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| front_image = Esperanto-GTA4-front.jpg
 
| front_image = Esperanto-GTA4-front.jpg
 
| image_size = 300
 
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| caption = The Esperanto in [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]
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| caption = The Esperanto in [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]].
| manufacturer = [[Albany]] ([[HD Universe]])
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| rear_image = Esperanto-GTA4-rear.jpg
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| manufacturer = [[Albany]] <small>([[HD Universe]])</small>
 
| vehicle_type = Civilian car
 
| vehicle_type = Civilian car
| body_style = [[:Category:2-Door Sedans and Coupes|2-door coupe (GTA III universe)]]<br>4-door sedan (GTA IV)
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| body_style = [[:Category:Lowriders|2-door lowrider]] <small>(3D Universe)</small><br>4-door sedan <small>(HD Universe)</small>
| capacity = 2 (driver and passenger, GTA III universe)<br>4 (driver and three passengers) (GTA IV)
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| capacity = 2 <small>(driver and passenger, 3D Universe)</small><br>4 <small>(driver and 3 passengers, HD Universe)</small>
| appearances = [[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto Advance]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]
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| appearances = ''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto Advance|GTA Advance]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories|GTA Liberty City Stories]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]]<br>[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]''<br>''[[The Lost and Damned]]''<br>''[[The Ballad of Gay Tony]]''
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| variants = [[Roman's Taxi]]<br>[[Police Roadcruiser]]
 
}}
 
}}
   
The [[Albany]] '''Esperanto''' was originally a two-door coupe available in [[Grand Theft Auto III]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], [[Grand Theft Auto Advance]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]], [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]. In [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], however, it is a now a four-door sedan. It is one of the most common cars in most of the games in which it appears.
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The [[Albany]] '''Esperanto''' was originally a two-door lowrider available in ''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]'', ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]]'', ''[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]]'', ''[[Grand Theft Auto Advance]]'', ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]]'', ''[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]]''. In ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]'' and its [[Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City|episodes]], however, it is a now a four-door sedan. It is one of the most common cars in most of the games in which it appears.
   
 
==Overview==
 
==Overview==
The Esperanto made its first appearance in [[Grand Theft Auto III]], and its design has remained almost exactly the same in the following games, with only minor styling changes (mostly to the taillights and rear bumper).
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The Esperanto made its first appearance in ''[[Grand Theft Auto III]]'', and its design has remained almost exactly the same in the following games, with only minor styling changes (mostly to the taillights and rear bumper).
   
A modified variant (with official taxi ID plaques) is driven by [[Niko Bellic|Niko Bellic's]] cousin, [[Roman Bellic|Roman]] and is simply called [[Roman's Taxi]] when getting into that particular Esperanto. When free cab rides from Roman's garage are unlocked, an Esperanto will be sent to pick Niko up. It changes to a Cavalcade after Roman purchases a penthouse in Algonquin, fetching around $20,000+ at Stevie's. It can be obtained in Roman's missions after you complete them, you can steal the ones that Roman sends to you to pick you up however the doors are locked at first so either shoot the driver or get in as a passenger, go to a safehouse, then when Niko gets out, quickly get in front and aim a gun at Mohammed, he will freak out and leave the car, leaving you to kill him for his money (he usually carries some extra cash) or just let him run, and now that the door is open you can just jack it.
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A modified variant (with official taxi ID plaques) is driven by [[Niko Bellic]]'s cousin, [[Roman Bellic]], and is simply called [[Roman's Taxi]] when getting into that particular Esperanto. When free cab rides from Roman's garage are unlocked, an Esperanto will be sent to pick Niko up. It changes to a Cavalcade after Roman purchases a penthouse in Algonquin, fetching around $20,000+ at Stevie's. It can be obtained in Roman's missions after you complete them, you can steal the ones that Roman sends to you to pick you up however the doors are locked at first so either shoot the driver or get in as a passenger, go to a safehouse, then when Niko gets out, quickly get in front and aim a gun at Mohammed, he will freak out and leave the car, leaving you to kill him for his money (he usually carries some extra cash) or just let him run, and now that the door is open you can just jack it.
   
