The Grotti Itali GTO is the latest supercar available to purchase in Grand Theft Auto Online. Its design reminisces that of an Italian masterclass – the Ferrari 812 Superfast, and it’s most certainly the hottest ride to appear in Rockstar’s ever-expanding open-world game for quite some time. It’s also one of the more expensive cars to acquire in GTA Online, coming in with a price-tag of $1,965,000 on the Legendary Motorsport website before customization and upgrade prices are even considered.
Despite its meticulous design and stunning looks, however, the Grotti Itali GTO has a major flaw in its implementation in GTA Online – one that’s shared with a staggering 35 other vehicles featured in the game. They all use what’s called “Advanced Handling Flags” – a new handling value that began appearing on cars introduced into GTA Online beginning early last year with the release of the Southern San Andreas Super Sport Series update.
The issue with these “Advanced Handling Flags” comes from the odd behaviour exhibited by vehicles that make use of this value – to put it simply, they become incredibly bouncy. Popular GTA YouTuber Broughy1322, a familiar face in the community who thoroughly tests newly-released cars in GTA Online, has been a huge advocate in favour of disabling these “Advanced Handling Flags.” Not only has he highlighted the issues caused by them in various YouTube videos uploaded onto his channel, but he’s even started an online petition that users can sign should they also share the same feelings.
“There are multiple versions of values for the ‘strAdvancedFlags’ line, and 36 vehicles from the previous three GTA Online DLCs contain one of these values under that heading: D0000, F0000, 100000, 2F0000, 6F0000, 40000 & 2000000,” Broughy1322 shares in the description for his petition.
“Any car that has one of these values attached to it via the ‘strAdvancedFlags’ line exhibits characteristics that are very much not desirable,” he continues. “Most give the car very strange engine physics in which the gears are slow to change up, and the engine will bounce off the rev limiter for a number of seconds before changing gear. And all of them make the car have very bouncy and unpredictable suspension, causing a terrible driving experience over the many bumps of Los Santos and Blaine County.”
Having personally tested the Grotti Itali GTO in GTA Online, it’s undeniable that the “Advanced Handling Flags” deliver unfavourable results. The car feels incredibly light, bouncy and is almost impossible to keep in a straight line – especially after engine upgrades are applied. It’s a beautiful supercar no doubt, but it’s incredibly difficult to control and certainly uncompetitive in a racing environment. The community has already shown how the Grotti Itali GTO would perform without these handling flag values enabled using a community-created multiplayer mod environment called FiveM – and it’s a significant step-up, both in terms of overall driving stability and handling. Have a look at it for yourself in the below video, courtesy of Serenniel, and you’ll immediately notice how the vehicle literally sticks to the ground and handles much smoother without the use of the advanced handling system.
It’s no secret that most cars featured in GTA Online cost millions of in-game dollars, which is a premium currency that can be bought with real-world money or earned in-game by grinding. Considering the cost of these vehicles, it should be expected that these cars would deliver a smooth driving experience without the bumps and hitches – especially when these vehicles handle so well once the “Advanced Handling Flags” have been disabled. Otherwise, these cars look the part and are stunning to observe and photograph – especially in the case of the Grotti Itali GTO, but their unstableness results in a severely disappointing experience when you hit the accelerator.
It’s not just Broughy1322 that’s bringing attention to the issue either. Kotaku ran their own story on the bounciness of the car and noted the unfavourable results caused by the “Advanced Handling Flags.” Combined with the response from players, it shows just how disappointing the driving experience is for these otherwise incredible race cars. Whilst the developer likely has good intentions with this system, its results in-game are less than favourable, and we can only hope that Rockstar Games will either improve or remove the system from the vehicles it currently exists on today.
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