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For the boat in The Ballad of Gay Tony, see Blade (boat).
"Perhaps THE classic American muscle car. Compact two door sedan made for the greatest generation and lusted after by their jaded children. Cheap to make, and one of the highest-selling new cars in American history - this is what classic American cars were once all about."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Blade is a two-door open top lowrider and a two-door muscle car featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Vapid in GTA V.

Design

3D Universe

Depicted as a two-door open top car from the 1960s, the Blade combines elements of the 1965 and 1968 Chevrolet Impalas. The rear of the car resembles that of the 1965 Impala, with chrome, convex-shaped areas around the taillights. Its headlight design is again similar to that of the 1965 Impala. Unusually, the Blade has no side-view mirrors.

Being a lowrider, its exterior and interior can be modified at Loco Low Co.. If the car is equipped with hydraulics, it can be used in lowrider competitions. While normally appearing with only an open top, the car can be modified at Loco Low Co. to feature a hard top or a convertible top.

The Blade may be found on any Mexican gang's turf, and is driven by said gang members, especially the San Fierro Rifa. It can occasionally be seen driven by non-gang affiliated civilians.

Like most lowriders in the game, the Blade offers a substantial boost to the player's sex appeal.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Blade returns in the I'm Not a Hipster Update for GTA V. The Blade, now badged under Vapid, is now styled as a small two-door muscle car based on the 1964 Ford Falcon. The double front fascia and grille takes influece from both the 1962 Pontiac Tempest and 1964 Mercury Comet. The taillights resemble those found on the 1971-1972 Dodge Dart Demon. It ditches the lowrider style from the 3D Universe for a more "gasser" style with raised front suspension and a solid beam axle.


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Performance

3D Universe

Acceleration and speed are quite impressive, and the brakes and slick handling serve the vehicle well. Although cornering is also excellent, the one major drawback of the Blade is its major oversteer, which makes emergency brake turns futile, and driving at high speeds a challenge due to the potential loss of control at the slightest disturbance. The Blade is capable of withstanding significant impact damage due to its strong frame and overall construction, but does not fare as well against explosive damage.

Like all lowriders, the Blade is not recommended for off-road racing, as it is prone to flipping.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Blade's performance is much better in GTA V, thanks to the high-output V8 under the hood. However, it's quite a mixed bag. It has extremely good acceleration for a Muscle car, but lacks top speed to keep up. Handling wise, the car handles less like a normal Muscle car, instead having a more unique, understeer-heavy design which resembles the Rat-Loader and other low-end Muscles. It will need to slow down into corners more than other cars, but can make up this lost speed with its aforementioned acceleration. Unlike other Muscle cars, it lacks almost all semblances of oversteer.

The Blade is also somewhat special in how hard it is to ram off the road. Being a very back heavy car, the Blade can shrug off most rear-end rams and attempts to PIT with ease. This makes it a good car for attempting to evade police, or in racing, as other players attempting to take down a Blade will find it very difficult to force the Blade off the road. Crash deformation only furthers this, by being able to take large amounts of head-on collisions before smoking, and axles being damaged is not very likely in normal circumstances.

It's worth noting that when in first person (or to a lesser extent, hood view) it's very difficult to see the road while in a Blade, so suspension upgrades are suggested for this vehicle or by switching back to a third-person perspective.

GTA V Overview

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

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

n/a 140 / 225 (Handling.dat) [citation/verification needed]
145 / 233 (Website)

n/a

RWD

5

1200 / 2645

Observed/Tested
(i.e. recorded/tested using in-game data.) (Observed Top Speeds & Acceleration Times)

7.8 Seconds 105 / 168

FR V8 (In-game model)

RWD

5

Mass cannot be observed.


Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The following upgrades can be made in the Loco Low Co. garage:

Type Upgrades Cost
Paint Jobs Paintjob 1 $ 500
Paintjob 2 $ 500
Paintjob 3 $ 500
Colors Car Color 1 $ 150
Car Color 2 $ 150
Roof Vinyl Hardtop $ 3340
Convertible Roof $ 3250
Rear Bumper Chromer Bumper $ 2150
Slamin Bumper $ 2040
Front Bumper Chromer Bumper $ 2130
Slamin Bumper $ 2050
Exhausts Chromer Exhaust $ 1610
Slamin Exhaust $ 1540
Side Skirts Chrome Strips $ 780
Wheels Classic $ 1620
Dollar $ 1560
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Trance $ 1350
Cutter $ 1030
Rimshine $ 980
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000

Grand Theft Auto V

Category Modification Price (Story Mode) Price (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $1,625 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $4,062 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $6,500 $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $11,375 $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $16,250 $50,000
Brakes Street Brakes $6,500 $20,000
Sport Brakes $8,775 $27,000
Race Brakes $11,375 $35,000
Bumpers De-Chromed Front Bumper $1,250 $4,370
De-Chromed Rear Bumper $1,250 $4,370
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $2,925 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $4,062 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $5,850 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $10,887 $33,500
Exhaust Chrome Tip Exhaust $375 $712
Grille Custom Grille $375 $712
Hood Carbon Hood $850 $2,850
Triple Intake Bug Catcher $1,200 $4,750
Single Intake Bug Catcher $1,450 $7,600
Gasser Hood $2,225 $9,120
Lights Xenon Lights $1,000 $7,500
- -
Respray - -
Roll Cage Roll Cage and Chassis Upgrade $550 $1,045
Spoiler Mid Level Spoiler $750 $6,697
Drag Wing $950 $9,500
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 $9,587 $29,500
Sport Transmission $10,562 $32,500
Race Transmission $13,000 $40,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $8,125 $50,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

Image Gallery

Locations

GTA San Andreas
GTA V
  • Appears inside the garages of any of the protagonists (PS3/XB360).

Enhanced version only:

GTA Online

Trivia

General

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V

  • In GTA V, the Blade's rear suspension is lowered, due to the fact that it has a straight axle front end.
  • The Blade seems to be modified for drag racing, as indicated by its impressive acceleration and wide rear tires.
  • The original description of the car mentioned it as a four door sedan, but the model is clearly a two door. This was most likely a developer oversight, but it has since been fixed
  • The Blade seems to have the same Roll Cage and Chassis Upgrade setup as the Sabre Turbo.
  • The Blade, like many other vehicles, does not have reverse lights.
  • Its engine noise is shared with the Buccaneer in GTA V.
  • The steering wheel bears a Declasse badge even though it's manufactured by Vapid.

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