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The Vapid Hotknife is a custom car appearing in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto V.


GTA San Andreas

In GTA San Andreas, the Hotknife is a late 1920's or early 1930's Hot Rod resembling a 1928 Ford Model A with modifications and a custom paint job. The car comes in only one paint scheme: purple with white accents and a black roof. Visits to Pay 'n' Spray garages have no effect on the car, nor can the car be modified at any modification garages, but features two variants; one with a covering on the V8 engine and one without a covering. It has capacity for only two people.


In GTA V, the Hotknife retains its original Ford Model A design, but it now spawns in a variety of two-tone colors. The Hotknife appears to be an early 1920's Ford Model A that has been heavily modified, with lowered suspension, thick wheels, and a low roof.


For what the Hotknife lacks in being easy to find, it makes up for in being a very fun vehicle to drive. It handles well on-road and off-road. There's great acceleration to be had from the V8 up front, resulting in great air times when going off certain jumps but its top speed is ultimately lower than the more aerodynamic cars found in the game. Its cornering isn't too good, which makes turning at high speed somewhat difficult, but this can be solved by using the handbrake. One bad aspect about this car is its poor endurance in crashes because of the exposed front suspension and radiator, which is made up for by the suspension being so good that it rarely tips over.

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

3,1 sec

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

4 l

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
Drivetrain (Tested)

Gears (Handling.dat)
Gears (Tested)




GTA San Andreas

Like the Phoenix, the Hotknife is an extremely rare car to find in GTA San Andreas, but with patience and searching in the right places, it will eventually spawn.

  • Spawns in front of the Driving School in Doherty, San Fierro after getting all gold medals in driving school (its license plate reads "GOLD").
  • Rarely spawns on The Strip, but with patience, it will eventually spawn.
  • Can be obtained through Vigilante missions, which in rare occasions are driven by criminals, but only at levels 1 and 2, otherwise only 4-door cars are used (This can be done even from the beginning of the game).
  • A wrecked version of the Hotknife can be found inside of Loco Low Co..
  • Spawns often when the "fast cars" cheat is activated.


  • In single-player, it is immediately given to the player in a garage for every character if the player has the Collector's Edition.
  • Can be bought for free in GTA Online from if the player has the Collector's Edition. If not, it is displayed as 'Out of Stock' and cannot be purchased.


  • The default radio station of the Hotknife in San Andreas is Playback FM.
  • In GTA San Andreas, it is one of the few vehicles that can't be modded at any mod shops.
  • Unusually, the upper frame of the passenger side's door is inconsistent to that of the driver side, appearing recessed and colored purple (as opposed to the driver side's black), This is caused by the door being set in too much to the cars' body and is evident when the door swings open, to reveal the door is identical to the driver-side door.
  • If the player uses a lot of cheats (they don't have to be vehicle related) it will spawn more in the streets and if the player uses too many cheats it spawns more than most vehicles.
  • The name Hotknife is a possible reference to "hotknifing", a common method of smoking hash, while also being a play on "hot rod".
  • In GTA V, it was going to be obtainable with a normal version of the game, not the Collector's Edition.
  • It is the oldest car in the 3D Universe, along with the Hustler, Hermes, and the Thunder-Rodd.
  • Because of the Hotknife wreck in the Loco Low Co. garage, the car could have been tunable there in the Beta.
  • The car is manufactured by Vapid in GTA V. This can be seen in Online mode when the car is owned in a garage.
  • In GTA V, when entering the Hotknife, the name of the vehicle at the bottom right of the screen does not display the manufacturer. So instead of 'Vapid Hotknife, Muscle' it is just 'Hotknife, Muscle'.
  • While the Hotknife, along with the Khamelion and the CarbonRS, were obtainable in Online normal versions of the game as shown in this video, you cannot choose their color because none of the three vehicles can be purchased. Furthermore, even if purchased, players cannot store the vehicles inside the garage and can only be acessed by being called through the Mechanic. As of patch 1.10, the vehicles can no longer be obatined through this glitch, yet players who did it will still be able to get them through the mechanic.
  • It shares similar available modifications to the Rat Loader such as cycle fenders and shares its engine noise with the Z-Type.
  • If you look closely, the grille of the vehicle contains somewhat the symbol of a bent sword pointing down.


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