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The Brilliant Bits Inside GTA Rides

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As a wide-open sandbox, vehicles play crucial role in the world of Grand Theft Auto. Despite the series relied only on fictional rides (Of course car companies would be unpleased if they see their car crashing and hit pedestrians!), it has brought out iconic rides appearing in each installment.

When it comes to fictional rides, video game companies are given liberties in designing vehicles. Grand Theft Auto series, however, raise the fictional vehicle department to another level. There are also quirks lie within the game's vehicles.

Grotti is GTA's equivalent to Italian automaker. The car showed here is Grotti Turismo Classic, based on Ferrari F40

Grotti is GTA's equivalent to Italian automaker. The car showed here is Grotti Turismo Classic, based on Ferrari F40

The Fictional Brands

Let’s start with vehicle brands first. You hear that right, Rockstar Games not only fill up Los Santos traffic with made-up automobiles but also introduces brands manufacturing them. Like in real life, the brands in GTA games are varied from everyday car makers like Karin to renowned supercar manufacturers like Overflod.

It doesn’t stop there, these brands are also made as close as possible to real-life automotive brands, making the GTA universe slightly realistic. Compare GTA’s Grotti to Ferrari, both Italian car makers specialized in high-performance exotic rides.

The recently added Pfister Growler that (not exactly) resembles Porsche 718 Cayman

The recently added Pfister Growler that (not exactly) resembles Porsche 718 Cayman

The Real-Life Resemblance

Like any wide-open sandbox, automobiles in the GTA universe are fictional based on actual ones. It, however, entered significant evolution starting in the HD era. It has peaked to the point the in-game vehicles bear a strong resemblance with real cars.

The new Calico GTF, for example, was designed as the in-universe counterpart to Toyota Celica GT Four ST205. Here, the Calico bears like 80% resemblance to the real-life car.

The new Pfister cars, the Comet S2 and the Growler, look greatly resemble the Porsche counterparts with minimal alteration. That said, you are forgiven for mistaking the two with Porsche 911 992 and Porsche 718 Cayman, respectively.

One of the livery available on GTA Online, clearly designed after Paul Walker's Eclipse from The Fast and The Furious

One of the livery available on GTA Online, clearly designed after Paul Walker's Eclipse from The Fast and The Furious

The recently added Pfister Growler, which (not exactly) looks like Porsche 781 Cayman

The recently added Pfister Growler, which (not exactly) looks like Porsche 781 Cayman

Adult Humor And Shout-Out

Adult humor is an essential part of the Grand Theft Auto series and the vehicle departed isn’t exempted from them. An example of this can be seen in Pfister, the game’s version of Porsche.

Aside from Rockstar’s usual sexual humor, there is a sheer level of references to real-life counterparts or shout-out to popular culture inserted. They extend from vehicular naming to car customization.

Take the example of Annis Remus, the new car introduced in Los Santos Tuners DLC. It was named after Remus, the founder of the city of Rome. Remus was a son of Rhea Silvia, the mother who happens to share the same name as the real-world equivalent (Nissan Silvia S13).

Then you have Declasse Rhapsody, a two-door hatchback. The name turned out to be a reference to Wayne’s World. In that movie, there is a scene where the two main characters sing to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody in AMC Pacer, again the real-world counterpart of this car. Fun fact: there is also a Pacer-based fictional car named Rhapsody in Driver: Parallel Lines.

Lastly, the liveries. Some liveries available are homages to cars that raced in motorsport events or starred in famous movies. You can even recreate your favorite movie rides within the realm of Grand Theft Auto.

The “Almost Had You” livery, available for Penumbra FF for example, allows you to transform the car into Brian O Connor's 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse from The Fast and Furious. Another livery available is "Delivery Boy” , a nod to Takumi Fujiwara's Toyota Sprinter Trueno of Initial D fame.

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