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:
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
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!
All of my characters have one each!
What does your Asterope look like?