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. In actuality, [[Albany]] is the "make" of the car (other vehicles are seen with the Albany nameplate on their decklids and logos, such as the [[Primo]]), while Esperanto is the model. In GTA IV, after collecting all thirty cars for [[Stevie]] he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Esperanto fetching [[Money|$]]1,800.
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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. In actuality, [[Albany]] is the "make" of the car (other vehicles are seen with the Albany nameplate on their decklids and logos, such as the [[Primo]]), while Esperanto is the model. In GTA IV, after collecting all thirty cars for [[Stevie]] he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Esperanto fetching $1,800.
   
 
==Design==
 
==Design==
 
===GTA III—GTA Vice City Stories===
 
===GTA III—GTA Vice City Stories===
The GTA III era Esperanto is based on a [[wp:Cadillac Eldorado#1971-1978|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.
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The GTA III era Esperanto is based on a [[wp:Cadillac Eldorado|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.
 
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 [[Beta Releases#Grand Theft Auto III|development of GTA III]] and depicted in the [[Capital Autos]] website. 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.
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One of the earliest known name of the car is the "'''Esparanto'''", revealed during [[Beta Releases#Grand Theft Auto III|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.
   
{| align="center"
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<gallery position="center">
|<gallery width="auto" perrow="3" style="font-size:95%; padding:0;" widths="180" captionalign="left">
 
 
Esparanto-GTA3-front.jpg|The "''Esparanto''", a beta version of the Esperanto in GTA III.
 
Esparanto-GTA3-front.jpg|The "''Esparanto''", a beta version of the Esperanto in GTA III.
 
Esperanto-GTA3-front.jpg|GTA III (<small>[[:Image:Esperanto-GTA3-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>).
 
Esperanto-GTA3-front.jpg|GTA III (<small>[[:Image:Esperanto-GTA3-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>).
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Esperanto-GTAVCS-front.jpg|GTA Vice City Stories (<small>[[:Image:Esperanto-GTAVCS-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>).
 
Esperanto-GTAVCS-front.jpg|GTA Vice City Stories (<small>[[:Image:Esperanto-GTAVCS-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>).
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
|}
 
   
 
===GTA IV===
 
===GTA IV===
[[Image:Esperanto-GTA4-front.jpg|thumb|300px|right|An Esperanto in GTA IV (<small>[[:Image:Esperanto-GTA4-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>).]]
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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 [[wp:Lincoln Continental|Seventh Generation (1982-1987) Lincoln Continental]]. The grille and headlights are similar to a [[wp:Chevrolet Malibu|1982/1983 Chevrolet Malibu]] (the shorter width of the [[File:Esperanto badges.png|thumb]]grille makes it look like a [[wp:Chevrolet Celebrity|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 [[wp:Pontiac Bonneville|'80-'81 Pontiac Bonneville]]/[[wp:Pontiac Parisienne|'85-'86 Pontiac Parisienne]], the reverse lights could also suggest some other luxury cars. The combined look seems to emulate an early [[wp:Cadillac Seville|Cadillac Seville]] as it is commonly mistaken for one. [[Roman's Taxi]] is based on GTA IV's Esperanto.
   
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 [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lincoln_Continental#Seventh_generation_.281982.E2.80.931987.29%7C Seventh Generation (1982-1987) Lincoln Continental]. The grille and headlights are similar to a [[wp:Chevrolet Malibu#Fourth generation 1978-1983|1982/1983 Chevrolet Malibu]] (the shorter width of the [[File:Esperanto_badges.png|thumb]]grille makes it look like a 1984-'85 [[wp:Chevrolet Celebrity|Chevrolet Celebrity]], but the Albany signature on the grille and flatter headlights are more like the Malibu); and the taillights seem based on a [[wp:Pontiac Bonneville#1977-1981|'80-'81 Pontiac Bonneville]]/[[wp:Pontiac Parisienne|'85-'86 Pontiac Parisienne]], the reverse lights could also suggest some other luxury cars. The combined look seems to emulate an early [[wp:Cadillac Seville|Cadillac Seville]] as it is commonly mistaken for one.
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Esperanto-GTA4-front.jpg|GTA IV (<small>[[:Image:Esperanto-GTA4-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]</small>).
[[Roman's Taxi]] is based on GTA IV's Esperanto.
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</gallery>
   
 
== Performance ==
 
== Performance ==
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=== GTA IV ===
 
=== GTA IV ===
 
The [[Albany]] Esperanto is powered by a relatively lazy-feeling engine, paired with a 5 speed gearbox in RWD configuration, incorrect because the real Seville 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.
 
