After many GTA 5 vehicles were left feeling a little underwhelming, fans are calling on GTA 6 to have more realistic top speeds for its most powerful modes of transport.

Judging from early mapping efforts, the GTA 6 map looks to be around twice the size of GTA 5’s San Andreas.

With all that extra space to traverse, it makes sense for vehicles to be allowed to reach higher top speeds that are more in line with reality. In previous Grand Theft Auto titles, many cars were far slower than their real-world counterparts – and jet planes don’t even come close to a realistic top speed!

GTA Cars Are Too Slow

One of the biggest complaints that fans have with GTA 5 is that many of its vehicles feel too slow. Although standard cars can drive fast enough, when you hop into a high-end sports car, the issue is immediately noticeable.

The fastest car in the Xbox One and PS4 version of GTA 5 is the BF Weevil Custom, which boasts a top speed of 221 kph (or a little over 137 mph).

Grotti Itali GTO Stinger TT
Grotti Itali GTO Stinger TT – GTA 5’s current fastest car

In the Expanded & Enhanced version of the game, for current-gen consoles and PC, the fastest vehicle is the Grotti Itali GTO Stinger TT, which (when upgraded) can achieve speeds of 255.2 kph (155.6 mph).

But even these pale in comparison to real-life supercars, some of which can achieve speeds of up to 482 kph / 300 mph.

Fans Demand Faster Vehicles in GTA 6

Over on the GTA 6 subreddit, we’ve seen a handful of posts calling for GTA 6 to raise the top speed for its vehicles.

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Speed is especially disappointing when it comes to flying jets, which should be reaching speeds of up to 3500 kph (2100 mph).

Even commercial airliners typically hit around 800 to 970 kilometers per hour, something that GTA just can’t come close to.

Instead, GTA Online’s fastest plane, the Mammoth F-160 Raiju, achieves speeds of just 374.17 kph (232.50 mph).

Now, there’s good reason why Grand Theft Auto can’t accurately replicate the speeds of these vehicles. For a start, if the game portrayed speed accurately, players would be crossing the entire map in a matter of seconds.

Grand Theft Auto 6 Plane over Florida Keys

Not only would this be disappointing to experience, but it’d make GTA 6’s insanely big map look tiny.

But Performance Is the Biggest Issue

Perhaps even more importantly, though, the game needs to continuously render the enormously detailed world as a player traverses it.

If players are suddenly propelled through the environment in a supercharged vehicle, that will severely impact performance, and even current-gen consoles or high-end PCs may not be able to keep up.

PC players have been able to mod GTA 5 to unlock the true power of a jet plane, but reportedly, this does cause overheating issues even on high-end hardware.

And when we consider that GTA 6 will be released more than a decade after its predecessor, and will be a lot more intensive to run in the first place, we doubt there are many PCs capable of modding the upcoming title in the same way.

It’s worth noting that GTA 5 was initially designed for the PS3 and Xbox 360 two console generations ago. As such, its speed balancing may have carried forward, even as hardware got more powerful.

Seeing as GTA 6 will only be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, completely excluding last-gen consoles, Rockstar Games might have been able to speed everything up considerably.

For now, only time will tell.

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