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"Nothing said 'buy American' when imports were sweeping the States in the 70s and 80s like the Albany Primo. A midsize luxury car that was built to last." description.

The Primo is a four-door sedan in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Albany in the HD Universe.


3D Universe

In GTA San Andreas, the Primo is one of the better sedans available in the game, although its design is less remarkable and thus appears more generic in traffic. It resembles a fourth generation Toyota Carina, third generation Toyota Cressida, 1987-1990 Toyota Camry or 1985 Honda Accord sedan to some extent. Ideas from the Proton Saga (Saloon) were also believed to have contributed to the Primo in GTA San Andreas, though not really obviously. It somewhat has the style of a 1989-1991 Chrysler LeBaron in side quarter panel not very noticeable though. It may also be based off the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.

HD Universe

In GTA IV, the Albany Primo retains its four-door sedan design, similar to the 1992-1997 Cadillac Seville with the grille, front headlights and taillights of the 1987-1993 Cadillac Allante, but it looks a bit like the 1988-1992 Toyota Cressida.

In GTA V, the Primo retains this design, and now features extensive bodywork options at Los Santos Customs.

Primo Custom

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"When cheap imports flooded the market through the 80s and 90s, the US car industry did what any proud free marketeer would do: grab a government subsidy, snort an exe bonus and crap out a four-door sedan every bit as drab and forgettable as its Japanese counterparts. It's not often you find a canvas this black, to go wild - it's not like 2 tons of street mods are going to ruin the performance. Eligible to customization at Benny's Original Motor Works."
— Description at Benny's Original Motor Works website

The Primo Custom is a custom variant of the Primo, which features highly-advanced modifications, and hydraulics enabled, not present on the standard Primo.

To obtain, the player simply needs to purchase, or steal off the street, a standard Primo and take it to Benny's Original Motor Works, where it can be upgraded to a "Primo Custom" for $400,000. Once the upgrade is purchased, many additional modifications will become available, such as interior modifications, hydraulics, sound systems, vinyls, paint-jobs, plaques, and interior features.

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3D Universe


Engine close-up in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

The Primo is one of the most dependable vehicles in the game, possessing good handling as a result of its lighter weight, fair acceleration and a decent top speed. For that, it is an ideal choice for doing drive-by's against enemy gangs. While relatively acceptable under normal driving conditions, the Primo's axle width may make the car less stable in bumpy conditions. It sports a 3.0 Liter V6 with a horsepower range of 260 HP or a 2.5 Liter 4 cylinder with 200 HP. It has a smaller drivetrain it is RWD for the 3.0 Liter and FWD for the 2.5 Liter. It is capable of a top speed of 130 mph for V6 versions and 126 mph for 4 cylinder versions.

HD Universe

In GTA IV and GTA V, the Primo is most likely powered by a 4.6L V8 (in real life it would be the Northstar LD8, except it is mounted longitudinally to drive the rear wheels). This potent power-plant gives the Primo an immense top speed of 187 mph (300km/h), on par with full-on sports cars.
Primo badges
The Primo's underpinning is its body roll and small, weak brakes. The Primo's acceleration and handling are also poor and un-sporty and it suffers from a problem similar to the Emperor in which the rear swings frenziedly on sharp turns - but even worse, the car feels heavily planted on the ground, therefore, if the turning is done smoothly, the Primo will do a very wide turn, the only possible workarounds are to start drifting yards before where the desired turn is or to slow down. This car is thus very unfavorable for driving at high speeds, leading this vehicle to be better suited towards missions where a getaway vehicle is not required, friend "hangouts" and city driving.

Due to its sturdy build, the Primo is able to take a few direct frontal hits without stalling or setting alight.

The Primo Custom is identical in all forms to the normal Primo, making he upgrade more for those who want to own a lowrider sedan rather than for those seeking to maximize their sedan performance-wise. Given its low ride height, the Primo Custom can collide with curbs at high speeds.

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 87 / 140 (Handling.dat)




1800 / 3968

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

16.8 Seconds 95 / 152

FR V8 [citation/verification needed]



Mass cannot be observed.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Primo can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Vents Oval Hood Vent $ 150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Medium Exhaust $ 200
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Spoilers Worx $ 200
Alpha $ 250
Pro $ 400
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

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Grand Theft Auto Online

Primo Custom

Once the "Primo Custom" upgrade is purchased on the standard Primo for $400,000, the following modifications will be available:

  • TBA

Note: Hydraulics will automatically be fitted, albeit with low functionality. Other hydraulics will be available.

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Primo Custom



There are two different styles of Primo. There is a standard middle-of-the-road sedan, and there is also one with a special "Supercharged V8" badge on its deck-lid. The supercharged Primo is lowered with added ground effects and a spoiler. It always comes in maroon, and is the vehicle of choice for members of the Spanish Lords. Despite the "Supercharged V8" badge, it has the same performance as the regular Primo, and sounds just like the regular Primo, which leads us to believe that the effects are purely cosmetic. The Supercharged V8 Primo can usually be found driven in and around Spanish Lords territory, including Cerveza Heights, South Bohan, East Holland and southern Alderney City. If this variant really had improved performance, the engine would most likely be based on the real life Northstar Supercharged LC3.

While not an actual variant, standard black Primos may also be found with the same golden trims as those on the Supercharged V8 variant, the only color scheme for standard Primos to incorporate golden trims.

Unique Colors

The Primo is featured in The Ballad of Gay Tony's Drug Wars. As with all other vehicles appearing in Drug Wars, the Primo has up to five different color combinations. All of the colors are unique and cannot be obtained through Pay 'n' Spray.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • The Primo plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • "Primo" either means raw, as in materials, or cousin in Spanish and Portuguese.
    • It also means "first" or "prime" in Italian.
  • Another Rockstar Games game, Midnight Club 2, has a character named Primo.
  • Primo was the name of the division of Honda dealerships in Japan where the models that the original San Andreas version of the car was based on were exclusively sold new between 1985 and 2006.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • In GTA IV, the "supercharged" Primo shares its trunk spoiler with the DF8-90 V8 Turbo.
  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Primo fetching $1,800.
  • Supercharged V8 Primos can be seen in the Drug Wars in The Ballad of Gay Tony with special paintjobs, not seen anywhere else.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The Primo shares the same rim design with the Seminole.
  • In GTA V, you can modify the Primo to look like the Spanish Lords Primo V8 Supercharged from GTA IV. Its trim and grille, however, cannot be painted.
  • In GTA V when changing the wheel color on custom rims, if the mesh grille is equipped, the grille will be the same color as the rims.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The Primo is the only car that can be customized at Benny's Original Motor Works that is not a muscle car.
  • Also, if the Primo is upgraded to the Custom version, its engine sound will become unique.


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