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The Karin Futo is a compact tuner sports coupe in Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V, and Grand Theft Auto Online.


The Futo is based on the 1983-1987 Toyota Corolla Levin (AE86) GT-APEX/GT-V/SR Coupe and the front, some parts, the shape and the paintjob in a 1983-1985 Nissan Skyline DR30 RS Turbo. The Futo's steering wheel is similar to a MOMO MOD. 07 racing steering wheel, while the dash exactly replicates real-life AE86 dash. This is also shared with the Blista Compact.

The car is very well detailed, from the interior to the individual throttle bodies and the RS Watanabe F8 wheel option (likely in reference to the popular Watanabe RS wheels for the AE86 Corolla and the Skyline DR30). It even has a different tread design for its tires, ones that well suit asphalt racing and drifting. These tires are found on much higher end cars such as the Sentinel XS and the Super GT. The interior door panels have "FUTO" repeatedly in a pattern on the fabric.

It has a similar design to the 3D Universe renditions of the Manana and Blista Compact, particularly the GTA San Andreas versions. In addition, the Futo's rear lights look very similar to that of the Vice City and Vice City Stories renditions of the Police Car and Taxi.

The Futo is considered a tuning car, as its visual can be highly modified (body kit, spoiler, hood), as well as the performance. Also, the Futo is classed as a Sports, rather than Coupes or Compacts, despite its relatively small shape. This is most likely because of its superior performance compared to other cars in its class.

In GTA IV, after collecting all thirty cars for Stevie, he agrees to purchase the cars from Niko, with the Futo fetching $1,400.

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Grand Theft Auto IV

The Futo is powered by a naturally-aspirated, high revving 1.4-litre inline-4 engine coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox in a rear-wheel drive configuration. The badging on the side ("N/A Inline 20v RWD", subtitled with "Quad Throttle Body", "High Performance Injection", and "Limited Slip Differential") indicates that it is equipped with a 20-valve engine. Acceleration is this car's party piece. The top speed is astonishing for a car of this stature, given its rather unique engine with four Throttle Bodies. The chassis is rigid and taut, giving the Futo stability at high speeds. The suspension is firm but not too much, keeping the Futo flat in banked corners and stable in the S-curves, while still giving a stiff, yet enjoyable ride.

Couple the excellent suspension setup with the short wheelbase and you get a fantastically chuckable little pocket rocket, capable of competing with full-on sports cars. The brakes are sensitive and effective, and front-wheel lock-up is not a big issue compared to other vehicles. Braking can be extremely dangerous in the rain. The Futo handles well off-road and can reach about 75% of its top speed on dirt roads and beaches, and grip is impressive even with rear wheel drive, while others of the same drive may fishtail easily. Crash deformation is above average, though build quality is sub-par, often leaving the Futo disabled after just a few accidents.

All in all, the Futo is great fun to drive, and makes an excellent escape or pursuit vehicle in missions. It is also an ideal car to drift since it is a light weight, front engine rear wheel drive car and is a very easy car to be put into one. The only possible disadvantages during a pursuit or escape is that the vehicle is small, lacking the power to ram or hit other vehicles out of the way, and the fact that it only has space for two occupants.

GTA IV Overview

(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Layout/Type/Decal Detail)
(Number + Type)
(Kg / lb)


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

N/A Inline 20 valves (Decals)
FR DOHC 4 Throttle Bodies Inline-4 (in-game model)

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
RWD (Decals)
Drivetrain (Tested)

Gears (Handling.dat)
Gears (Tested)


Grand Theft Auto V


Performance statistics on the Rockstar Games Social Club.

The Futo seems to be improved with higher top speed and acceleration, yet it retains most of the qualities seen in the GTA IV version. Although it's not as effective as most sports cars in the game and its noticeably outclassed by supercars, the Futo is still an excellent choice to go around and as a getaway vehicle.

The engine model is reused and is a 4 cylinder engine bearing 4 throttle bodies. The badging is retained, stating that it bears a 20 valve straight engine (Inline-5).

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
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Engine Details
(Cubic Capacity/Layout/Type)
Number + Type
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(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a 84 / 135 (handling.dat)

N/A Inline 20 valves (Inline-5) (Decals)

RWD (Decals)


900 / 1984

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

6.8 Seconds 85 / 136

FR DOHC Inline-4 w/ 4 throttle bodies (In-game model)



Mass cannot be observed.


