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Tampa
Tampa-TBOGT-front
The Tampa in The Ballad of Gay Tony.
(Rear quarter view).
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door muscle car
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) GTA San Andreas
The Lost and Damned (Cutscene only)
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Manufacturer Bravado (HD Universe)

The Bravado Tampa is a two-door muscle car featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and seen only in one cutscene in The Lost and Damned. It returns as a fully-drivable car in The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Design

3D Universe

The Tampa in GTA San Andreas resembles a 1965-1969 Chevrolet Corvair, except it isn't rear-engined and it has a grill. It has plain steel wheels, and mismatched paint on multiple body panels, indicating it was put together with spare parts from a junkyard, this also makes it one of the first "Beater" cars in GTA, along with the Clover. It also appears to be over-scaled and in comparison to some under-scaled cars, as it looks much larger than an old compact. The Tampa is one of the gang cars used by the Da Nang Boys, a gang based in San Fierro.

HD Universe

In both The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the Bravado Tampa is redesigned as a far more beefy muscle car that may butt heads with the Sabre GT. Parts of the exterior of Tampa is based on the 1964-1973 Ford Mustang, while the front of the Tampa resembles a 1970/1971 Dodge Dart; the roof and sides of the car are reminiscent of the 68-72 Chevrolet Nova (but with less of a fastback profile); the rear is reminiscent of a 1968 Dodge Charger. Being a muscle car, its engine sound is similar to that of a Sabre GT or Dukes. It can be seen sporting one all-over color, or with a double-stripe scheme. The paint job is based on that of a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, with the stripe going across the trunk based on the super bee stripe, found on performance cars from Dodge and Plymouth since the 1960s.

The Tampa in TLAD only appears in the opening cutscene in front of the Pay 'n' Spray and is also featured in the BradyGames Strategy Guide for the episode. There was speculation by fans that the vehicle was available to drive outside of the cutscene, and the claims were backed up by lines in the game code which specify the handling and animations of the car; indeed, the car can be spawned by using cheat device and driven like a normal vehicle - it has every data to being drivable. An email sent by Rockstar indicated that the car was not actually drivable in the game; the car is also not programmed to appear on streets, even if the player drives it.

Tampa reappears in TBoGT as a fully functional car and is a common sight early in the game. While still lacking a manufacturer's badge, the car is implied through police chatter to be a Bravado model.

Performance

3D Universe

The Tampa's performance is, at best, below average, with sluggish acceleration and mediocre top speed, as well as heavy steering and unstable cornering, like that of a Clover and a Sabre.

HD Universe

The Tampa's performance, which is identical in both TLAD and TBoGT, is considerably good in terms of raw power; the car's acceleration is excellent and the car can reach a considerably high top speed of 340 km/h (210 mph). This is because the car features a 310 cui (5078cc) Turbo V8 which produces a lot of torque at low RPM which allows burnouts to be performed easily, the combination of the large size of the engine and the softness of the suspension means that cornering is rather un-predictable, however, as the car can spin out in sharper turns or burn out, if the player applies gas to the car, as the car generates excess torque. Braking is considerably impressive considering the car's weight, providing the car with shorter stopping distances.

Modifications

GTA San Andreas

Available in TransFender:

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Hood Worx $ 250
Race $ 220
Vents Oval Hood Vent $ 150
Square Hood Vent $ 100
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Spoilers Win $ 550
Fury $ 350
Alpha $ 250
Side skirts Side Skirt $ 500
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

Appearances in Missions

GTA San Andreas

Locations

GTA San Andreas

The Lost and Damned

  • Only seen in a cutscene.
  • Can be obtained with the use of modifications and trainers.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Trivia

  • Even though the Tampa available in GTA San Andreas has an engine in adequate running condition, there are mix-matched body parts and a crooked licence plate on the car; making the Tampa one of the first "Beater" cars in the Grand Theft Auto series before the rusted, backfiring beater cars in GTA IV.
  • In the mission Nines and AKs, the player goes to do some target practice, and has to eventually shoot at a Tampa's gas tank using a pistol, making it explode, and passing the mission. It has a unique numberplate reading "FELTCH".
  • Even though the car can be upgraded to an excellent state at a mod shop, it will always have crooked license plates.
  • During the mission Yay Ka-Boom-Boom, the player has to destroy the Loco Syndicate's cocaine factory in Doherty with a rigged Tampa. The rigged Tampa has a unique numberplate reading "TIMEBOMB". Another modded Tampa is used in the mission Puncture Wounds. The Tampa is modded with stinger traps to burst the tires of the vehicle needed in the mission. Although, if the Tampa is saved in a garage, it will not have the ability to drop stingers.
  • The Tampa plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • In GTA IV's DLCs, the Tampa's rendition has the same interior like that used in the Sabre GT.
  • It's name is based on Tampa, Florida.
  • In the mission Nines and AKs the player can obtain an AP (all-proof) Tampa.
  • Tampa means "Cover" in portuguese.
  • The Tampa's badges are never seen in-game however the textures still exists in the game files.

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