The [[Albany]] Esperanto is powered by a relatively lazy-feeling engine, paired with a 5 speed gearbox in RWD configuration, incorrect because the real Seville 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.
 
==Trivia==
 
[[Image:Wrecked_beta_Esperanto_or_Buccaneer.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Wrecked beta [[Buccaneer]]/ Esperanto in GTA IV.]]
 
 
*Esperanto is French for ''Hoping'' and Catalan for ''Waiting''.
 
*Esperanto is a name of most widely spoken [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructed_language constructed] [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_auxiliary_language international auxiliary language].
 
*In [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]], no matter how many times you respray the Esperanto, there will always be a lining of brown dirt at the bottom of the vehicle.
 
*The Esperanto is one of the few cars that the Police will say the name over the radio when chasing you.
 
*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
 
*A wreck that looks like a cross between the GTA SA [[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 [[Rigged to Blow (GTA IV)|blasted]]. There is an identical wreck in [[Brucie's Excecutive Lifestyle Autos]].
 
*The Esperanto in GTA IV shares it's interior with the [[Emperor]].
 
   
 
== Modifications (GTA San Andreas) ==
 
== Modifications (GTA San Andreas) ==
*Color
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*The Esperanto can only be modified in a [[TransFender]] garage.
*Wheels (ten types)
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{| class="wikitable"
*Nitro (All)
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!Type
*Bass Boost
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!Upgrade
*Hydraulics
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!Cost
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|-
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|Color
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|Car Color 1 (64 different colors)
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|$ 150
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|-
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|rowspan=3|Nitro
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|2x Nitrous
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|$ 200
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|-
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|5x Nitrous
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|$ 500
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|-
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|10x Nitrous
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|$ 1000
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|-
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|rowspan=10|Wheels
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|Import
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|$ 820
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|-
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|Atomic
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|$ 770
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|-
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|Ahab
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|$ 1000
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|-
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|Virtual
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|$ 620
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|-
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|Access
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|$ 1140
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|-
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|Off Road Wheel
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|$ 1000
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|-
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|Mega
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|$ 1030
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|-
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|Grove
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|$ 1230
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|-
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|Twist
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|$ 1200
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|-
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|Wires
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|$ 1560
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|-
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|Car Stereo
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|Bass Boost
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|$ 100
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|-
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|Hydraulics
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|Hydraulics
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|$ 1500
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|}
   
== Notable owners ==
 
* [[Ray Bulgarin]] owned a white Esperanto.
 
* [[Roman Bellic]] owned a fleet of [[Roman's Taxi|black Esperanto's]].
 
* [[Tanner]] Drove a Esperanto in the mission: "Two Faced Tanner."
 
 
==Locations==
 
==Locations==
 
===GTA III===
 
===GTA III===
 
*Parked by the [[Old School Hall]] in [[Chinatown, Portland|Chinatown]], [[Portland]].
 
*Parked by the [[Old School Hall]] in [[Chinatown, Portland|Chinatown]], [[Portland]].
*In the parking space by the [[Carson General Hospital]] in [[Rockford]], [[Staunton Island]]. (sometimes replaced with an [[Ambulance]])
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*In the parking space by the [[Carson General Hospital]] in [[Rockford]], [[Staunton Island]] (sometimes replaced with an [[Ambulance]]).
   
 
===GTA Vice City===
 
===GTA Vice City===
 
*In the parking lot near the [[Moist Palms Hotel]] in [[Downtown Vice City|Downtown]].
 
