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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.

Design

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 GTA III era versions, although it now takes up resemblance as the 1970 Pontiac Trans Am. Its name is an obvious reference to the Pontiac Firebird.

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Performance

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 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 VC and 1500kg in GTA SA.

HD Universe

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 customizations, 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)
Drivetrain
(AWD / FWD / RWD)
Gearbox
Number + Type
Mass
(Kg / lb)

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

n/a 90 / 145 (Handling.dat)

n/a

RWD

5

1700 / 3748

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

5.2 Seconds 110 / 177

FR V8

RWD

5

Mass cannot be observed.


Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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

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

Vents

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

Exhausts

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

Lights

  • Square Fog Lamp – $50

Nitro

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

Roof

  • Roof Scoop – $80

Spoilers

  • Win – $550
  • Fury – $350

Side Skirts

  • Side Skirt – $500

Wheels

  • 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

  • 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

Notable Owners

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Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • For unknown reasons, the Phoenix is an extremely rare car, like the Hotknife and the Euros and will only spawn if the "Fast cars" cheat is activated.
  • In San Fierro, the Phoenix can be found by entering the San Fierro Hills street race located at the checkered flag behind Wang Cars. Take the Phoenix to the Doherty Garage instead of racing it to keep it.
  • In A Home In The Hills, it is the escape vehicle of Big Poppa who seized Madd Dogg's mansion. The player can kill him and retrieve the car, although its quite hard since he will constantly try to drive away, and isn't stopped easily. The player must kill him with a headshot while he drives so the door will open (the door is locked so it is impossible to block him and carjack him).
  • Can be obtained inside of the San Fierro Police Headquarters (use a police car or stealth abilities to avoid a 3 star wanted level.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The Phoenix may occasionally spawn around the docks, near the drop-off point for Simeon's missions.
  • May spawn near the Maze Bank Arena area.
  • May spawn in and near the Cypress Flats area.
  • Frequently spawns in the parking spaces near the East Vinewood soccer field area (where the gang attack is located) when driving a Dominator.
  • One can also be obtained online by playing the No Hay Bronca mission given by Gerald. The unnamed gang leader of the Los Santos Vagos flees in a Phoenix and is chased into the LS River and gets out at the end. Once he is out, distract him, get in the car, end the mission, and go to freemode. You will be in the Phoenix and are now free to do what you please. Note that the car can be stolen before triggering the chase, forcing the leader to find another car and making the chase much easier.
  • It is possible to get one by playing the mission Gentry Does It by Simeon Yetarian. It is located in the same car-park as the Banshee and Felon GT the player is supposed to steal. However the ability to keep vehicles obtained during missions has subsequently been patched and players will no longer be able to store this vehicle.

Trivia

General

  • 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.
  • Pontiac had actually sold a compact car called the Phoenix from 1977 to 1984.
  • Phoenix is a possible play on Firebird, the car it is based on, as phoenixes are "firebirds" due to their association with fire.
  • The Phoenix was originally going to be called the "Roadblazer." [citation/verification needed]
  • In the Saints Row series, there is a muscle car known as the Phoenix, which is also based on the Pontiac Firebird.

3D Universe

  • In GTA Vice City, the butterflies in the hood scoop open when accelerating. However, in GTA San Andreas, they are stationary, and in GTA Vice City Stories, the butterflies are eliminated altogether. It is also noteworthy that the GTA SA version of the Phoenix has been made with three-dimensional butterflies in the scoop, while the ones in GTA VC were 2D (flat).
  • When the health cheat is activated or the car is taken to a garage, the butterflies will be stuck open due to a glitch.
  • In GTA San Andreas, it is one of the rarest cars in the game along with the Hotknife and the Euros.
  • Even though Phoenix is a muscle car, its engine sound is similar to a sports car except in GTA San Andreas and GTA V, where it sounds like a real muscle car.

HD Universe

  • In the first trailer of GTA V, the car appears with no spoiler and no rear skirt.
  • Once all of the customization options have been unlocked in GTA V for Los Santos customs, it has an option for a high level spoiler, albeit being much higher than other cars spoilers. It is possibly a reference to Richard Petty's 1970 Plymouth Superbird.
  • It is possible to get a Phoenix with no spoiler by using a save editor, or by using a quick spoiler-select glitch on the enhanced version.

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