Blista Compact

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Vehicle
Blista Compact
A Blista Compact in GTA Vice City.
(Rear quarter view)
A Blista Compact in GTA Vice City.
Appearance(s) [[Appearance::GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
GTA Chinatown Wars
GTA V]]
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door hatchback
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Manufacturer Dinka (GTA IV)
"Imports? They'll be the death of this country."
- Official Vice City Bureau of Investigation file description, GTA Vice City.[1]


The Blista Compact is a two-door hatchback available in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto IV. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars features a car similar to the Blista Compact, named the Blista. In GTA IV, the Blista Compact is manufactured by Dinka.

The Blista Compact is a separate car to the Blista minivan seen in Grand Theft Auto III, and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, although the hatchback implicitly takes its name from the minivan.

Description

The Blista Compact is found almost anywhere in Vice City or San Andreas, and is generally considered to be a satisfactory car, particularly useful for quick getaways and general evasive purposes.

Design

Unlike many other vehicles, the Blista Compact's design has remained almost exactly the same in all its appearances, apart from different engine sounds and minor cosmetic differences. Like its design influence, the first generation Honda CR-X, the Blista Compact sports a hatchback design and a very small curb weight; in fact, the Blista Compact is easily the smallest and lightest passenger car in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas (the Uranus is lighter in GTA IV). Due to its unconventional hatchback design, players cannot shoot through the back window to kill the driver or passenger; this problem is not present in GTA IV.

The car has a two-tone paint job in GTA Vice City, with an always-black bottom half, but in later games was remodeled to feature a variety of colors in all-over and two-tone styles. In GTA IV, the Blista Compact may optionally feature a spoiler or sunroof; a "sportier" variant is also available with side skirts, twin exhaust and a windscreen banner.

In beta screenshots of GTA Vice City, the Blista Compact can be seen with a GPX logo on the rear. The letters 'GPX' are a reference to the Honda CR-X, on which the vehicle is based upon.

Burnt-out wrecks of the Blista Compact may also be found in GTA IV.

Performance

Since its introduction in GTA Vice City, the Blista Compact has usually been an impressive small sports car, capable of outrunning more rare and more expensive performance cars. In GTA Vice City Stories, however, the Blista Compact is slightly slower, and suffers from moderate oversteer. Blista Compacts all use front-wheel drive, except in Vice City Stories. This could be due to the fact that it is based on a 1984 model in VCS, rather than a 1986+ model.

In GTA IV, the Blista Compact is powered by a high-revving, twin cam 1.4L four-cylinder engine, giving it a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph) on par with much higher-end vehicles and acceleration superior to its nearest competition, the Futo. Its suspension is excellent, preventing understeer. At high speeds it is more than capable of cornering, and at low speeds it is easy to maneuver through city traffic. Braking is acceptable, though ABS is not standard. Crash deformation is acceptable, though build quality is sub-par, often leaving the Blista Compact disabled after only a few impacts.

In GTA IV, the Blista Compact can be sold for $1,500 at S&M Auto Sales, after completing Stevie's Car Thefts.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

  • Color
  • Hood
  • Vents
  • Exhausts
  • Nitro (all)
  • Roof
  • Spoilers
  • Side Skirts
  • Wheels
  • Car Stereo
  • Hydraulics

Notable owners

  • Jimmy owned a Blista Compact in Clean Getaway in GTA IV.
  • Jeff owned a dark-blue Blista Compact in his second random character encounter. He gives it to Niko (with his dead wife's body laying on the rear seats) and tells him to dump it in the river.

Trivia

  • In GTA San Andreas, the Blista Compact has a damaged right turn signal.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the Blista Compact automatically plays SF-UR when entered.
  • In GTA IV, the Blista Compact shares color scheme, engine sound, and drive layout with Futo and Hakumai.
  • The Blista Compact is the only hatchback to appear in more than one GTA games (the other hatchbacks are Club and Flash that only appear in GTA San Andreas).
  • A Blista Compact can be found in Rockstar North's Manhunt.
  • In GTA IV a Half-Built Blista Compact appears as undrivable prop in few garages such as Brucie's Garage, Stevie's Garage, and inside an Auto workshop just north of the Sprunk Warehouse in Bohan.
  • In GTA Chinatown Wars, all Blista Compacts have a miscolored, black right door, which means it could possibly be a "Beater".
  • Like the Washington and Mesa Grande, the Blista Compact has different engine sounds in each 3rd era game.

Locations

GTA San Andreas

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV

GTA Chinatown Wars

Reference

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