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This page refers to the Police Cruiser based on the Buffalo. Two other police cars also share the in-game name of "Police Cruiser", the Police Cruiser and Interceptor.

The Bravado Police Cruiser (also known as the Police Buffalo) is a Police Car, available in multiplayer modes of The Ballad of Gay Tony and in Grand Theft Auto V.

Design

The Ballad of Gay Tony

The vehicle is a Bravado Buffalo similar to the first and second generation Dodge Charger Police Package used by the New York Police Department. The livery is almost exactly the same as those used on the New York Police Department's Chargers.

In-game, it's a police variant of the Buffalo, which is used by the LCPD, and uses almost the same features and liveries as the original Police Cruiser and Police Patrol. It's the second Buffalo-based vehicle featured, derived from the original FIB Buffalo.

Grand Theft Auto V

The car's model remains the same as in TBoGT, still based on the Buffalo. The livery, however, has been changed to a similar livery to most LSPD vehicles to reflect its real life inspiration. The car's emergency lighting has also been updated, featuring LEDs on the grill, roof, back window and rear lights. It is unequivocally the rarest police car in the entire GTA series, since it only spawns in a certain part of Los Santos, near the Mission Row Police Station, either on patrol or in the bus stop area at night, and it is extremely rare to spawn in either circumstance.

Unlike other LSPD vehicles, the Police Buffalo does not have a two-digit number on the roof. It is, however, the only one having a badge painted on the hood. Sometimes, a version with a low-level spoiler attached sometimes spawns as well.

The vehicle has had a makeover for the Enhanced edition of GTA V. Now it sports a similar livery to the older Police Cruiser, including air identification numbers and the city seal on the side and a new pushbar has been added to the front bumper. However, the characteristic badge is now removed from the hood. Also, the car boasts a metallic paint finish, compared to the matte finish of the previous version. The spoiler option remains available, and the small bug with the grill-mounted blue light has been corrected (previously the housing was white).

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Performance

The Ballad of Gay Tony

For performance, the Buffalo is best described as "above average". It will out-accelerate any other standard-issue police vehicle in the game, save for of course the Police Stinger, which is obviously either a D.A.R.E. car or some other community-oriented policing strategy. Its top speed, engine and weight all appear to be taken from its unmarked counterpart, the FIB Buffalo.

Handling-wise, the Police Buffalo is well-balanced, and sticks to the road a bit better than the apparently aging Vapid platform that it partially replaces. Due to the RWD configuration, over-steer is very prevalent and the Buffalo's engine requires huge RPM to accommodate for it at low speeds. At high speed, the Buffalo is remarkably stable, and lift-throttle over-steer is nearly non-existent.

Crash deformation is average. In frontal impacts, the suspension appears to be tough, but its engine only takes several good hits before it begins to smoke. Making durable than its unmarked counterpart. It fares better than the Police Cruiser.

TBOGT Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 93 / 150 5 N/A RWD 1700 / 3748
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 FR DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

There is little difference between GTA IV and GTA V, except that the vehicle is much more durable. It does have an issue, however, in that its front axle bends easier than other Police cars, especially its Vapid competitor. It is still an excellent choice for most officers if treated right.

GTA V Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.dat
N/A 90 / 145 5 N/A RWD 1650 / 3638 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A 5 FR DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

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Locations

The Ballad of Gay Tony

In multiplayer, the Police Buffalo can be found at a majority of police stations, and is not accessible in single player. Only a few multiplayer modes, including Free Mode, spawns on these areas:

Grand Theft Auto V

Trivia

General

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • In The Ballad of Gay Tony, the antennas on the roof of the car seems to be misplaced, so much in fact that one looks like it floats in mid-air next to the car.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • A Police Buffalo can be seen in the trailer for Grand Theft Auto Online [1], implying that it was at first meant to be featured in the game, but was removed from the final version.
  • It seems that it was intended for patrol, as the vehicle lacks a pushbar (PS3/XB360).
    • Just like the real-life LAPD Dodge Chargers, the makeover version in the enhanced version now seems very similar to the Stanier-based cruiser, meaning that it now could have a similar role.

References

  1. Screenshot from the trailer

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