cars being barred from drift and wheelie competition events.
  • A Ryo style Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X appears in Need for Speed: World.
    • It was made available as a rental on January 12, 2011.
    • It was included in the Car Prize Pack made available on February 20, 2013.