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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.

HD Universe

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 has the 1957 Chevrolet or 1957 Bel Air design. 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, isn't so great. The Tornado is also quite durable and can take a good bit of road damage/gunfire before exploding. Although it doesn't appear to have a visible fuel cap, it will explode when the license plate is shot.

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.

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)


RWD (Handling.dat)

4 (Handling.dat)

2100 / 4630 (Handling.dat)

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

12.3 Seconds 90 / 144

FR SOHC V8 (In-game model)



Mass cannot be observed.


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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Tornado Custom

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For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.
Main article: Tornado Custom

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.

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 mission The Civil Border Patrol, with sombreros and guitars on the back seat. 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 variant with an unique plate is owned by Devin Weston and driven by Trevor in The Third Way. Though the car is destroyed to kill Devin, it is possible to obtain it by storing in Trevor's garage before going to objective, suiciding and finishing the mission. [citation/verification needed]


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V




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.
  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto IV

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").
  • In the mission The Third Way, after kidnapping Devin Weston from his house, Trevor takes him to the meeting place in Weston's vintage Tornado.
  • In GTA V, attempting to add chrome on the roof of the convertible version will color it black.
  • Also, it can be further modified to resemble a 1957 Bel Air with hood ornaments and fender skirts.

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.
  • 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 Heist Update, the convertible gang Tornado used to sell for $43,305 in mint condition.
    • However, this was later patched after the 1.22 update.

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