Stinger

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Vehicle
Stinger
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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. To date, the Stinger has appeared in the following games:

Description

GTA 1 — GTA 2

In GTA 1, the Stinger based on the 1968-1972 Chevrolet Corvette (the name is a reference to the Corvette Stingray). In GTA 2 it's based on the 1963 Corvette Split-Window. It can only be found in the Industrial District of Anywhere City, and gives the ElectroFingers power-up when crushed. Both iterations of the Stinger handle well, respond suitably, and stick to the road. The car is therefore almost always a decent choice should you be able to find one.

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, the Stinger appears in hard-top and convertible form. Its performance is better than most vehicles, but is the least powerful of all the 2-door sports cars, with little tendency to drift. Its Yakuza variant, the Yakuza Stinger, handles better but has slower acceleration because it is much heavier than the normal Stinger. Both GTA III renditions of this car are four wheel drive. The Stinger bears a passing resemblance to several different cars, including the Porsche Boxster, Toyota MR2 Spyder, TVR Chimaera and Lexus SC. The Yakuza Stinger is used by the Japanese mafia and customized in the import tuner style, both of which might imply that the Stinger is made in Japan. A working name given to the Stinger in GTA III is "Shark", as evidenced in the "official" website for Capital Autos [1].

In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, it 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. However, 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.

Trivia

The yellow Stinger in a pre-release screenshot for GTA Liberty City Stories.
  • In the beta version 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 used instead 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 Vice City and Vice City Stories, only 122 genuine Ferrari Daytona Spiders exist in real life. Replicas are often built from Daytona Coupes (which are ten times as common) or Chevy Corvettes. A Corvette-based replica was featured on the show Miami Vice.

Locations

GTA 1
GTA 2
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