Who doesn't welcome the return of a monstrosity called the Grotti Cheetah? After appearing in Grand Theft Auto III and the two Vice City and Liberty City stories, the vaguely Ferrari Testarossa-esque sports car with the incomparable handling and braking – but a distinct dislike for curbs – disappeared from GTA IV.

GTA V will see its return, the Cheetah prowling the streets of a fictionalized SoCal locale called Los Santos. Befitting the location, the Cheetah's also had some plastic surgery in the interim, shedding its Prancing Horse-face for something akin to a French concept car that did the nasty with a Mitsubishi Eclipse. At least, that's what we think from the single shot we have of it.

No complaints, though. As for transport, Rockstar Games released a trio of shots that show the Cheetah will be joined by a fighter jet with a bag of missiles and a bicycle with no visible brakes. In case you need a reminder of the good times shortly ahead, the GTA V trailer is just below.


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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Words cannot express my anticipation for this game! And yes, I'm well aware of how big a dork that makes me. No, I do not mind one bit. :)
      Eddy A
      • 2 Years Ago
      every time there's a video in an engadget post and I realize it's not their native player and I don't have to watch the giant guy's acura commercial, I get happy.
      LoneWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      a Cheetah existed since gta1....
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm really looking forward to this game. I'd love to see it combine the good aspects of GTA IV (storyline, graphics, modern setting ) with the pros of GTA San Andreas (cars, character customization). BTW, I'd like to see a few semi trucks with pullable trailers available, and I'd like to see all the cars from GTA IV as well as the ones from San Andreas make it to the game, (without the overlap).
      Roy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always thought this looks like the Chrysler ME412 concept that Diamler killed, because it would blow away anything Mercedes made. Too bad the Germans couldn't let Chrysler succeed.
        Justin Shaw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roy
        just googled "Chrysler ME412 concept" and was very impressed with what I saw. I have no idea why Chrysler didn't put this into production. 4 turbos on a 12 cylinder engine, theoretical 850 horses through the rear wheels, and a top speed of 248. They should really rethink about bringing this to the market. I for one would drool at the idea of an American Supercar, that handles like a European. The Corvette and Ford GT just look unrefined to what this could have been. If priced right I could see this attracting R8 or 911 owners who want something unique.
        Tina Dang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roy
        lmao... Trust me, Mercedes not only had input on that concept but Im positive it used Benz sourced parts like other Chryslers of that era. Anything Chrysler can do, Benz and the Germans can do much much much better.
          Roy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tina Dang
          The ME-412 was to be built using off the shelf parts from Chrysler, and a Dual Clutch transmission design that was patented by Chrysler. It was nixed partly because Diamler wanted them to use European (read Mercedes) parts, which would have sent cost way up. Do you think it's an accident that the cars Chrysler is now making (with help from Fiat) are 100 times better than the crap they were making under Diamler? It's amazing what staying out of the way of good designers and engineers can do, and not forcing them to use your parts which are heavier, and much more expensive than what could be sourced in the open market. Here's an excellent article about the ME412. The car that cost Wolfgan Bernhardt the chance to be CEO of Chrysler. http://www.allpar.com/cars/me412.html
          tinted up
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tina Dang
          Roy speaks the truth. The Chrysler absolutely thrashed whatever supercar Benz could put out at the time, it made a lot of bigwigs (and big mustaches) angry.
        Tina Dang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roy
        I don't care, im glad Daimler sucked Chrysler dry! All that money went to Benz!
          n2o5pto
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tina Dang
          Thanks, Tina. Several thousand of us lost our jobs from "the merger of equals". Glad to see your personal satisfaction wins out over the livelihood of thousands.
          Roy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tina Dang
          Funny thing is I would buy the Grand Cherokee over ANY Benz SUV, and the 300C is a much better value (and better looking) than the C Class... Also the car they made with the stolen VIper frame...the SLS...tell me you would take one of those over the new Viper.
          Tina Dang
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tina Dang
          Funny thing is I would buy the new ML class over any Jeep SUV, and any Benz sedan over the Chrysler 300. I would definitely take an SLS over a Viper
        Sorten Borten
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Roy
        Oh it's Daimler's fault that Chrysler failed. I see.
          Roy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sorten Borten
          Let's see.... Before the merger, Chrysler had 8 billion in cash, had the reigning MT Car of the Year (1999 Chrysler 300M), and across the board were considered a very competitive company with an excellent range of vehicles in all segments. Despite not having the money to compete with the "big boys" Chrysler was doing well, due to design and manufacturing efficiencies that were the envy of the industry. As soon as Daimler took over, they forced Chrysler to de-content their existing models (look at a 2002 300M v.s. a 99 and you'll see what I mean). They then forced Chrysler to integrate heavy, expensive Mercedes components, at a cost that was much higher then their traditional suppliers could do. In addition, they delayed the launch of the 300/300C and Charger (a name that was forced on the designers) so they could put the Mercedes parts in there, while also cutting the budget by 20%, forcing the interior designers to use hard plastics in the interior, since they were not willing to compromise in engineering or exterior design. Daimler then sucked Chrysler dry of all their money, and kicked them to the curb.
      me
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish gta was made on sr3 engine. Everything looked good. Shooting and movement was dead on and vehicle handling was perfect....gta 4 was a mess cars handling like boats you spend more time crashing than driving. Shooting was atrocious
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm really looking forward to this game. I'd love to see it combine the good aspects of GTA IV (storyline, graphics, modern setting ) with the pros of GTA San Andreas (cars, character customization). BTW, I'd like to see a few semi trucks with pullable trailers available, and I'd like to see all the cars from GTA IV as well as the ones from San Andreas make it to the game, (without the overlap).
      Abdul
      • 2 Years Ago
      looking forward to play it!
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks more like a Veyron ripoff/wannabe to me.
      zizixx89
      • 2 Years Ago
      well hope fully GTA will go back to liberty city after this game cause i want some snow effects but im excited for this game as i am for forza horizon
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @zizixx89
        Rockstar confirmed they are done with Liberty City. They've already used it in a majority of GTA games.
          zizixx89
          • 2 Years Ago
          @XJ Yamaha
          ok how bout a fake detroit or atlanta and im hoping the next midnight club is just like midnight club 3 remix
      Ask
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't play GTA IV anymore
      spa2nky1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog...please keep the ads in the sidebar, you may lose some readers otherwise.
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