- "For a wide-eyed junior exec in the late 90s nothing said "I can almost afford to buy European" like the Karin Sultan. These days you're an angry middle aged, pre-diabetic, wannabe rally driver, but the Sultan is still your best friend: with your money and our expertise, this could become the high-octane racer you dreamed of as a teenager and still have no idea how to drive. Eligible for customization at Benny's Original Motor Works."
- ―Description at Benny's Original Motor Works website
The Sultan was supposed to appear in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, but it was cut without reason.
Now manufactured by Karin (the GTA version of Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Subaru), the Grand Theft Auto IV Sultan draws upon the Japanese import styling of the previous Sultan. It is mostly based on the first-generation Lexus IS (Toyota Altezza), and the seventh-generation Honda Civic. Certain elements such as the rear lamp units are inspired by the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V. Other elements (such as the bonnet and spoiler of the Korean Mob variant) bear resemblance to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI and the Subaru Impreza. Interestingly, ordinary Sultans come with blued exhaust tips, similar to the titanium tips on the Futo GT. The engine sound, however, bears a striking resemblance to the Subaru Impreza WRX.
The Sultan reappears in GTA V, mostly unchanged in terms of appearance. The only differences are that it now features black wheels by default and it no longer has the incorrect Impreza-esque exhaust note, and now has a proper in-line 6 exhaust note. The popular Sultan RS model from GTA IV can be created by taking it to Benny's Original Motor Works and upgrading it (next gen only).
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It has a small, yet powerful turbocharged engine, and a four wheel drive drivetrain. Its performance is relatively strong in comparison with all of the sports coupés and super-cars in the game, whilst its grippy four wheel drive system makes it particularly controllable; it is less prone to spinning out than the rear wheel drive cars, making it a good car for Gymkhana or cross-country road trip. The Sultan is the fastest four-door car in the game. The only drawback of the Sultan is its poor build quality. The Sultan's front or back can be deformed even in low speed collisions with other vehicles. Players favor the Sultan for drive-by attacks, due to its four seat capacity and its ability to outrun rival gang or police vehicles, as it has supreme handling. It weighs 1400 kg like some 2-door rivals.
The Sultan remains fast, grippy, engaging and easy to drive. It appears to be powered by a 3.5L twin turbo in-line 6 engine, similar to the first-generation Lexus IS it is now based on. Despite the Lexus-inspired engine, the exhaust note in GTA IV appears to be modeled after the unequal length exhaust manifold rumble that the Subaru Impreza has become known for, while in GTA V it has a note similar to a first generation Lexus IS300. Like all past Sultan models (and most Subarus) the GTA IV Sultan is AWD (40% front/ 60% rear torque distribution), providing superior traction and handling over other cars of the same class. While many similarly sized sedans offer similar straight line performance, the added stability of the Sultan allows fast cornering and easy power sliding, making it a good choice for races or getaways (and one of the best 4-door cars in the game). Like the Sultan RS, under-steer is a factor, but the powerful engine and quick handling make it sporty and fun to drive. Although the engine isn't the most durable, considering its speed, body deformation is average. Non-tuned Sultans come with alarms, the most popular forms being the horn and beep versions. Its top speed is 203 mph(326 km/h) and it accelerates from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds.
GTA IV Overview
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
(mph / km/h)
(AWD / FWD / RWD)
(Number + Type)
(Kg / lb)
Top Speed (Handling.dat)
3.5L Inline 6 (Twin Turbo)
Returning to GTA V, the car remains one of the best 4-door cars in the game. It is a very good all-around car with above-average speed, acceleration, traction and handling and because of its AWD nature, the Sultan can easily surpass most off-road vehicles, especially when upgraded. The car suffers from a small amount of understeer when taking corners at high speed. Unlike the Kuruma, the Sultan has ABS, allowing it to tackle corners with relative ease with little risk of a spin-out. Its durability is average. Braking, however, is this vehicle's weakness, taking a long time to slow or fully stop the vehicle. Additionally, the car does not handle particularly well when braking through a corner. The Sultan is an extremely close competitor to the Kuruma, being able to compete very closely with one in a race (though both are rather off the pace in the sports class as a whole). The engine is modelled on an Inline-6 with twin turbos fitted in most variations.
