Rear quarter view)|
A Borgnine in GTA III.
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Capacity||4 (driver and 3 passengers)|
- For the taxi company, see Borgnine Taxis.
The Borgnine is a bonus taxi available in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto Advance. It is available to the player only after a mandatory requirement of 100 nonconsecutive completed taxi fares in GTA III, or 50 in GTA Advance.
The Borgnine in GTA III is a modified Cabbie with a red body and bloody spikes on the front and rear bumpers, while the GTA Advance rendition retains some of the qualities of the GTA III rendition, lacking the spike bumpers and serving as the only other taxi other than the game's Taxi. The Borgnine's handling is far superior to that of the car it's based on. The Borgnine has better acceleration and top speed, and has all-wheel drive (the Cabbie only has rear-wheel drive). However, the suspension system remains wobbly and soft. It is significantly resilient to crash damage, and thus useful in pursuits.
The Borgnine's name is a homage to Ernest Borgnine, who starred in the 1981 movie Escape from New York as a cab driver named "Cabbie" in a prison-converted Manhattan; in the movie, Cabbie also drives a Checker Marathon from which the Cabbie taxi and Borgnine are based on. The Borgnine's bumpers are perhaps a nod to Cabbie's hazardous profession in the crime-infested prison.
GTA III (Rear quarter view).
- GTA III
- GTA Advance
- Bickle '76, similar bonus taxi in GTA Liberty City Stories
- Zebra Cab, a similar bonus vehicle in GTA Vice City.