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The Karin Futo is a compact two-door vehicle in Grand Theft Auto IV.

Overview

The Futo is based on the 1984-1987 AE86 Toyota Corolla Levin GT-Apex 2-door coupe. The writing on the side indicates that it is equipped with a 20-valve engine, akin to Toyota's 4A-GE 1.6L Black or Silvertop engine, in RWD configuration (this engine did not actually appear until 1991, however, it was a popular modification for the AE86) with a limited slip differential (possibly contributing to the car's excellent handling). The car is very well detailed from the interior down to the "Watanabe" wheel option (a play on the name of Toyota's president at the time of the game's release, Katsuaki Watanabe), and individual throttle bodies.

The car's name may be a play on the word "tofu"; this may in turn be a reference to the anime Initial-D, in which a Toyota Corolla AE86 hatchback was used to deliver tofu.

After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Futo fetching $1,400.

Performance
The Futo is powered by what appears to be a 1.6L I4, paired to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD configuration. Acceleration is above average, and its top speed is staggeringly quick. The chassis is firm and taut, giving the Futo stability at high speeds and the ability to be thrown around for a bit of flair. It's suspension is firm, keeping the Futo flat in the banked corners while stable in the S curves. Braking is acceptable, though ABS is not available; however front wheel lockup is not as big an issue compared to other vehicles. Crash deformation is also acceptable, though owing to its age, build quality is subpar, often leaving the Futo disabled after a few accidents. All in all the Futo is great fun to drive, and is sure to get you out of any situation you find yourself in.

Variants

A modified variant of the Futo is driven by the Albanian Mob. This "GT" variant features a GT front grille, racing seat on the drivers side, carbon fibre hood, front-mounted strut bar, a roll cage inside, rear boot lip spoiler and a small bodykit. "Futo GT" is a name coined by fans; the game still refers to it simply as the Futo when the player enters it. Its performance is identical to the stock car, so the addons are purely aesthetic. Futo "GTs" can be found in Little Bay. Oddly enough, all Futos have "Futo GT" written on the interior of the doors, even though only some of them have "GT" specs.

Trivia
* The two default radio stations of the Futo are IF99 - International Funk and K109 The Studio.
120px-Futo (GT) (GTA4) (front)

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120px-Futo (GT) (GTA4) (rear)
120px-Futo (GTA4) (rear)
275px-Futo (GTA4) (front)


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