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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 later to be added in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the continuation of the Cunning Stunts update.

Design

Grand Theft Auto IV

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

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The GTA Online rendition of the Contender has received a large transformation since its last appearance. Now primarily resembling the 2007-2013 Toyota Tundra Crew Cab with some design cues from the Ford Raptor & 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 foglmaps. It shares its interior with the majority of the SUVs, including its predecessor, the Sandking XL.

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Performance

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 aren't 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. 

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2500 / 5512


Grand Theft Auto Online

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Variants

A special green colored "Supercharged" 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 body color. 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.

Notable Owners

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Bucky Sligo owns a slightly modified Contender. 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.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto Online

Trivia

General

Contender-GTA4-advertising

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

E109Ad

But some adverts still consider the car as an "E109".

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • 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 doesn't have any white reverse lights. No number plates either, although there seems to be room for one in the back.
  • Even though the contender doesn't 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 makes the basis for the Utility Van.

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