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"Promoted by Karin as an "attainable luxury vehicle", the Asterope is the perfect car for the middle manager who knows deep down he'll never be a senior executive but can't quite bring himself to admit it yet."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Karin Asterope is a four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


Grand Theft Auto V

It appears as the 'cousin' of the Sultan, as both have a similar build, and both are manufactured by Karin.

The design of this car appears to be inspired by Japanese styling featured on the XV40 Toyota Aurion at the front. The sides and rear are inspired by the XV40 Toyota Camry as well as the fourth and fifth generation variants of the Nissan Altima, with further design cues taken from the second generation Lexus IS. The front end of the car features typical Japanese geometric formations. The dominant feature of the front bumper is a slatted, trapezium-shaped duct, occupying a third of the car's width. Either side of the duct are smaller, inset quadrilateral ducts which house circular foglamps. License plates are mounted centrally on the main bumper duct. A short distane above the main bumper duct, a sharp curve separates the bumper from the hood/bonnet. A short distance above the curve is the main grille. The grille is a large chrome-edged trapezium, with curved edges and horizontal chrome strips. A short distance away from the grille are headlamp units that are similar in height to the grille. The headlamp units house two clear circular lamps closer to the grille and a small amber turn indicator lamp further away. The headlamp unit's outline feature a small bump in the lower edge, contoured to the larger clear lamp. The manufacturer emblem is placed centrally just behind the grille. The car's hood/bonnet lacks any formations.

The sides of the car are fairly simple, lacking any extra formations. At about a fifth of the car's height there are chrome horizontal trim strips. The wheel arches feature light flaring. The door handles are also trimmed with chrome. The greenhouse area features windows with polymer-covered B pillars. The roof is an entirely curved element, with a long and fairly smooth C pillar. An antenna is mounted centrally just in front of the rear windscreen. The car has seven spoke wheels wrapped in medium profile tires.

At the rear, the rear Altezza lamp units are chrome-backed apart from an amber strip at their base. In between these there is an equally-tall, impressed license plate area. The area has a horizontal chrome strip at its top and side edges parallel to the nearest rear lamp unit. The rear bumper is slightly elevated and is flat, at its base there are two small circular exhaust tips, one towards either edge of the bumper.

Current Design Gallery


Grand Theft Auto V

The Asterope utilizes a turbocharged, twin-cam, 4-cylinder engine and features rear wheel drive, despite the badges claiming it features a 3.5L V6 in a front wheel drive layout. Despite its soft suspension, handling is quite respectable for a vehicle of this size. The top speed is surprisingly good, and can keep up with more luxurious and expensive cars such as the Zion and Jackal. The soft suspension may lead to excess body roll, and this may make the vehicle unstable at high speeds and may lead to some oversteer. Acceleration is decent. Braking is fair. Durability is average, as the car can take several strong head-on crashes before the engine fails.

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 90 / 145 5 N/A RWD 1500 / 3307 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 3.5L V6 (Badging) FWD (Badging) N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
9.1 Seconds 99 / 159 5 FR DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $500 $4,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500 $21,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000 $30,000
Brakes Street Brakes $2,000 $4,000
Sport Brakes $2,700 $5,400
Race Brakes $3,500 $7,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $6,700
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $3,250
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $2,600
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 $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

Image Gallery


In the mission Cleaning out the Bureau, a unique Asterope with a blue and pink two-tone paint scheme can be seen leaving the parking complex. This paintjob is similar to those found on cars in TBoGT's Drug Wars. This unique example of the car cannot be obtained, however.


Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • The name "Asterope" is also the name given to one of the stars of the Pleiades. The stars of the Pleiades are represented in the logo for Subaru, which is partly (16.1%) owned by Toyota.
    • Also, the Asterope star is part of the constellation Taurus, which may be an allusion to the Ford Taurus, a long-time competitor to the Camry.
    • "Asterope" was also a trim level of the fourth generation Subaru Legacy - a car the Asterope takes inspiration for its headlight design from.
  • The real-life Toyota Camry, which the Asterope is based on, is the most sold Japanese sedan in the United States, which could explain its common appearance on the streets.
  • Its 3.5L V6 engine correctly resembles the Toyota Camry's 3.5L V6 engine (2GR-FE).

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Despite claiming to be FWD on badges, it is in fact RWD.
  • The default radio station in the Asterope is Non-Stop-Pop FM.

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