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"Are you a VIP in need of tasteful yet robust transport? Aspiring crimelord with an eye for flexible seating and storage space? Survivalist with thinly veiled paramilitary intentions? However deranged your aspirations, the Vapid Contender has got you covered."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Vapid Contender is a sport utility truck (SUT) featured in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the continuation of the Cunning Stunts update.


Grand Theft Auto IV

"Own the streets."
―Billboard advertisement.

Designed as a two-door vehicle, the Contender has styling very reminiscent of the third generation Ford SVT Lightning concept, most noticeably in the front bumper, grille (in shape, not including the split grille), hood, and back end; the color varieties it appears in are like most modern Ford F-150s though. It has a Chevy-like, horizontally-split grille and headlights that are similar to the 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. The Supercharged 5.7L V8 engine, is also similar to the Lightning concept but with a larger displacement V8 (the Lightning had a 5.4L V8). The Contender comes with a variety of bed modifications. Despite those, the Contender still loosely resembles the Nissan TitanToyota Tacoma, and Dodge Ram 1500.

The Contender can spawn with several accessories:

  • A front bullbar.
  • Roof spotlights mounted onto a external roll-cage bar.
  • A carbon bed cover on top of the pre-existing cover.
  • Plates extending from the back of the cab.
  • Black roll-cage bars attached to the back of the cab.

Grand Theft Auto Online

This article or section refers to content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is not featured on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.

The GTA Online rendition of the Contender has received a large transformation since its last appearance. Now primarily resembling the Second Generation Toyota Tundra Devolro Diablo, seen particularly in the frontal fascia and bullbar, the rear bed cap and rack, and the rear arches. It also takes some design cues from the Ford Raptor and 2010 4-door lifted Ford F-150. It comes with or without a large bedcap with roof-rack, and has a very high ride height. It has stock wheels similar to those found on the Baller LE, finished in black. It also equips a large bumper with a winch, brushguard and fog lamps. It shares its interior with the majority of the SUVs, including its predecessor, the Sandking XL. The underside features large shock absorbers along with springs, and four kicker braces/impact struts running from each axle. As well as the two main axle diffs, the propshafts also run to two more central locking diffs. The front underside also sports a sump guard protecting the engine directly above it.

Current Design Gallery


Grand Theft Auto IV

Despite having an apparent 5.7 liter supercharged V8 engine, the Contender only develops low amounts of power and therefore speeds are not too high, and can be equally matched by the Bobcat but the top speed is higher. On the bright side though, the Contender is impressively durable with collisions and gunfire. Handling is below average with the truck feeling heavy, and understeering around corners. Despite it being a pickup, it isn't good off road, since the truck is only rear wheel drive, and the suspension is firm and doesn't have enough ground clearance. 

GTA IV Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 84 / 135 5 N/A RWD 2500 / 5512
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 5.7L Supercharged V8 (Badging) 4x4 (AWD) (Badging) N/A
N/A N/A 5 FR V8 (Cover) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto Online

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The truck has reasonable performance thanks to a powerful V8 engine powering all four wheels, giving it immediate acceleration and little loss of traction in a straight line, as well as great off-roading capabilities. However, it has a large oversteer when approaching corners too fast, resulting in a spin-out at high speeds. Along with being a heavy and durable vehicle, this vehicle has a bullet resistant windshield, strong axle, and sturdy frame.

The vehicle sports a single-cam V8 engine laid longitudinally in a front-engine, all wheel drive (4x4) configuration.

GTA Online 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 84 / 135 5 N/A AWD
50% FWD
50% RWD
2750 / 6063 70
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 5.4L V8 (Badging) 4x4 (AWD) (Badging) N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A 5 F4 SOHC V8 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club


Grand Theft Auto Online

Type Upgrade Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $5,250
Armor Upgrade 40% $8,750
Armor Upgrade 60% $14,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $24,500
Armor Upgrade 100% $35,000
Brakes Street Brakes $10,000
Sport Brakes $13,500
Race Brakes $17,500
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $4,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $6,250
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $16,750
Lights Xenon Lights $5,000
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker Too Hot
Full Coverage Too Hot
Respray -
Crew Emblem $25,000
Roof No Roof $700
Sell Sell Vehicle Too Hot
Suspension Lowered Suspension $1,000
Street Suspension $2,000
Sport Suspension $3,400
Competition Suspension $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $14,750
Sports Transmission $16,250
Race Transmission $20,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $35,000
Wheels -
Windows Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000

Image Gallery


Utility Truck

Grand Theft Auto V

The Utility Truck in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)


The Utility Truck in GTA V shares the cab design with the GTA IV Contender. It is converted into a pickup utility van with room for wheelbarrows, brushes and buckets. It features a white paintjob.

Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • A special green colored Contender driven by the Irish Mob can be found in Steinway. It has huge chrome brush guards and comes with an exclusive bed modification, sporting a soft tonneau cover and chrome roll bars with body color fog lights mounted on top. Its speed and acceleration have increased a very small amount from the supercharger being added. This Contender can be resprayed into any regular color.
  • A Contender is also requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, appearing with a dark grey paintjob. As a new Contender will respawn at the same spot until the player delivers one to S&M Auto Sales, the player can save one at their safehouse before delivering another. The maximum amount of money you can obtain from delivering the Contender to Stevie is $8,250.
  • A special Contender cab be seen in the mission Smackdown, being driven by Bucky Sligo. It sports a tonneau cover and a unique dark green-to-black color-shift paintjob. This vehicle can be stored at the player's safehouse. The color cannot be obtained from a Pay 'n' Spray.

Notable Owners

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Bucky Sligo owns a slightly modified, special-colored Contender.


Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Available for purchase for $250,000 from Southern San Andreas Super Autos.
  • A matte black Contender is used during the Gunrunning biker MC contract, located at the jetty near Los Santos International Airport. Once delivered, it is inaccessible to players.
  • Matte black Contenders spawn during a gang raid, only available via biker business resupply run, however these will be inaccessible to players shortly after the supplies are delivered, even if the vehicles themselves are not used for transport.
  • Two Matte black Contenders may spawn at the Fridgit factory during the V.I.P. mission Plowed, only if the player is required to go there.



Grand Theft Auto IV


Billboard advertisement of the Contender in GTA IV. The advertisement is also featured in Chinatown Wars, but the text placement has changed.


Some adverts still consider the car as an "E109".

  • In the BradyGames guide, the Contender is occasionally referred to as the E109, though the game never calls it the E109. In the game's files, however, the model for the Contender is called E109. It hints that it is a beta name, a reference to the Ford F150, for the Contender.
  • In a car commercial on CNT (Sully's Auto Mart), a white Contender is referred to as the EXT, which could be another beta name for the truck. The truck in the commercial also has 5 spoke rims which may be the beta design for the truck. 
  • In GTA IV, after collecting all thirty cars for Stevie he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Contender fetching $2,500.
  • The Contender does not have any reverse lights. No number plates either, although there seems to be room for one in the back.
    • Even though the Contender does not have any reverse lights, a white glow can be seen on the hood each time reversing. When shooting one of the rear indicator lights, orange and white pieces can be seen flying of. When reversing with one broken indicator light the white glow resets to the rear of the car on the ground as if the car did have reverse lights.
  • The Truck also appears as an undrivable prop in Brucie's Garage and Stevie's garage, However, further inspection shows the truck to be, if not noticeable smaller than the current model, and further notice is a smaller rollbar as seen on the "Supercharged" variant, yet scaled smaller.
  • If the player attempts to climb into the rear cargo compartment while the vehicle is in motion, the player will just lose the balance and fall. If the player is lucky enough, they will fall on to the road. Otherwise, they will fall over in the cargo compartment and become stuck while their health gradually reduces, eventually getting Wasted.
  • The slogan "Built to rule" appearing on the billboards is a play on Ford's slogan "Built tough" which is used for their F-series. This is even more obvious knowing that Vapid, the brand constructing the Contender, is the Grand Theft Auto IV parody of Ford.
  • Advertising for the Contender appears in GTA Chinatown Wars.
  • Even though the Contender does not appear in GTA V, the cab and the overall chassis make up the basis of the Utility Van.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The Rockstar Games Social Club image of the Contender lacks the front-mounted fog lights, even if said component is suppossed to be added by default when purchased.

See Also

  • Sandking XL and Sandking SWB - 4 and 2-door trucks similar to the second generation Contender, featured in GTA V.
  • Guardian - A similar heavy-duty pickup truck manufactured by Vapid.
  • Utility Van - A truck in GTA V that uses the same design of the previous generation Contender seen in GTA IV.


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