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The Comet is a recurring sports car that appears in both 3D Universe and HD Universe. It becomes a performance coupe in the HD Universe, where it is manufactured by Pfister.

Design

3D Universe

The Comet is based on the Porsche 911 and best resembles the 911SC Targa from the late '70's or the early 1980s; however, like newer 911 models, it has an all-wheel-drive configuration. The car features a targa top similar to the Targa 911s; however, the fastback profile the Comet sported in GTA Vice City was dropped in favour of a backwards-slanted standalone C-pillar until GTA IV. On the Xbox and Mobile version of GTA Vice City, the fastback profile of the car is non-existent; instead, it shares the same back as the GTA San Andreas and GTA Vice City Stories Comet. GTA III era renditions of the Comet are front-engined, unlike the real Porsche 911, which is famously rear-engined; this led to speculation that the Comet was inspired by a Datsun 240Z. The headlamps may also have been inspired by the 1966-1969 Alfa Romeo Spider.

HD Universe

GTA IV's Comet, manufactured by Pfister, is available only in hardtop coupé form. It now largely resembles a Porsche 996 Carrera 4S. The Comet features large, cross-drilled disc brakes all around. Inside are two sport seats in black leather resembling Lamborghini's seat design. Similar to the Grotti Turismo, the Comet also features a front-mounted, carpeted boot with space for luggage. Unlike its predecessors, GTA IV's Comet is very rarely encountered on the streets, and is more common in Party Mode where two parked Comets can be seen and driven. Like the real 911, the GTA IV Comet is rear-engined, however, it has a V8 engine rather than a flat-6 of most Porsches, which would be nearly impossible to fit into the rear of a Porsche 911.

For GTA Chinatown Wars, two variants of the Comet are available, a regular Comet being similar to GTA IV's Comet, as well as a highly modified racing variant owned by the Jaoming Family, featuring a purple-and-red paintjob, a bodykit, and a white neon underglow that turns on at night.

In GTA V, the Comet is similar to the GTA IV model, but has been updated featuring rear quarter ducts as well as a standard rear deck spoiler. It now resembles a Porsche 996 GT2 .

Current Design Gallery

Design History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

With its AWD powertrain, grippy tires, and poweful engine, the Comet in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories is one of the fastest and best handling sports cars in the game.  The Comet's handling limits and grip levels are extremely high.  The car remains completely stable even when cornerning at full speed without any power oversteer or loss of traction.  In fact, it is virtually impossible to drift with the Comet even in slippery conditions (such as on rainy roads or grass).  The Comet's turn-in is very sharp, though there is a bit of understeer present.  With its unflappable handling and near elite-level speed and acceleration, the Comet is an excellent car to go racing with.

In the GTA III era, the Comet's top-down convertible nature allows the protagonist to jump over the driver's-side door, facilitating a more rapid takeoff.

HD Universe

The Comet's performance is strongly based on the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S.

The GTA IV rendition of the Comet is the fastest car in the game, with a top speed of 215 mph (347 km/h). All wheel drive ensures good standing-start acceleration, and high power ensures a top speed similar to that of exotic sports cars in the game. However, this car does subtly demonstrate a lack of torque; this is noticeable on hills when at low revs. This problem is minor, because Liberty City is mostly flat and street-constructed. Wheelspin and burnouts are very common with the Comet, because traction control is completely turned off.

High-speed cornering results in massive understeer in the Comet, but the car does have potential lift-off oversteer, or oversteer at lower speeds. The Comet also suffers from a weak suspension construction. The wheels are prone to buckle into the chassis after striking a curb laterally with less force than expected, making the Comet one of the more fragile sports cars.

The Comet is not necessarily superior in multiplayer racing; the Comet is lightweight and relatively unstable, leading to the car being rammed off-road by the other vehicles, or being launched into the air off of hills and losing control, unless you are a good driver.

GTA Chinatown Wars

The conventional Comet in GTA Chinatown Wars retains its sporty performance, but is now ranked below higher end sports cars in the same, although its handling and braking are considerably good. The modified variant of the Comet is superior in speed, but is otherwise similar in performance to a standard Comet.

GTA V

The Comet in GTA V is fairly similar to the Comet in GTA IV. The top speed and acceleration have been changed, however, and the most notable difference is that the GTA V version is rear-wheel drive, as opposed to a relatively uncommon all-wheel drive drivetrain in GTA IV. In GTA V, the car has fairly average performance for a sports car, but the traction is better than most of the sports cars. However, the car is very light and tail heavy, so many players may find the overall handling undesirable, compared to similar cars that have better handling, such as the Feltzer and Elegy RH8.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine
(Capacity + Layout + Fuel)
Drivetrain
AWD / FWD / RWD
Gearbox
Number + Type
Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.)

3.1 Seconds (Website) 203 / 326 (Website)
152 / 245 (handling.dat)

3 Liter (Website)

RWD

5

1400 / 3086

Observed/Tested
(i.e. recorded on In-game speedometer.)