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
Bumpers Custom Front Splitter $1,250 $1,000
Rally Bumper $1,650 $1,500
Retro Racer Kit $1,950 $2,000
Custom Rear Bumper $1,250 $1,000
Drift Bumper $1,650 $1,500
Drift Bumper & Charm $1,950 $2,000
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
Exhaust Titanium Tuner Exhaust $375 $750
Race Exhaust $899 $1,800
Shakotan Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Grille Black Grille $375 $750
Remove Grille $670 $1,340
Hood Carbon Hood $850 $650
Vented Carbon Hood $1,200 $1,500
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
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Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,125
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Roll Cage Roll Cage & Chassis Upgrade $550 $1,100
Roof Roof Spoiler $350 $700
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $900
Skirts Custom Skirts $1,500 $830
Spoiler Lip Spoiler $750 $550
Ducktail Spoiler $950 $700
GT WIng $1,300 $1,050
Drift Wing $1,750 $1,500
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

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Futo GT

The modified variant of the Futo called 'Futo GT' is based on Toyota AE86 Levin GT-S and Nissan Skyline DR30 RS-Turbo. It can be commonly found in Little Bay and is also rarely found in other areas of Bohan. It's name comes from the 'GT' badge on the front grill, but the game still refers to the car simply as "Futo" when entered. Its performance is identical to the stock car's, cause it shares the same handing lines and uses the same car model, albeit using other car components to get the different look. It's modifications feature a small body kit, a rear boot lip spoiler, a carbon-fiber hood, a roll cage, a strut bar mounted over the engine, a racing seat on the driver's side, an upgraded tachometer, and an additional 'Inline 20v' badge under the right side rear light. The car also includes a larger, blue titanium exhaust tip, an offset driver's side front license plate and finally a red tow clip, similar to those used on track cars on the passenger side of the front bumper. It always spawns in red and black, but can be resprayed any color.

Although these Futos are distinct from typical models, all Futos have 'Futo GT' written on the interior of the doors, presumably to save texture memory. Same as all Sentinels have the 'STD' from the Sentinel XS on their front fenders.

In GTA V, the Futo can be modded at Los Santos Customs to resemble the GT variant in GTA IV.

Special Variants

Futos are used in the Gang Wars, but these come with different modifications.


Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online


  • The Futo's default radio stations are:
  • The name "Futo" is derived from the Japanese pronunciation for the word drift, "Dorifuto" (ド リ フ ト), probably referring the car's real-life counterpart as a popular drifting car.
  • "Futo" is also an anagram made from the word tofu, which could be a reference to the anime that boosted up the AE86's popularity, Initial D; in the anime, the main character uses an AE86 as a tofu delivery car and a touge racer.
  • The Futo is a creation of Mike Bush, an American vehicle designer for Rockstar UK, and an AE86 enthusiast.
  • Due to a texture glitch, if the front windshield is damaged (usually after the car has rolled over multiple times), the windshield may suddenly turn white and lack texture, and the player cannot see through it. This glitch is also present in the Willard.
  • The Futo is the only Karin branded car with the K logo on the bottom left corner of the hood.
  • When customizing the Futo, the player can find a brand of rims named "Fujiwara". This makes a reference to the anime Initial D, which popularized the AE86. Fujiwara is the surname of the main Initial D protagonist, Takumi Fujiwara. The rims are very similar to the ones used in the Initial D´s AE86 (black RS Watanabe F8).
  • There are burnt out wrecks in rural areas that look similar to the Futo; these wrecks are of four door design however, and sport a different grill, but the chassis, rear facade, and headlights are all markedly similar. This could've been a beta Futo.
  • The car's exhaust doesn't have a proper hole, instead the exhaust hole is grey instead of further in to be black.
  • The 20 valve, 4 cylinder engine with 4 throttle bodies is a clear reference to the 4age 20-valve engine which is commonly swapped into the Toyota AE92.
  • "Futo" (ふと) literally translates to inadvertently.

See Also

  • Blista Compact - Another tuning compact car, which shares a very similar frontage to the Futo, as well as the same dashboard interior in the enhanced version of GTA V.


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