"The perfect car to go with your flesh tunnel earrings, frosted spikes, and oversize jeans. Buy this and you'll never fail to be mistaken for a small town drug dealer again. This edition helps prevent a mistake turning into a tragedy with armor plating."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Karin Kuruma (Armored) is a vehicle featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Heists Update.


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The vehicle is essentially a Kuruma with several modifications similar to the Duke O'Death.

The armored Kuruma features armor plates on the windows and roof, light protectors and reinforced rear spoiler. By default, comes with a black paintjob, a roll cage that follows the secondary paint color, tinted windows and black-colored rims. The brake light is concealed behind the armoured plating and features big-bore exhausts.

The armored Kuruma lacks the Karin badge on the front.

Current Design Gallery


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The Kuruma has a modeled twin-cam straight six engine, placed longitudinally in a front engine, all wheel drive layout (a rather unique distribution of 1/3 of the engine power to the front wheels and the rest to the rear wheels). According to Southern San Andreas Super Autos, the car has a 6-speed gearbox, a top speed of 147mph and weights 2,866lbs. The Kuruma features a turbo dump-valve sound effect by default, although the player can add another turbo for a significantly higher acceleration.

The performance is slightly different from the normal Kuruma. While it has slightly less traction (still incredible due to the normal Kuruma's amazing traction), ever-so-slightly weaker brakes, and slightly lower acceleration and top speed, it makes up for these very minor shortcomings in its durability against collisions and gunshots; against most firearms, it is about three times as durable as the normal Kuruma. It is equipped with bulletproof windows that will not shatter if shot at, though bullet holes will appear. This can protect the players inside the vehicle, as a bullet shot through the narrow panels will not damage the player's health to a great extent though players need to be mindful that their vision is significantly obstructed in first person view. They cannot throw explosive weapons and the driver cannot shoot the gun from behind as they can only fire forwards, both which are significant disadvantages. The only thing the Armored Kuruma is truly vulnerable to is explosions, even with its armor maxed out. In addition, compared to the normal Kuruma, its engine produces much more torque, allowing it to ram through traffic harder, and more easily than most vehicles of similar size, but obviously at the cost of speed. Finally, the Armored Kuruma is immune to crash deformation, which is an advantage in that the wheels will never lock from any crash, but also a disadvantage in that the player(s) inside may not know how damaged the Kuruma is until it starts burning.

Because of the armor, the vehicle is noticeably heavier than the normal Kuruma (an extra 1,700 kilograms of mass is added to the 1,500 kilogram stock), and that predictably means it has more understeer. It is also ever-so-slightly harder to roll on uneven terrain, although this is not very noticeable, as the normal Kuruma is quite good off-road. Furthermore, it is harder to cause a spin out due to the Armored variant having better handling than its normal counterpart. In high speed turns, the Armored Kuruma is less likely than the stock to lift itself onto two wheels and potentially flip over. Driving off-road is one of the best of its class, chewing up miles on dirt like nothing else, and with monumental traction, it fares well making trails on hills. Its minor disadvantages compared to its stock is completely overshadowed by its advantages; owing to these benefits, the Armored Kuruma is extremely popular among players, often being a staple of many online garages.

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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 87 / 140 6 N/A AWD
33% FWD
67% RWD
3200 / 7055 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 147 / 237 6 N/A AWD 1300 / 2866 N/A
Observed [?]
N/A 95 / 153 5
Manual (In-game model + Sound)
F4 DOHC Inline-6 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Type Upgrade Cost (Online)
Brakes Street Brakes $20,000
Sport Brakes $27,000
Race Brakes $35,000
Bumpers Body Color Front Splitter $4,600
Secondary Color Front Splitter $7,400
Carbon Front Splitter $11,700
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Exhaust Oval Exhaust $750
Race Exhaust $1,800
Chrome Tip Exhaust $3,000
Lights Xenon Lights $7,500
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker Too Hot
Full Coverage Too Hot
Respray -
Sell Sell Vehicle Too Hot
Skirts Body Color Street Skirt $5,500
Secondary Color Street Skirt $8,000
Carbon Street Skirt $10,500
Body Color Slick Skirt $14,000
Secondary Color Slick Skirt $14,500
Carbon Slick Skirt $15,000
Spoiler Secondary Color Stock Spoiler $7,050
Carbon Wing $10,000
Color Coded Wing $13,000
Carbon Wing Type II $14,000
GT Wing $16,000
Suspension Lowered Suspension $1,000
Street Suspension $2,000
Sport Suspension $3,400
Competition Suspension $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $29,500
Sports Transmission $32,500
Race Transmission $40,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $50,000
Wheels -
Windows Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000

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Notable Owners

Prominent Appearances in Missions

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  • Despite having armored windows, players can shoot out of the car without damaging the car and without gun animations. Other players will also be able to shoot through the windows and damage the player.
  • Despite having obvious armor and handling much heavier than its unarmored variant, the armored Kuruma is listed as having the same weight as its unarmored brother on Southern San Andreas Super Autos.
  • Even if the Armored Kuruma's doors are detached, players still cannot use throwable explosions for unclear reasons.
  • Despite being inaccessible to all other vehicles, the armored Kuruma uses pure black tinted windows. However, said windows are only used on Kurumas that have spawned in through trainers, races or creator.

See Also

  • Kuruma - Standard version.
  • Duke O'Death - Another armored car with very similar armored plating.