- For the hearse in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, see Hearse.
- "Funeral director's vehicle. Possibly used as cover."
- — GTA Vice City Website
The Romero is a two-door sports car that first appeared in Grand Theft Auto 2. The name was then applied to a hearse in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV, and Grand Theft Auto V.
Grand Theft Auto 2
In its original appearance in Grand Theft Auto 2, the Romero assumes the design of a two-door hardtop coupe, distinguished by its bubble-like windscreens and triangular windows in the rear. Ray Larabie's original version exhibits a more original design.
Despite its somewhat sporty design, the Grand Theft Auto 2 rendition's controls are delayed, resulting in sluggish cornering, and its acceleration and top speed may be regarded as below average. When crushed, the Romero will award the player armor when in the Downtown District, or Molotov cocktails in the Industrial District.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City featured a hearse named Romero's Hearse and in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: IV, this was shortened to Romero.
The Romero name was probably reused for hearses in reference to George A. Romero, the director of the Night of the Living Dead series of zombie movies. Within Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the car name is also associated with the Funeraria Romero funeral parlor, which features two Romero's Hearse parked out front in the mission Two Bit Hit.
Due to the recurrence of hearses since Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the differently named Hearse in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars may be confused with the Romero's Hearse.
DesignIn Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Romero's Hearse resembles an '80s Buick Superior Hearse (in turn based on a 1977–1984 Buick Electra). 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. The Romero featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City may come with a coffin at the back (appearing with one of two or three different designs).
The Grand Theft Auto IV 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 one mission ("Undertaker").
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 continous high speeds, thus making it a somewhat desirable car, nevermind it's very rare. The Grand Theft Auto IV Romero retains the adequate handling of the Washington, but has inferior acceleration and top speed due of 138 mph to the added weight of the wagon body.
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.
Availability and appearances in missions
While the original Romero in Grand Theft Auto 2 is commonly found in the Downtown and Industrial Districts of Anywhere City, the vehicle in hearse form is not normally driven on the streets, and are more commonly seen parked or in specific missions.
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. In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, however, the Romero can be found outside missions, for example at the Blackfield Chapel in Las Venturas or at the Angel Pine Medical Center.
Modifications (Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)
The Romero can me modified at the TransFenders.
- Color (two areas)
- Wheels (ten types)
- Nitro (All)
- Bass Boost
- While the car appears to have four doors, only two can be seated, except for in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, where four people can fit.
- In 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.
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Romero is the least durable vehicle in the game, 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 vehicle can be sold in Grand Theft Auto IV for $2,200 at S&M Auto Sales following completion of Stevie's Car Thefts.
- Despite its only regular Grand Theft Auto IV appearance being in the mission "Undertaker", more Romeros will spawn in traffic if the player retains that Romero and drives it around the city, particularly in Westdyke.
- The Romero in Grand Theft Auto IV, just like the Washington, its base, features the "door ajar" chime which can be heard with the door open and volume turned up.
- Romero is Spanish for "Rosemary."
- The name 'Romero' is likely a reference to the famous horror movie director, George Romero, due to it being a hearse in all but its Grand Theft Auto 2 appearance.
- In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Romero is the only vehicle that start with Radio Off.
- The Romero in Grand Theft Auto IV is one of the four cars only to be called by their name in missions. The others are "The Silver Blista" in Clean Getaway, the "shitty beige Willard" from It's Your Call and Gracie Ancelotti's Pink Feltzer.
- Grand Theft Auto 2
- 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 - PC: THELASTRIDE, PS2 - down, R2, down, R1, L2, left, R1, L1, left, right.
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- In the driveway of Drive-Thru Confessions Church, Palomino Creek, Red County.
- Outside Katie Zhan's home in Juniper Hollow, San Fierro. (only when dating her, and locked until certain progress is made with her)
- Near Fort Carson Medical Center, Fort Carson, Bone County
- Two are located in Blackfield Chapel, Las Venturas.
- Next to the Angel Pine Medical Center, Angel Pine, Whetstone.
- Via cheat (PC): WHERESTHEFUNERAL
- Grand Theft Auto IV
- Can also be obtained after the mission if you are lucky enough to find it in traffic.
- Rarely Spawns in Colony Island, at the Cemetary's parking lot.
- Some many spawn in traffic if already in one. Appearing in Steinway and Colony Island.
- Hearse, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars equivalents.