"You never forget the first time you sit behind the wheel of a mint condition Declasse Tornado: that effortless class, that shameless bulge in your pants or wetspot on the seat, that dawning certainty that you're still going to be crawling up this gentle suburban hill fifteen hours from now. Still, with our help, onlookers will be so floored by your paint job they won't even take a Snapmatic selfie in front of the impressive smoke clouds coming out your hood."
Benny's Original Motor Works description.

The Tornado is a vintage two-door hard-top/convertible featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Declasse in the HD Universe.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas the Tornado assumes the design of a 1958 Chevrolet Impala but without the features of dual headlights. The car has its distinctive front end, chromed lines on the sides and a large trunk on the rear. It uses small-size wheels with centercaps.

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, The Tornado still resembles a 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air in its front end and overall shape, but the years of the ends have been swapped; the front end now has the '58 Bel Air design and the rear now takes influence from the 1957 Chevrolet or 1957 Bel Air. New features include a bumper similar to a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado, dual headlights (with black surrounds like the '57) and 1957 Bel Air style rear wings and trunk. Other than the dual headlights, and '57 Chevy Bel Air rear, it resembles its predecessor. It also has some design cues taken from a 1958 Plymouth Belvedere.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Having only two doors, the Tornado is only designed to carry two occupants. The car does make up for this with its above average top speed and acceleration, as well as its generally stable cornering (even with its long wheelbase that is supposed to hamper the car's maneuverability). Braking, however, is not so great. The Tornado is also quite durable and can take a good bit of road damage/gunfire before exploding. Although it does not appear to have a visible fuel cap, it will explode when the license plate is shot.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 99 / 160 4 Petrol RWD 1700 / 3748
N/A N/A N/A N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Tornado is again quite durable and handles relatively similar to its SA counterpart. One disadvantage of this car is that it performs horrible while driving up hills. It again does not have a visible fuel cap, but it will explode if the front engine is shot enough or if its hit from a high enough impact (rolling down a steep hill and directly hitting the ground with sensitive spots may result in an instant explosion). The beater models commonly found in Blaine County tend to have a delayed engine ignition, which could become a problem in the event of a situation that requires a quick getaway.

The engine is modeled after a V8 with single-overhead camshafts and a large cylindrical air filter. It is coupled to a 4-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear wheel drive layout.

GTA V Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 81 / 130 4 N/A RWD 2100 / 4630 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 130 / 209 4 N/A RWD 2100 / 4630 N/A
12.3 Seconds 90 / 144 4 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


Possible combinations of modifications that can be given to Tornados at Loco Low Co. in GTA San Andreas.

Upgrades are available in the Loco Low Co. garage in Willowfield, Los Santos:

Type Upgrades Cost
Paint Jobs Paintjob 1 $ 500
Paintjob 2 $ 500
Paintjob 3 $ 500
Colors Car Color 1 $ 150
Car Color 2 $ 150
Exhausts Chromer Exhaust $ 1000
Slamin Exhaust $ 1500
Front Bumper Chromer Bumper $ 1040
Slamin Bumper $ 1200
Rear Bumper Chromer Bumper $ 940
Slamin Bumper $ 1100
Side Skirts Chrome Strips $ 800
Wheels Classic $ 1620
Dollar $ 1560
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Trance $ 1350
Cutter $ 1030
Rimshine $ 980
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000

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
Bumpers* Custom Front Bumper 1 $500 $1,000
Custom Front Bumper 2 $750 $1,500
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
Exhaust* Short Exhaust $375 $750
Side Exit Exhaust $899 $1,800
Fenders* Fender Skirts Body Color $450 $900
Fender Skirts Chrome $750 $1,500
Fender & Chrome Detail $850 $1,700
Fender Skirts & Chrome Detail $950 $2,000
No Ornaments $150 $300
Fender Ornaments $450 $900
Hood* Classic Hood $325 $650
Triple Intake Bug Catcher $750 $1,500
Single Intake Bug Catcher $875 $1,750
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $3,750
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $3,000
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

*These mods are only available for the clean Tornado variant.
**These mods are only available for the beater Tornado variant.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V

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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V


Tornado Custom

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Tornado Custom in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)


The Tornado Custom is a custom variant of the Tornado exclusive for Grand Theft Auto Online, which features highly-advanced modifications, and hydraulics enabled, not present on the standard Tornado. It was added as part of the continuation of the Lowriders: Custom Classics update.

Tornado Rat Rod

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Tornado Rat Rod in Grand Theft Auto Online
(Rear quarter view)


The Tornado Rat Rod is the hotrod variant of the Tornado, having a rusted body and several modifications, including a large engine and drag racing-style wheels. It was added as part of the continuation of the Bikers update.

