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The Phoenix is a two-door muscle car that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto V. It is manufactured by Imponte in Grand Theft Auto V.


3D Universe

In every rendition, the Phoenix is based on the Pontiac Trans Am (also known as Pontiac Firebird) and 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro but the round taillights are similar to 1970-1973 Chevrolet Camaros. The front portion was resembling 1973-1975 Vauxhall Firenza, especially the Droopsnoot version. It has varied slightly throughout the games, with a rear deck lid blackout panel in GTA San Andreas, and a thinner stripe in GTA Vice City Stories.

Grand Theft Auto V

It returns in GTA V, having a near-identical appearance from the 3D Universe, although it now takes up resemblance as the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. Its name is an obvious reference to the Pontiac Firebird.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


3D Universe

The Phoenix is one of the fastest cars in the game, and has excellent torque, and handling. The Phoenix drives and sounds as if it is powered by a large supercharged V8 engine, and also features a large air scoop for the carburetor. It can also be modified in TransFender in GTA San Andreas with nearly all of the available options for customization, but most of the categories have only one option as with most car customization in San Andreas. The Phoenix in GTA San Andreas is an excellent vehicle off-road and the best sports car for off-roading in the game and it is better at off-roading than some of the SUVs in the game. Like most muscle cars, it has a two person capacity. On the downside, the brakes are not as good as the other sports cars in GTA San Andreas. According to the files, the mass is 1400kg in GTA Vice City and 1500kg in GTA San Andreas.

With the exception of GTA San Andreas, all of the Phoenix's 3D Universe appearances bear a sports/high end car's engine sound rather than the iconic V8 muscle car engine the car is associated with.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Phoenix is powered by a high-output V8 engine, and it has a high top speed and decent acceleration. It also has excellent torque and can climb steep hills with ease. Unfortunately, it suffers from poor handling. Its poor weight distribution and light rear end leads to severe oversteer, especially at high speeds. Its back end is prone to fishtailing, and crashes and spin-outs may occur more often than usual in this car. The durability is below-par, and it is prone to frame loss (fenders, bumpers, hoods, etc.) in event of a rollover accident. 

It is one of the cars that can be highly benefited by the performance customization, as its acceleration can be topped with the right modifications.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Cubic Capacity/Layout/Type)
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)

(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a 90 / 145 (Handling.dat)


RWD (Handling.dat)

5 (Handling.dat)

1700 / 3748 (Handling.dat)

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

5.2 Seconds 110 / 177

FR SOHC V8 (In-game model)



Mass cannot be observed.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Phoenix can be modified at TransFender garages in San Andreas Colors:

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  • Car Color 1 (body) – $150
  • Car Color 2 (stripe) – $150


  • Oval Hood Vent – $150
  • Square Hood Vent – $100


  • Large exhaust – $250
  • Twin exhaust – $300
  • Upswept exhaust – $350


  • Square Fog Lamp – $50


  • 2× Nitrous – $200
  • 5× Nitrous – $500
  • 10× Nitrous – $1000


  • Roof Scoop – $80


  • Win – $550
  • Fury – $350

Side Skirts

  • Side Skirt – $500


  • Import – $820
  • Atomic – $770
  • Ahab – $1000
  • Virtual – $620
  • Access – $1140
  • Off Road Wheel – $1000
  • Mega – $1030
  • Grove – $1230
  • Twist – $1200
  • Wires – $1560

Car Stereo

  • Bass Boost – $100


  • Hydraulics – $1500

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 Extended Chin Spoiler $500 $1,000
Custom Chin Spoiler $750 $1,500
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 Big Bore Exhaust $375 $750
Titanium Tuner Exhaust $899 $1,800
Grille Iron Mask $375 $750
Hood Cowl Induction Hood $325 $650
Triple Intake Bug Catcher $750 $1,500
Single Intake Bug Catcher $875 $1,750
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $2,500
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Roof Glass Roof $350 $700
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $2,000
Skirts Custom Skirts $415 $830
Spoiler Mid Level Spoiler $275 $550
High Level Spoiler $350 $700
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

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Notable Owners

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Commonly driven throughout the region of Vice Beach.
  • Parked at the north-western mansion on Starfish Island, as well as commonly found around the rest of the island.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Phoenix is an extremely rare car, akin to the Euros, Berkley's RC Van and Hotknife

  • A Phoenix can be found by entering the San Fierro Hills street race located at the checkered flag behind Wang Cars. Take the Phoenix to a garage and store it, then instead of completing the race, fail the race to keep it.
  • Appears in A Home In The Hills where Big Poppa escapes Madd Dogg's mansion driving one. The player can kill him with a headshot and enter the car once the door is opened, as it will lock if the door closes again. This is difficult, however, as Big Poppa is set to drive recklessly and ignore stationary objects.
  • Rarely found inside of the impound lot of the San Fierro Police Headquarters. Use a Police Car or stealth abilities to enter the lot and avoid a three-star wanted level.
  • May spawn in the "Fast Cars" cheat is activated.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • The default radio stations for the Phoenix are:
  • Phoenix is a legendary mythical bird said to set fire to itself and arise from its ashes in a new form. It is also one of six vehicles in the series to be named after a mythical creature, the other five being the HydraLeviathan, Banshee, Valkyrie and the Kraken.
  • Phoenix is likely a play on "Firebird", the car it is based on throughout the series, as phoenixes are "firebirds" due to their association with fire.
  • The Phoenix was originally going to be called the "Roadblazer". [citation/verification needed]
  • The Phoenix was also featured as a muscle car in Midnight Club: Street Racing; the first racing title Rockstar released. However, its manufacturer was called PT (likely meaning Pontiac) and it's a mix of the first-gen Firebird and first-gen Ford Mustang; it also was available in three models: Standard, DDX and ICX.

3D Universe

  • In GTA Vice City, the butterflies in the supercharger's hood scoop open when accelerating. However, in GTA San Andreas, they remain in a fixed position, and in GTA Vice City Stories the butterflies are removed altogether. It is also noteworthy that the GTA San Andreas version of the Phoenix has been made with three-dimensional butterflies in the scoop, while the ones in GTA Vice City were only two-dimensional.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the Phoenix was originally not planned to be in the game, but was added near the end of development, which could explain the rarity of the car.[citation needed]
  • When the health cheat is activated or when the car is taken to a garage, the butterflies will be fixed open, due to a glitch.

HD Universe

  • In the first trailer for GTA V, the car lacks a rear spoiler and side-skirts.
  • Once all of the customization options have been unlocked in Los Santos Customs, the Phoenix has the option for a high level spoiler, modeling a high level rear wing. It is possibly a reference to Richard Petty's 1970 Plymouth Superbird.
  • Phoenixes lacking the rear lip spoiler can be obtained via a quick spoiler selection glitch in the enhanced version of the game, or via the use of a save editor. There is also a rare chance that they can spawn in traffic.
    • However, this was fixed for the Cunning Stunts update, allowing players to steal the spoiler-less Phoenix that was spawned in traffic, or have it modified at Los Santos Customs to remove its spoiler feature.


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