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For the sports car featured in Grand Theft Auto 2, see Romero.


"Funeral director's vehicle. Possibly used as cover."
— GTA Vice City Website

The Romero's Hearse is a vehicle which first appeared in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The name was shortened to Romero in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV, and in Grand Theft Auto V, it was renamed the Romero Hearse. It is manufactured by Albany in GTA IV and Chariot in GTA V.

Design

3D Universe

The design of the Romero's Hearse in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is as expected for a vehicle tailored to transport the deceased, appearing as a black station wagon-like car with a rear compartment designed to carry a coffin. It resembles an '80s Buick Superior Hearse (in turn based on a 1977–1984 Buick Electra). The car may come with a coffin at the back (appearing with one of two or three different designs). This version also resembles kind of a station wagon version of the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it resembles a late '70s Cadillac hearse, sporting a wider range of colors for the roof and body (although generally maintain dark tones). One of Carl Johnson's possible girlfriends, Katie Zhan, owns a white Romero, and will give Carl the keys to it if Carl gains her approval.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The HD universe rendition of the Romero is a modified version of the Washington sedan, and as such, bears the Albany brand. However, the vehicle lacks a coffin, aside from the mission Undertaker. In GTA IV, the hearse has whitewall tires.

Grand Theft Auto V

In GTA V, the Romero has a chance to spawn with a coffin in the rear and normal tires. Other than that, it remains unchanged from the GTA IV model. For some reason, it's labeled as Chariot in-game, despite reusing the Albany model.

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Performance

3D Universe

The Romero's Hearse in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is a car capable of high speeds, but suffers from poor steering due to its weight and long wheelbase. Performance of the Romero in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is even worse, as the car is only capable of mediocre top speeds, and features weak brakes, though it does have a good side, as its excellent grip on all surfaces (except sand), combined with its low braking, allow it to brake and drift around corners a lot more easily than other cars. This ability significantly improves its bad turning, while retaining continuous high speeds, thus making it a somewhat desirable car.

The Romero is the least durable vehicle in GTA SA, though it does have significantly softer suspensions than even a Monster. But the suspensions are very short, sometimes leading to the cars chassis scraping the ground from a fall. (This problem can be fixed by modifying it with Hydraulics at any Transfender shop, and locking the hydraulics on 'High' mode, making it an acceptable off-roader, especially when equipped with Off Road Wheels.)

The performance of the Hearse in GTA Liberty City Stories is similar to the game's Perennial as both cars share the same body construction, thus possessing mediocre-to-average acceleration and top speed but responsive steering and braking.

All renditions of the hearse are only capable of carrying two occupants, despite featuring two back doors in most cases. The Grand Theft Auto: Vice City rendition is an exception, being capable of holding four occupants.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Grand Theft Auto IV Romero retains the adequate handling of the Washington, but has inferior acceleration and top speed due to the added weight of the wagon body. Suspension is average on the front, but low on the rear, as the vehicle's wagon body makes extra weight on the rear area, being sometimes problematic when reversing at an uneven terrain.

GTA IV Overview

Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Layout/Type/Decal Detail)
Drivetrain
(AWD / FWD / RWD)
Gears
(Number + Type)
Mass
(Kg / lb)

n/a

Top Speed (Handling.dat)
n/a
Top Speed (Tested)
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FR SOHC V8 (Cover)

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
n/a
Drivetrain (Tested)
RWD

Gears (Handling.dat)
n/a
Gears (Tested)
5

n/a


Grand Theft Auto V

For Grand Theft Auto V, it retains some elements from the GTA IV version, except that it's less heavier and has better handling, though is still slow.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
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Gearbox
Number + Type
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Defined/Claimed
(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a 77 / 125 (Handling.dat)

n/a

RWD

5

2000 / 4409

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

24.5 Seconds 95 / 152

FR SOHC V8 (Cover)

RWD

5

Mass cannot be observed.


Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Romero can be modified at the TransFenders.

Type Upgrade Cost
Colors Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Car Color 2 (64 different colors) $ 150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
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
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
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $
Respray - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $
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

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Romero's Hearse is only available in the mission "Two Bit Hit" but it can be spawned through cheats.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Romero in Grand Theft Auto IV is only featured in the mission "Undertaker", where the player have to take the corpse of Derrick or Francis to Steinway or Colony Island, respectively. No matter what choice is made in the mission Blood Brothers, the player can drive it as part of the mission.

Grand Theft Auto Online

In Grand Theft Auto: Online, two Romero Hearses appear in the mission "Funeral Party".

Notable Owners

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • It can only be obtained during the mission "Two Bit Hit", by stealing it from the Haitian funeral.
  • Via cheat:
    • PS2: down, R2, down, R1, L2, left, R1, L1, left, right.
    • PC: THELASTRIDE

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Romero is one of the rarest vehicles in the game, being limited to a single appearance in the same:

  • It can be obtained during "Undertaker". The Romero will drive past, but if the player luckily shoots the driver's head, the Romero will stop and the car can be obtained.
  • It rarely spawns in Colony Island, at the cemetery's parking lot.
  • Some mainly spawn in traffic, if already driving in one. It can spawn in Steinway and Colony Island.

Grand Theft Auto V

Trivia

General

  • The Romero name is a reference to George A. Romero, the director of the Night of the Living Dead series of zombie movies.
  • Romero is Spanish for "Rosemary."
  • The Romero is generally designed as a 2-person vehicle, but made with 4 doors. Real-life hearses have 2 extra doors in the coffin compartment as a purpose of accommodate the coffin in the front side, as well as releasing it when desired to extract the same. The limitations in GTA VC made the Romero as a 4-person vehicle, as the doors are programmed to represent a vehicle's capacity. This was fixed in the HD universe, where the back doors are correctly programmed to be unusable (Only the SA version and the Hearse omitted these to avoid this issue).

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • When the Romero's left light is broken, it will still work, but the right (unbroken) light will not, and vice versa.
  • If one manages to get a passenger to sit in the back of Romero, he/she will sit inside the coffin.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Romero is the only vehicle that starts with Radio Off.
  • On back doors there are door handles, but there is no gap between doors and rest of the body and back doors can´t be broken.

Grand Theft Auto IV 

Grand Theft Auto V

  • There is a wrecked Romero on a car jack in the La Mesa branch of Los Santos Customs.
  • It has a uniquely purple interior that is different to the Washington it is based on.
    • In the enhanced version, however, the interior is black like many other vehicles. The back of the vehicle remains purple.
  • If the Romero is destroyed by explosives, the wreath that is on top of the coffin inside will remain undamaged.

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