Car Guide by JPeat

Updated: 12/03/00 | Printable Version

Metropolis Street Racer Car Guide - (C) John Peat 2000

Comments, Suggestions, Kudos<sic> or whatever to please!

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1.0 - Introduction
1.1 - History

2.0 - Championship/Bonus Car List
2.1 - Cheat Car List

3.0 - The Cars
3.1 - How I tested them
3.2 - Where I tested them
3.3 - My opinions

4.0 - Saving on garage space
4.1 - Cars you really should check out
4.2 - Cars you should avoid

5.0 - Credits and Comments


1.0 - INTRODUCTION >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Why I did this.
After playing through MSR I was so impressed that each of the cars has it's
own 'feel' that I decided a FAQ was required!

Unlike some other games I could mention, the performance advantage of the cars
is subtle - for example on one of my favourite test tracks the slowest car
laps in around 26.5 secs wheras the fastest can't better 22 - not a huge gap!

For the purposes of this FAQ I've 'reviewed' the cars with ABS enabled and
Automatic gears, Manual mode is 'challenging' and can be fun - but you're not
going to go any faster!!


1.1 - HISTORY >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

20/11/2000 v0.1
Started the 'onerous task' (!) of test-driving lots of cars and assembling
some notes.
This is my first attempt as something like this - so all constructive comments
are welcome (see above for email address)

01/12/2000 v0.2
First version posted to USENet and FAQ sites for comments...

04/12/2000 v0.3
Added car 'aliases' - not noticed these before now!!


2.0 - Championship/Bonus Car List  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Car                      Chapter   CPF   Engine/Drive   Personal Rating
Fiat Barchetta                     1.0   F/F            *
Mazda MX5                          1.2   F/R            ***
(Alias) Mazda Miata
(Alias) Mazda Roadster
MGF                                1.0   M/R            ***
Opel Astra Coupe              1    2.1   F/F            **
Renault Megane                2    1.9   F/F            *+
Opel OPC                           2.7   F/F            **
Alfa Romeo Spider             3    2.5   F/F            **+
Peugeot 206                   4    2.7   F/F            **+
Peugeot 306 cabriolet              2.4   F/F            ***
Peugeot 406 Coupe             5    2.7   F/F            *
Toyota MR2                    6    3.0   M/R            **+
Toyota MR-S                        2.4   M/R            ****
Peugeot 306                   7    3.1   F/F            ***
Mercedes Benz SLK             8    2.2   F/R            **+
Mercedes Benz SL320                2.7   F/R            **+
Alfa Romeo 156                9    2.8   F/F            **+
Audi S3                      10    2.8   F/4            **+
Audi TT Roadster                   2.7   F/4            ***
Alfa Romeo Gtv               11    4.0   F/F            ***
Audi TT Coupe                12    3.2   F/4            ***+
Renault Spider                     3.3   M/R            ****
Toyota Celica 99             13    3.4   F/F            ***
Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo         14    3.5   F/F            ***
Toyota Celica                      4.0   F/F            ****+
Mitsubishi FTO               15    3.6   F/F            ****
Mitsubishi Eclipse           16    4.0   F/F            ***+
(Alias) Mitsubishi Eclipse Spider
Mitsubishi Eclipse 99              3.0   F/F            ***+
Opel Speedster               17    4.2   M/R            ****
(Alias) Vauxhall VX220
Mitsubishi 3000GT            18    3.0   F/4            ***+
(Alias) Mitsubishi GTO
Ford Mustang                       3.6   F/R            ***
Toyota Supra                 19    3.8   F/R            ****
Nissan Fairlady Z            20    4.0   F/R            ***+
(Alias) Nissan Fairlady Z (Spider)
(Alias) Nissan 300ZX
MG RV8                             3.3   F/R            ***+
Nissan Silvia                21    3.8   F/R            ****
(Alias) Nissan Varieta
Renault Clio V6              22    4.0   M/R            ***+
Toyota Celica GT-Four              4.2   F/4            ****+
Mazda RX7                    23    4.6   F/R            ****
TVR Chimaera                       4.7   F/R            ***+
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI     24    4.6   F/4            *****
Jensen S-V8                        4.3   F/R            ****
Nissan Skyline GTR           25    5.0   F/4            *****

+ is half a *

Cars without Chapter Numbers are won on Special Events...

(Alias) cars are variations on a theme - they tend to be 'national'
variations (Opel vs Vauxhall) or convertibles (Fairlady) but are otherwise, 
as far as I can tell, IDENTICAL to their peers.

2.1 - Cheat Car List >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

These are all won in Special Events and are all pretty quick!

The lawnmower has a power/weight ratio which is better than an F1 car(!) but
suffers rather, from having a 1m wheelbase (and therefore little handling!!)

The buses are 'shrunken' in game - very odd - and the double-decker is
impossible to race 3rd person as you can't see where you're going!

Car                              CPF
London Taxi                      3.0
San Francisco Yellow Cab         3.0
Tokyo Takushe                    3.0
Lawnmower                        3.0
Red London Bus                   3.0
San Francisco City Bus           3.0
Tokyo Basu (Bus)                 3.0


3.0 - The Cars >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

To be read in the style of Jeremy Clarkson (or perhaps not!)


3.1 - How I tested them >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I tested all of these cars back-to-back on a number of different circuits and
these are my opinions from that.

I did all the testing in 'Test Drive' mode - although I have opened all these
cars up, I couldn't be bothered re-challenging for them all the time!!


3.1 - Where I tested them >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I chose the circuits for variety, deliberately avoiding 'tricky' tracks as I
was trying to test the cars more than I was trying to test my driving skills!!
Driving took place both in daylight and at night (real and virtual!).