Gang Variants

  • There are unique modified Tornados belonging to the Los Santos Vagos, Families and Ballas gangs, in both hardtop and convertible variants. The hardtop gang variants feature a classic hood, triple golds lowrider wheels, fender skirts and chrome detail, fender ornaments, side exit exhaust, and limo window tint. The convertible gang variants feature lead sled lowrider wheels, fender chrome detail, fender ornaments, short exhausts, and limo window tint. Gang members will open fire on the player if he/she attempts to steal one of their cars. If Franklin steals a Families Tornado, he will be ignored.
  • There are unique non-gang modified variants that can be found in El Burro Heights at the bus junkyard on the corner of South Shambles Street and Hanger Way, most often at night, in both hardtop and convertible variants. These share the same upgrades as the gang variants but unique paint. The hardtop variants feature dark blue with a light blue pearlescent paint, and bronze wheels. The convertible variants feature black steel with a unique pearlescent paint, silver secondary paint, and unique silver wheels. Similar unique non-gang modified variants of the Buccaneer, Manana, and Peyote can be found parked at the same bus junkyard as well as in front of Olson's Autos on El Rancho Boulevard in Cypress Flats, most often during the day.


A convertible mariachi beater version can be seen during the mission The Civil Border Patrol, with sombreros and guitars on the back seat. There is also a Mexican flag, ostensibly a sticker, on the area between the trunk and the backseat. It can be stolen after stunning its owners, required to obtain the gold medal in the mission. This version cannot be modified at Los Santos Customs but can be repaired.

Special Variants

  • A black variant with a unique plate (reading "MONIED") is owned by Devin Weston and driven by Trevor in The Third Way. It can be obtained by driving to a mod garage and modifying the car before finishing the mission. After completing, the car should show up at the LSPD Auto Impound for Trevor. Note that this method does NOT work on replays.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V



Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The convertible gang variants of the Tornado are currently the second most expensive vehicles that can be stolen and sold to Los Santos Customs in GTA Online (for PS3 and XB360 versions), netting the player $12,575 in mint condition. The hardtop variants, however, will only pay out $8,050.
    • After the Heists Update, the convertible gang Tornado used to sell for $43,305 in mint condition. However, this was later patched after the 1.22 update.



Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Tornado is the lowest vehicle in the game and only lowrider and/or car capable of dragging. Dropping its rear end on the ground produces a continuous stream of sparks like a minitruck. This trick can be executed through the aid of hydraulics by nose up with right analog stick (PS2). The scraping can be done by pressing the Num 8 button or by pressing H, then the Num 2 button (PC).
  • When taking over all turfs occupied by the Los Santos Vagos, acquiring a Tornado would be hard as it rarely appears or won't actually appear again.
  • A glitch in the mobile port of the game has the Tornado's interior sometimes being invisible before entering it. This glitch can be fixed by placing the camera position to the back.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the car serves as one of several gang vehicles of the Los Santos Vagos. The Tornado makes a return as a gang vehicle for the Vagos, the Ballas and The Families in GTA V.
  • The Tornado was meant to spawn regularly through the three main cities, as shown in the cargrp.dat file, but a coding error prevents it from spawning around, thus making the car impossible to find after all Vagos' turfs are taken over. The same happens with Euros.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • A Tornado-like vehicle can be seen in a picture in the back room of The Triangle Club in the borough of Bohan.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The Tornado is one of the vehicles that the Epsilon Program request Michael De Santa acquire for them ("Assuming the Truth").
  • Attempting to add chrome on the roof of the convertible version will color it black.
  • The Tornado can be modified to resemble the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air further with hood ornaments and fender skirts.
  • The 7:00 PM spawn point near the Altruist Camp in the mountains is an easter egg referring to a scene in the 1991 movie Thelma & Louise.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The mariachi variant can be used in GTA Online races, albeit it is considered an Off-Road vehicle despite having no performance difference compared to the normal versions that would imply it is an Off-Road vehicle. Furthermore, unlike the regular Tornado and its varaints, the mariachi version's modification options are limited to explosives and Loss/Theft Prevention as its performance cannot be upgraded at all.
  • The beater Tornado's natural spawning colors are unique and cannot be selected at Los Santos Customs, Beeker's Garage, Benny's Original Motor Works, the Bunker Workshop, Mobile Operations Center Vehicle Workshop, the Office Garage Auto Workshop, or the Clubhouse Bike Shop. If the player converts a beater Tornado into the Tornado Custom at Benny's Original Motor Works, the unique color will be retained through conversion, without the beater textures. This also applies to the Voodoo.
  • When applied with proper modifications, the Tornado can resemble Christine, the demonic possessed car from the eponymous horror film.

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