The Enus Cognoscenti (pronounced as Con-Yo-Centi) is a luxury sedan or limousine appearing in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. 'Enus' is most likely a luxury division of 'Benefactor', as Maybach is to Mercedes-Benz, although this theory may be incorrect as Enus also manufacture both the Super Diamond and Super Drop Diamond, both resembling Rolls Royces.
The Cognoscenti is mostly based on the Maybach 62 and Bentley Continental Flying Spur, in nature as well as its general appearance. To distinguish the car, cues for the front end seem to be taken from cars like the 2005–2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur or the 1999–2005 Rover 75. The rear also has some resemblance of a MG ZT or Lancia Thesis. Some design cues of the Cognoscenti bear vague likenesses to various Maseratis, most notably the Quattroporte. The car may appear with one-tone or two-tone colors. The Cognoscenti features a wheelbase long enough to qualify for a limousine classification, but is still shorter in length to the Stretch. Nevertheless, police chatter will refer to the car as a stretch limo. It has the same interior as the Schafter, complete with a Benefactor logo on the steering wheel.
All versions in GTA IV come with alarms, but the ones at Pegorino's house do not trigger when the doors are opened. Like the Turismo at Mikhail Faustin's house in Beachgate, Broker, it will trigger when a window is smashed in a full speed collision.The name "Cognoscenti" is probably a parody of Continental.
For the GTA Chinatown Wars rendition, the design of the car has been reduced in size to that of a standard four-door sedan, but retains many of its GTA IV design cues, such as the two-tone body color and fascia design.
In GTA IV, the Cognoscenti is one of the larger cars in the game, with an exceptionally long body for a sedan. The weight and length of the car make it more of a vanity vehicle than one useful for missions; its handling is inferior to other sedans found throughout the city, however its top speed of 200 mph (321 km/h) is considerable and acceleration is also on-par with other sedans (0-60 in 7.4 seconds). However, it boasts a powerful engine, most likely based off a W12, and rear wheel drive, so slides and over-steer can be achieved. The suspension has a good balance of soft/firm, which irons out bumps in the road, meaning that the car doesn't over-compensate over the bumps, whilst not jarring over them either. The car is slightly clunky in the corners but given time has superior straight line speed. This car is a good option for loading up several people and making a fast getaway but be careful in the corners you can easily crash and get caught. Lastly, the cars mass makes it useful as well against both police cruisers and roadblocks, simply floor the accelerator and smash through them.
The GTA Chinatown Wars rendition is more maneuverable, given its shorter wheelbase and size, allowing the car to accelerate faster and steer around corners more easily. Other considerable features include its responsive brakes and burnout capability. This makes the Cognoscenti one of the better four-door sedans in the game.
Variants and other prominent appearances
- Anthony "Tony Black" Spoleto, the Ancelotti's capo, owns a unique dark blue Cognoscenti (befittingly), which is blown up in "Actions Speak Louder than Words". The car cannot be stolen due to its doors being locked.
- A unique baby blue Cognoscenti is requested in Stevie's Car Thefts. The car will be constantly spawn in Alderney City, Alderney until it is delivered to Stevie, allowing the player to store one at their safehouse before delivering another copy to Stevie.
- A uniquely pearl white-painted Cognoscenti can be stolen outside Gracie Ancelotti's home in Alderney City approximately two weeks after the player completes "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", when she appears as a random character. The car will be parked in the driveway to the house, and will keep respawning until the mission is completed, so the player can take it without doing the mission. Sometimes when the player activates the cheat to spawn a Cognoscenti, a pearl white one will appear.
- During "Mr and Mrs Bellic", there is a gray and black Cognoscenti with a wedding ribbon over the front of the car's bonnet parked up outside the church which the player is required to head to. If the player approaches the car, the next cutscene will play and it will be unobtainable. However, it is possible to take the car by firing a weapon while across the street, scaring off the guests and failing the mission. The same Cognoscenti is featured in both of the final missions, sans the ribbon but there you can obtain it by take it and drive to the Alderney safehouse.
- In The Lost and Damned, a unique red Cognoscenti is obtainable during "Phone Ho'" for "Stubbs' Dirty Laundry", during which a politician rides it to pick up a prostitute. If the player is quick enough, they can take it after the mission and save it, or simply sniping the politician, but that will result in mission' failure.
