The publisher said the Xbox 360, PS3 and Steam PC demo features a solo race and a multiplayer demolition derby event.
"In the demo, the single player '8 Ball' race, players take part in a chaotic, full-impact race in the shadow of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, using boost to sprint ahead of rivals and speeding through crossover points where drivers can dodge or takedown opponents.
"Once players have completed the race, they can challenge a friend online to unlock the 'Rampage' multiplayer mode. In 'Rampage', eight drivers feed their appetite for destruction in an online demolition derby event, earning points for crashes, smashes and eliminations."
Gamers who download the demo will also be invited to sign up for RaceNet, a new online hub that will bring together Codies' racing game communities. Racenet will provide players with a Driver Profile that will work across all of the firm's future racing titles, and users will be able to take part in additional in-game events and win extra content.