[[Image:Rhino-GTA3-front.jpg|thumb|right|300px|A Rhino in GTA III.]]
The '''Rhino''' is the name of an armored fighting vehicle since [[Grand Theft Auto III]], commonly referred to by players simply as a Tank. The Rhino has since appeared in [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]], and [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]].
== Description ==
Like [[Tank|it's predecessor]] in [[Grand Theft Auto 2]], the Rhino appears when the player attains a six star [[Wanted Level in GTA III Era|wanted rating]]. In all games, the Rhino can be avoided without much difficulty because of its slow speed and bad handling, but it's extremely deadly if the player attempts engaging one and the soldier driving always carries strong weapons. Also, when successfully stolen, authorities can bust the player due to the Rhino's slow speed. When it hits a vehicle, the vehicle most of the time explodes straight away; if not, it starts to burn instead, in [[Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars]] however, this does not happen. Although the Rhino has a cannon it is never used by law enforcement, this however is changed in GTA Chinatown Wars as the Army will fire the cannon which causes massive damage to, and usually kills, the player. The Rhino is practically invincible to small arms fire and crashes; and only [[Satchel Charges]], Dozens of other explosives and rockets and the [[Police Maverick]]'s mounted gun can cause damage to it. Also, flame weapons (such as the [[Molotov Cocktail|molotov cocktails]] and [[Flamethrower|flamethrower]]) can also be used to inflict damage.
=== Design ===
In GTA III, GTA Vice City, GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories, the Rhino features a seemingly original but chunky design comparable a modified [[wp:M3 Lee|M3 tank]]. It is of heavy construction, with doors on both sides that can be easily damaged with even the slightest hit, and a truck-style 3-axle drivetrain with easily seen wheels. The turret can be rotated by pressing buttons, which made precise shooting almost impossible.
In its original appearance in GTA III, the Rhino assumes a stark appearance with little details on its armored body. The GTA Vice City rendition, however, added various equipment on the vehicle, as well as enlarging the turret's barrel. While the GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories would follow design ques of the GTA III and GTA Vice City renditions, the turret barrel of GTA Liberty Stories rendition is of the same size and length as that in GTA Vice City, while the GTA Vice City Stories' is even longer.
In GTA San Andreas, the Rhino looks like an [[wp:M1 Abrams|M1 Abrams]] and it is much more realistic. It is colored beige (desert camouflage), has a normal tank entrance in front and a new drivetrain with smaller wheels, which look almost like tracks. It also has a new steering system, that finally allows the player to make very tight turns. The turret is operated with the mouse or right thumbstick ([[PlayStation 2]]), which allows the player to shoot directly at the target. The Rhino in GTA San Andreas is also heavy enough to literary push aircraft, making the Rhnio an ideal vehicle to [[Andromada#Appearances|push the destroyed Andromada]] from "[[Stowaway]]".
Interestingly enough, neither the GTA San Andreas nor the non-GTA San Andreas versions have caterpillar tracks as their their real life counterparts; the reason for this is probably due to the limits of the game's engine.
The Rhino does not appear in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]]; this is assumed to be because of Rockstar's goal of making GTA IV more realistic than previous games. However, GTA Chinatown Wars reintroduces the Rhino with an appearance similar to the original Rhino but depicts threads.
GTA 1 |
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA Chinatown Wars
Civilian car (GTA 1)|
Civilian watercraft (GTA III - GTA Chinatown Wars)
2-door sports car (GTA 1)|
Speedboat (GTA III - GTA Chinatown Wars)
|Capacity||2 (driver and 1 passenger) (GTA 1)|
The Speeder refers to two iterations of vehicles in the Grand Theft Auto series. The Speeder name was originally adopted for a sports car in the original Grand Theft Auto, but was to be later associated with a speed boat in games after GTA III.
GTA 1 (as a car)
As expected from a sports car, the Speeder's performance is considerably good. The car is capable of excellent top speeds, although its acceleration, being only above average, may not take full advantage of it. The car also possess good braking, as well as improved turning and handling, although it has moderate grip. The car's base export value is also high: $1,000 in mint condition.
GTA III — GTA Chinatown Wars (as a boat)
"Boat popular with Cuban runners."
- Official Vice City Bureau of Investigation file description, GTA Vice City.
Between GTA III — GTA Chinatown Wars, the Speeder is a speed boat, appearing in every game in the sequence except GTA Advance and GTA IV.
Designed as a lean watercraft, the Speeder is a good boat in terms of handling and speed, being the fastest boat in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. In other appearances, however, the boat's performance is surpassed by faster boats, such as the Jetmax, Squalo and Violator; as a result, it is only the third fastest in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and the fourth fastest in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
It is one of the easiest boats to obtain, and can be found at many docks and ports throughout the cities. In GTA Vice City Stories, this boat is very rare and can only be obtained during the smuggling side-missions.
A GTA Vice City Speeder in an earlier pre-release design mounted behind Colonel Cortez' yacht.
- GTA 1
- Appears in San Andreas only.
- GTA III
- Docked on the pier by Asuka Kasen's Condo in Newport, Staunton Island.
- Docked by the runway at Francis International Airport.
- GTA Vice City
- Docked by the marina in Ocean Beach.
- Found attached at the back of Colonel Cortez' yacht, although it is simply a non-solid prop. After completing All Hands on Deck!, the player is given this Speeder as a gift from Cortez and as a means to return to land.
- GTA San Andreas
- Docked at a pier in Esplanade East, San Fierro.
- In the water west of Battery Point, San Fierro.
- Spawns west of the Fort Carson safehouse, by the jetty
- North end of Sherman Reservoir, Tierra Robada.
- GTA Liberty City Stories
- Docked at the pier in Callahan Point, Portland.
- Docked at the pier next to the ferry terminal, Harwood, Portland.
- Docked at a pier south from Asuka Kasen's condo in Newport and the pier where the boat is spawned in GTA III.
- Docked at the end of the easternmost runway, Francis International Airport, Shoreside Vale.
- GTA Vice City Stories
- Can only be obtained during the smuggling side-missions.
- GTA V
- Can be obtained for free from a protagonist's dock property, provided the Beach Bum Update is installed.
- In a BradyGames guide for GTA Vice City the possible beta name for the Speeder was the "Ambassador", as seen through one of the images in the guide.
- In GTA San Andreas, the default radio station is K-DST.