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The Zirconium Stratum is a mid-sized 4-door station wagon seen in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. The Stratum has a more streamlined design than other station wagons in the series.

GTA San Andreas



Stratum in GTA San Andreas (Rear quarter view).

The Stratum's design, performance, and its likely V6 engine suggest that it is derived from the fifth generation (1994–1997) Honda Accord wagon; however D-pillars have been added. The car's real-life counterpart fails to fit in the game's time setting (1992). It could also be based of the Saturn SL1 wagon because of the time period, styling and plastic body.

The car is one of the gang cars used by the San Fierro Triads.


Acceleration and speed are surprisingly good, considering the Stratum’s size. The engine is most likely a powerful V6 or inline-4 and the drivetrain is front-engine, rear-drive, making the Stratum a good selection as a drive-by vehicle. The body is weak, however, making the car susceptible to intense damage from high-speed impacts and heavy gunfire.


The Stratum takes places in a part of the storyline in the mission Puncture Wounds, CJ is send by Cesar Vialpando to take a Stratum to the garage using spikes.



Possible combinations of modifications that can be given to Stratums at Wheel Arch Angels in GTA San Andreas.

Type Upgrade Cost
Paint Jobs Paintjob 1 $ 500
Paintjob 2 $ 500
Paintjob 3 $ 500
Colors Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Exhausts Alien Exhaust $ 830
X-Flow Exhaust $ 720
Front Bumper Alien Front Bumper $ 1030
X-Flow Front Bumper $ 930
Rear Bumper Alien Rear Bumper $ 1030
X-Flow Rear Bumper $ 920
Roof Alien Roof Vent $ 230
X-Flow Roof Vent $ 180
Spoilers Alien Spoiler $ 620
X-Flow Spoiler $ 530
Side Skirts Alien Side Skirts $ 520
X-Flow Side Skirts $ 430
Wheels Cutter $ 1030
Rimshine $ 980
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Switch $ 900
Shadow $ 1100
Classic $ 1620
Dollar $ 1560
Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000



In GTA IV, the Zirconium Stratum 2.6GT still takes its primary inspiration from the 1998-2001 Citroën Xantia estate and the fifth generation Honda Accord station wagon or Saturn SL1 (with the same added pillars as the previous rendition), albeit with a front end derived from the R32 Nissan Skyline. The rear end loosely resembles the first generation Subaru Impreza station wagon, and C-pillars
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which may be derived from the 1996-2001 Toyota Camry wagon. The game's Stratum may appear in two forms, the standard model or the "Twin Turbo" variant, which features an additional spoiler over the rear windscreen and a "Twin Turbo" badge in the rear. The GTA IV rendition also features an optional sunroof or luggage rails.


The Skyline R32.5 front end and 2.6-L engine size would have suggested an inline-6 twin-turbo engine like Nissan's RB26DETT (somehow refers to Nissan Stagea 260RS, which is a high-performance variant of the Stagea with Nissan Skyline GT-R's running gear), however the model appears to show an inline 4 with a single turbo. This is coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD configuration. Acceleration is inferior, and its top speed (277 km/h, 172 mph) is limited by its weight and poor aerodynamic coefficient.

The Stratum's handling is quite good, though oversteer can be dramatic at times, and its suspension evens out bumps without being excessively soft. Braking is acceptable, and ABS is standard on all Stratum station wagons. Crash deformation is very good, with the Stratum keeping most of its shape in a collision; engine build quality, however, is less desirable, with the Stratum often left disabled after only a few impacts.



In GTA V, the Stratum looks identical to its counterpart in GTA IV.


GTA San Andreas

GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City



  • The front of a Stratum is very similar to the front of a Solair. The two cars are so similar, that people who play the game infrequently often get the two cars confused.
  • In GTA San Andreas, it is one of the gang cars used by the San Fierro Triads, the other two being the Elegy and the Sultan; it heavily increases CJ's sex appeal.
  • In GTA IV, after completing Stevie's text message car thefts, the Stratum may be sold in his garage for $1,800.
  • The Stratum plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • In the beta version of GTA San Andreas, the Stratum had an emblem on the hood.[1]


  1. Beta Stratum


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