GTA V Overview
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
(mph / km/h)
(AWD / FWD / RWD)
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)
|n/a||145 / 233||
1400 / 3086
|7.8 Seconds||95 / 153||
Twin-Turbo Inline-6 (in-game model)
Mass cannot be observed.
There are three variations of the Sultan in Grand Theft Auto IV; the standard car, the slightly tuned car, and the heavily tuned and independent Sultan RS. The regular Sultan and tuned Korean Mob Sultan TT are both four door sedans, while the Sultan RS is a two door coupé. The standard Sultan is modestly styled, with a leaning towards performance, indicated by the small hood scoop, sports wheels, and its good performance. The Korean Mob Sultan TT comes with a blue paint job, a large angular rear spoiler in line with the rear lights, extra carbon fibre lips for the front bumper and side skirts, along with gold wheels and dual bonnet vent, giving the car a resemblance to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII GSR. The Korean Mob Sultan can be resprayed in any of the regular Sultan's colours, it will, however, lose its unique wheel colour.
In The Ballad of Gay Tony, multiple variations of the Sultan will appear in Drug Wars involving the Koreans. The Sultans will have special paint schemes (including wheels) and may or may not feature a rear wing. The bonnet/ hood will be one of the two standard forms.
In Grand Theft Auto Online, on next-gen consoles (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) and PC, the Sultan can be purchased for GTA$12,000 from the Benny's Original Motor Works website and converted to the Sultan RS coupé for $700k-800k (the price varies from vehicle to vehicle) and is available with an extensive list of customisation options ranging from engine covers to roll cages.
GTA San Andreas
Being classified as a "tuner" car, the Sultan can only be modified at Wheel Arch Angels; and like all cars of its class, the range of body kits, rims and spoilers are the same, the only distinction being its three unique customized body paint schemes.
|Paint Jobs||Paintjob 1 (Alien)||$ 500|
|Paintjob 2 (X-Flow)||$ 500|
|Paintjob 3 (WRC)||$ 500|
|Colors||Car Color 1 (64 different colors)||$ 150|
|Exhausts||Alien Exhaust||$ 770|
|X-Flow Exhaust||$ 680|
|Front Bumper||Alien Front Bumper||$ 970|
|X-Flow Front Bumper||$ 880|
|Rear Bumper||Alien Rear Bumper||$ 980|
|X-Flow Rear Bumper||$ 870|
|Roof||Alien Roof Vent||$ 170|
|X-Flow Roof Vent||$ 120|
|Spoilers||Alien Spoiler||$ 580|
|X-Flow Spoiler||$ 470|
|Side Skirts||Alien Side Skirts||$ 480|
|X-Flow Side Skirts||$ 370|
|Car Stereo||Bass Boost||$ 100|
|Nitro||2x Nitrous||$ 200|
|5x Nitrous||$ 500|
|10x Nitrous||$ 1000|
It is interesting to note that while two of three of the customized body paint schemes are of original designs, one consists of a blue and yellow rally-like scheme similar to that of the Subaru World Rally Team's 1993-1996 Subaru Impreza GC.
|Type||Upgrade||Cost (Story)||Cost (Online)|
|Bumpers||Custom Front Splitter||$1250||$2500|
|Custom Splitter & Intercooler||$1650||$3300|
|Carbon Rear Diffuser||$1250||$2500|
|Exhaust||Titanium Tuner Exhaust||$375||$750|
|Hood||Double Vented Hood||$850||$1700|
|Carbon Vented Hood||$1450||$2900|
|Carbon Scooped Hood||$2225||$4450|
|Roll Cage||Roll Cage and Chassis Upgrade||$550||$1045|
|Spoiler||Low Level Spoiler||$750||$1425|
|High Level Spoiler||$950||$1805|
In GTA V and the original version of GTA Online (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3), the coupé Sultan RS is not available. However, the stock 4-door Sultan can be modified into a sedan version of one (although the modifications are purely cosmetic). By adding the roll cage and chassis modification to the Sultan, it will receive the Sultan RS dashboard turbo boost gauge, bucket seats, rear "RS" badge, two-tone colour scheme, and the racing stripe with the "Sultan RS" decal on each side. It can also be further modified to be fitted with the equivalent RS front and rear body kit and sideskirts. Its "Gruppe Z" wheels are available under the Tuner section. Upgrading the turbo will give the Sultan RS' blow-off valve that creates a "hiss" sound when shifting or letting off the accelerator at high revs. The only modification missing is the short length sideskirt exhaust system and it cannot be converted into a coupé. Additionally, in GTA Online on next-gen consoles only, the stock 4-door Sultan can be modified at Benny's Original Motor Works into a Sultan RS (a coupe model) for a considerable sum of money, around GTA$700k-$800k (the cost changes between one Sultan and another), adding the ability to select from an even more diverse range of modifications (for a price). This means the Sultan RS can sport a wide range of unique visual combinations, most likely the widest range in the entire Grand Theft Auto series.
