The Real-life Inspirations Behind Some Of Grand Theft Auto’s Cars

Racing video games have been around since the ‘80s and remain popular to this day. Arcade games such as Sega Rally or console games like Gran Turismo give speedsters such an adrenaline rush from playing the game alone.

Recently, there’s a video online of a Lamborghini concept car created for Gran Turismo. The Lamborghini Vision V12 GT is such an insane concept car that was built for the racing game. Naturally, this prompted people to look at another famous video game and its lineup of supercars drawn from the real world.

Grand Theft Auto is one of the most revolutionary video games of all time that has acquired such a huge following over the years. One of the reasons why it has gained its popularity is the cars. So it’s all about the cars.

Rockstar, GTA’s developer and publisher, has drawn inspiration from real-life cars and brought them straight into the game. This makes for an even greater playing time since you can move freely around the city, stealing some of the best cars around. But, of course, stealing in real life is never a good thing.

GTA has some of the craziest dope rides you’ll ever see in any racing or car-related video games. From Nissan GT-Rs to Lamborghini, the following rides are some of the best you will see in any video game. You can take that to the bank — or in this case, a reliable auto mechanic shop (if needed).

Real-Life Inspirations of Top GTA Cars


Inspired by: Corvette C7 (Chevrolet)

The Coquette is one of the fastest sports cars you’ll find in the game. It has been a staple in the game since GTA IV. It was initially made to resemble a C5, but the developers updated it to appear close to a C7 as it can in GTA V.


Inspired by: Chiron (Bugatti)

One of the game’s more obvious representations is the Nero. It is inspired by the Chiron from Bugatti and next in line to the Truffade Adder. It costs $1.4 million, which makes it one of the most expensive in GTA. Custom work from Benny’s will cost you an additional $600,000.

Turismo Classic

Inspired by: F40 (Ferrari)

Although it doesn’t have the V8 like its real-life counterpart — the F40 from Ferrari — the classic Turismo still looks incredibly close to the F40 and handles pretty much like it. It sells for a reasonable price of $705,000, and with some modifications, you can convert it like the F40 LM, the F40’s racing version.

Deveste Eight

Inspired by: Sixteen (Devel)

Dubai-based Devel Motors created this monster of a car that boasts a 5,000-horsepower engine. It has inspired Rockstar to create Principe’s Deveste Eight in its honor, which is capable of a 140 MPH top speed. This makes it one of the best speedsters ever to be seen in the GTAverse.


Inspired by: Huracán (Lamborghini)

Not only do they share the same aesthetics, but the words Tempesta and Huracán also both have similar meanings — storm. It is quite pricey in the game as it will cost you nearly $1,330,000 to get one, but the modifications you can do to it are quite plenty, making it well worth the money.


Inspired by: F1 GTR Longtail (McLaren)

The Tyrus is among the many sought-after cars in the game’s fifth installment, which is based on the F1 GTR Longtail from McLaren. Both the video and real-world versions have very powerful engines that give them a top-notch performance on the road.


Inspired by: AE86 Levin Coupe (Toyota)

If you want an inexpensive drift car, we recommend getting a Karin Futo, patterned after the AE86 Levin Coupe from Toyota. You can find one on the streets and bring it home with you, or you can search online and find one for $9,000.

Gauntlet Hellfire

Inspired by: Challenger SRT Demon (Dodge)

If you’re looking for one of the near-perfect representations in GTA, you can’t get any closer than the Gauntlet Hellfire’s resemblance to the Challenger. It’s an affordable and customizable muscle car with a price tag of $745,000.

Custom Elegy Retro

Inspired by: GT-R R32 (Nissan)

Nissan GT-Rs are one of the most famous cars in the world, so it’s no surprise that GTA has its own version. However, hardcore fans know that it can only be acquired if one buys the Elegy RH8 and takes it to Benny’s for customization. You will need to shell out a little over $900,000 to have them transform the RH8 into an R32.


Inspired by: GT (Ford)

With crazy insane top speeds of about 220 MPH, the Vapid Bullet — inspired by the Ford GT — is one of the best and fastest vehicles ever made in GTA history. It might appear to have some challenges with handling, but with an experienced game veteran behind the controls, the ride will go smoother than butter.

JB 700

Inspired by: DB5 (Aston Martin)

The James Bond movie franchise is known for its action-packed road stunts, so what better way to pay homage to 007 than to recreate the classic Aston Martin DB5 in the GTA world. Need more proof? “JB” is an acronym for James Bond, and “700” is just 007 in reverse.


Inspired by: Viper (Dodge)

The Banshee is the most historical one on this list as it has been around since the game’s third installment and has since been a staple in all the game’s expansions. It is created to represent one of Dodge’s best cars in the game. Interestingly enough, West Coast Customs, an auto shop specializing in customization work, built a real-life Banshee with a Viper as its base. Talk about going full circle.


As far as video game franchises are concerned, there is no doubt that GTA is one of the most successful games in history. We can’t wait to see what Rockstar has in store for us with the upcoming GTA VI.

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