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The Coach is a transport vehicle that first appeared in Grand Theft Auto 1, and returned for all of the 3D Universe games.

Design

The Coach remained through the Grand Theft Auto series as a charter bus. The Coach is distinctive from the Bus by featuring a sleeker design and more spacious interior than the Bus, as well as having a distinctive ability to carry a large number of passengers.

2D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto 1, the Coach appears to be a municipal bus and is always silver. Unlike the Coach in future games, this version has no special features and is of no real use. There is, however, a side mission involving the Coach, in which the player must stay above 50 mph to stop a bomb from exploding - a reference to the movie Speed.

While never appearing in traffic, the Coach has also been utilized in at least one mission in Grand Theft Auto: London 1969 (Mission 19: Phone 2 in Northwest Bow #1) as a means of trapping a targeted passenger and blowing the bus and its passenger up. The game's rendition is no different from the Coach in GTA 1, but is stretched to appear slightly narrower and longer.

3D Universe

The Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories renditions of the Coach assume a modern design, with a curved front and partially rounded body. Due to its size, the Coach is capable of seating a large number of passengers (up to 8, as seen in the GTA III mission, The Fuzz Ball and Ho Selecta!). The vehicle runs on six wheels, has tinted windows (which do not allow the player to see inside), has two passenger access doors on both sides, and can be sprayed in two-tone color schemes. It appears to be based on an MCI J4500 or an E4500, however the doors have been moved.

The Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories renditions of the Coach are essentially older versions of the GTA III Coach, similar to 1990s MCI coach models like the 102-B3, with the doors moved. These buses have a more boxy design, with colored stripes running along the sides. Other design aspects of the vehicle are unchanged from its "future" version. The GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories renditions feature slightly higher front bumpers than the GTA San Andreas rendition, a problem likely stemmed from a programming error, as the bumper area should be placed below, where typical bumper placements are visible. The GTA San Andreas rendition received a light restyling which changed its taillights design into a more modern one.

The Grand Theft Auto Advance rendition of the Coach, like the other Coaches, resembles a large, long bus, but visual details of the vehicle are vague due to the game's GTA 1-style top-down angle. It presumably shares the general design of the GTA III/GTA Liberty City Stories Coaches.

Grand Theft Auto IV

A vehicle similar to the Coach may have been cut from Grand Theft Auto IV before release. A Coach is seen in a commercial about Higgins Helitours on GTA IV's in-game TV programming (immediately after the end of The Serrated Edge) but it is not available to ride or drive in the game. It looks similar to the GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories renditions. The vehicle comes in a gray color and lacks various details, likely as a result of being in development. Both the model and the handling files are absent.

Despite it never has a name, it is strongly assumed to be the Coach, since the Bus appears in GTA IV and it is smaller than this one, just like the 3D Universe renditions (except SA). The design, however has been re-addopted into a new vehicle in Grand Theft Auto V called the Dashound, the Coach's successor.

Version History Gallery

Performance

2D Universe

Like the Bus, the Coach is one of the heaviest vehicles in the games. It is reasonably fast for its size, and has decent brakes. It is highly durable.

The Coach in Grand Theft Auto 1 can destroy the other vehicle (Except another Coach or other heavy car) by bumping or ramming it at very high speed.

3D Universe

Again, the Coach is one of the heaviest vehicles in the games, and its size makes it having a very wide turning radius. It is reasonably fast for its size, and has decent brakes. It is also highly durable.

The Coach is able to hold a large number of passengers (7 in San Andreas - the bus can be loaded with Grove Street Families members for missions), being an excellent choice for transporting allies. Its size, combined with its low speed, makes the Coach an easy target for explosives.

In Grand Theft Auto Advance, the performance of the vehicle is, as expected, very poor, being only faster than the Wong but slower than a Belly, and is only capable of traveling at only one third of that speed when off-road; its reverse speed is equally poor. Its size and weight also makes the vehicle susceptible to toppling.

3D Universe Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 93 / 150 (GTA III & GTA VC)
99 / 160 (GTA SA - GTA VCS)
5 Diesel RWD 9500 / 20944
Observed
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

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Bus Driver Minigame

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, there exists an undocumented "bus driver" mini-game for the Coach. Stealing the vehicle and stopping at bus stops will cause passengers to board, awarding the player $5 for each passenger. Oddly, no passengers are seen leaving the Coach, nor being required to reach a specific destination (unlike the Taxi Driver side missions), which means the vehicle can carry as much passengers as the player want, and destroying it does not cause a negative effect (except a wanted level if destroyed with weapons).

This feature can also be found in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreashowever, it no longer earns the player money.

Prominent Appearance in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Locations

The Coach may be seen stopping at designated bus stops in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas. If one drive a Coach in the locations where it can be found, a bit more will commonly spawn.

Grand Theft Auto 1

  • In all 3 cities, on any of the larger roads with 4-6 lanes.

Grand Theft Auto III

  • 2 can be seen parked at the bus depot, Trenton, Portland.
  • Can be found throughout the city, on main roads.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Can be found spawned randomly at any bus stops around Vice City.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Though there are bus stops anywhere in Vice City, Coaches are not seen picking up passengers. The only way to obtain this vehicle is to go to InterGlobal Films. Once Vic gets on the bus, the mission Crash! is activated.

Rewards

Grand Theft Auto Advance

Trivia

  • A vehicle resembling GTA Vice City's Coach can be found in Rockstar North's Manhunt as a wreck.
  • The Coach plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The Coach is the first vehicle seen in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. It is unique as it is the only Coach known to feature a grill between the headlights.
    • In the first cutscene on the mobile version of GTA Liberty City Stories, the Coach has an interior. The interior only appears on the cutscene version of the Coach. There's also a fake ped driving the Coach as seen through the windscreen.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Coach can sit up to 12 passengers, as doing the "pedestrians follow you" cheat proves when entering the bus.
    • When the pedestrians are in a mob outside the bus, they slide through the pedestrians to get in the bus.
  • In GTA Vice City Stories, the Coach is not seen on the streets picking up passengers, but in the mission Jive Drive you can see Coaches taking passengers in Little Havana.
  • In the mission Kid's A Hero of GTA Advance, the Coach Yuka is in has a special golden paint job.
  • All Coaches in the 3D universe (with the exception of GTA SA) do not feature a license plate.
  • In the 3D Universe, the protagonist can, from certain angles, be seen walking back to the passenger section of the Coach upon entrance, presumably due to the presence of only one animation for entrance to the vehicle.
  • In Grand Theft Auto III, if the player robs one with a driver and goes fast, the driver won't get out and will sit on the steps for some reason. This can also be noted when the vehicle is blown up.

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