GTA Chinatown Wars
- Uncle Kenny loans a purple-and-white Cognoscenti to Huang Lee in Pursuit Farce. Other than its color (which is not seen on other Cognoscentis) and its bigger size, it's virtually the same.
- A gang variant of the Cognoscenti exists, being used by the "Mob" in Algonquin, and is distinguished by its larger size, an all-dark gray body color, and a sunroof.
- Rudy D'Avanzo drives away in a bulletproof grey-and-white Cognoscenti after Grave Situation and uses the same one (no longer bulletproof) as a getaway car in A Rude Awakening.
- During Evidence Dash, after stealing Heston's car, the Cognoscentis with sirens will follow you and try to kill you. Although having a siren, you can't turn it off. And if you put the car in a garage, the siren will disappear, making it a normal Cognoscenti.
- There is also a rare wedding version that is found randomly outside of Wade Heston's house. NOTE: It does not appear every time. It is purely random.
- The Cognoscenti is to be altered into a 2-door coupé version in the successing GTA title (GTA 5), named the Cognoscenti Cabrio.
- In Italian, Cognoscente means a connoisseur or an expert in a certain field, usually the fine arts, while cognoscenti is the plural form of the word.
- The default radio stations for the Cognoscenti are:
- The Cognoscenti has hard-to-see front turning lights. They are located above the external headlights as small, white lights.
- The Cognoscenti comes with a "door ajar" chime which can be heard when door is open in quiet areas with volume turned up.
- The Cognoscenti is the only vehicle manufactured by Enus in GTA IV and The Lost and Damned; Enus' line of vehicle is expanded in The Ballad of Gay Tony with the inclusion of the Super Diamond and Super Drop Diamond.
- The word Cognoscenti (pronounced Con-Yo-Senti) could be a sexual reference to the Spanish "coño" (also pronounced Con-Yo) meaning "cunt" and "cento" (pronounced Sen-to) meaning one hundred. This would result in the whole name meaning "one hundred cunts". This could be one of Rockstar Games' many sexual references.
- Purchasable for $600 at the Auto Merchant.
- When the car's engine is shut off and then restarted, it sometimes will not make a sound. This bug also applies to the NRG-900, Bullet GT and Tug.
- It also appears in Rockstar`s Max Payne 3 as a car in repairing process.
- In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars there's a glitch that happens with this car. In Meadows Park there's always a house with a Cognoscenti in front of its garage, so if you lack one, pick it up. Drive around Meadows Park and when you see a house with a little garden and a ramp in it, get into the garden. Put the car in the side that's closer to the wall. Stay there for a few seconds. Your car will teleport to the road again.
- For a large car, it is surprisingly fast and even though it is not good in races and fast paced chases, if you need to carry 4 people, this car is a very good choice.
- You can buy its rims in Grand Theft Auto V but the car is not available in game also not equipped in Cognoscenti Cabrio.
GTA IV & Episodes from Liberty City
- Two at Jimmy Pegorino's house in Westdyke, Alderney, one outside and one inside the garage.
- Rare pearl white variant outside Gracie Ancelotti's house when she is a random character.
- Sometimes found around The Exchange, Algonquin, Liberty City.
- Sometimes, can be found driving around the terminal at The Francis International Airport
- Can be spawned by cheat-code, 227-555-0142 (will not block any trophies/achievements).
- The car in which Jacob waits in Out of Commission/A Revenger's Tragedy is a Cognoscenti with dark-tinted windows.
- Sometimes found around BOABO, Broker.
- Often spawns in Middle Park East after loading your game back to Niko's apartment in that neighborhood.
GTA Chinatown Wars
- Spawns commonly in more affluent areas of the city, such as Willis and Meadow Hills in Dukes, and the southern half of Algonquin.
- The "Mob" variant commonly spawns in and around Little Italy, Algonquin.
- The "Mob" variant can be purchased at the Auto Merchant in BOABO, Broker.
- Jimmy Pegorino
- Anthony Spoleto owns a black Cognoscenti (as seen in a mission Actions Speak Louder than Words)
- Gracie Ancelotti owns a white Cognoscenti (as seen in a random encounter)
- Giovanni Ancelotti
- An unknown Congressman owns a red Cognoscenti featured in Phone Ho in The Lost and Damned
- Wu Lee (in Pursuit Farce)
- I.A.D. (in Evidence Dash (GTA CW) with sirens)