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Esperanto
Esperanto-GTA4-front
The Esperanto in GTA IV.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door coupe (3D Universe)
4-door sedan (HD Universe)
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger, 3D Universe)
4 (driver and 3 passengers, HD Universe)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Advance
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto IV

The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Manufacturer Albany (HD Universe)
Variant(s) Roman's Taxi
Police Roadcruiser

The Esperanto is a recurring vehicle in the GTA series. It was a two door sedan in the 3D Universe, however in the HD Universe it is a now a four-door sedan. It is manufactured by Albany in the HD Universe.

Overview

3D Universe

The Esperanto made its first appearance in Grand Theft Auto III. Its design became more boxy in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and appeared alongside a similar sedan, the Remington. Despite the Remington being a lowrider, the Esperanto was not. The rounded design returned for Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories however it returned to the boxy design in its predecessor.

HD Universe

For the HD Universe the design was completely changed. The vehicle became a four door sedan for its appearance in Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes. It has a minor appearance in Grand Theft Auto V's prologue as the main police car for the North Yankton State Patrol.

Design

GTA III—GTA Vice City Stories

The GTA III era Esperanto is based on a 1975-1978 Cadillac Eldorado, more specifically the 1975 and 1976 models judging by the taillights. However, the vehicle has received significant changes throughout its appearances in these games.

When introduced in GTA III (and, later, in GTA Liberty City Stories), the Esperanto features a slightly curvy profile and flatter details. The GTA Vice City rendition (as well as the GTA Vice City Stories rendition) received a major retouch with the vehicle featuring a more angular body design, detailed fascia and rear fin that slant forward. GTA San Andreas' Esperanto is essentially similar in design as that of GTA Vice City, but noticeably sports differences in the rear, with its tailfin-based taillights reduced in height (implying they are now part of the rear bumper) and its rear license plate relocated from the trunk lid to the bumper. Similarly, the GTA Advance rendition maintains much of the physical traits of previous Esperanto's as seen from the top down.

One of the earliest known name of the car is the "Esparanto", revealed during development of GTA III and depicted in the Capital Autos website. Very early model of possible Esparanto was more detailed, it had a brown vynil roof and there were bigger resemblance to a real Cadillac from seventies. The beta Esperanto was also intended to feature hydraulics, but the feature was dropped in the final release. This feature was passed to the Yardie Lobo however.

GTA IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Albany Esperanto is very different to the earlier renditions. Rather than being a large two-door coupe, the new car is a mid-sized four-door sedan. Its styling inspiration appears to be a pastiche of common late-70s/early-80s American car styling. The bumpers, sides and bustle-back styling (a majority of the chassis) is based on the Seventh Generation (1982-1987) Lincoln Continental. The grille and headlights are similar to a 1982/1983 Chevrolet Malibu (the shorter width of the
Esperanto badges
grille makes it look like a 1984 - 85 Chevrolet Celebrity, but the Albany signature on the grille and flatter headlights are more like the Malibu); and the taillights seem based on a '80-'81 Pontiac Bonneville/'85-'86 Pontiac Parisienne, the reverse lights could also suggest some other luxury cars. The combined look seems to emulate an early Cadillac Seville as it is commonly mistaken for one. Roman's Taxi is based on GTA IV's Esperanto.

Performance

GTA III—GTA Vice City Stories

Although performance aspects vary slightly between games for this vehicle, acceleration and speed are generally quite satisfying with the rear-drive V8 or I6 (depending on the game) powertrain. The one common problem with the Esperanto, however, is its notoriously bad brakes - a problem that is only exacerbated by the vehicle's weight. Traveling at high speed it takes some time to bring the vehicle to a stop which, besides often causing minor accidents, becomes a potentially fatal problem in GTA III, where Claude is unable to jump from a moving vehicle, exposing him to serious danger in a fast-moving Esperanto about to explode. The car's handling is highly responsive, but again, the vehicle's size and weight cause problems, predisposing it to two-wheeling and loss of control when overcompensating for a swerve at high speeds. However, its huge mass absorbs damage quite well, making it a good vehicle for ramming smaller ones (and even comparably sized ones) off the road. Usually using the handbrake with this car is more effective than using the main braking system.

GTA IV

The Albany Esperanto is powered by a relatively lazy-feeling engine, which is paired with a 5 speed gearbox. It has a RWD configuration unlike the real Seville, which is FWD. Overall, it is rather slow and dreary, in that acceleration is very poor and top speed is not very high. Handling is fairly acceptable, though some understeer can be felt. The suspension can be described as moderately firm, yet soft enough to cope with the rough streets of Liberty City. Braking has improved significantly over the GTA III-era Esperanto, though ABS is still not available. When crashed, this car appears to cope rather well, however it is easy for the engine to become damaged.

Unique Variants

Main article: Roman's Taxi

Roman Bellic owns a fleet of black Esperantos he uses as taxis for his business before the mission Hostile Negotiation. They are replaced by grey Cavalcades.

Main article: Police Roadcruiser

The North Yankton State Patrol used a fleet of Esperantos as police vehicles circa 2004. They are only seen in the mission Prologue.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

  • The Esperanto can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Locations

GTA III

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City

  • In GTA IV, a black one is always available at the cab depot up until Roman's Sorrow has been completed, it can also be seen entering or leaving the building.
  • One or more may be parked at The Triangle Club in Northern Gardens, Bohan.
  • Can be found in Broker in traffic.
  • One can be found on Wenrohronon Ave. in Broker with a Marbelle, parked on the side of the road near a small construction site before the road ends. It also can be found there in multiplayer modes.
  • Can often be found in Bohan.
  • Occasionally found in Alderney.

Trivia

General

  • Esperanto is the name of an auxiliary language spoken throughout the world. It could also be a misspelling of the word esperando, which means "waiting" in Spanish and Portuguese.

3D Universe

HD Universe

  • The Esperanto was one of the first cars to appear in any media in the run-up to GTA IV's release. It has often been mistakenly referred to as an "Albany" due to the fact that the word is conspicuously emblazoned on the grille.
  • The Esperanto was the first vehicle driven in the HD Universe.
  • In GTA IV, the Esperanto's engine sound, along with any other vehicle that emits the same noise, bears similarity to the sound produced by the Jersey XS, a car based on the Dodge Viper found only in Midnight Club II.
    Wrecked beta Esperanto or Buccaneer

    Wrecked beta Buccaneer/ Esperanto in GTA IV.

    A wreck that looks like a cross between the San Andreas Buccaneer and Esperanto can be found in Used Auto Parts in South Bohan, just Northwest of the South Bohan Safehouse. It will reappear a few days after the Used Auto Parts garage was blown up. There is an identical wreck in Brucie's Excecutive Lifestyle Autos.
  • After completing Stevie's car theft missions, he will buy the Esperanto from Niko for $1,800.
  • The Esperanto in GTA IV shares its interior with the Emperor.
  • Variants of the Esperanto are featured in the opening missions of both GTA IV and GTA V. In The Cousins Bellic, Roman's Taxi version is driven by Roman meet Niko at the docks; and in Prologue, the Police Roadcruiser is used to respond to the bank heist in Ludendorff.
    • The main difference is that it is the first vehicle driven in GTA IV, however the Rancher XL is the first vehicle driven in GTA V.
    • The car itself doesn't appear in GTA V, and the police variant only appears once.

Notable owners

See also

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