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Overview[]

Roger's vehicle of choice is the Griffon (グリフォン Gurifon), a full-sized black luxury coupe. The vehicle has a noticeably long profile, akin to large American "land yacht" luxury cars from the mid-20th century, specifically the late 1950s to mid 1970s. The Griffon appears to be inspired by a variety of personal luxury coupes from this era, such as those made by Buick, Oldsmobile, and Mercury. The Griffon's delta tail fins resemble those of the 1959 Buick Electra, and the proportions and body evoke the 1962 Lincoln Continental, though the large bumpers are akin to those of early 1970s cars that featured "5 MPH" bumpers in response to government regulations.

The car's design consists of a long, wide profile with a chopped roofline and low ground effects. The interior has beautiful red leather and paneling with a camel colored dashboard and center console. The Griffon also has a large sunroof that opens to expose the entire front cockpit. The wheels consist of chrome hubcaps on red rims with whitewall tires and fender skirts, a common feature of classic American luxury cars.

The Griffon is powered by what sounds to be a V8 engine as seen in "Roger the Negotiator", when Roger and R. Dorothy Wayneright were racing to West Dome Number 5. Despite its large size, the Griffon is quite agile and has very quick acceleration. When launching from the underground ramp onto the street, the Griffon launches from a stop effortlessly and navigates the alley outside Roger's mansion with relative ease. The car is also alluded to having a high top speed as seen in the episode "Enemy Is Another Big!" the speedometer reaches 160 mph. Unlike its mid-century American luxury car inspirations, the Griffon is also equipped with a manual transmission.

In the episode "Beck Comes Back", after being set up by Jason Beck and pursued by the authorities, Roger disguises the Griffon by changing its paint color via the large circular node on the front grille, possibly using electro-phosphorescent paint or an electromagnetic clinging wrap. Perhaps the most commonly seen protective feature is the anti-theft armor that is activated via a handheld remote. Roger does this while visiting seedy areas of Paradigm City. As seen in "Beck Comes Back" and "The Big Fight", the Griffon had autonomous and autopilot capabilities controlled by Roger's watch. As mentioned above, the car appears to be custom built as when it was completely crushed by Beck, Norman Burg mentions repairing it nonchalantly with the vehicle being fully operational in its subsequent appearance. This means Roger may have a cache of spare parts to rebuild the Griffon from scratch if needed, similar to the DeLorean DMC-12.

The Griffon is equipped with weapons such as Browning style machine guns, missiles, and mines which can be dropped from underneath the car. The missile launchers can be accessed with Roger's watch, which provides remote aiming via the hood ornament. Interestingly, Roger has used The Griffon's missiles lethally despite his no-kill policy, albeit his attackers used lethal tactics themselves. For occupant protection, the car has bullet resistant body panels and glass. The Griffon can also sustain severe damage and still remain drivable.

Equipment[]

  • Armor glass
  • Armor plating
  • Auto Pilot
    • In “Beck Comes Back”, Roger activates the Griffon to distract the Military Police to escape from the cabin.
    • In “The Big Fight”, Roger walks away from Dan while the car is following.
  • Bullet proof panels
  • Bullet proof windows
  • Cameras in the hood ornament
  • Full length sunroof
  • Heads up display (HUD)
  • Heavy duty suspension
  • Heavy duty tires
  • Heavy machine guns
  • High-intensity discharge headlamps (headlights)
  • Hydraulic jack stand
  • Jet propulsion front ejector seat
  • Missile launcher (Rocket launcher)
  • Police radio scanner
  • Radio
  • Remote control via Roger's wristwatch
  • Self drive
  • Sheet metal camouflage
  • Smart glass camouflage
  • Telephone
  • Tinted glass windows
  • Video phone

Trivia[]

  • The Griffon appears to symbolize the trope of the protagonist of film noir and pulp detective novels driving large, dark cars that are usually customized and equipped with gadgets and technology that are considered state-of-the-art.
  • The Griffon can be stored in the foot of Big O.
  • The Griffon seems to be a custom vehicle, as its the one of its kind to appear in the series.
  • The Griffon, along with Big O, is maintained, serviced, and repaired exclusively by Norman Burg, Roger's butler.
  • Roger seems to be attuned to his car's performance, as he states the braking efficiency dropped by 1/8 in the first episode.
  • Despite having rear side glass on the outside, the rear windows are completely covered (presumably by upholstery) inside the car's interior.
  • Interestingly, the accelerator, brake, and clutch pedals appear to be operated by hydraulic pistons.

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Griffon (Big O)

The Griffon

Griffon-front

Front view of the Griffon

Griffon Armor

Security mode activated

Griffon Machine Guns

Machine guns activated

Griffon Camoflage

Smart glass and paint camouflage

Griffon Interior

Interior via opening sunroof

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