The red car refers to a vehicle introduced in the arcade version of Double Dragon that can be seen at the start of the game after the Lee brothers emerge from their garage to pursue the Black Warriors.
The car, which appears to be based on a Firebird Trans Am, is actually the same vehicle driven by the protagonist in the 1985 LaserDisc-based arcade game Road Blaster by Data East (also known as Road Avenger and Road Prosecutor in some versions, presumably to avoid confusion with the similarly titled Atari arcade game RoadBlasters). Road Blaster was an earlier game developed by Double Dragon designer Yoshihisa Kishimoto before he was employed by Technōs Japan.
The vehicle also prominently appears in the introductory cutscenes of Double Dragon IV.
- The red car was replaced by a futuristic-looking helicopter in the arcade version of Double Dragon II: The Revenge. The whole layout of this game was just a heavily modified revamp of that from the first Double Dragon, which is why helicopter was simply the same reused red car background asset with just a new design "painted" all over it.