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The Grotti Cheetah is a luxury sports car that has appeared in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


3D Universe

In all its iterations the vehicle closely resembles a 1984-1996 Ferrari Testarossa, with each game's version following the design of the corresponding era:

  • In Grand Theft Auto III and GTA Liberty City Stories, it looks like a slightly genericized and modernized Ferrari F512 M.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Vice City Stories, it resembles a mid-80s Testarossa.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Cheetah resembles a Ferrari 512 TR Testarossa, albeit without the hidden headlamps, and with the rear lights of an F512 M.

Looking at the shape of the car, its clear to see that it is mid-engine, however when the hood is removed, in Grand Theft Auto III and Vice City, the engine appears to be at the front, possibly due to programming limitations. This is in stark contrast to the design of the Testarossa in general, which has the engine placed behind the passenger compartment, just in front of the rear axle (mid-engine). However, in GTA San Andreas, the design is more faithful to the real-life counterpart, with the engine being evidently placed at the rear of the chassis, while the front is empty. The engine of the Cheetah sounds and looks like a V10.

During one point of game development of GTA III, the Cheetah was known as the Rocket.

HD Universe

"Forget the last 50 years of technological advancement and hark back to the golden age of driving before seatbelts, DUI laws, anti-lock brakes and emasculating GPS systems with nagging female voices. A prototype sports car manufactured by Grotti in the early 1970s, this marvel of Italian engineering will over-compensate for just about anything. Just like the Italians."
Legendary Motorsport webpage

The Cheetah is reintroduced in Grand Theft Auto V. Unlike in previous games, the Cheetah now resembles a mix between the SSC Tuatara, Lamborghini Reventón,in the front and sides and a Koenigsegg Agera/CCX in the rear end. It also resembles a Ferrari LaFerrari. The Cheetah shows stiking resemblance to the Lotec C1000 . The stripe on the front also resembles the Pagani Zonda Tricolore. The front end, and side air scoops and door panels mainly resembles the Ferrari FXX It can be bought for $650,000 from It is stated to be a 1970s prototype, put out by Grotti for limited production, and has a top speed of 220 mph.


3D Universe

The Cheetah's acceleration is slightly inferior to other sports cars in the game, but handling, speed and braking are far superior to all others. Due to its low suspension, it hugs the road and is not prone to rolling over or spinning out of control when cornering at high speeds. However, GTA III's Cheetah has stiffer suspensions than those of the Banshee, Stinger and Infernus, making it incapable of handling bumps and curbs without compromising stability. For most of the 3D Universe it was made the fastest car, but its top speed was a bit lower in San Andreas.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

The Cheetah can be modified at TransFender:

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Exhausts 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
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Anachronism in GTA Vice City Stories

In GTA Vice City Stories, which is set in 1984, the Cheetah was based from the first generation Ferrari Testarossa, which started selling in 1984. The first "red head" didn't sell enough until late 1985. For the sake of having no irregularities about the comparison of the two cars, the developers of the game made the Cheetah scarce in Vice City Stories, spawning only in parking lots.


  • VCPD Cheetah: The police version of the normal Cheetah, meant to be a reference to the Ferrari Testarossa's appearance on the 1980s detective show Miami Vice. You can steal it from the two police officers after you get a 3 star wanted level.
  • During Grand Theft Auto in GTA III, the player can obtain a unique candy red Cheetah.



The Cheetah's four wing mirror configurations in GTA Vice City, including a "black strobe light" variant of the wing mirror-less Cheetah, which does not exist in other games.

  • The GTA Vice City Stories and GTA San Andreas renditions feature variations of wing mirrors, either featuring two on both sides, one on the driver's side or none. Unusually, for some Cheetahs without rear mirrors in GTA Vice City, a blacked-out dashboard strobe light used in the police Cheetah may be seen.
  • When first entered in GTA San Andreas, it may play SF-UR as its default radio station.
  • If the player bought it on Easter Basin Docks, it may have a vanity plate reading "IMY AK". This plate also appears on the Feltzer used in End of the Line and the BF-400 in Just Business.
  • The bus in Saint's Row, a GTA clone, is also named Cheetah.
  • The Cheetah shares a similar engine and horn sound with the Turismo in GTA San Andreas.
  • Among all other supercars and sports cars, the Cheetah owns the widest range of modifications in GTA San Andreas.
  • When respraying a Cheetah in Vice City Stories, the paintjobs will cycle through either of two sequences. The first one is dark blue -> dark gray -> dark red -> cherry red, and the other is green -> silver -> gold -> white. If you want, per example, a cherry-red Cheetah, don't bother respraying a white one. No matter how many times you respray it, it will never turn out to be red.

Special colors

In the GTA: Liberty City Stories race Wi-Cheetah Run, you race against three Cheetahs, two of which have special colors (brilliant red and sky blue), fireproofing and also tip-proofing. They can be obtained using this trick: Start the race as usual, but remain in the starting line until the end of the race. Wait for the other racers to cross the finish line. Then blow it up using your car; you can't touch these vehicles or the car lose their unique traits. Then push that car with firetruck or tank into your garage.



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