GTA San Andreas
- Spawns in the Wang Cars showroom in Downtown/King's/Doherty, (San Fierro) after completing Test Drive.
- The Sultan is usually seen being driven in San Fierro and Las Venturas, yet it is rarely seen in Los Santos.
- Spawns in traffic anywhere after the "sports car traffic" cheat is activated.
- Driven by the San Fierro Triads on their turf.
- Spawns outside of a garage opposite Wu Zi Mu's house.
GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City
- A Sultan can be found parked outside the apartment in the mission Blow Your Cover, as a getaway car.
- Spawn around Firefly Projects.
- Spawn in traffic in Multiplayer.
- Driving the following vehicles will spawn Sultans:
- Can be encountered in Most Wanted side-mission, search for Fernando Tisdel, then go to his hang-out location. He and his gang will make a run for it in a Sultan.
- Sometimes it appears in 'Stolen Vehicle' Vigilante side-missions, as the target car.
- Spawns both on the road and parked in Chamberlain Hills and Little Seoul.
- Will occasionally spawn next to house at the middle of the cul-de sac in Grove Street.
- Thieves stealing your venue's money in Property Management missions often drive Sultans.
- Sometimes found driven around Sandy Shores.
- Sometimes found parked in the parking lot outside of Vanilla Unicorn.
- Commonly found in Harmony.
- Also found along the highway along the top of Blaine County. Driving a sports class of vehicle (like Obey 9F, Annis Elegy RH8, etc.) will increase its spawn chance.
- Driving a Premier or Asterope seems to make the Sultan spawn much more frequently.
- Driving a Sultan spawns other Sultans around the map frequently.
- Very common in La Mesa and Strawberry.
- Occasionally found along the Senora Freeway.
- Sometimes located at Larry's RV Sales.
- Purchasable from Benny's Original Motor Works website for $12,000 (enhanced edition only).
- The default radio stations for the Sultan are:
- Sultan means king in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Melayu language, and is also the term for the head of state in various countries. The Sultan is most likely named as the "king" of the sedans as it is the fastest sedan in the core games.
- The Sultan (along with the Sultan RS) is the first car in the entire Grand Theft Auto series to feature unequal length exhaust manifolds (judging from its burbly exhaust sound, which is similar to the Subaru Impreza). The DF8-90, Sentinel and Chavos have similar exhaust notes, however they aren't as growly, suggesting they simply have catback exhausts rather than unequal length manifolds.
GTA San Andreas
- The Sultan's poor build quality in GTA San Andreas contradicts its real life counterpart, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI. In real-life, Subaru Imprezas are known for excellent build quality & reliability (as quoted by an English motoring magazine: "Subarus are the toughest things in the world").
- The GTA IV Sultan 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.
- In GTA IV, the spoiler on the Korean Mob Sultan can be detached by force.
- In GTA V, the Sultan can be modified to look like the Sultan RS (albeit with 4 doors and missing the side skirt exhaust).
- The Sultan can also be modified to look like the Korean Mob Sultan TT from GTA IV.
- In Grand Theft Auto Online, on PS4, Xbox Ond and PC, the Sultan can be converted to a Sultan RS supercar at Benny's Original Motor Works.
- After starting the Sultan in GTA V, the cooling fans will kick on after the engine runs for about half a minute. They will stay on for a few seconds after exiting the car.
- In the PS3 and XB360 GTA V, the player won't be able to put the camera in hood view while in a Sultan that has the carbon scooped hood modification applied.
- This has been fixed in the enhanced version of the game with the inclusion of First-Person View.