*In the parking lot near the [[Moist Palms Hotel]] in [[Downtown Vice City|Downtown]].
*Spawns when driving a [[Rancher]] in Downtown
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*Spawns when driving a [[Rancher]] in Downtown.
*Ocassionally spawn in districts [[Little Haiti]], [[Little Havana]] and Downtown.
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*Occasionally spawn in districts [[Little Haiti]], [[Little Havana]] and Downtown.
 
*Always there are more than one Esperanto found parked in the car park behind the [[Hyman Memorial Stadium]].
 
*Always there are more than one Esperanto found parked in the car park behind the [[Hyman Memorial Stadium]].
   
 
===GTA San Andreas===
 
===GTA San Andreas===
*There are no specific spawn locations but it can be seen driven around [[Easter Basin]] in [[San Fierro]] sometimes.
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*Can be found driving around [[Ganton]], [[Idlewood]] and in [[Willowfield]], [[Los Santos (3D Universe)|Los Santos]].
*Can also be found driving around [[Ganton]], [[Idlewood]] and in [[Willowfield]], [[Los Santos]].
 
*Very common around [[Garcia]], San Fierro when driving a [[Sabre]], [[Clover]] or a [[Stallion]].
 
 
*Can be found in [[Rockshore West]].
 
*Can be found in [[Rockshore West]].
   
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===GTA Vice City Stories===
 
===GTA Vice City Stories===
*Parked next to the derelict building across the northernmost empire building in [[Little Haiti]].
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*Parked next to the [[Abandoned Apartment Complex|abandoned apartment complex]] across the northernmost [[Empire Building|empire building]] in [[Little Haiti]].
   
 
===GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City===
 
===GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City===
*In [[GTA IV]], a black one is always available at [[Roman's Taxi]] Garage up until [[Roman's Sorrow]] has been completed.
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*In [[GTA IV]], a black one is always available at [[Roman's Taxi]] Garage up until [[Roman's Sorrow]] has been completed, it can also be seen getting in and outside of the building with the driver and the passenger inside.
 
*Most of the time there is one or more parked at [[The Triangle Club]] in [[Northern Gardens]], [[Bohan]].
 
*Most of the time there is one or more parked at [[The Triangle Club]] in [[Northern Gardens]], [[Bohan]].
 
*Can be found in pretty much anywhere in [[Broker]] in traffic.
 
*Can be found in pretty much anywhere 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.
 
*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.
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*Can often be found in Bohan.
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==Trivia==
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[[Image:Wrecked beta Esperanto or Buccaneer.jpg|thumb|200px|right|Wrecked beta [[Buccaneer]]/ Esperanto in GTA IV.]]
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*''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.
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*In [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]], no matter how many times you respray the Esperanto, there will always be a lining of brown dirt at the bottom of the vehicle.
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*The Esperanto is one of the few cars that the Police will say the name over the radio when chasing you.
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*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 [[wp:Midnight Club II|Midnight Club II]].
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*A wreck that looks like a cross between the GTA SA [[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 [[Rigged to Blow (GTA IV)|blasted]]. There is an identical wreck in [[Brucie's Excecutive Lifestyle Autos]].
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*The Esperanto in GTA IV shares its interior with the [[Emperor]].
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*In the [[Beta Releases|GTA III Beta]], the Esperanto along with the [[Idaho]] had [[Hydraulics]] in the game, but only the [[Yardie Lobo]] made it with hydraulics in the final version
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*The car does not appear in [[Grand Theft Auto V|GTA V]], but a [[Police Roadcruiser|police variant]] is used in the [[Prologue|first mission]].
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*Variants of the Esperanto are featured in the opening missions of both full-length [[HD Universe]] games. In [[The Cousins Bellic]], the first mission of [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]], the [[Roman's Taxi]] version is driven by [[Roman]] meet [[Niko Bellic|Niko]] at the docks; and in [[Prologue|GTA V's Prologue]], the [[Police Roadcruiser]] version is used to respond to the bank heist in [[Ludendorff]].
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*Despite being a lowrider, it cannot be tuned up in [[Loco Low Co.]]. Furthermore, it can't be used in the [[Lowrider Challenge]] .
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*In a trailer for [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]], a unique black Esperanto can be seen crashing. It is unknown how to obtain it.
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== Notable owners ==
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* [[Ray Bulgarin]] owned a white Esperanto.
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* [[Roman Bellic]] owned a fleet of [[Roman's Taxi|black Esperanto's]].
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* [[Tanner]] drove an Esperanto in the mission: "[[Two-Faced Tanner]]."
   
