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    Car Guide by JPeat

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    Metropolis Street Racer Car Guide - (C) John Peat 2000
    Comments, Suggestions, Kudos<sic> or whatever to msr@fury161.com please!
    LEGAL STUFF >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Feel free to email/post/upload this anywhere but DO NOT AMEND IT IN ANY WAY!!!
    If you spot an error or want to suggest a change/addition, email me first...
    The 'master copy' is always available at
    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!
    MG RV8
    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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