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This article is about the vehicle. For the manufacturer, see Emperor.

The Emperor is a four-door classic sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Albany in the HD Universe.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The car has varied significantly since its first appearance in the 3D Universe. In GTA San Andreas, the Emperor, based on an 1990-1993 Infiniti Q45, represents a then contemporary large four-door sedan, with a lean design and somewhat rounded profile. Its also looks like the Sentinel, but more sleek and profiled.

HD Universe

In GTA IV, the Emperor is based on the 5th Generation Cadillac de Ville and the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham. It features a "beater" version of the Emperor, with junky paint finishes, worn interiors, an occasionally missing quarter panel, and old wheels and tires. The beater version is slightly more common. Both the Emperor and its beater variant return in GTA V, unchanged. A second variant (named as Emperor3 in the game's internal files) of the Emperor, one covered in snow and bearing North Yankton plates, was also introduced for the purpose of appearing in two missions set in the town of Ludendorff. This variant is almost identical to the Beater variant, but has most of the patches of rust on its bodywork covered by snow, and will only spawn in white.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Acceleration and speed of GTA San Andreas' Emperor are somewhat disappointing, as are handling and braking. The engine sounds as though it is a large V6 or V8, but is apparently incapable of delivering substantial power to the bulky, rear-drive vehicle. Using the E-brake around corners almost guarantees fishtailing, making this car almost useless when driving at high speeds. It is, however, a sturdy vehicle with low chances of roll overs, and does a fairly good job of absorbing damage.

Grand Theft Auto IV

GTA IV's Emperor is powered by a high-displacement, but low-output V8 engine, mated to a 4 speed gearbox in a RWD configuration. Due to its weight and low-power engine, the Emperor is quite slow off the line, its top speed leaves much to be desired. The car feels very heavy around corners and loses much speed around them. Its soft suspension often results in its rear swinging out of control and subtle fishtailing. Braking is very poor, and strangely, for a vehicle based on a late 1970s/early 1980s model, ABS is standard. Crash deformation is below average, and build quality is surprisingly low, as the Emperor cannot sustain much damage before failing or catching fire.

The beater variant, much like the beaters Sabre and Vigero, has worsened performance compared to the standard one, having slower acceleration.

GTA IV Overview

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Top Speed
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Engine Details
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Top Speed (Handling.dat)
Top Speed (Tested)

FR SOHC V8 (In-game model)

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
Drivetrain (Tested)

Gears (Handling.dat)
Gears (Tested)


Grand Theft Auto V

The Emperor is virtually unchanged from the GTA IV variant. The Emperor again seems to be powered by a high displacement but low-revving V8 engine. The engine offers low power and only decent torque. Because of this, the Emperor's acceleration and overall top speed is unspectacular.

The handling of the Emperor is decent, especially when a more performance oriented suspension is added to the car. However, due to the car's low ride height, this does cause the car to scrape against the ground in areas where the terrain is more dynamic and road clearance is necessary. This low ride height will also sometimes cause the Emperor to become stuck in areas where smaller and "shorter" cars can escape from. At speed, the handling of the Emperor can become inconsistent and is prone to fishtailing due to the overall design of the car. Nevertheless, the long wheelbase of the car does aid the driver in these situations, as the driver can countersteer out of the slide and regain control of the car.

The normal Emperor can take multiple impacts to the engine, chassis, suspension, and tires without taking significant damage that will disable the car, and it is considered one of the most underestimated and under-rated cars in terms of overall durability. The beater variant, however, is not as durable and will most likely cease to work after a few direct impacts, and can sometimes fail to start at all. The engine, as stated before, is unspectacular, but does have decent torque, which allows the large and bulky car to accelerate very quickly and also enables it to take on offroad courses that some other cars in the same class may have issues with (such as climbing Mount Chiliad). The car is fairly large and has one of the largest trunks in the game. It seats four occupants. The car's torque, combined with its weight, durability, and apparent body on frame design allows it to barrel through Police Roadblocks, and is rarely affected by other cars slamming into it or ramming it. It is one of the most durable cars in the game.

