"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 description.

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


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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 curves make the Alpha resemble the Mitsubishi Eclipse. Perhaps coincidentally, the rear end of the Alpha resembles that of an Alfa Romeo RZ, as well as the name. It has two doors and is depicted with a front-engine, rear-drive configuration. Despite the fact that the main real life inspirations for the Alpha and Super GT are related, the Super GT is smaller.

Grand Theft Auto V

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 and Cadillac Ciel. 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 the entire rear fascia in general slightly resembles the 2013 Rolls-Royce Wraith. It was added to the game with the Business Update.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Alpha is powered by what sounds like an underpowered V8, combined with a five-speed gearbox. The stiff suspension, combined with ineffective street tires cause the Alpha to fishtail wildly when under hard throttle or exiting a corner. 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 gang member can ride with CJ. 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 player's car for the San Fierro Fastlane 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.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 124 / 200 5 Petrol RWD 1500 / 3307
N/A N/A N/A N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Alpha is powered by a single-cam V8, assumed by the engine cover. The website further supports the apparent V8, stating it's a 4.3 liter V8 pushing 500hp. The vehicle's 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 wheel-spin 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. In races, it is outclassed by other cars in the sports category.

GTA V Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 93 / 150 6 N/A RWD 1800 / 3968 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
5.9 Seconds 157 / 252 N/A 4.3L 500HP V8 (Website) N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
6.2 Seconds 115 / 185 6 FR SOHC V8 (Cover) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: 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.

Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $2,500 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $6,250 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $10,000 $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $17,500 $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $25,000 $50,000
Brakes Street Brakes $10,000 $20,000
Sport Brakes $13,500 $27,000
Race Brakes $17,500 $35,000
Bumpers Custom Front Splitter $500
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $4,500 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $6,250 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $9,000 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $16,750 $33,500
Exhaust Dual Shotgun Exhaust $375
Twin Ellipse Exhaust $899
Hood Twin Stripe Hood $325
Triple Vent Hood $750
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $7,500
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A Too Hot
Full Coverage N/A Too Hot
Respray - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A Too Hot
Skirts Custom Skirts $415
Spoiler Low Level Spoiler $275
Mid Level Spoiler $350
High Level Spoiler $525
GT Wing $750
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $14,750 $29,500
Sports Transmission $16,250 $32,500
Race Transmission $20,000 $40,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $12,500 $50,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • 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 Fast lane", pits Carl against three other racers to race around the northeastern area of San Fierro.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto 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, instead it sports a metallic Light Blue paintjob for both primary and secondary colors with a blue wheel color that is not found in the color list to match. This is most likely done to avoid players obtaining an Epsilon Blue vehicle in free roam.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Purchasable from Legendary Motorsport for $150,000.
  • This vehicle may be selected randomly as a standard-class target source vehicle from Securoserv during an import mission with one of three variations: L0NG80Y, R31NG and V1S10NRY.



  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto: 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.
  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • 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.
  • Interestingly, the Alpha 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.
  • The Alpha does not sport reverse lights. This also applies to many other cars.
    • However, in the enhanced version, the car now sports reverse lights.
  • Despite Legendary Motorsport 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 the Surano
  • 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.
  • Oddly, the Alpha's underside shows only the main exhaust pipe connecting to one of the apparent manifolds, despite the engine claimed to be V8, both on the website and from the engine cover. Normally, a V8 engine's exhaust pipe would have two exhaust pipes coming from the engine block.
  • When the engine is damaged, smoke will not come from the front, where the engine is located; instead, it will come from the rear-mid position.
  • Strangely when wanted, if the player is driving an Alpha, the police scanner will say that the vehicle driven by the player is a Benefactor Sports Car instead of an Albany. (Tested on the Xbox One)

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