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The Forklift is a vehicle featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. It is manufactured by HVY in the HD Universe.

Design

3D Universe

The Forklift is, as the name suggests, a small, light powered industrial truck used to lift and move materials over short distances. It features two steel forks on the front to grab cargo and lift them, and a control panel where the operator sits.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Forklift only appears in a greyish blue color and in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories in a yellow color, with small wheels and angular designs. Both renditions have a functional lift.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Forklift has been redesigned for Grand Theft Auto IV, with a slightly modified cab and no tail lights. Additionally, the Forklift features safety illustrations printed on the vehicle, accompanied by the caption "YOU WILL DIE", as well as a tank of what seems to be propane. Shooting it will either cause it to leak ignited gas (illustrated with a visible jet of blue flame), or ignite and destroy the vehicle.

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Forklift retains the GTA IV design, with a few tweaks to it (the HVY decals, for example, are removed from the vehicle) and it now features a rusty paintjob, like most industrial vehicles. The lift feature has been re-activated.

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Performance

3D Universe

As befitting its purpose as an industrial vehicle, the Forklift's performance in both Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, is, predictably, very poor. With low power, rear wheel drive and rear steering, the Forklift moves very slowly and has very sensitive steering to the point that sudden turns will pitch it violently to one side and frequently tip it over. Control can be a problem, due to its rear-wheel steering. The Forklift has a very low center of gravity.

In GTA Vice City Stories, the Forklift's speed is lower than that of the player's running speed, though it can go faster in reverse.

3D Universe Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 37 / 60 3 Electric FWD 1000 / 2205
Observed
N/A N/A N/A N/A FWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

While it is the slowest vehicle in GTA IV, the vehicle still has impressive acceleration thanks to what can assumed to be (judging by the rear gas canister, and its silenced engine noise) a gas engine, which puts a large amount of power into what is stated to be a 5-tonne engine - a realistic addition. Unlike the GTA San Andreas rendition, the Forklift is now a single-speed vehicle.

Again, the Forklift has a very low center of gravity, which means the vehicle is highly sensitive to bumpy terrains and very weak against basic cars, like the Merit or the Vincent, but makes up for being easy to flip it back on its four wheels. Because of its rear-wheel steering, the player may often lose control of the vehicle when taking corners at moderately high speeds. The Forklift's handling traits are similar to those of the Caddy.

Players should be aware that the Forklift is very weak against crashes and gunfire, and if an enemy manages to shoot the gas canister on the back, a stream of flame comes from the punctured hole, causing to either burn the driver or the vehicle itself. Also, the forks remain static and can result in the vehicle struggling to drive over low objects, such as curbs.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 31 / 50 1 N/A FWD 500 / 1102
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 5-Tonne (Badging) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 1 Gas-powered (In-game model) FWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Forklift in Grand Theft Auto V is only slightly different from IV, in that the low-center of gravity becomes stiffer and therefore tipping is less likely; but it can now manage to lay on its side without flipping back (due to its increased mass). The engine remains the same, bearing the same silenced noise and gas-powered model (evidenced by the rear gas canister mounted above the engine), but now powering the rear wheels, a rather strange layout for a vehicle of its type.

GTA V Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta
N/A 19 / 30 1 N/A RWD 6000 / 13228 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 5-Tonne (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
Observed [?]
No first person speedometers No first person speedometers 1 Gas-powered (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

Image Gallery

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Robbing Uncle Sam - The player must use a Forklift (that is bullet-proof) to put the crates inside the truck.
  • Gray Imports - Some Forklifts are being used inside the warehouse, two carrying explosive barrels.
  • Explosive Situation - Some workers are seen operating Forklifts inside the Hunter Quarry.
  • You've Had Your Chips - Two Forklifts are parked inside the plastic factory during the mission.
  • Breaking the Bank at Caligula's - A Forklift is used to lift the basement's door after power went out inside the Casino. This one has an unique yellow body, but cannot be stolen and stored.
  • Vertical Bird - Forklifts can be found inside the aircraft carrier only during the mission.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • A Forklift can be found inside the Sprunk warehouse (the gunfight setting of Escuela of the Streets) in Bohan, though it cannot be taken outside as the door is too small.
  • Forklifts appear during missions involving a chase, most notably when occurs in an industrial area. Some examples are If the Price is Right (GTA IV) and End of Chapter (TLAD).

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Trivia

General

  • The default radio stations for the Forklift are:
  • Despite its power, the GTA IV and GTA V renditions of the forklift are not able to lift up cars. The player also has to be particularly careful when picking up crates.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • The Forklift's engine sounds similar to those found on heavy trucks, especially when idling.

See Also

  • Dock Handler - Another fork-based utility truck, converted into a container handler.

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