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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:16 PM

The first GTA game that I played was GTAIII. As many of you know, the first car that you get to drive in GTAIII is one of these:

 

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The Kuruma… This wasn’t a fancy luxury sedan or even a performance car. It was the prototypical generic family sedan. Although it looks like a Chrysler JA platform sedan (Dodge Stratus/Chrysler Cirrus/Plymouth Breeze), the name implied that it was a Japanese car. So a prototypical generic Japanese sedan it was. Many people, including myself, loved to drive the Kuruma and have been waiting for its successor in the GTA HD world.

Fast forward to 2013 and if you wanted a prototypical generic Japanese sedan, you had only 1 option. The closest thing to that Kuruma is the Karin Asterope

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I don’t think I have seen a car on this forum that has been disrespected quite as much as the Karin Asterope. It has been the butt of jokes and when people aren’t sarcastic, they say things like “I would like to meet the person who actually pays for an Asterope and shake their hand”. From reading this forum, you would think this is the most terrible car in the game. Surely, if it is that bad, it must have the speed of an Airtug and the driving characteristics of dump truck…

Well, not really. It is actually one of the best all around performance sedans in the entire game!

When people think of top caliber sedans in this game (the ones that the game considers as sedans, not “coupes”) the typical list of cars come up. Benefactor Shafter… Obey Tailgator… even names like Intruder, Primo, Stainer, etc. All of these are nice cars! So where does the Asterope rank, you ask?

Statistics show that the Asterope.. IS one of the best performing sedans in the game!
I am not here to show which sedan is better than the other. Statistically, that is purely subjective. Using GTA V game statistics (credit to Jefferson Kim), the Karin Asterope is one of the top 5 sedans in the game! In terms of acceleration, speed and braking power, it is tied for 1st place with cars like the Tailgator, Shafter and Intruder. It’s handling capability is only slightly eclipsed by the Tailgator and Shafter by 0.5. In terms of overall ratings, it comes in slightly behind the Tailgator and Shafter. If we’re talking the best performance sedans in the game, statistics show that the Asterope is, at worse, the 3rd best sedan in the game in the sedan class!

When modded, the Asterope is a sleeper! It is not an Adder by any means, it is faster than it looks. It is more less, equivalent to its rival sedans and is a good getaway car when escaping from cops and other NPC driven vehicles.

To the car that has been disrespected so many times, this thread is for the Karin Asterope!

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All of my characters have one each!

 

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What does your Asterope look like?

 

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:19 PM

lol...the people who create these urn for affection from strangers on the internet

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:19 PM

Kinda off-topic but your character looks so low poly compared to Trevor and Michael. 

OT: Reserved  :lol:


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:19 PM

Another appreciation thread? Please stop. Just stop.

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:47 PM

This car sucks tho...


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:50 PM

The kuruma might be a karin car


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:53 PM

It's a good car, people don't give it value for some stupid reason though.

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:53 PM

I clicked thinking it would be another joke thread mocking the lowly asterope.  Well done, I like it.  The thread, not the car...

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 06:54 PM

It seems to that no one has any interests in the Asterope, although it does make a good off-radar car for tank griefers.

 

Honestly if it had any exterior mods, I would make it look like the Lusso XT from MD2

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 07:19 PM Edited by CSUdude, 11 March 2014 - 07:24 PM.

Haters gon hate!

Its funny how those who dislike the car can't point out one thing about the car that is terrible at. I mean, statistically, it is well above average and actually top tier when compared to its closest competitors.

Seriously, point out one non-subjective flaw (ie "it looks so boring") with this car within the context of its sedan class! You won`t find any! :)

 

Nakura -- That car, IMO, is the Emperor Lokus from GTA IV (Toyota Aristo/Lexus GS). Wish they would bring it back from IV, although that made the performance really lame. That was a shame because the real life car is world class.


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Posted 11 March 2014 - 07:22 PM

I'm going to be honest, this car isn't so bad.

 

I can't stand the sun-roof though.

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Posted 11 March 2014 - 07:47 PM

I'm going to be honest, this car isn't so bad.

 

I can't stand the sun-roof though.

yup

sunroof makes me hate the thing, it looks so WEIRD


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 04:13 PM

I have to say, this car is pretty underrated

 

Reason being because it is based off of a Toyota Camry and has no body mod options, people are turned off by this car and don't even open up to it. But when you hope in and drive one, its actually decent.