Tracks Chosen
    San Franciso - Fishermans Wharf - Medium - Jefferson West III 0.7 miles
      My fave. test track - sorts out the best handlers no problems...
      Fastest lap - 30.730 in a Mitsubishi Evo VI
    Tokyo - Asakusa - Short - Asakusa-Chuo Minami 0.5 miles
      A good test of how quickly you can master a car as it's quite tight
      Fastest Lap - 23.438 in a Celica GT-Four
    London - Westminster - Medium - 
      Purely a test of raw speed, brakes and 'poise' in corners...
      Fastest Lap - I'm still working on that!


3.1 - My Opinions >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Fiat Barchetta
Slow, slow and slow - NO!

Mazda MX5
Quite nice - there's not much between this and the MGF

Also quite nice!

Opel Astra Coupe
Too much wheelspin and a lack of finesse means it's not as quick as the
MGF or MX5.

Renault Megane
Slow and Understeery - avoid.

Opel OPC
More powerful then the Opel Coupe but more wheelspin too and less finesse.

Alfa Romeo Spider
Better handling than the Opels and quite quick.

Peugeot 206
Also quick, but there's too much understeer and a 'hole' between 1st and
2nd gear which  cripples it in slow corners.

Peugeot 306 cabriolet
Nice - faster than what's gone before - recommended.

Peugeot 406 Coupe
Understeer or Oversteer - little feel - 'holes' in the gear ratios - avoid.

Toyota MR2
Almost as nice as the 306 Cabrio, but it's prone to oversteer which makes it
tricky at times.

Toyota MR-S
Super car - quite a bit faster than anything before it and many of the cars
after it! - HIGHLY Recommended.

Peugeot 306
On a par with the 306 Cabrio, perhaps a bit quicker no match for the MR-S

Mercedes Benz SLK
Trick Roofs count for nothing here - quick but not that 'sorted'.

Mercedes Benz SL320
Nicer than the SLK but the 306/MR-S are better again...

Alfa Romeo 156
Not bad at all - not as fast as the MR-S but nice nevertheless.

Audi S3
Quick but rather 'twitchy' for a front-wheel drive...

Audi TT Roadster
Quicker than the S3, particularly good in the wet and on tight circuits,
but not as much fun as the MR-S perhaps...

Alfa Romeo Gtv
Quicker than the TT Roadster on fast circuits - not so good on tight circuits.
(See Note in 4.2 below)

Audi TT Coupe
Slightly quicker than the Roadster and about on a par with the MR-S (if still
not quite as much fun to drive!)

Renault Spider
Quicker than the MR-S if you can master the slightly too-grippy cornering
(handbrake!) - also has slightly 'naff' gearing which can prove irritating
in slower corners...

Toyota Celica 99
The only disappointing Toyota in the game - nothing special here so stick to
the MR-S or Gtv

Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo
Again nothing special here - neither as quick nor as fluent as the MR-S or Gtv

Toyota Celica
AWESOME for an FWD car - a bit faster than the MR-S but much more predictable
and nothing like as tricky in the wet!

Mitsubishi FTO
Not quite a quick as the Celica but not bad - worth a try...

Mitsubishi Eclipse
A little quicker than the FTO but not as nice in corners...

Mitsubishi Eclipse 99
Much the same as the 'regular' Eclipse...

Opel Speedster
A very quick car but it's too grippy which means the handbrake is your 
best friend.  Master it and it's FAST though.

Mitsubishi 3000GT
Quick and very easy to drive but it's not the bext car for tight circuits...

Ford Mustang
Handles better than it's 'muscle car' image suggests - but it's no match for
the Speedster

Toyota Supra
Very Quick and VERY good in corners - but a little prone to oversteer so 
you've got to master it ...

Nissan Fairlady Z
About half-way between the ease of the 3000GT and the pace of the Supra -
so try either of those instead!

Not as quick as the Supra/Fairlady but a lovely 'drifter'

Nissan Silvia
Well sorted in corners if not quite as fast as the Supra

Renault Clio V6
Not quite quick enough and not quite good enough in corners - disappointing

Toyota Celica GT-Four
Very Nice - umbeleivably well sorted in corners - you can brake later and 
corner faster than anything else you've driven upto now...

Mazda RX7
Fast and a a bit 'tail happy at times ' - about on a par with the Supra.

TVR Chimaera
Quick and not as 'hairy' as it's reputation suggests.

Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI
Quite often this is the fastest thing in the game...

Jensen S-V8
Brutal Speed, BRUTAL Brakes, good handling but lacks 'that certain something',
still worth a blast though!

Nissan Skyline GTR
The only thing wrong with this car is that when you've got it - there's 
nothing left to do with it!!


4.0 - Saving on Garage Space >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Want to save on those Garage bills?
Try these for size - they'll get you through all 250 races no problems...

Mazda MX5 or MGF
Toyota MR-S
Toyota Celica
Toyota Celica GT-FOUR


4.1 - Cars you really should check out >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

These are all outstanding cars in their own ways...

Toyota MR-S
Renault Spider
Toyota Celica
Toyota Celica GT-FOUR
Opel Speedster
Mitsubishi Evo VI


4.2 - Cars you can avoid >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

These cars really deliver little to make them worth challenging for (IMHO!)

Fiat Barchetta
Renault Megane
Peugeot 406 Coupe
Fiat Coupe 20v Turbo (Fiat obviously didn't send any freebies to SEGA!!)

In addition, the Alfa Gtv is IMPOSSIBLE to win (in the original UK PAL version)
31 secs is the target and the fastest I've heard of is 37 (DOH!!!!).


5.0 - Credits and Comments >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Thanks to Bizarre Creations for a good (if flawed) game - I'm not planning to 
return to Gran Turismo anytime soon!

Thanks to Angela, without whom I would have to travel to the refrigerator for 
my own refreshments more often ;-)

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