Grand Theft Auto V: Virtual vs. Reality
Tuesday 17 September 2013
Grand Theft Auto is one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. As most of you are undoubtedly aware, much of the game consists of jumping in and out of a variety of planes, trains and automobiles in a not exactly legal manor. Many of the cars may look familiar but you’re not quite sure where they’re from? Here is a list of the top 10 GTA V cars and their inspirations.
A fairly blatant copy, but this time of the successful Mini Cooper cabriolet. While the image may be blurry, it’s clear as to what this car is supposed to be. We’re not sure how much of a terrifying gangster you’ll look while driving this around, though.
This is a slightly weird one. While the front of the car is unmistakeably taken from the Bentley Continental GT, the rear of the car seems to have been modified into being some kind of shooting brake, a bit like the Flying Star concept shown at this year’s Salon Prive show in London.
This has to be one of the more flagrant rip-offs in the game. The cars may only be supposed to be ‘inspired’ by road cars but this one is pure Audi R8. From the large trapezoidal grille at the front, to the ‘sideblade’ air intakes, there’s no way this could be mistaken for anything else. Even the front and rear headlights are identical. We can only hope, however, that it goes and drives as well as its real-life doppelganger.
Not all the cars featured on GTA V are powerful sports cars or luxury saloons. The game is meant to represent a ‘realistic’ city remember, so there has to be some slightly more real-world vehicles about. This one is a clear example – looking very much like the Alfa Romeo 147 to us. While the 147 is a thoroughly decent car, it doesn’t quite set the heart racing like an Audi R8-alike might, though. That said, it’ll be perfect for any under-the radar police-escaping!
With Grand Theft Auto being set in a fictional version of Los Angeles, it’s unsurprising that a rip-off of the Mercedes SL makes an appearance. The ultimate boulevard-cruiser in the home of Hollywood Boulevard? It was just meant to be, wasn’t it?
Karin Dilletante/Toyota Prius
Again, not one to set the heart racing, but this version of the Prius is unsurprisingly popular for a game set in California. The darling of eco-wannabee celebrities and the Californian Government, the Karin Dilletante is, again, a nod to the ‘realistic’ nature of Los Santos, where the game is set.
While this may not look exactly like the iconic Porsche 911 (which, incidentally is celebrating its 50th Birthday this year) there are several styling cues that point us in that direction. There’s that distinctive silhouette, for starters and the famous light-pods at the front. The rear wing is also reminiscent of the 996 Porsche 911 Turbo. Expect this to be one of the fastest and most interesting cars in the game.
Ubermacht Oracle 2/BMW 7 Series
There are unmistakeable hints of BMW’s uber-limo in this car. From the gargantuan proportions to the light clusters, this is clearly a nod towards the BMW 7 Series. It’s just as subtle and understated as its real-life equivalent and, in black at least, has just the right level of sinister gangster-credibility.
Benefactor Surano/Jaguar F-Type
There are clearly plenty of design influences from the beautiful Jaguar F-type in this car. The front grille and light clusters are pure Jaguar, as is the low, roadster body. The side vents are a mixture between Jaguar and the Maserati Quattroporte. None of these are bad things, however, as both are stunningly beautiful cars. We can only hope that the Surano is as good to drive in the game as its real-world equivalents.
Obey Tailgater/Audi A6
Considering Obey’s emblem in the game is four conjoined rings with the tops cut off them, we’d be hard-pressed to compare this saloon to anything other than the Audi A6 executive saloon. The trapezoidal front grille is very reminiscent of the A6, as is the rear. The rest of the car is as understated as the car itself.
By James Richardson