 

OT but I think this game needs more American and Japanese cars. I feel that they focused too much on European cars and not enough on American and Japanese. For example, why would they give us a BMW, Mercedes, Audi and even Jaguar midsized sedans? That's practically a representation of all Euro major automakers. But if you want a Japanese 4 door, you only have an Asterope and Intruder. Or if you want an American midsized sedan, all you have is the Fugative. Thats my only grip with the game. They paid too much attention to Euro cars, but in the USA the majority of cars sold are actually Japanese and American sedans, not European.

 

Also, if you read the descriptions on southernsanandreassuperautos and legendarymotorsport, they seem to describe German cars very favorably while the descriptions are always tongue in cheek when talking about American and Japanese. That's an underlying bias.

 

Where is a Cadillac sedan or a Lexus sedan? I live in California and I see more Cadillacs and Lexus' as much if not even more than the European sedans.

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 04:17 PM

 

I'm going to be honest, this car isn't so bad.

 

I can't stand the sun-roof though.

yup

sunroof makes me hate the thing, it looks so WEIRD

 

 

This!

 

The sunroof completely spoils the look of the car.


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 04:18 PM

It's a good car, people don't give it value for some stupid reason though.

Ya, I bet it will hold a lot of groceries and get great mileage doing so....


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 04:21 PM

 

It's a good car, people don't give it value for some stupid reason though.

Ya, I bet it will hold a lot of groceries and get great mileage doing so....

 

 

What they really need is this car,

 

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 04:29 PM


It's a good car, people don't give it value for some stupid reason though.

Ya, I bet it will hold a lot of groceries and get great mileage doing so....
Couldnt you say the same thing for every other sedan in the catagory?

There must be a reason you dislike the car. Whatever reason it is, but has nothing to do with performance because it has been establish that the Asterope has excellent performance compared to even the best sedans in the catagory.

Jus sayin :)

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:13 PM

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If the lowering options weren't so damn garbage I'd have one in a heartbeat. I don't feel like shooting my rims every 5 minutes for it to look good. It's a damn shame too, it has so much VIP potential.

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:17 PM Edited by Ruben2205, 15 March 2014 - 05:23 PM.

About the Sunroof, i edited one of the pictures of the asterope in MS paint and removed the sunroof, Here is the Result:

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Changed the front too a bit, looks even better


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:22 PM

About the Sunroof, i edited one of the pictures of the asterope in MS paint and removed the sunroof, Here is the Result:

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That actually looks like a good decent 4 door car. Hell I will replace my sultan for it!


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:26 PM

 

 

It's a good car, people don't give it value for some stupid reason though.

Ya, I bet it will hold a lot of groceries and get great mileage doing so....
Couldnt you say the same thing for every other sedan in the catagory?

There must be a reason you dislike the car. Whatever reason it is, but has nothing to do with performance because it has been establish that the Asterope has excellent performance compared to even the best sedans in the catagory.

Jus sayin :)

 

Don't like the looks or the performance. I don't really like any of the sedans other than the Shafter.


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:26 PM

I thought it was based off the Lexus IS 300?

It was my first car and I like it, but it takes up valuable garage space!

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:31 PM

Where are all the Asterope lovers?


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:31 PM

Piece of sh*t car, it's a piece of sh*t car, that fuggin pile of sh*t will not get you very far.
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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:31 PM

 

About the Sunroof, i edited one of the pictures of the asterope in MS paint and removed the sunroof, Here is the Result:

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That actually looks like a good decent 4 door car. Hell I will replace my sultan for it!

 

Yeah it looks great without the sunroof, looks like kind of like a mercedes to me :)


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:35 PM

Yeah it looks great without the sunroof, looks like kind of like a mercedes to me :)

 

A Mercedes? I'm speechless...

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Posted 15 March 2014 - 05:45 PM

I'd deff replace my sultan with one if it had some more custom options. Not too much more, either some minor cosmetics or suspension. MKYR posted a really cool one. OP's was nice too. I'm a big fan of 'sleepers' so I might look into one.


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Posted 15 March 2014 - 06:23 PM

Piece of sh*t car, it's a piece of sh*t car, that fuggin pile of sh*t will not get you very far.

Speak English please. Not everyone can understand Ghetto language.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 10:56 PM

Yakuza Asterope:

 

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 11:43 PM

if you take a fully modded, gold asterope to the karin dealership at 11:11pm & honk the horn 11 times, the garage bay door opens and a mod shop menu opens, allowing one to upgrade to the Snipe.

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