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Stratum
ZirconiumStratum-GTAV-Front
The Stratum in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle class
(GTA V)
Sedans
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 4-door station wagon
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) GTA San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Online
Manufacturer Zirconium (HD Universe)
Price $10,000 (Online)
(Southernsanandreassuperautos.com)


"Don't miss this opportunity to snap up a Classic Stratum station wagon at a bargain price. A short-lived Zirconium model that was plagued with bad reviews... Or as we like to call it, Limited Edition!"
Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description.

The Zirconium Stratum is a mid-sized 4-door station wagon seen in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. The Stratum has a more streamlined design than other station wagons in the series.

Description

GTA San Andreas

Design

Stratum-GTASA-front

Stratum in GTA San Andreas (Rear quarter view).

The Stratum's design, performance, and its likely V6 engine suggest that it is derived from the fifth generation (1994–1997) Honda Accord wagon; however D-pillars have been added. The car's real-life counterpart fails to fit in the game's time setting (1992). It could also be based of the Saturn SL1 wagon because of the time period, styling and plastic body.

The car is one of the gang cars used by the San Fierro Triads.

Performance

Acceleration and speed are surprisingly good, considering the Stratum’s size. The engine is most likely a powerful V6 or inline-4 and the drivetrain is front-engine, rear-drive, making the Stratum a good selection as a drive-by vehicle. The body is weak, however, making the car susceptible to intense damage from high-speed impacts and heavy gunfire.

Events

The Stratum takes places in a part of the storyline in the mission Puncture Wounds, CJ is sent by Cesar Vialpando to take a Stratum to the garage using spikes.

Modifications

Stratum-GTASA-modified-front

Possible combinations of modifications that can be given to Stratums at Wheel Arch Angels in GTA San Andreas.

Type Upgrade Cost
Paint Jobs Paintjob 1 $ 500
Paintjob 2 $ 500
Paintjob 3 $ 500
Colors Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Exhausts Alien Exhaust $ 830
X-Flow Exhaust $ 720
Front Bumper Alien Front Bumper $ 1030
X-Flow Front Bumper $ 930
Rear Bumper Alien Rear Bumper $ 1030
X-Flow Rear Bumper $ 920
Roof Alien Roof Vent $ 230
X-Flow Roof Vent $ 180
Spoilers Alien Spoiler $ 620
X-Flow Spoiler $ 530
Side Skirts Alien Side Skirts $ 520
X-Flow Side Skirts $ 430
Wheels Cutter $ 1030
Rimshine $ 980
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Switch $ 900
Shadow $ 1100
Classic $ 1620
Dollar $ 1560
Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000

GTA IV

Design

In GTA IV, the Zirconium Stratum 2.6GT still takes its primary inspiration from the 1998-2001 Citroën Xantia estate and the fifth generation Honda Accord station wagon or Saturn SL1 (with the same added pillars as the previous rendition), albeit with a front end derived from the R32 Nissan Skyline. The rear end loosely resembles the first generation Subaru Impreza station wagon (or even a Z30 Toyota Soarer/first generation Lexus SC, albeit in wagon form), and C-pillars
Stratum badges
which may be derived from the 1996-2001 Toyota Camry wagon. The game's Stratum may appear in two forms, the standard model or the "Twin Turbo" variant, which features an additional spoiler over the rear windscreen and a "Twin Turbo" badge in the rear. The GTA IV rendition also features an optional sunroof or luggage rails. The bodywork has a very large resemblence to the Ford EF Falcon Wagons.

In GTA V, the Stratum's design remains unchanged except for an added all-wheel-drive.

Performance

The Skyline R32.5 front end and 2.6-L engine size would have suggested an inline-6 twin-turbo engine like Nissan's RB26DETT (somehow refers to Nissan Stagea 260RS, which is a high-performance variant of the Stagea with Nissan Skyline GT-R's running gear), however the model appears to show an inline 4 with a single turbo. This is coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD configuration. Acceleration is rather decent, and its top speed (312 km/h, 194 mph) is pretty good for an average station wagon.

The Stratum's handling is quite good, though oversteer can be dramatic at times, and its suspension evens out bumps without being excessively soft. Braking is acceptable, and ABS is standard on all Stratum station wagons. Crash deformation is very good, with the Stratum keeping most of its shape in a collision; engine build quality, however, is less desirable, with the Stratum often left disabled after only a few impacts.


Acceleration

(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)

Top Speed

(mph / kph)

Engine Drivetrain Gears Mass

(Kg)

11.4 seconds

GTA IV:240 mph / 386 kph, GTA V:194 mph / 312 kph (211 mph / 340 kph Fully Modified)

Inline-6 twin-turbo

GTA IV:RWD, GTA V:AWD

5 speed gearbox

1900kgs

Locations

GTA San Andreas

GTA IV

GTA V

Trivia

  • The front of a Stratum is very similar to the front of a Solair. The two cars are so similar, that people who play the game infrequently often get the two cars confused.
  • In GTA San Andreas, it is one of the gang cars used by the San Fierro Triads, the other two being the Elegy and the Sultan; it heavily increases CJ's sex appeal.
  • In GTA IV, after completing Stevie's text message car thefts, the Stratum may be sold in his garage for $1,800.
  • The Stratum plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • In the beta version of GTA San Andreas, the Stratum had an emblem on the hood.[1]
  • The Stratum had a glitch that if you fit an X-Flow front bumper to it, it will show a mirrored license plate without the registration number.
  • In GTA Online, The Stratum makes a good car for people starting off, despite it being a wagon, it has a reasonable top speed, cheap to get back once destroyed and is controllable on all terrain due to its four wheel drive. Players do need to be mindful that the Stratum cannot have its bodywork modified in Los Santos Customs, unlike in San Andreas' Wheel Arch Angels.

Reference

  1. Beta Stratum

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