The Despicamobile is a fictional vehicle from the animated movie Despicable Me 3.
From dialogue exchanged between Felonius Gru and his brother, Dru Gru, it is implied that the Despicamobile was first built and driven by Robert Gru, their father, at some point before the events of Despicable Me 3.
The Despicamobile was first introduced in Despicable Me 3, having been under the ownership of Dru. He described it as "Dad's villain wheels" and urged his brother to ride with him as he drove it around the area.
During their drive, Dru described the Despicamobile's features: it accelerated from 0-400 in 3 seconds, could withstand a nuclear blast, was heavily armed and was a hybrid. Following a near-miss with a local farmer, the Despicamobile was accidentally driven off a cliff, and some of its other features were shown: its pointed front contained a grappling hook and tow cable, and it could generate spiked tires which, coupled with the power from its oversized rear turbine, allowed it to be driven along vertical surfaces easily. The portion of the car housing the driver and passenger could be self-righted when the car was being driven at odd angles. Towards the end of the film, the Despicamobile was also shown to be capable of transforming into a boat.
The Despicamobile, named Villain Wheels, was added in the Munich Update as an event-only car with the following rank statistics:
- Starting rank: 848
- MAX rank: 1253
- MAX+PRO rank: 1505
- Tuning Kit bonus: +95
- Stock to MAX+PRO rank difference: 657
- Nitro Efficiency: 6/9/12
The Villain Wheels's MAX+PRO rank is 98 points higher than the Mazda RX-8 at MAX+PRO with an Elite Tuning of 0808 and a Tuning Kit applied. At its MAX+PRO rank with a Tuning Kit applied, the Villain Wheels has a top speed of 246 mph (396 km/h) when level 3 nitro is active, 11 mph (18 km/h) faster than the RX-8. Its nitro efficiency rating of 6/9/12, shared with the Renault DeZir and nanoFlowcell QUANTINO. With a starting nitro boost of 52.4 mph and a maximum boost of 97.8 mph, the Villain Wheels has the largest nitro boost of any vehicle in the game, beating the Ford F-150's maximum nitro boost by a whopping 31.2 mph (a 46.8% increase). The high nitro efficiency rating and powerful boost means that, although the Villain Wheels has relatively poor acceleration, it will usually reach a decent enough speed to catch up or overtake competitors using only the default amount of nitro given to players at the start of a race.
The Villain Wheels's most significant failings are its handling and very low top speed when nitro is not active. Despite what its handling stat shows, the Villain Wheels has severe understeer, especially when nitro is active. At level 3 nitro, even the slightest corner requires skill to negotiate as the Villain Wheels is virtually non-responsive to steering. Precisely timed mid-drift boosting is required to handle corners while maintaining speed. On the other hand, the Villain Wheels has incredibly sharp drifting capabilities—it can do donuts on the highways in Azure Coast. Similar to other nitro-focused cars, the Villain Wheels also has an extremely low top speed without nitro. At MAX rank, its top speed is only 133 mph (214.4 km/h), 3.5 mph (5.7 km/h) slower than a Mazda 6 at starting rank. In addition, due to the front wheels being spaced closer to each other than the rear wheels, and the rear wheels being considerably wider than the front wheels, the Villain Wheels has a nasty tendency to stick to walls if the driver gets too close to them, as the rear wheel touching the wall would get "stuck" while the other three wheels continue spinning, causing the car to drive into and scrape along the wall until it loses most of its speed.
Due to its extreme nitro ability offset by its poor handling and low top speed, the Villain Wheels would have likely dominated mainly on tracks without hard corners, and/or on tracks with decent nitro supply, such as Barcelona or French Guiana. Its highly restrictive availability in events aside, its likely rivals in Multiplayer League would have been the Honda Integra Type-R, ED Design Torq, and BMW M2. Applying Nitro Starters and Extra Tanks could help mitigate the Villain Wheel's low top speed, assuming that the driver was able to keep nitro active throughout the entire race.
The Villain Wheels was only available for use in its own time-limited multiplayer cup, as well as a time-limited time attack event featuring it. It cannot be legitimately obtained and is not available for use by the player in any other way.
As of the 2018 Spring Update, the Villain Wheels appears to have been removed entirely from the game.