Grand Theft Auto’s fictional city of Los Santos gets its own underground modified car scene. The GTA Online Los Santos Tuners update launches on July 20 and provides dedicated tuner-based missions and races.
The big news is LS Car Meet, which allows you to show off your tricky rides in a giant warehouse and mingle with like-minded gear heads without having to worry about being bothered by the police or hiding from psychopathic snipers with an inexplicable vendetta against you.
Become an LS Car Meet member and you will unlock a “reputation”
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But just as interesting is the news that Rockstar Games is releasing a bunch of new tuner-themed cars into the GTA universe from the Annis, Dinka, Übermacht and Vapid brands.
A total of 17 new cars will join GTA Online before the end of the summer, including 10 at the launch on 20 July. Check out the photos below and see how many you recognize.
Karin Futo GTX
Ordinary GTA players will be familiar with Karin Futo, a clear copy of the 1980s Toyota AE86 liftback. This GTX version destroys the Sprinter Trueno version with the pop-up lights immortalized in the street racing manga series Introductory D.
Karin Calico GTF
Rockstar’s designers call this Karin Calico GTF, but does anyone else see the mid-1990s T200 Toyota Celica at the rear end?
This new Annis Euro is a dead ringtone for the Nissan 370Z, which makes sense considering that it was already an Annis Euro in GTA that riffed on the 300ZX grandfather.
Vapid Dominator GTT
Classic Ford fans will have no trouble recognizing the 1969 Mustang front on this Vapid Dominator GTT.
The original ZR-350 returned in GTA: San Andreas, but it returns as the Annis ZR350 for the Los Santos Tuners update, and looks even more like an FD generation Mazda RX-7 than ever.
The brands say Dinka RT3000, but our brains say that this is a Honda S2000 with a hardtop and an ankle-cutting front parts.
Vulkar Warrener HKR
Cross a Datsun pickup with a first generation Skyline GT-R front end and you get a Hakotora. Or in the GTA universe, a Vulkar Warrener HKR.
Follow Tailgater S
Audi no longer makes an RS4 sedan in the real world, but you can drive the second best in GTA if you get the Obey Tailgater S.
Think Jester RR
The original Dinka Jester was a tribute to the Honda / Acura’s NSX hybrid with a bit of a BMW i8 thrown in for good measure, but the Jester RR’s designers clearly have a soft spot for the latest Toyota Supra.
The gold wheels and the blue paint on the back of this coupe have a distinctly Subaru Impreza vibe, but the car Remus really looks at is the Nissan Silvia S13.
Did you recognize them all? Rockstar says there are seven new tuner cars still coming. Tell us in the comments what you hope they are.