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For the police car in The Ballad of Gay Tony, see Police Stinger. For the police equipment, see Spike Strip.

"What a great car. Always wanted one of these."
— GTA Vice City Website.

The Grotti Stinger is a two-door sports car which originally debuted in the original Grand Theft Auto, and recurred in the form of different designs.


GTA 1 — GTA 2

In GTA 1, the Stinger based on the 1968-1972 Chevrolet Corvette (the name is a reference to the Corvette Stingray). In GTA 2 it's based on the 1963 Corvette Split-Window. It can only be found in the Industrial District of Anywhere City, and gives the ElectroFingers power-up when crushed. Both iterations handle great, respond well, and stick to the road.

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

In GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, the Stinger appears in hard-top and convertible form. Its performance is better than most vehicles, but is the least powerful of all the 2-door sports cars, with little tendency to drift. Its Yakuza variant, the Yakuza Stinger, handles better and is all-wheel-drive, as opposed to the stock cars, which are rear-drive. The Stinger in both games is a cross resemblance between Porsche Boxster and Toyota MR2 Spyder. The front of the car and also the total shape also has a likeness to the Pontiac Solstice; this is certainly just coincidental, given that the Solstice was not revealed until 2004, 3 years after GTA III went on sale and 4 years after the game went into production.

In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Stinger resembles a 1968-1973 Ferrari Daytona Spyder, an apparent homage to Sonny Crockett's Ferrari Daytona Spyder replica and yet another reference to Miami Vice. The Stinger in Vice City is amongst the fastest and best handling cars in the game.  The Stinger's FWD drivetrain may be unusual for a high-end sports car, but it allows the car to be more stable during hard acceleration and turning than the RWD drivetrains in some other sports cars (especially in rainy conditions).  This attribute, along with the car's lack of understeer, makes the Stinger ideal for racing. The only flaw with the car occurs when one uses too much handbrake during turns, which will cause the Stinger to oversteer and overswing its rear end.

A working name given to the Stinger in Grand Theft Auto III is "Shark", as evidenced in the "official" website for Capital Autos [1].


"First manufactured in 1960, the Stinger quickly became a car synonymous with the hard-living Vinewood playboys of the silver screen. Literally hundreds of impressionable young starlets got drunkenly deflowered against their will on the hood of this beauty and then later ended up with a face through the windshield. $1 million buys you more than just a used car without power steering - it buys you a piece of history. The interior still reeks of bourbon and cigarettes."
Legendary Motorsport webpage

Returning to the series in Grand Theft Auto V as the  Grotti Stinger, the car is now a hybrid of the Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale and the Ferrari Dinos, probably the 206 GT, from the front and the BMW 507 or the AC Cobra from the rear. There is also a considerable piece of resemblance to the Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB, which known for being very rare and associated with 1960's Hollywood celebrities. The front bumper closely resembles that of a Ferrari 250 GTO. Only available via purchase from the Legendary Motorsport website for $1,000,000, the car boasts a relatively high speed and acceleration, on par with several sports coupés such as the Sentinel XS. At high speeds however, the car has the tendency to fishtail when turning, and on some occasions powerslide off the road.


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Notable Owners



The yellow Stinger in a pre-release screenshot for GTA Liberty City Stories.

  • In the beta version of GTA Liberty City Stories, there was a yellow Stinger supposedly reserved for use by the Sicilian Mafia. Its was possibly going to be called the Sicilian Stinger. But then it turned into a normal silver/white Stinger for the final version. If this is the case, it is likely due to the already existing Yakuza Stinger.
  • The GTA Vice City rendition of the Stinger made an appearance in Manhunt 2.
  • The Stinger, Z-Type, Stallion and the Tour Bus are the only vehicles from the 2D Universe to appear in the HD Universe.
  • Even though the Stinger does not appear in GTA San Andreas, a beta model exists within San Andreas' coding. The model is the same as Vice City's, albeit the headlights are different
  • Aside from the fact the Stinger in GTA Vice City is based on Sonny Crockett's Ferrari from Miami Vice, several other references to the car from the TV show are present in the game:
    • The Stinger shares its name with the Stinger Missile, which was used to blow up Crockett's Ferrari in season 3 of Miami Vice.
    • A Stinger is found parked outside the Downtown Police Station in Downtown Vice City, referencing the car's use on the cop show.
  • In GTA: Liberty City Stories, if the player is armed with a Sub Machine Gun the gun will stick out the front windscreen, even if the window is still intact.
  • Strangely, in GTA Vice City, the Stinger is front-wheel drive, which is unusual for a sports car.
  • The hardtop variant in GTA Liberty City Stories somewhat bear similarities with Daihatsu Copen, a Japanese compact sports car. However this is coincidental. as Daihatsu Copen is introduced in 2002, roughly four years after the events of LCS.
  • In the GTA V mission Pack Man, a red Stinger can be seen on the Packer. However, unlike the other five cars, there is no corresponding mission to steal the Stinger, nor is it on the list seen inside Devin's garage. Nothing is known about why it is present, although it is possible Lamar Davis stole it as dialogue between him and Devin Weston indicates he is working for him or it was in the beta mission where the player has to steal Brucie Kibbutz's Stinger by luring him with a prostitute.
  • The convertible top can't be used in GTA V for unknown reasons.
  • The Stinger has received the second most changes out of any car in the GTA Series. The first one was the Sentinel, having an unique model in almost every game it appeared.





GTA Vice City

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories



See also

  • Stinger Z29, a sports car in GTA 1.
  • Police Stinger, a police car and fastest car in The Ballad of Gay Tony bearing no similarities with any earlier Stinger.
  • Yakuza Stinger, the Yakuza version of the Stinger in GTA III, GTA Advance and GTA Liberty City Stories.
  • Stinger GT, the grand tourer variant of the Stinger in GTA Online.


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