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"Efficient German cruiser. Popular with commuter belt middle men."
―GTA Vice City Website.

The Admiral is a 4-door executive sedan featured in both 3D Universe and HD Universe. It is manufactured by Dundreary in the HD Universe.

Design

In the 3D Universe, it is a compact executive car, while in the HD Universe, it is completely redesigned into a larger, luxury car.

3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the car resembles a 1982-1993 Mercedes-Benz 190, with a front fascia similar to the larger W123 and the rear inspired by a BMW 3 Series E30. In GTA San Andreas, it appears to feature a minor 1990s facelift, although in reality, at this point of time, the 190 was replaced by the newer Mercedes-Benz W202 C-Class. The design remains unchanged throughout 3D Universe.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV the Dundreary Admiral sports a completely different design with no reminiscence to the previous renditions. It is now designed as a large executive car similar to the Washington. The car features a Japanese-American design that is mainly resembles a cross between a 2003-2011 Mercury Grand Marquis and a 2003 Toyota Crown Majesta, with minor influences from the W140 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, particularly the side accents. Interestingly, the Admiral appears to be a long wheelbase model.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the design depends of the platform:

Current Design Gallery


Version History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

In the 3D Universe, performance wise, the car is generally acceptable with light weight, stable handling, and good acceleration and top speed, to the point it is offered as a starter car which the player may first control in GTA Vice City. Surprisingly, it is front-wheel drive, in contrast to the Mercedes 190 or BMW E30 which are both rear-wheel drive, making it quite susceptible to understeer. The GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas renditions has the same engine sound as the Sentinel, implying it is turbocharged, but the GTA Vice City Stories rendition is different, emitting the same sound as the Taxi and is not turbocharged, reflecting the game's setting in 1984. All renditions are equipped with what sounds to be a four-cylinder engine.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In GTA IV, it is powered by what sounds to be a large V8 engine, with a RWD configuration coupled to a 5-speed transmission. Acceleration is average and handling is as to be expected; the sheer weight and the comfort-oriented suspension does have its disadvantages. The top speed is rather impressive for its type, however, it takes a long time to stop the heavy saloon completely after letting off the throttle. The Admiral, however, is very resilient to crashes thanks to its bulky construction. The weight is also useful for ramming other vehicles off the road.

GTA IV Overview

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FR V8 (Cover)

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In GTA Chinatown Wars, the Admiral retains the performance from GTA IV. There is a purple and white Triad variant on which sports upgraded acceleration and top speed as well as a smoother engine sound.

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Admiral can only be modified in TransFender garages:

Type Upgrade Cost
Colors Car Color 1 $ 150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

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Variants

Stretch

Main article: Stretch

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Stretch is a stretch limousine variant of the Admiral.

Triads

The Triads are depicted to use the Admiral as one of their cars in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, but they are never used (except in Yu Jian ), but are instead spawned around Cerveza Heights and other nearby places from the start. The violet-white car sports upgraded acceleration and top speed as well as a smoother engine sound and a horn of the higher performance cars like the Banshee.

Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • An All-Proof Admiral appears in Los Desperados.
  • Another All-Proof Admiral and an Explosion-Proof Admiral (the vehicle receives no damage from any explosions inflicted upon the vehicle) appear in You've Had Your Chips.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Introduction - Ken Rosenberg owns a white Admiral, in which he waits for Tommy and the others for the meet. After discovering that's an ambush, Tommy jumps into the car and him and Ken flee from there. His Admiral becomes available as soon as the cutscene ends, in the alley beside Ken's office.
  • Jury Fury - The Admiral is one of the two cars that have to be smashed in this mission.
  • Guardian Angels - Ricardo Diaz arrives in the meet with the cubans in your full immune white Admiral, that can be obtainable, shooting Diaz's head and costing to you the mission.
  • Check Out At The Check In - Three black Admirals appear and pursue Tommy after leaving the airport with the briefcase, following the main road.
  • Loose Ends - One Admiral spawns blocking the entrance, and another beside a Pony and a explosive barrell. All the three vehicles are black.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • An "everything-proof" Admiral is used to leave the cemetery after Carl Johnson kills Kane in Los Sepulcros.
  • If the player jumps out of the Andromada without a parachute during Stowaway, a cutscene plays showing Carl landing on the roof of a parked Admiral, killing him and destroying the Admiral.
  • The Mafia use two Admirals with unique colours (brown and turquoise) during You've Had Your Chips.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Notable Owners

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Kane owned a grey Admiral.
  • The Mafia use Admirals in GTA: San Andreas.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Victor Vance owns a fleet of Admirals, which can be seen parked outside his Loan Shark business sites.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • Huang Lee owns a Triads Admiral.
  • Wade Heston owns a matte-black Admiral, which was given to him by his wife before they divorced.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • It is found everywhere in Vice City.
  • Parked at a mansion on northwest Starfish Island. Use a helicopter to get into the garden, then use the ramp to get out.
  • Parked on the left side of the stairs on the Vercetti Mansion after the events of Rub Out. It is usually replacing the Stretch though both the Stretch and the Admiral may also spawn at the same time.
  • Parked in the alleyway beside the Hotel Harisson after the Introduction where the player first takes control of Tommy Vercetti

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • It is a rather rare car in GTA IV, but will spawn if driving a Stretch.
  • It will also spawn somewhat more when riding a PCJ-600.
  • Also spawns easily while driving a Steed.
  • Also spawns easily while driving a DF8-90.
  • In TBOGT, in the mission Going Deep, there are several Admirals parked in the garage.
  • Spawns frequently in multiplayer.
  • Can be found at Francis International Airport and The Triangle in Single player.
  • In TLAD, if you are driving an Ambulance it will spawn.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • Spawns commonly in traffic.
  • The Triad variant is parked in certain areas in Cerveza Heights and outside of Kenny Lee's house.
  • Used as a drug stash by certain drug dealers, however, it is locked.
  • Near the entrance of your Cerveza Heights safehouse.
  • In Wu Kenny Lee's warehouse in East Island City, close to East Borough Bridge.

Trivia

General

Admiral-Manhunt2

an Admiral in Manhunt2.

3D Universe

  • The Admiral is the first vehicle seen in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
  • The Admiral in the PC version of Vice City is much darker compared to the PS2 version.
    Admiral-GTAVC-Comparison

    Comparison between the Admiral in the PC version (left) and the PS2 version (right) of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

  • In GTA Vice City Stories, the Admiral shares the same engine and horn with the Landstalker.
  • During the development of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the car originally had Grand Theft Auto III tyre rims.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The Admiral does not return in Grand Theft Auto V, but wrecked versions can be seen in the scrapyards. It was meant to appear in Grand Theft Auto V, but was cut from the game. The horn sound can be found in the iFruit app files.

See Also

  • Washington - A similar luxury sedan that also holds the Stretch as a limousine variant.
  • Hakumai and Premier - HD Universe's continuation of Admiral's previous compact body style.
  • Stretch - The limousine version in GTA IV.
  • Stanier - The new sedan that fills the absence of the HD Universe Admiral in GTA V.
  • Glendale - GTA V equivalent of the 3D Universe Admiral.
  • Schafter - The spiritual successor of the 3D Universe Admiral.

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