Stinger

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Vehicle
Stinger
A Stinger in its original appearance inGrand Theft Auto.
A Stinger in its original appearance in
Grand Theft Auto.
Appearance(s) GTA 1
GTA 2
GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door sports car
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
"What a great car. Always wanted one of these."
- Official Vice City Bureau of Investigation file description.


The Stinger is a two-door sports car which originally debuted in the original Grand Theft Auto, and recurred in the form of different designs.

Description

GTA 1 — GTA 2

In both GTA 1 and GTA 2, the Stinger is based on some form of a classic Chevrolet Corvette; the GTA 1 rendition is based on a 1968—1972 Chevrolet Corvette, while the GTA 2 rendition is based on a 1963 Corvette Split-Window. In both instances, the name is a reference to the Corvette Sting Ray; STINGRAY is also the internal name of the GTA 2 rendition.

While fashioned as a sports car, the Stinger in GTA 1 has relatively average performance, with average acceleration and top speed (but a slightly fast reverse speed), adequately responsive brakes, and average grip and cornering; the car does, however, have a decent export value of $8,000 if delivered in mint condition at a dock. The Stinger in GTA 2, however, performs substantially better, with good acceleration and a high top speed; however, the car still has average braking and steering, which are not able to handle high speeds, resulting in the Stinger having to perform wider turns when moving fast. When crushed in GTA 2, the car awards the player an ElectroFingers pickup.

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, the Stinger bears a passing resemblance to several different cars, including the Porsche Boxster, Toyota MR2 Spyder, TVR Chimaera and Lexus SC; the Stinger may also appear with or without a roof (a softtop in GTA III and a hardtop in GTA Liberty City Stories). Its performance is better than most vehicles, but is the least powerful of all the 2-door sports cars, with little tendency to drift due to its four wheel drive.

In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Stinger resembles a 1968—1973 Ferrari Daytona Spyder, an apparent homage to Sonny Crockett's Ferrari Daytona Spyder replica, yet another one of GTA Vice City's references to Miami Vice. While similar in performance to the GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories Stingers, the Stinger in GTA Vice City is very unusual in that it is front wheel drive, something which was and still is very rarely seen on cars with this kind of performance.

A working name given to the Stinger in GTA III is "Shark", as evidenced in the "official" website for Capital Autos [1].

Variant

The Yakuza variant of the GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories renditions, the Yakuza Stinger, shares the same four-wheel drive configuration as a regular Stinger, but handles better and has slower acceleration because it is much heavier than the normal Stinger. The Yakuza Stinger is customized in the import tuner style, both of which might imply that the Stinger is made in Japan.

Trivia

The yellow Stinger in a pre-release screenshot for GTA Liberty City Stories.
  • In the During development of GTA Liberty City Stories, there was a yellow Stinger supposedly reserved for use by the Sicilian Mafia. White Stingers, which are also available in normal traffic, are featured in the finished version of the game.
  • The GTA Vice City rendition of the Stinger made an appearance in Manhunt 2.
  • Despite being a commonly found car in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, only 122 genuine Ferrari Daytona Spiders were ever produced in real-life,[1] and Ferrari Daytona Spider replicas are often built from Daytona Coupe (which are ten times as common) or Chevrolet Corvette chassis'. The Ferrari Daytona featured in Miami Vice, for example, is a Corvette-based replica.[2]

Locations

GTA 1
GTA 2
  • In single player, the Stinger is exclusive to the Industrial District of Anywhere City, appearing in traffic as well as the following parked locations:
    • A parking lot north of the church in Tedium.
    • Northwest side of a parking lot in Gonad two blocks east of the Sennora police station.
    • East side of houses and an open garden area in Tabernacle, west from conveyor belts next to the Tabernacle car shop.
    • A parking lot in Sennora several blocks north of the Zaibatsu crusher.
  • In multiplayer, the car can be found near the starting point of Bonus Levels A, B, and C.
GTA III
GTA Vice City
  • The house behind a gate just north of the Vercetti Estate, Starfish Island. (It's the building just east of the house with the Rockstar logo pool)
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories

See also

References

  1. Michael Sheehan's ferraris-online.com: All About Daytona Conversions
  2. mirror.co.uk: £30k for Crockett's 'Ferrari' is a Miami Nice price