Washington

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Vehicle
Washington
A Washington in GTA Vice City.
(Rear quarter view)
A Washington in GTA Vice City.
Appearance(s) [[Appearance::GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV]]
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 4-door sedan
Capacity 4 (driver and three passengers)
Manufacturer Albany (GTA IV)

The Washington is a 4-door sedan found in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto IV. It can be found fairly widely throughout cities and in mostly the residential area in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas, and is available in many colors throughout the games except gray and white, which are reserved for the FBI Washington in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, respectively.

Design

GTA Vice City — GTA Vice City Stories

"Rich man's sedan, import from UK."
- Official Vice City Bureau of Investigation file description, GTA Vice City.[1]


Depictions of the Washington prior to GTA IV bear a similarity to a 1984-1987 Lincoln Continental, with the rear more alike a Lincoln Mark VII.

The Washington features a generally boxy but then contemporary design resulting in the car being one of the newest cars at the time of GTA Vice City's and GTA Vice City Stories' 1980s settings. The colors of the car are varied, with up to eight sprayable colors. For GTA San Andreas, the car remains largely similar, with the exception of wider headlight clusters, a modified front grille and rear light clusters that light up as a whole at night. While similar to the GTA Vice City rendition, the GTA Vice City Stories Washington sports additional side trims derived from the FBI Washington, implying the FBI Washington's vehicle model was used in place of GTA Vice City's original Washington model.

GTA IV

In GTA IV, the Albany Washington is based on the 2003-present Lincoln Town Car while the headlights and grille have a slight resemblance to a 2008-2009 Ford Taurus. It features "Executive" badging, much like some Town Cars. The rear portion of the greenhouse has an unusually round shape, similar to an eleventh generation Chrysler New Yorker, the rest of the rear also bears a subtle resemblance to it.

Performance

GTA Vice City — GTA Vice City Stories

Pre-GTA IV Washingtons are generally regarded as having only moderate performance, being RWD, it is largely attributed to its bulky design. Its longer wheelbase and weight, often results in understeer and poor cornering, while its size may also be a factor in its moderate acceleration, and its top speed is also estimated to be moderate. Nevertheless, its superior size and weight allows the Washington to ram aside other sedans more easily.

GTA IV

The Washington in GTA IV is powered by a V8, coupled to a five-speed gearbox in a RWD layout. Acceleration is good, but due to the bulk of the vehicle it leaves much to be desired. Top speed is also good, but again due to the Washingtons weight, is limited: 135 km/h (84 mph). Braking is very good, and ABS is standard across the line up. The suspension is very soft, designed to flatten out bumps in a road; not high speed cornering, leaving the Washington fishtailing and spinning out of control when cornering at speed. Accident deformation is superb, making the Washington ideal for ramming vehicles. The engine build quality is also above average, and will sustain multiple impacts before failing.

Variants

GTA Vice City

The FBI Washington is a specialized version of this vehicle (only appearing in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories), and is the only version of the Washington in GTA Vice City that sports a dark gray paint job. Its acceleration is quite impressive, which becomes useful for catching up to distant criminals when on a Vigilante mission. In GTA Vice City Stories the car is much more harder to get however because stealing it from the FBI is more challenging rather then finding one. Also the FBI Washington can be the same color as a regular one as there are white regular Washingtons.

Similarly, two uniquely black Washingtons may be seen driven by the French in GTA Vice City during "All Hands On Deck" in GTA Vice City. While it is possible to reach the cars and enter them, it is impossible to drive them during the mission (as the mission immediately ends and the car is lost). It is possible to push one of them to where the mission would start as an alternative, jump in, leading to mission failure which warps the player back to the nearby mission trigger with the car hopefully waiting there.

GTA IV

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The requested Washington in Stevie's Car Thefts in GTA IV.

A special wagon version of the Washington is used for the game's rendition of the Romero hearse. A Washington is also requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts; unlike most vehicles in the side mission, the Washington appears with a black body color that is not unique, as many black Washingtons can be seen around Algonquin.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

  • Color
  • Exhausts
  • Nitro (all)
  • Spoilers
  • Wheels
  • Car Stereo
  • Hydraulics

Trivia

  • The name is mostly always meant to be a parody of a full-size luxury Lincoln sedan (Abraham Lincoln and George Washington having both been Presidents of the United States).
  • On the GTA Vice City website, it is claimed that the car is an import from the United Kingdom, which would contradict its similarities to Lincoln vehicles.
  • The GTA IV rendition of the Washington will make an audible "door ajar" dinging noise if the player exits the vehicle but leaves the door open. It can be heard clearly in quiet areas with the volume turned up.
  • In its appearances in GTA San Andreas and GTA IV, the Washington plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The GTA IV version of the Esperanto faintly resembles the original Washington.
  • In perfect condition this car can be sold in the S&M Auto Sales for $2,200.
  • Like the Blista Compact, the Washington has different engine sounds in each 3rd era game.

Locations

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV

Reference

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