Angel

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"Angel" may also refer to a gang Burrito for the Angels of Death in GTA Chinatown Wars which attains the "Angel" name through a glitch. Refer to the Burrito article for the aforementioned "Angel" van.
Vehicle
Angel
An Angel in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
An Angel in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
Appearance(s) GTA Vice City
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
The Lost and Damned
GTA Chinatown Wars
Vehicle type Gang motorcycle
Body style Chopper
Capacity 2 (rider and passenger)
Manufacturer Western Motorcycle Company (GTA IV)

The Angel is a motorcycle that has appeared in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, The Lost and Damned and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. In GTA Vice City Stories, the vehicle is known as the Biker Angel.

Description

GTA Vice City — GTA Vice City Stories

"The signature bike of Mitch Baker and his crew. Approach with extreme caution."
- Official Vice City Bureau of Investigation file description, GTA Vice City.[1]


Between GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Angel is similar to the Freeway, featuring only minor alterations, including its side panniers (saddlebags) and patriotic paintwork, similar to Peter Fonda's motorbike in the film "Easy Rider". For GTA Vice City Stories, the Biker Angel features a different paint job (blue with orange flames), and lacks panniers.

Performance of the motorcycle is also nearly similar to the Freeway; being heavy, the vehicle has a wider turning radius and a further stopping distance, but makes up for with a powerful engine that provides the motorcycle moderately good top speeds and acceleration. Like the Freeway, it is also difficult to execute wheelies and stoppies with the bike, due largely, once again, to its heavy weight.

The Angel is the gang vehicle of the Biker Gang in Vice City and the Liberty City Biker Gang.

GTA IV

The Angel does not officially appear in Grand Theft Auto IV, but sufficient Angel references and assets remain in the game files, allowing modders to include the Angel as a drivable vehicle in GTA IV. The Angel appears officially in the The Lost and Damned, where it is the main and favored bike of The Angels of Death (as opposed to the Hellfury in GTA IV); although it has lost its patriotic paint job and side panniers in The Lost and Damned (the side panniers are still present on the GTA IV version), it employs the same Harley-Davidson "panhead" engine seen on the bikes in "Easy Rider". In both GTA IV and The Lost and Damned, the bike bears the Western Motorcycle Company marque.

The Angel is one of the poorer performers in the chopper class, having a fairly low top speed of around 125 kph/77 mph and moderate acceleration. The bike's steering is considerably average, occasionally being responsive despite having its throttle applied and traveling in higher speeds, thanks in part to the bike's good grip. The bike's brakes are also average, allowing the bike to stop within a reasonable distance.

GTA Chinatown Wars

The Angel in GTA Chinatown Wars retains the side panniers of its pre-GTA IV renditions as a prominent feature, but the front wheel sticks out much less, making the Angel appear more like a customised cruiser than a chopper. A gang variant of the Angel, lacking the panniers and featuring a slimmer fuel tank, is ridden by members of The Angels of Death within their territory.

Both variants feature average performance for a motorcycle, but minor performance differences may be noted between the two variants, as the regular Angel features more sensitive steering, and a higher top speed and rate of acceleration than the gang variant. However, given the limitations of riding a high speed vehicle in a top-down perspective, as well as manner in which the camera reacts to slight cornering, the gang variant may also be interpreted as being more suitable for practical use in the game.

Trivia

  • The Angel used by NPCs in the mission "Alloy Wheels of Steel" for Mitch Baker has handling and acceleration superior to a normal Angel, and it retains these features after the mission is complete; however, if the player saves it in a garage, it will lose its abilities.
  • In the PSP version of GTA Chinatown Wars, the handlebars of the Angel are trimmed down into more conventional ones, and the panniers are removed, adding to the ' custom cruiser' appearance. The gang variant of the Angel is also absent.
  • The Angel plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
    • VCFL or V-Rock in GTA Vice City Stories. Riding a parked Angel tunes the player to VCFL while stealing a ridden Angel tunes the player to V-Rock.
    • Liberty City Hardcore in The Lost and Damned.

Locations

GTA Vice City
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
The Lost and Damned

Reference

  1. Vice City Crime Tree. Rockstar Games. official GTA Vice City website