Overall, the Emperor is a solid, heavy car, with handling that isn't proportional to its straight line speed. For the price and availability of the car, it should be considered by anyone looking for a beginner's sedan that can haul a small group around, especially in areas where a durable and capable sedan is needed.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
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Top Speed
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Engine Details
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Number + Type
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(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a 74 / 120 (Handling.dat)




1900 / 4189

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

21.7 Seconds 75 / 120

FR V8 [citation/verification needed]



Mass cannot be observed.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Emperor can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Vents Oval Hood Vent $ 150
Square Hood Vent $ 100
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Lights Round Fog Lamp $ 100
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Spoilers Win $ 550
Fury $ 350
Alpha $ 250
Side skirts Side Skirt $ 500
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

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
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Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $625
Respray - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $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 $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


Both GTA IV and GTA V feature beater variants of the Emperor. GTA IV features a "slightly damaged" and "heavily damaged" variant. The slightly damaged variants typically include a missing quarter panel and slightly rusted paintjob, whilst heavily damaged variants include a completely destroyed and rusty paintjob. Both variants are depicted with broken lights on the left (except the inner headlamp).

GTA V features beater and snowy variants of the Emperor. The beater variant has a slightly rusty paintjob and the snowy variant is the same as the beater variant, albeit covered in snow. All beater Emperors feature a worn interior.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Notable Owners


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Standard Variant
Beater variant
Snow Variant
  • Appears outside the Bank in Ludendorff during The Prologue, but it cannot be driven by the player. This variant may also spawn on the roads when the player is controlling the Rancher XL.
  • Appears in Ludendorff during the mission Bury the Hatchet when arriving in North Yankton as Michael De Santa. Although the player can obtain the vehicle by shooting the driver, the game will warn the player to return to the Asea provided, and will fail the mission if the player drives too far away from the Asea.
  • Can be selected as a respawn vehicle in a Capture (GTA Online).


  • In GTA IV, the back of an Emperor is featured on a building in Star Junction.
  • The Emperor plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • Respraying a beater Emperor used in Little Jacob's deliveries at a Pay N Spray will remove its unique lime-green roof and turn it to a regular beater version.
  • Prior to GTA V's later updates, the Emperor would lean back when traveling at high speeds because of it's weight.
  • The North Yankton variant in GTA V is the first non-emergency vehicle the player encounters in the game. One can be seen in the parking lot of the bank on the outskirts of Ludendorff, although the game doesn't allow the player to drive it.
  • The Beater variant in GTA V is considerably less damaged than its counterparts in GTA IV, possessing faded paint and spots of rust at worst on its exterior, and a torn and worn interior. The Beater variant in GTA V never spawns with missing panels, either.
  • The North Yankton variant in GTA V has a slightly different interior from the Beater Variant that it is based on. Even though it is first seen during the Prologue in 2004, it has a holster attached to the dashboard which could hold a smartphone.[1]
  • The GTA IV Emperor uses the horn sound from GTA San Andreas.

The Beater Emperor's broken right headlight

  • The beater variant in GTA IV, being an Albany with only 3 headlights, could be a nod to the "Psychobilly Cadillac" from the Johnny Cash song "One Piece At A Time".
  • It could be possible that one of the FIB agents that appears on the mission Dust Off owns the black Emperor that is parked beside the building at Francis International Airport.
  • The Emperor in GTA IV shares its interior with the Esperanto.
  • In GTA V, the reverse and brake lights appear to be missing their texture when reversing and braking, despite the light elements illuminating (enhanced version only).
  • Strangely, GTA V beater Emperors can be found parked in front of the Sandy Shores Sheriff's Station bearing 'SA Exempt' license plates, meaning they are government vehicles- perhaps as very poorly maintained undercover police cars.


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