A Stinger in its original appearance in Grand Theft Auto 1.
A Stinger in its original appearance in
Grand Theft Auto 1.
A Stinger in its original appearance in
Grand Theft Auto 1.
Appearance(s) GTA 1
GTA Vice City
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA Online
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door sports car (2D Universe→3D Universe)
2-door grand tourer (HD Universe)
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Manufacturer Grotti (HD Universe)

What a great car. Always wanted one of these.

Official Vice City Bureau of Investigation file description, GTA Vice City.

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



2D Universe

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.

When crushed in GTA 2, the car awards the player an ElectroFingers pickup.

3D Universe

In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, the Stinger appears to be a cross between a Porsche Boxster 986 and a Toyota MR2 Spyder; the Stinger may also appear with or without a roof (a softtop in GTA III and a hardtop in GTA Liberty City Stories). The front end and total shape of the car also resembles the Pontiac Solstice; however, this is coincidental, as the Solstice was not revealed until 2004, 3 years after GTA III's release.

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.

A working name given to the Stinger in GTA III is "Shark" (not to be confused with the Sharks gang), as evidenced in the "official" website for Capital Autos [1].


First manufactured in 1960, the Stinger quickly became a car synonymous with the hard-living Vinewood playboys of the silver screen. Literally hundreds of impressionable young starlets got drunkenly deflowered against their will on the hood of this beauty and then ended up with a face through the windshield. $1 million buys you more than just a used car without power steering - it buys you a piece of history. The interior still reeks of bourbon and cigarettes.

Official description, GTA V.

The Stinger, now manufactured by Grotti, has been redesigned as a classic grand tourer instead of a modern convertible sports car. The Stinger's design is mostly based on the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder with design cues from the Intermeccanica Omega and Italia GT and the Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale, with the latter for the front. As of the High Life Update, the Stinger can be purchased with or without a roof.


2D Universe

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.

3D Universe

The GTA III/Liberty City Stories rendition of the Stinger is more powerful and faster than most cars, but is one of the lowest-performing sports cars due to having a low tendency to drift and a somewhat-underpowered V12 engine. Its four-wheel-drive configuration gives better grip and mitigates spinouts.

In GTA Vice City and Vice City Stories, the Stinger is among one of the fastest and best handling cars in the game due to its front-wheel-drive drivetrain, something that has been rare in high-performance vehicles, but provides more stability during hard acceleration and turning than rear-wheel-drive cars (especially in rainy weather). This attribute, along with the lack of understeer, makes the Stinger ideal for racing. The only problem with the Stinger is that if the handbrake is abused during turns, oversteer will be present and the Stinger will overswing its rear end.

GTA V describes the Stinger as having a 3.0 L engine, which turns out to be a V8, and a top speed of 145 mph (233 km/h). While no 0-60 mph (0-100 km/h) time is given, actual gameplay observations show 6.1 seconds, impressive for a car in the "Sports Classic" class. The Stinger's speed and acceleration are on par with sports coupes like the Feltzer; however, oversteer is noticeable at high speeds, owing to its low weight of 1,100 kg (2,425 lbs), and the car may fishtail or even powerslide off the road while turning. The Stinger has an average durability, as it can sustain multiple head-on collisions before shutting down. While having superior acceleration, it has a disappointing braking distance, unlike the JB 700; the Stinger takes a while to come to a full stop.


Yakuza Stinger

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 worse and has slower acceleration because it is much heavier than a normal Stinger, at 1,400 kg (3,087 lbs). The Yakuza Stinger is customized in the import tuner style, both of which might imply that the GTA III/Liberty City Stories Stinger is made in Japan.

Stinger GT

Notable owners


  • 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 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
  • Can be purchased from for $1,000,000.
GTA Online
  • Can sometimes be driven by the aggressive driver.
  • Can be purchased from for $850,000 (roofed and topless).


The yellow Stinger in a pre-release screenshot for GTA Liberty City Stories.
  • The Stinger has received the second most changes out of any car in the Grand Theft Auto series. The first one was the Sentinel, which has a unique model in almost every game it appears in.
  • The default radio stations of the Stinger are:
  • During development of GTA Liberty City Stories, there was a yellow Stinger supposedly reserved for use by the Sicilian Mafia. The Sicilian Mafia also drive Stingers that are in a unique white color not seen on regular Stingers.
  • In GTA Liberty City Stories, if the player uses a SMG, the gun will stick out of the front windscreen, even if the windscreen has not been removed.
  • 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]
  • Aside from the fact that the Stinger in GTA Vice City and Vice City Stories is based on Sonny Crockett's Ferrari in Miami Vice, several other references to the car from the TV show are made in the game:
    • Sonny Crockett used a boat named the Chris Craft Stinger 390x in the first season of the show.
    • The Stinger shares its name with the Stinger Missile, a missile used to destroy Crockett's Ferrari in Season 3 of the show.
    • In GTA Vice City Stories, a Stinger is parked outside the police station in Downtown Vice City, as a reference to the usage of the car in Miami Vice.
  • The Stinger, Z-Type, Stallion, Furore GT, Panto, and Tour Bus are the only vehicles from the 2D Universe to appear in the HD Universe.
  • The Stinger in GTA V is one of the most expensive vehicles in the game, valued at $1 million, alongside the Adder and Osiris.
  • In GTA V, during the mission Pack Man, a Stinger finished in famous rosso corsa (red) can be seen on the Packer. However, unlike the other five cars, there is no corresponding mission to steal the Stinger, nor is it on the list seen inside Devin Weston's Hayes Autos garage. Nothing is known about its presence, although Lamar Davis may have stolen it as dialogue between him and Devin indicates he is working for him or it was in the beta mission where the player had to steal Brucie's Stinger by luring him with a prostitute.

See also