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A Romero in GTA 2.
A Romero's Hearse in GTA Vice City (Rear quarter view).

The Romero is a two-door car that first appeared in Grand Theft Auto 2. The name was then applied to a hearse in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

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Description

GTA 2

A Romero in the form of a two-door coupe in GTA 2.

In its original appearance in GTA 2, the Romero assumes the design of a two-door hardtop coupe, distinguished by its bubble-like windscreens and triangular windows in the rear. The Romero name is likely a play on Alfa Romeo, with its design taking after 1950s Alfa Romeo designs (see the 1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9 concept car). Ray Larabie's early iteration of the vehicle exhibits a more original design.

Despite its somewhat sporty design, the GTA 2 rendition's controls are delayed, resulting in sluggish cornering, and its acceleration and top speed may be regarded as below average. When crushed, the Romero will award the player armor when in the Downtown District, or Molotov cocktails in the Industrial District.

GTA Vice City — GTA Chinatown Wars

Name

GTA Vice City featured a hearse named Romero's Hearse; in GTA San Andreas and GTA IV, this was shortened to Romero, while in GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Chinatown Wars, the hearse is simply named Hearse.

The Romero name was probably reused for hearses in reference to George A. Romero, the director of the Dawn of the Dead series of zombie movies. Within GTA Vice City, the car name is also associated with the Funeraria Romero funeral parlor, which features a Romero's Hearse parked out front in the mission Two Bit Hit.

Design

In GTA Vice City, Romero's Hearse resembles an '80s Buick Superior Hearse (in turn based on a 1977–1984 Buick Electra). In GTA San Andreas, it resembles a late '70s Cadillac hearse, sporting a wider range of colors for the roof and body (although generally maintain dark tones). One of Carl Johnson's possible girlfriends, Katie Zhan, owns a white Romero, and will give Carl the keys to it if Carl gains her approval. In GTA Liberty City Stories, the hearse is a modified Perennial. Hearses featured between GTA Vice City and GTA Liberty City Stories may come with a coffin at the back (appearing with one of two or three different designs).

The GTA IV rendition of the Romero is a modified version of the Washington sedan, and as such, bears the Albany brand. However, the vehicle lacks a coffin, aside one mission ("Undertaker").

Performance

The Romero's Hearse in GTA Vice City is a car capable of high speeds, but suffers from poor steering due to its weight and long wheelbase. Performance of the Romero in GTA San Andreas is even worse, as the car is only capable of mediocre top speeds, and features weak brakes. The GTA IV Romero retains the adequate handling of the Washington, but has inferior acceleration and top speed due to the added weight of the wagon body. The GTA Chinatown Wars rendition, however, improves over the GTA IV rendition with better (but still average) acceleration and top speed, above average cornering, and average braking.

All renditions of the hearse are only capable of carrying two occupants, despite featuring two back doors in most cases. The GTA Vice City rendition is an exception, being capable of holding four occupants.

Availability and appearances in missions

While the original Romero in GTA 2 is commonly found in the Downtown and Industrial Districts of Anywhere City, the vehicle in hearse form is not normally driven on the streets, and are more commonly seen parked or in specific missions.

In GTA Vice City, Romero's Hearse is only available in the mission "Two Bit Hit" but it can be spawned through cheats. The Romero can be found in Blackfield Chapel in Las Venturas, in GTA San Andreas. The Hearse is also featured in two missions in GTA Liberty City Stories, namely "The Morgue Party Candidate" and "Morgue Party Resurrection", both for Donald Love.

The Romero in GTA IV is only featured in the mission "Undertaker".

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

  • Color (two areas)
  • Wheels (ten types)
  • Nitro (All)
  • Bass Boost
  • Hydraulics

Trivia

  • This vehicle can be sold to Stevie.
  • Despite its only regular GTA IV appearance being in the mission "Undertaker", more Romeros will spawn in traffic if the player retains that Romero and drives it around the city, particularly in Westdyke.
  • The Hearse in GTA Chinatown Wars has no door-opening animation if the player enters it.
  • The Romero in GTA IV, just like the Washington, its base, features the "door ajar" chime which can be heard with the door open and volume turned up.

Locations

GTA 2
GTA Vice City
  • Only spawns during the mission Two Bit Hit.
  • Via cheat (PC): THELASTRIDE.
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA IV
  • It can only be obtained once : right after "Undertaker" mission completion, in Steinway or Colony Island.
GTA Chinatown Wars
  • Parked in a car park on the western end of the cemetary in northwestern Steinway. Starts Graveyard Groove.
  • Purchasable at the Auto Merchant.

This article uses material from the "Romero" article on the GTA wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.







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