In GTA San Andreas, the Emperor, based on an early-1990s Infiniti Q45, represents a then contemporary large four-door sedan, with a lean design and somewhat rounded profile. In GTA IV, the Emperor, given an Albany badge, is based on a '78 or '79 Cadillac Deville or Fleetwood, judging by the front bumper, with a flattened front end and no hood ornament. It features a "beater" version of the Emperor, with junky paint finishes, broken seats and old wheels and tires.
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, and does a fairly good job of absorbing damage.
GTA IV's Emperor is powered by a low-output V8, coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in RWD configuration. Due to its weight and low-power engine, the Emperor is quite slow off the line, and it's top speed leaves much to be desired. Its soft suspension often results in massive oversteer and fishtailing when turning. Braking is very poor, and strangely, for a vehicle that's designed to be reminiscent of late 1970s/early 1980s cars, ABS is standard equipment. Crash deformation is below average, and build quality is surprisingly low; as the Emperor cannot sustain much damage before failing/catching fire.
GTA San Andreas
- Commonly found in San Fierro
- Used in "Wear Flowers in Your Hair", the first mission in San Fierro in which Carl Johnson hires Dwaine and Jethro to work in the garage in Doherty.
- In GTA IV, the back of an Emperor is featured on an building in Star Junction.