4.1 Seconds 120/193

RR V8
Gasoline

RWD

5

Mass cannot be observed.

Modifications

GTA: San Andreas

The Comet can be modified at TransFender:

Type Upgrade Cost
Colors Car Color 1 $ 150
Car Color 2 $ 150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
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
  • The TransFender in Las Venturas charges 20% more for every modification except colors.

 GTA V

  • Stock options and performance upgrades (brakes, suspension, etc.) excluded
Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Bodywork Arch Extentions $350
Bumpers Splitter with Canards $1250
Splitter with Twin Canards $1650
Exhaust Dual Shotgun Exhaust $375
Roll Cage Roll Cage & Chassis Upgrade $550
Spoiler High Level Spoiler $750
GT Wing $950

Notable Owners

3D Universe

HD Universe

Gallery

Special Variants

Locations

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City

  • Obtained in the mission "No. 1" (given by Brucie Kibbutz), where the player must race others using a Comet from Brucie's friend, Stevie. After winning the race (and the mission), Brucie will allow the player to keep the Comet as a gratuity. This Comet has a unique rich gold color, much darker than a normal yellow Comet.
  • The Comet will be always seen during the mission "Payback". While the player is chasing the Pavanos, a Comet is seen getting into a car accident; the player can stop to take this car, although doing so is likely to lead to mission failure.
  • Very rarely spawns in Algonquin, Liberty City.
  • Parked in the beginning of Bernie Crane's mission, "Hating the Haters". The player may park this Comet at a safehouse for safekeeping, and continue the mission in another car. In some cases the Comet is available in a very unusual dark grey color which appears red in certain angles, more specifically in the bumpers and skirts.
  • Parked again in the beginning of "Union Drive", there may be a Comet near where you start the mission and Bernie tells you to get a car; however, a Turismo may spawn instead.
  • If you are driving a Comet around South Bohan, you may find bunches of Comets parked in rows.
  • The Comet is one of the target cars to be stolen for Stevie in Stevie's Car Thefts. The car is parked in the Golden Pier parking lot in Westminster, Algonquin. The player can drive the target Comet to a Safehouse and store it; another will respawn in the same place it was found, and this Comet can be delivered to Stevie. This Comet comes in a unique plum color.
  • In Brucie's Races, sometimes an opponent or opponents will spawn in Comets, which can be stolen (although this will forfeit the race).
  • The Comet can be spawned by dialing (227)-555-0175 on the cell phone. This cheat code does not affect saved games.
  • May spawn while riding a Sanchez .

The Lost and Damned

The Ballad Of Gay Tony

  • The vehicle is now extensively available and can be found driving around the streets of Algonquin.
  • A unique cream colored Comet, which looks pink in some angles, can be obtained in Triathlons.

GTA Chinatown Wars

GTA V

Trivia

General

3D Universe

  • In GTA San Andreas, Carl Johnson always hops in the car without opening the door when getting in on the driver side; however, if the Comet is locked, CJ will not get in the car and the "jump in the car trick" is disabled, unless the player puts it in a garage, therefore unlocking it.
  • In GTA Vice City, this vehicle doesn't feature a license plate similar to the Hermes.
  • Comets in GTA Vice City Stories often fail to stop in time when approaching a traffic light. This will usually result in a collision if there is cars in front of the Comet.

HD Universe

BetaComet-GTAIV

Beta Comet, with a bigger Pfister logo on the hood in GTA IV.

  • The Beta version of the Comet featured a bigger Pfister logo on the hood. It can be seen on Stevie's car thefts.
  • As the Comet's engine is rear designed, if a person is seen checking the engine of a Comet (due to it having black smoke come out of it) they will check the front where the trunk is and act like it's the engine.
  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic. The Comet will fetch up to $11,000.
  • The plum colored Comet that Stevie request can sometime turn out bronze.
  • In GTA IV, this vehicle doesn't feature a license plate similar to other vehicles like the Dukes or the Contender.
  • In GTA V, Southern San Andreas Super Autos shows the Comet at the website's wallpaper in both GTA V and GTA Online. However, the car isn't purchasable Online
  • In GTA Chinatown Wars, during the mission Yu Jian, if the player follows the yellow pathway, you can see a purple-and-red modified Comet being chased down on the Broker-Dukes Expressway by two Police Patrol at top speed. It is also possible that the driver might be Chan Jaoming, as Chan also possess a similar Comet.
  • The Comet in the HD Universe has its name badging font similar to the popular font in GTA V, which is the Freestyle Script.
  • The Comet has two different instrument clusters depending on which version of GTA V is being played. The Comet in the 360/PS3 version has a 2007-on Nissan GT-R cluster and is the only car to use this cluster, while the enhanced version's Comet shares the high-performance take on the EK-series Honda Civic cluster shared with other Sports and Super cars.
  • Strangely, in GTA V, despite claimed and appearing to be rear-wheel drive, when rolled over, a driveshaft connecting the rear engine to the front wheels is present, without a center diff. This is clearly a developer oversight.

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