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"Nothing says Hip Hop like a British SUV known primarily for its ability to transport mineral rich colonialists across invaded lands."
Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description, Baller 2nd gen.

The Gallivanter Baller is a four-door luxury SUV making its debut appearance in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Design

The Baller has two variants in GTA V, the Classic, and the Sport, the difference between the two is listed below.

First Generation (Classic)

The first generation Baller's design is an adaptation of the Huntley Sport from Grand Theft Auto IV, which is based on the L322 Range Rover Vogue. However it features a different and less luxurious headlights, similar to the first generation GMC Yukon. In comparison with Range Rover models however, the C and D pillars of the Baller have a much steeper gradient. In its original form, the car had six spoke wheels (which featured on early L322 Range Rovers).

Second Generation (Sport)

The Baller Sport features linear formations that are inspired by the British design styling featured on the more compact Range Rover Evoque for the front end and L494 Range Rover Sport for the sides and greenhouse area, A, B and C pillars. The side accents from the L405 Range Rover are featured on the sides of the car.

The front face of the car features a lot of polymer, similar to the car's real life inspiration. The base of the front bumper features a polymer layer spanning the entire width. Two thirds of the front face width and a third of its height is occupied by a trapezium formation, with the outer part being black and the inset trapezium being chrome. Outside the central areas and at about half the car's height there are large ducts that have edges contoured to the lower trapezium, main grille and headlights. These ducts have horizontal LED strips that run from the inner vertex of the ducts. The main grille is located almost at the top of the front face, being a chrome-edged trapezium which is less wide than the lower trapezium. The main grille features two horizontal chrome strips either side of mid-height. The headlamp units are linked to the grille, with the top edge coinciding with the top of the grille and bottom edge with the upper horizontal strip. The headlamp units feature two circular lamps and then an amber turn indicator lamp on the outside. The bonnet/ hood features an elevated area whose edges are in line with the top corners of the grille.

The sides of the car feature wheel arches in the form of large bulges. The main body features an impressed area bounded by two lines parallel to the car's belt line. Connecting the two lines at the front quarter is a vertical air duct. The car features black, polymer-covered A, B, C and D pillars. The roof is lightly curved. The wing mirrors are dominantly body-coloured but feature a black polymer accent. The car features split six-spoke wheels, wrapped in low profile tyres.

The rear features small, wide lamp units that consist mostly of small LEDs.

Current Design Gallery

Performance

Grand Theft Auto V

First Generation

The first generation Baller is quite slow and heavy, and has a wide turning radius. Acceleration is average, reaching from 0-60 in about 8 seconds, however, like every Land Rover, the Baller is capable of climbing steep hills and has a decent performance when off-roading. Another advantage is durability, it's easily one of the most durable cars in the game. The vehicle is prone to understeer at high speeds, likely due to poor weight distribution.

Second Generation

The second generation Baller accelerates at an average rate for an SUV, and is capable of reaching good top speed. The main weakness of the car's performance lies in its handling; the car's mass combined with its lack of traction can often lead to heavy understeer. When taken off-road however, the car's handling is better and cornering grip can allow for precise high speed driving off-road. The handling of the SUV can be quickly summarized as a level below the Huntley Sport in almost every way imaginable.

Though the engine model doesn't feature any manifolds, the engine cover displays what appears to be a single-overhead camshaft V8, fitted in a front engine, all wheel drive layout, longitudinally.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Cubic Capacity/Layout/Type)
Drivetrain
(AWD / FWD / RWD)
Gearbox
Number + Type
Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a 81 / 130 (first generation; Handling.dat)
84 / 135 (second generation; Handling.dat)

n/a

AWD
60% FWD
40% RWD
(Handling.dat)

5 (Handling.dat)

2400 / 5291 (first generation; Handling.dat)
2200 / 4850 (second generation; Handling.dat)

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

8.5 Seconds 95 / 153

F4 SOHC V8 (Cover + Sound)

AWD

5

Mass cannot be observed.


Variants

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Several variants of the Baller (second generation) were added as part of the GTA Online: Executives and Other Criminals Update for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Baller LE

Main articles: Baller LE and Baller LE (Armored)

The Baller LE is a Limited Edition version of the Baller (second generation). It features an updated frontal and rear fascia, with new grilles and carbon-fiber parts on the window pillars and the sides. It is now based on the Range Rover Sport SVR. It has better performance than the previous-gen Baller.

There is also the Baller LE (Armored), an armored variant of the Baller LE. It features armored plating, reinforced window frames on top of the pre-existing window seals.

Baller LE LWB

The Baller LE LWB is a Limited Edition version of the Baller (second generation), with an even Longer Wheel Base (LWB), evidenced by the rear door window's lenght compared to the standard models. It features an updated frontal and rear fascia, with new grilles. It is now based on the same vehicle as the Baller LE. The LWB also shares similarities to the 2013 Range Rover LWB in the side profiling.

There is also the Baller LE LWB (Armored), an armored variant of the Baller LE LWB. It features armored plating, reinforced window frames on top of the pre-existing window seals.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto V

Both
  • Spawn commonly all over the map.
Baller
Baller Sport

Grand Theft Auto Online

Baller
  • Spawns commonly at the Vespucci Beach, in the car park at the southern end of the beach.
  • Sometimes appears around Davis and Strawberry.
  • Commonly spawns on the Del Perro Freeway.
Baller Sport

Notable Owners

Image Gallery

Trivia

General

  • "Baller" is a street slang term for drug dealer or a thug that has made it big-time, and as such its use for the name of the vehicle in the game is likely a reference to the luxury SUVs often driven by such people.
  • The Baller replaces the Huntley & Huntley Sport from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV.
  • In the beta, the G1 Baller had six-spoke wheels and an RR sport side quarter duct.
  • The second generation of the Baller cannot have its bodywork modified in Los Santos Customs.
  • Also, there is an advertisement with the picture of the G1 Baller with what it seems the be a bumper splitter and additional side steps or skirts. Such modifications for the SUV are not available in the game.
  • The Baller Sport shares its rim designs with the Benefactor Surano.
  • Interestingly enough, the second generation Baller has the same V8 engine as the first generation, likely due to copying the model over.
  • The design of the Baller Sport's front bumper indirectly foreshadowed the creation of the 2015 Range Rover Sport SVR by almost a year, with similar shaped bumper ducts.
  • On southersanandreassuperautos.com, the Baller's picture is incorrect. It shows the Classic Baller instead of the Sport Baller.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The first generation Baller can be selected as an off-road vehicle in GTA Online, while the second generation can only be selected as an SUV, despite its good performance on off-road terrain. The same thing happens with the Mesa and the Crusader.
  • Both Ballers sell for $9000 in Los Santos Customs.
  • When selecting the second generation Baller in the Content Creator, it is named as Baller (2013).
  • Counting its armored variants, the Baller has the second greatest number of variants of any car in a GTA game, with 6 (1st gen, 2nd gen, Baller LE, Baller LE (Armored), Baller LE LWB and Baller LE LWB (Armored)). Only the Schafter has more variants, with 9 (counting its GTA IV counterpart and the unobtainable stock variant in The Ballad of Gay Tony).

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