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"Blending modern performance and design with the classic luxury styling of a stately car, the Alpha is sleek, sexy and handles so well you'll forget you're driving it. Which could be a problem at 150 mph..."
Legendary Motorsport webpage.

The Alpha is a sport coupé in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and introduced in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online as part of The Business Update. It is manufactured by Albany in the HD Universe.

Design

3D Universe

Resembling a 1991 Dodge Stealth (a North American captive import of the Mitsubishi GTO with slight styling differences), the Alpha is designed with a sporty and modern body design, implying the vehicle is one of the newest models in its time, but the curve made Alpha more like Mitsubishi Eclipse. Perhaps coincidentally, the rear end of the Alpha resembles that of an Alfa Romeo RZ, as well as the name. Having two doors, it only seats two, and is depicted with a front-engine, rear-drive configuration. Despite the Dodge Stealth (Alpha) being related to the Mitsubishi 3000GT/GTO (Super GT), the Super GT is much smaller.

HD Universe

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Alpha is now manufactured by Albany. It resembles the Cadillac Elmiraj concept, with a few cues from other models including the 2013 Cadillac ATS, Cadillac Ciel, Cadillac XLR-V and Cadillac Sixteen. The headlights are pointed in the opposite direction than modern Cadillac vehicles. The rear fascia, most notably the taillights, are inspired by the M139 Maserati Quattroporte and entire rear fascia in general slightly resembles the 2013 Rolls-Royce Wraith. It appears in the Grand Theft Auto V DLC pack The Business Update.

Current Design Gallery

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Performance

3D Universe

The Alpha is powered by what sounds like an underpowered 4.0L V8, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The stiff suspension, combined with ineffective street tires cause the Alpha to fishtail wildly when under hard throttle or exiting a corner. ABS is nonexistent for this vehicle, making quick stops nearly impossible. The Alpha's flimsy construction makes it a poor choice for police chases and evading rival gangs. The car is also a two-door, so only one homie can ride with CJ when doing these things. Top speed is mediocre for a sports car, placed even lower than the Euros, the slowest of the super cars. An excellent driver, however, can trounce even the almighty Infernus in street races. The Alpha is chosen as the car CJ drives for the "San Fierro Fast Lane" street race, which to many gamers, is the most difficult race in the game. The Alpha's drifting personality and poor construction make the uphill sections treacherous, catching the lead Uranus a chore, and even when successful in doing so, keeping the car in one piece for the remainder of the race is a nightmare. Overall, the Alpha is a poor choice for new drivers and an excellent choice for expert drivers looking for a challenge.

HD Universe

Again drawing inspiration from the Cadillac Elmiraj, the Alpha features a 4.3L V8 pushing 500 horsepower to the rear wheels. Top speed is high, with decent acceleration but below-average launch speed due to a combination of high weight, rear wheel drive, and a high-power engine producing wheelspin from a standing start. Braking is very good despite the car's weight. Handling is smooth, with a slight tendency to oversteer when cornering at high speeds that can be countered fairly easily. The car's overall performance is very good, making it a fun car to drive however in races it is outclassed by other cars in the sports category.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine
(Capacity + Layout + Fuel)
Drivetrain
AWD / FWD / RWD
Gearbox
Number + Type
Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.)

5.9 Seconds 157 / 252

4.3L

RWD

n/a

n/a

Observed/Tested
(i.e. recorded on In-game speedometer.)

6.2 Seconds 115 / 185

FR V8

RWD

6
7(when upgraded to race transmission)

Mass cannot be observed.

Modifications

GTA San Andreas

The Alpha can only be modified at TransFender.

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
  • The Transfender in Las Venturas charges 20% more for each modification except colors.

 GTA V

  • Stock options and performance upgrades (brakes, suspension, etc.) excluded
Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Bumpers Custom Front Splitter $2300
Exhaust Dual Shotgun Exhaust $375
Twin Ellipse Exhaust $899
Hood Twin Stripe Hood $1500
Triple Vent Hood $2500
Skirts Custom Skirts $2750
Spoiler Low Level Spoiler $3750
Mid Level Spoiler $5000
High Level Spoiler $6500
GT Wing $7000

Mission Appearances

  • The Alpha is used in the mission Zeroing In for Cesar Vialpando, as part of the Wang Cars asset strand. Carl must follow the driver of a Uranus in the Alpha for it to be put in the Wang Cars showroom. Carl performs a PIT maneuver on the car, forcing the driver to leave the car. Carl then hops into the Uranus and takes it back to the garage in Doherty.
  • The Alpha is used in a race which can be accessed behind the Wang Cars showroom, just near the Pay 'n' Spray. The race, named "San Fierro Fastlane", pits Carl against three other racers to race around the northeastern area of San Fierro.

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Locations

GTA San Andreas

GTA V

Original Edition
  • Available in every garage for all the protagonists.
Enhanced Edition
  • Spawns around Los Santos especially in the richer areas such as Rockford Hills.
  • May sometimes be found in Vespucci Beach.
  • A modified variant occasionally spawns at the Epsilon Building in the north side gated area during evening hours, however it pointedly does not have the signature Epsilon 'baby blue' color scheme.


GTA Online

Trivia

General

  • In GTA V, the car resembles a Cadillac ATS, which rides on GM's Alpha platform, hence why the name Alpha was likely used for this car.
  • When entered, the default radio station in the Alpha is:
  • Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and is often used to show the dominance of something or someone, therefore expressing the vehicle's quality.

GTA San Andreas

  • In GTA: San Andreas, the Alpha will not appear if the "Traffic is Fast Cars" cheat is enabled, even though the Alpha is, indeed, a very fast vehicle.
  • Its appearance in the 3D Universe is similar to the V8 Ghost.
  • It could be possible that the Alpha used in the mission Zeroing In belongs to Zero as it is parked outside the garage after the cutscene and is the possible mode of transport for Zero from his shop to the garage.

GTA V

  • Interestingly, the Alpha in GTA V is badged with the old Albany logo, which is a silver crown.
    • Another car, the Roosevelt, is much older than the Alpha but uses the new logo.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, the Alpha does not sport reverse lights. This also applies to to many other cars.
    • However, in the enhanced version of GTA V, the car now sports reverse lights.
  • Despite Legendarymotorsport.net showing the Alpha having somewhat below-average performance for a sports car, the in-game stat bars (before modification) show it to have better acceleration than the Jester, and a nearly the same speed as cars like the 9F and Surano. 
  • In GTA V, it seems to be noticeably more durable against bullets and collision damage than most cars in its class.
  • It shares its engine sound as the 9F, Felon and Fusilade.
    • In the enhanced version, however, it no longer shares the engine sound with the 9F.

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