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Blade
VapidBlade-Front-GTAV
A Blade in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view).
Vehicle class (GTA V) Muscle
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style Lowrider (GTA San Andreas)
Muscle car (GTA V)
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Online
Manufacturer Vapid (HD Universe)
Price $160,000 (Online) (Southernsanandreassuperautos.com)
"Perhaps THE classic American muscle car. Compact four door sedan made for the greatest generation and lusted after by their jaded children. Cheap to make, and one of the highest-selling new cars in American history - this is what classic American cars were once all about."
Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description.

The Vapid Blade is a two-door open top lowrider and a two-door muscle car featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and in Grand Theft Auto V.

Description

Design

3D Universe

Depicted as a two-door open top car from the 1960s, the Blade combines elements of the 1965 and 1968 Chevrolet Impalas. The rear of the car resembles that of the 1963 Impala, with convex areas around the taillights rather than concave. Its headlight design is similar to a 1964 Oldsmobile Cutlass (which may be the origin of the Blade's name along with the Sabre). The Blade has no side rear-view mirrors.

Being a lowrider, its exterior and interior can be modified at Loco Low Co.. If the car is equipped with hydraulics, it can be used in lowrider competitions. While normally appearing with only an open top, the car can be modified at Loco Low Co. to feature a hard top or a convertible top, although the latter is permanently lowered.

The Blade may be found on any Mexican gang's turf, and is driven by said gang members, especially the San Fierro Rifa. It can occasionally be seen driven by non-gang affiliated civilians.

Like most lowriders in the game, the Blade offers a substantial boost to the player's sex appeal.

HD Universe

The Blade returns in the I'm Not a Hipster Update for GTA V. The Blade, badged under Vapid, is now styled as a small two-door muscle car based on the 1964 Ford Falcon. The rear bumper is similar to the Ford Fairlane while the double headlights and grille are derived from the 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle, or from the 64 Mercury Comet. The tail lights resemble those on the 71-72 Dodge Dart Demon. It ditches the lowrider style from the 3D Universe for a gasser style with raised front suspension, featuring a solid beam axle.

Performance

3D Universe

Blade-vapid-engine-front-gtav

Engine close up in GTA V.

Acceleration and speed are quite impressive, and the brakes and slick handling serve the vehicle well. Although cornering is also excellent, the one major drawback of the Blade is its major oversteer, which makes e-braking turns absolutely futile, and driving at high speeds a challenge due to the potential loss of control at the slightest disturbance. The Blade is capable of withstanding significant impact damage due to its strong frame and overall construction; it does not fare as well against explosive damage, however.

Like all lowriders, the Blade is not recommended for off-road racing, as it is prone to flipping. This is due to its lowered height compared to other vehicles.

HD Universe

The Blade's performance is much better in GTA V. It's acceleration is very good and it can come to a complete stop a second after pressing the brake trigger. It can also run over bits of cardboard in the Los Santos Storm Drain without wiping out and has excellent durability. Due to the flat rear end, rams to the back by the police cars only result in a small loss of control. One major downside to the car, however, is its terrible understeer.it has the lowest top speed of all muscle cars at a top speed of 170 mph (275 km/h).

Modifications

GTA SA

The following upgrades can be made in the Loco Low Co. garage:

Type Upgrades Cost
Paint Jobs Paintjob 1 $ 500
Paintjob 2 $ 500
Paintjob 3 $ 500
Colors Car Color 1 $ 150
Car Color 2 $ 150
Roof Vinyl Hardtop $ 3340
Convertible Roof $ 3250
Rear Bumper Chromer Bumper $ 2150
Slamin Bumper $ 2040
Front Bumper Chromer Bumper $ 2130
Slamin Bumper $ 2050
Exhausts Chromer Exhaust $ 1610
Slamin Exhaust $ 1540
Side Skirts Chrome Strips $ 780
Wheels Classic $ 1620
Dollar $ 1560
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Trance $ 1350
Cutter $ 1030
Rimshine $ 980
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000

GTA V

Categories skipped/ignored: Lights, Horn, Plate, Respray, Wheels, Turbo. Stock options(i.e.: no spoiler) are not listed.

Category Modification Price (Story Mode) Price (Online)
Armor 20% $1625 $7500
40% $4062 $12000
60% $6500 $20000
80% $11375 $35000
100% $16250 $50000
Brakes Street $6500 $20000
Sports $8775 $27000
Race $11375 $35000
Bumpers Dechromed Front Bumper $1000 $4370
Dechromed Rear Bumper $1000 $4370
Engine EMS level 1 $2925 $9000
EMS level 2 $4062 $12500
EMS level 3 $5850 $18000
EMS level 4 $10887 $33500
Exhaust Chrome Tip $300 $712
Grille Sports $300 $712
Hood Carbon Hood $680 $2850
Triple-intake Bug Catcher $960 $4750
Single-intake Bug Catcher $1160 $7600
Gasser Hood $1780 $9120
Roll Cage Roll Cage and Chassis Upgrade $440 $1045
Spoiler Mid-Level Spoiler $600 $6697
Drag Wing $760 $9500
Suspension Lowered $500 $500
Street $1000 $1000
Sport $1700 $2000
Competition $2200 $3400
Transmission Street $9587 $29500
Sports $10562 $32500
Race $13000 $40000
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1500
Dark Smoke $450 $3500
Limo $700 $5000
Pure Black $900 $10000

Locations

GTA San Andreas
GTA V
  • Appears inside the garages of any of the protagonists.
GTA Online

Trivia

  • A flame-proof GTA San Andreas Blade can be found during the mission "High Stakes, Low Rider".
  • The default radio stations for the Blade are:
  • In GTA V, the Blade's rear suspension is lowered, due to the fact that it has a straight axle front end.
  • The HD Universe Blade seems to be modified for drag racing, as indicated by its impressive acceleration and wide rear tires.
  • The description of the car mentions it is a four door sedan but the model is clearly a two door muscle car. 
  • The Blade seems to have the same Roll Cage and Chassis Upgrade setup as the Sabre Turbo.
  • In GTA V, the Blade does not have reverse lights.
  • It's engine sound is shared with the Buccaneer in GTA V.

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