With the copious amounts of bloodshed and foul-mouthed debauchery fueling the franchise, it’s easy to look past the “Auto” part of Grand Theft Auto. Beneath the intricate heists and dramatic shootouts lies an expansive garage of vehicles that have become as iconic as the characters themselves. From sleek super-cars that scream opulence to quirky scooters that evoke nostalgia, Grand Theft Auto offers an eclectic mix of rides for every criminal endeavor or leisurely cruise through the streets. Some are more memorable than others.
- Appears in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and Grand Theft Auto V
A powerhouse introduced in Grand Theft Auto III, the Rhino tank is synonymous with in-game chaos. An upgrade to the Tank from the previous top-down adventures in criminality, its mere presence on the streets ensures chaos. Appearing once the player hits the six-star wanted mark, the tank gives them the chance to unleash pure havoc, transforming the urban playground into a personal demolition derby. In missions, the Rhino often provides players with a brute-force solution to any obstacle. What says open world quick like the ability to open the world as though the buildings were made of cardboard?
- Appears in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto V
The first trek through the 3D world of Liberty City brought us the Dodo. Notorious for its comically stubby – visibly sawed-off – wings and lack of handling, it stands as a flight challenge for players. The lore suggests it played a role in A Drop in the Ocean mission before being seized by federal agents. By Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Dodo evolved, boasting a complete wingspan while retaining its distinctive white and red livery. Throughout the series, it offers players aerial solutions to ground-based problems. It stands as a symbol of ambition, pushing players to achieve what seems initially impossible: don’t become extinct.
- Appears in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, and Grand Theft Auto V
The Banshee is the poster child for high-end speed in Grand Theft Auto. Second only to the Infernus, it’s one of the longest-running vehicles in the series. It has appeared in numerous missions, often as the vehicle of choice for high-stakes races or getaways. Driving the Banshee, players experience the ’80’s corporate version of living on the edge. The diet Dodge Viper vibes of its appearance perfectly captures the thrill of skirting the law while driving at speeds that only rival the beats per minute of whatever Scarface-era pop song that is going through the player’s head.
- Appears in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto V
Unlike the flashier cars and aircraft in the game, it offers players a more grounded way to navigate the sprawling cities. With its agile handling and the added benefit of being able to perform stunts, it quickly became a favorite for players who relished a break from high-speed chases. Over the titles, the BMX has retained that essence. It doesn’t boast the same speed or power as the franchise’s more high-octane vehicles, but it does give the player the freedom to take a step back and indulge in the small pleasures of life. Bike tricks feel so much more worthwhile when it’s sandwiched between life-or-death heists. Whether it’s bunny hopping through alleyways, executing perfect back-flips, or simply cruising down the streets of Los Santos, the BMX is an enduring symbol of youthful rebellion and free spirit amid the game’s usually chaotic urban environments.
- Appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto V
The Faggio is one of the Grand Theft Auto series’ most unassuming vehicles. First introduced in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, this scooter’s humble, European-inspired design stands in stark contrast to the high-octane death traps usually meandering through the Liberty City streets. It’s a symbol of endearing charm amidst the game’s frenetic pace. Harkening back to the iconic Vespa scooters, it brings with it an air of vintage sophistication. Its modest speed and unique handling offer a completely different driving experience compared to the muscle cars and high-performance vehicles in the game. But it’s not just its performance that makes the Faggio a fan-favorite. You cannot underestimate its comedic appeal in a world of serious crime.