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The Rio is a catamaran sailboat in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

Description

Like the Marquis, the Rio features a bermuda rig, but does not utilize it for propulsion (relying instead on its on-board motor) and lacks a headsail. In addition, the Rio is comparably shorter in height and length than the Marquis, but shares the Marquis' trait of an additional living space directly under the mast. The Rio also features a canopy over the boat's controls, and includes a back-mounted fan which purpose is unspecified, possibly for reading of wind speed/direction.

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Performance

The Rio's size, together with its dependence on a small motor, makes steering of the Rio difficult and contributes to its slow speed, similar to the Marquis' performance. These shortcomings are downplayed in the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories rendition, with better maneuverability.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto Vice City

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Trivia

  • Rio means "River" in Spanish and Portuguese.
  • The Rio's name may be a reference to the Duran Duran song "Rio" and its famous music video, which features the band on a sailing yacht at sea and is widely regarded as symbolic of 1980s glamour and excess (themes Vice City extensively parodies). However, the actual yacht used in the video is mono-hulled rather than a catamaran, appearing more similar to the Marquis.
  • It was meant to appear in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but was cut from the final game.

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