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The Albany Roman's Taxi is a vehicle featured in Grand Theft Auto IV and The Lost and Damned.


The Roman's Taxi is a variant of the Esperanto used by Roman Bellic's taxi company. Roman's taxis are only driven by Roman and his employees, though Niko can drive them in a side mission between Concrete Jungle and Roman's Sorrow.

Niko can call Roman to send a taxi to pick him up, after gaining his favor. The taxi driver is notoriously short-tempered, with the taxi rides peppered with insults hurled Niko's way for being a "freeloader". The cabs are unavailable between The Master and the Molotov and Blow Your Cover due to the events of Roman's Sorrow. After unlocking the Algonquin Safehouse (at which point Roman's business appears to have become highly successful), Roman's taxis are replaced by a fleet of gray Cavalcades, with the same disgruntled driver as before.

Unlike the Vapid and Declasse Taxis and Schyster Cabby, there are a few advantages to using Roman's taxi.

  • The ride, no matter where or how long, is free of charge.
  • The driver won't leave when the player attains a wanted level.
  • It is a good choice for a drive-by, having someone else drive.
  • The vehicle's doors are locked, so if the player accidentally tries to carjack the taxi, they will not gain a wanted level for vehicle theft. Because of this, the LCPD will not be able to arrest Niko if the player gains a wanted level while inside the taxi.


The car is visually distinguishable from the Esperanto by its minor alterations—red or yellow taxi emergency lights affixed to the front and back, taxi registration number on the trunk, advertising on the rear bumper and rear window, and a custom red interior.

By default, Roman's Taxi is dark gray with a discolored gray driver's side front fender. It can be resprayed to other colors, and may be randomly resprayed back to its default appearance, except the driver's side fender will no longer be discolored [citation/verification needed]. The taxi has a different horn to the regular Esperanto, and has only one exhaust pipe, as opposed to two on the regular Esperanto. Instead of the Esperanto's manufacturer names embossed on the car, Taxi stickers are placed.

Current Design Gallery


Grand Theft Auto IV

Performance and handling-wise, the taxi is heavier than the Esperanto (1700 kg to the Esperanto's 1600 kg), and has inferior acceleration, but has a significantly greater top speed. It also has slightly stronger braking and softer suspension. The handling feels good and can go around a corner at low speeds without much trouble. It is slightly less prone to deformation than the Esperanto, and can better withstand collisions.

GTA IV Overview

(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
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Engine Details
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Top Speed (Handling.dat)
87 / 140
Top Speed (Tested)

FR SOHC V8 (In-game model)

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
Drivetrain (Tested)

Gears (Handling.dat)
Gears (Tested)

1700 / 3748 (Handling.dat)

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Roman's Taxi is the first vehicle that the player drives in Grand Theft Auto IV, and was prominently featured in pre-release materials, with the car initially painted with an all-black body color. It features as part of several early missions, including GTA IV's taxi side-mission.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, in the mission, "The Cousins Bellic," Roman's taxi features an all-black body, To obtain the vehicle, park the vehicle in the parking space but do not head towards the mission marker, and commit suicide. The vehicle will be there when the player returns.

Notable Owners

  • Roman Bellic owned a fleet of Roman's Taxi, black Esperantos fitted with Taxi accesories.


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • It's featured in most Roman missions. Usually, after finishing these, Niko can be still in the car.
  • Using the "Taxi" hability from Roman when having enough friendship with him. The car can be stolen by the player when it arrives after the player calls for one. After completing Hostile Negotiation, it will be replaced by Cavalcades.

The Lost And Damned

  • In The Lost and Damned, Roman's taxi may appear in the mission "Roman's Holiday." If Johnny Klebitz calls Roman (555-2222), Roman will arrive with his taxi shortly after the call. Soon after, Johnny and Malc will start kidnapping Roman in his taxi and bring them to the hardware store in Broker. Roman's taxi can be obtained if Malc is killed in this mission. If Roman is killed instead, Malc will drive off with it after the mission failure cutscene.


  • "Albany" may actually have been the true beta name of this car. First, it had been seen on pre-release pictures a long time before Rockstar Games decided to incorporate Vehicle Brands to the game. And secondly, inside the file "american.gxt," the car's text entry is under the name "ALBANY."
  • When driving Roman's Taxi while being chased by the police, the police scanner will refer the car as "Roman's Esperanto." This may have been another beta name for it, considering it is obviously based on the Esperanto.
  • The Roman's Taxi driven during "The Cousins Bellic" features an all-black body, as opposed to other occasions when the car features a discolored quarter panel. It is also notable that Roman's Taxi in the cutscene sports wheels from the Marbelle, as more that this was the beta model of the car.
  • The default radio station in Roman's Taxi is Vladivostok FM.
  • Roman's Taxi features the door-ajar chime which can be heard easily in the first mission "The Cousins Bellic." Before moving the vehicle, switch the engine off and get out without closing the door. With a turned up volume, the player should be able hear the chime.
  • Although Roman's Taxi always spawns in the default black paint job, it can be resprayed at a Pay 'n' Spray for a silver or red paintjob.
    • The car will not retain misplaced fenders in silver or red.
  • On closer inspections, the driver' side fender will have a smooth texture compared to the rest of the car itself. This can be easily noticeable when repainted in any color except the default one and with the correct light level.
  • The player can take the taxi in the mission "Roman's Sorrow" if they leave their car after the cutscene and take the taxi instead. After the mission, the player can save the car at the Bohan Safehouse. Once the player has completed all 30 of Stevie's Car Thefts, Niko can then sell the Taxi to him for $2000.

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