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The Albany Police Stinger is a high-performance 4-door police car available during multiplayer in The Ballad of Gay Tony.

Design

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PoliceStinger-TBOGT-Livery

Police Stinger's livery.

The Albany Police Stinger is based on the Albany Presidente, but features unique bodywork and a pearlescent paint job with America-themed vinyl, similar to that of the Cadillac CTS-V used by the Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Police Department. The front end has been modified and features new and high intensity discharge headlamps, and a different grille characterized by its chevron-shaped bar in the middle. The front of the car also resembles the Holden Cruze, but that's probably a coincidence.

The car's emergency vehicle lighting comes in the form of a slim light bar on the top, and auxiliary lights in the front bumper and rear window. Interestingly, the Stinger has a red and blue light bar on the top of the car, similar to NOOSE and the FIB, and unlike the LCPD, who only have red and white light bars to match with NYPD code. This may be because the Police Stinger was meant to be occupied by one of the two former branches, or not to be used as a standard police car at all. Perhaps it is meant to be the GTA analogue for the real-life D.A.R.E police cars.

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Performance

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The Police Stinger's performance is exceptional and it is probably the fastest land vehicle in the HD Universe. Despite having the same supercharged V10 badging as the Korean Mob Presidente variant, it has a noticeably different, smoother and lighter engine note, comparable to that of the civilian Buffalo.

It has one of the highest top speeds in the game, and its acceleration is exceptional thanks to its AWD drivetrain (20%-80% front-rear torque distribution). In fact, its all-wheel drive system is so good, as the vehicle outperforms other off-road intended vehicles, providing the driver with traction on all types of roads, including damp weather conditions. On the handling front, the Police Stinger is highly responsive, yet handling tends to get twitchy and may suffer from oversteer, due to the high speed it can reach. The vehicle at times could flip over on curbs due to not having enough down force. The vehicle can be easily driven even after tires are punctured, if its not damaged, making it a good escape vehicle to escape from somebody who is shooting at the player.

However, despite its nature as "the fastest vehicle", other vehicles, particularly the Coquette, can match the speed of the Police Stinger on a straight drag race, like in the airport or Star Junction, but after all, the Police Stinger can surpass these vehicle over time, as the vehicle can reach its top speed quickly.

Its engine cover is rather undetailed and therefore hard to identify, however badging states the vehicle is powered by a supercharged V10, which somewhat matches its sound output, where the supercharger is rather noticeable audibly.

TBoGT Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 99 / 160 5 N/A AWD
20% FWD
80% RWD
2200 / 4840
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A Supercharged V10 (Badging) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 F4 V8 (Cover)
AWD Cannot be observed

Locations

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The Police Stinger is only obtainable in Multiplayer and can be found on three locations:

Trivia

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  • The name could be a reference to the slang term for a Spike Strip used by police forces around the world, or Sting, who is the lead singer and bassist of the band The Police (hence the name Police Stinger).
  • The Police Stinger, as any police vehicle, features the police dispatch. However, being it in multiplayer, has a fully functioning radio, similar to that of civilian cars. Turning off the radio, one will heard the police dispatch.
  • If the window is broken or the car is damaged while locked with another vehicle, the car's alarm will play the sound of a regular Presidente, but once inside, it will use the police horn. It only happens if the alarm is using the horn. Otherwise, there is no difference at all.
  • One can notice on the rear sirens that both seems to be attached to nothing, floating mid-air near the rear window's pillars.

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