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Not to be confused with the Surano, a sports car in Grand Theft Auto V with a similar name.

The Benefactor Serrano is a crossover SUV featured in the downloadable episodic pack The Ballad of Gay Tony for Grand Theft Auto IV, and Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


The hood design, grill, greenhouse, and sides are similar to a 2006-present Mercedes-Benz M Class W164; Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class influences are seen on the crease on the sides, the rear, and the front bumper somewhat it especially influences from the Koenigsegg CCX/Agera. The bi xenon headlights are much like a 2002-2006 Volkswagen Touareg but with added LED turning signals. The engine badge on the side reads V12, just like the one on the Schafter. The interior is similar to Habanero's, but the steering wheel bears a Benefactor logo instead of Albany's or Emperor's. The Serrano in GTA V is mostly unchanged and can be modified to resemble as the second variant from TBoGT in Los Santos Customs.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


The Ballad of Gay Tony

Although the Serrano and the Huntley Sport compete for the fastest SUV, the Serrano is considered to be better because it has a higher top speed, and is easier to use on off-road courses. In terms of handling, the Serrano's cornering performance is average due to its excess weight, and the Serrano tends to suffer from under-steer around tight bends.

The Serrano is stated to be fitted with a V12, which is laid in a front engine, all wheel drive layout. The actual engine is a turbocharged twin cam Inline-4, unlike what the badges and sounds reveal.

TBOGT Overview

(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Layout/Type/Decal Detail)
(Number + Type)
(Kg / lb)


Top Speed (Handling.dat)
Top Speed (Tested)

V12 (Badging)
F4 DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model)

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
Drivetrain (Tested)

Gears (Handling.dat)
Gears (Tested)


Grand Theft Auto V

Once again, the side badges says V12, but the Serrano is actually equipped with a modeled turbocharged twin cam Inline-4 engine, which produces a high amount of torque, and achieve an impressive top speed. The Serrano comes with an excellent four-wheel drive setup which allows the Serrano to operate exceptionally well off-road.

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 81 / 130 (Handling.dat)

6.5L Supercharged V12 (Badging)

60% FWD
40% RWD

6 (Handling.dat)

2400 / 5291 (Handling.dat)

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

7.1 Seconds n/a

F4 DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model)



Mass cannot be observed.


Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $1,250 $5,250
Armor Upgrade 40% $3,125 $8,750
Armor Upgrade 60% $5,000 $14,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $8,750 $24,500
Armor Upgrade 100% $12,500 $35,000
Brakes Street Brakes $5,000 $10,000
Sport Brakes $6,750 $13,500
Race Brakes $8,750 $17,500
Bumpers Custom Front Bumper $1,250 $2,500
Custom Rear Bumper $1,250 $2,500
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $2,250 $4,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $3,125 $6,250
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $4,500 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $8,375 $16,750
Exhaust Dual Exit Exhaust $375 $750
Big Bore Exhaust $899 $1,800
Grille Big Badge Grille $375 $750
Lights Xenon Lights $1,000 $5,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $7,500
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $6,000
Skirts Custom Skirts $1,500 $3,000
Spoiler Roof Spoiler $750 $1,500
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 $7,375 $14,750
Sports Transmission $8,125 $16,250
Race Transmission $10,000 $20,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $6,250 $35,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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The Ballad of Gay Tony

A modified version of the Serrano is available with a full bodykit with lowered suspension, a custom chromed grille with a large Benefactor emblem in the middle, and wheels resembling those of the Banshee wrapped in low-profile tires. It also comes with tinted windows, and may have a two-tone color with the top and part of the hood being a metallic variant of the vehicle's main color, just like the modified Schafter.

This modified Serrano improves over the existing performances with a significantly lighter weight, and improved engine output and brakes, allowing the variant to corner better, brake in shorter distances and move faster. These traits rank the modified Serrano as one of the better performing SUVs in the game with a higher top speed.


The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V



  • The default radio stations for the Serrano are:
  • The car appears to be the SUV version of the Schafter, similarly to the Mercedes-Benz ML being the SUV equivalent of the E-Class.
  • Serrano is the name of one of the antagonists in Max Payne 3, another title by Rockstar.
  • The name "Serrano," like that of the Habanero, could be a play on the Porsche Cayenne, as both are SUVs named after types of chili pepper.
  • The SUV could be also named after the Serrano people, who are indigenous people living in Southern California.
  • The Serrano's name could also be a reference to the name of the real-life Nissan Terrano, although the two bear only a passing resemblance. It also sounds like the Tagalog word "sirana," meaning "broken," possibly referring to the 2nd generation Volkswagen Touareg's reputation for being unreliable.
  • The Serrano does not have B Pillars, this means that the rear doors are hinged to nothing. [citation/verification needed]

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • The Serrano is equipped with a GPS system with a male voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.
  • As with some other vehicles, the modified Serrano suffers from a glitch which causes the vehicle to have a permanent unique paint job after several resprays. This is a unique metallic blue paint job.
  • The modified version suffers another glitch, too. This being that when landing a jump or anything as such, the suspension may dip very far, leading to the bumpers' extra clip-on spoilers disappearing underneath the ground for a brief moment.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The Serrano shares the same rim design with the Habanero.
  • The Serrano is the second fastest SUV in the HD Universe, surpassing the larger Baller and Cavalcade, only beaten by the Dubsta.
  • Initially, in the enhanced edition, the front left headlight of the Serrano was missing a surface and texture in the centre of the lens. This was rectified in a subsequent update.
  • Originally, the Serrano was supposed to have a second variant of itself to be featured, though it was cut for unclear reasons.

Grand Theft Auto Online


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