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For the police car in The Ballad of Gay Tony, see Police Stinger. For the police equipment in GTA: Vice City, see Spike Strip.

Stinger
Stinger-GTALCS-front
A Stinger in GTA Liberty City Stories (Rear quarter view).
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door sports car
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto 1
Grand Theft Auto 2
GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA Advance
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
"What a great car. Always wanted one of these."
— GTA Vice City Website.

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 handle great, respond well, and stick to the road.

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 and is all-wheel-drive, as opposed to the stock cars, which are rear-drive. The Stinger in both games is based on a Porsche Boxster or possibly a Toyota MR2 Spyder. The front of the car and also the total shape also has a likeness to the Pontiac Solstice; this is certainly just coincidental, given that the Solstice was not revealed until 2004, 3 years after GTA III went on sale and 4 years after the game went into production.

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.

A working name given to the Stinger in Grand Theft Auto III is "Shark", as evidenced in the "official" website for Capital Autos [1].

Notable Owners

Trivia

Stinger-GTALCS-yellow-front

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. Its was possibly going to be called the Sicilian Stinger. But then it turned into a normal silver/white Stinger for the final version.
  • The GTA Vice City rendition of the Stinger made an appearance in Manhunt 2.
  • Even though the Stinger does not appear in GTA San Andreas, a beta model exists within San Andreas' coding. The model is the same as Vice City's, albeit the headlights are different
  • Aside from the fact the Stinger in GTA Vice City is based on Sonny Crockett's Ferrari from Miami Vice, several other references to the car from the TV show are present in the game:
    • The Stinger shares its name with the Stinger Missile, which was used to blow up Crockett's Ferrari in season 3 of Miami Vice.
    • A Stinger is found parked outside the police station in Downtown Vice City, referencing the car's use on the cop show.
  • In GTA: Liberty City Stories, if the player is armed with a Sub Machine Gun the gun will stick out the front windscreen, even if the window is still intact.
  • Strangely, in GTA Vice City, the Stinger is front-wheel drive, which is unusual for a sports car, yet it has outstanding performance.

Locations

GTA 1
GTA 2
GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories

Variants

See also

  • Stinger Z29, a sports car in GTA 1.
  • Police Stinger, a police car and fastest car in The Ballad of Gay Tony bearing no similarities with any earlier Stinger.
  • Yakuza Stinger, the Yakuza version of the Stinger in GTA III, GTA Advance and GTA Liberty City Stories.

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