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


HD Universe

The Futo is based on the 1983-1987 Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 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 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas versions. In addition, the Futo's rear lights look very similar to that of the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: 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.

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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 phenomenal on this car. 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 one 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

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 87 / 140 5 N/A RWD 1400 / 3086
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A (Naturally Aspirated) Inline 20 valves (Inline-5) (Decals) RWD N/A
N/A N/A 5 FR DOHC Inline-4 w/ 4 Throttle Bodies (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

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. However, its improvements have not been sufficient enough to compete with most sports cars in the game, as their top speeds and accelerations have been raised further. It is utterly outclassed by supercars in terms of speed. However, the Futo is still an excellent choice to go around and as a getaway vehicle. The Futo's mass has been drastically decreased as well, giving it poor ramming power. Despite this dismal outlook for the Futo, its retained stats from GTA IV have still left it with incredible potential, and a skilled driver can make the Futo as capable as any other sports car with a higher price tag. On racetracks, it is more useful on courses with more turns than straights, as the Futo has more responsive braking compared to other sports cars, and its speed is not enough to pull itself to the lead on straights. Wet conditions, however, seem to impact the Futo heavily, as the rear end is prone to swinging outwards in such conditions.Regardless, it is still a small, potent and fun-to-drive sports car.

Again, the Futo is powered by the same 4 cylinder engine bearing 4 throttle bodies. The badging is retained, stating that it bears a 20 valve straight engine (Inline-4).

GTA V Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 84 / 135 5 N/A RWD 900 / 1984 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A (Naturally Aspirated) Inline 20 valves (Inline-5) (Decals) RWD N/A N/A
6.8 Seconds 85 / 136 5 FR DOHC Inline-4 w/ 4 throttle bodies (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $1,625 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $4,062 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $6,500 $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $11,375 $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $16,250 $50,000
Bodywork Arch Extensions $350 $700
Brakes Street Brakes $6,500 $20,000
Sport Brakes $8,775 $27,000
Race Brakes $11,375 $35,000
Bumpers Custom Front Splitter $500 $1,000
Rally Bumper $750 $1,500
Retro Racer Kit $1,000 $2,000
Custom Rear Bumper $500 $1,000
Drift Bumper $750 $1,500
Drift Bumper & Charm $1,000 $2,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $2,925 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $4,062 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $5,850 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $10,887 $33,500
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 $325 $650
Vented Carbon Hood $750 $1,500
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
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 $415 $830
Spoiler Lip Spoiler 275 $550
Ducktail Spoiler $350 $700
GT WIng $525 $1,050
Drift Wing $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 $9,587 $29,500
Sports Transmission $10,562 $32,500
Race Transmission $13,000 $40,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $8,125 $50,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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Special Variants

  • There is a sportier variant of the Futo called Futo GT. Its name comes from the 'GT' badge on the front grill, but the game still refers to the car simply as "Futo" when entered. This version features 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 to any color.

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


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie, he agrees to purchase the cars from Niko, with the Futo fetching $1,400.



  • The Futo's default radio stations are:
  • "Futo" (ふと) literally translates to inadvertently.
  • 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 for tofu, possibly referencing the Toyota AE86 featured in the Initial D series, as the Toyota AE86 was used to deliver tofu.
  • The Futo is a creation of Mike Bush, an American vehicle designer for Rockstar UK, and an AE86 enthusiast.
  • The 20-valve, 4 cylinder engine with 4 throttle bodies is a clear reference to the 16v-to-20v 4A-GE swap which is commonly swap into the Toyota AE86 from the Japanese-market only AE101 (Silvertop) and AE111 (Blacktop).
  • The Futo is the only Karin branded car with the K logo on the bottom left corner of the hood.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • 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.
  • Although Futo GTs 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 XS versions on their front fenders.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • 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 on Takumi'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.
  • The car's exhaust does not have a proper hole, instead the exhaust hole is grey instead of further in to be black.
  • The Futo can be modded at Los Santos Customs to resemble the GT variant in GTA IV. However, the only different variants that the player can find on the streets are versions with and without the small lip spoiler on the rear.

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.