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
* [[Roman's Taxi]], a variant of the Esperanto in GTA IV.
 
* [[Roman's Taxi]], a variant of the Esperanto in GTA IV.
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* [[Police Roadcruiser]], a law enforcement variant of the Esperanto in GTA V.
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* [[Manana]], [[HD Universe]]'s continuation of Esperanto's previous 2-door lowrider body style.
   
 
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Latest revision as of 21:37, November 21, 2014

Esperanto
Esperanto-GTA4-front
The Esperanto in GTA IV.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door lowrider (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 Albany Esperanto was originally a two-door lowrider available in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto Advance, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. In Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes, however, it is a now a four-door sedan. It is one of the most common cars in most of the games in which it appears.

OverviewEdit

The Esperanto made its first appearance in Grand Theft Auto III, and its design has remained almost exactly the same in the following games, with only minor styling changes (mostly to the taillights and rear bumper).

A modified variant (with official taxi ID plaques) is driven by Niko Bellic's cousin, Roman Bellic, and is simply called Roman's Taxi when getting into that particular Esperanto. When free cab rides from Roman's garage are unlocked, an Esperanto will be sent to pick Niko up. It changes to a Cavalcade after Roman purchases a penthouse in Algonquin, fetching around $20,000+ at Stevie's. It can be obtained in Roman's missions after you complete them, you can steal the ones that Roman sends to you to pick you up however the doors are locked at first so either shoot the driver or get in as a passenger, go to a safehouse, then when Niko gets out, quickly get in front and aim a gun at Mohammed, he will freak out and leave the car, leaving you to kill him for his money (he usually carries some extra cash) or just let him run, and now that the door is open you can just jack it.

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. In actuality, Albany is the "make" of the car (other vehicles are seen with the Albany nameplate on their decklids and logos, such as the Primo), while Esperanto is the model. In GTA IV, after collecting all thirty cars for Stevie he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Esperanto fetching $1,800.

DesignEdit

GTA III—GTA Vice City StoriesEdit

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 IVEdit

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 Edit

GTA III—GTA Vice City Stories Edit

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 Edit

The Albany Esperanto is powered by a relatively lazy-feeling engine, paired with a 5 speed gearbox in RWD configuration, incorrect because the real Seville 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.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas) Edit

  • 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

LocationsEdit

GTA IIIEdit

GTA Vice CityEdit

GTA San AndreasEdit

GTA Liberty City StoriesEdit

GTA Vice City StoriesEdit

GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty CityEdit

  • In GTA IV, a black one is always available at Roman's Taxi Garage up until Roman's Sorrow has been completed, it can also be seen getting in and outside of the building with the driver and the passenger inside.
  • Most of the time there is one or more parked at The Triangle Club in Northern Gardens, Bohan.
  • Can be found in pretty much anywhere 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.

TriviaEdit

Wrecked beta Esperanto or Buccaneer

Wrecked beta Buccaneer/ Esperanto in GTA IV.

  • 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.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, no matter how many times you respray the Esperanto, there will always be a lining of brown dirt at the bottom of the vehicle.
  • The Esperanto is one of the few cars that the Police will say the name over the radio when chasing you.
  • 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.
  • A wreck that looks like a cross between the GTA SA 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 garage was blasted. There is an identical wreck in Brucie's Excecutive Lifestyle Autos.
  • The Esperanto in GTA IV shares its interior with the Emperor.
  • In the GTA III Beta, the Esperanto along with the Idaho had Hydraulics in the game, but only the Yardie Lobo made it with hydraulics in the final version

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