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"Is there a more iconic town car than the Washington? Own a piece of livery history! (Just don't loiter for too long at traffic lights or someone will get in the back and ask you to take them to the airport)"
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Washington is a range of executive sedans found in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. It is manufactured by Albany in the HD Universe.

It can be widely found throughout cities, particularly the residential area in GTA: Vice City and GTA: San Andreas, and is available in many colors throughout the games.

Design

3D Universe

Depictions of the Washington in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories bear a similarity to a 1982-1987 Lincoln Continental, while also shares styling elements with the 1984-1987 Cadillac Seville, BMW E23 and Cadillac Cimarron.

The Washington features a generally boxy yet with a contemporary design, resulting in the car being one of the newest cars at the time of Vice City's 1980s settings. For GTA San Andreas, the car remains largely similar, except for a 90's facelift, with the exception of wider headlight clusters, a modified front grille and rear light clusters that light up as a whole at night or during braking. While similar to the GTA: Vice City rendition, the GTA: Vice City Stories Washington sports additional side trims derived from the FBI Washington, implying the FBI Washington's vehicle model was used in place of GTA: Vice City's original Washington model. The Vice City Stories version of the Washington also spawns in white, which it does not in GTA: Vice City.

HD Universe

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Albany Washington is now based on the 2003-2011 Lincoln Town Car, and shares styling elements with the Cadillac Catera and 2006-2009 Ford Fusion. The rear portion of the greenhouse has an unusually round shape, similar to a fourteenth generation Chrysler New Yorker, the rest of the rear also bears a subtle resemblance to it. It also bears a very subtle resemblance to a 2006-2011 Cadillac DTS.

It features "Executive" badging, much like some Town Cars and is often depicted as a luxury car with similar traits as the Admiral and the PMP 600. The overall design is way less boxy than the 3D Universe rendition, as well as its headlights and tailights shapes. The Washington is equipped with a GPS system with a female voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.

In Grand Theft Auto V, aside from brighter rear LED strips, the overall design of the Washington remains unchanged from GTA IV.

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Performance

3D Universe

Pre-Grand Theft Auto IV Washingtons are generally regarded as having only moderate performance, having a petrol engine coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear wheel drive configuration, which is largely attributed to its bulky design. Its longer wheelbase and weight often results in under-steer and poor cornering, while its size may also be a factor in its moderate acceleration, and its top speed is also estimated to be moderate. So getting it to top speed and good acceleration takes longer than sports cars. Nevertheless, its superior size and weight allows the Washington to ram aside other sedans more easily.

3D Universe Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 112 / 180 5 Petrol RWD 1850 / 4079
Observed
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Grand Theft Auto IV rendition of the Washington performs largely the same as cars like the Admiral and the PMP 600. Acceleration is slightly below average and top speed is slightly below average, but makes up for its braking, which is very good. The suspension is very soft, designed to flatten out bumps in a road, not for high speed cornering, leaving the Washington fishtailing and spinning out of control when cornering at speed. Accident deformation is superb, making the Washington ideal for ramming vehicles. The engine build quality is also above average, and will sustain multiple direct impacts before smoking, or being set ablaze.

The car appears to be powered by a V8 engine, coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 84 / 135 5 N/A RWD 1750 / 3858
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Grand Theft Auto V Washington performs largely the same as the GTA IV rendition, aside from a slightly higher top speed and slightly better handling. The car is, however, prone to damage, as it cannot sustain too much gunfire or crashes. Still, the Washington performs much like average sedans like the Stanier.

Again, the car appears to be powered by a V8 engine, coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

GTA V Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.dat
N/A 87 / 140 5 N/A RWD 1800 / 3968 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
9.8 Seconds 101 / 163 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Type Upgrade Cost
Colors Car Color 1 $ 150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Medium Exhaust $ 200
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Spoilers Champ $ 400
Fury $ 350
Worx $ 200
Pro $ 400
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

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
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
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,875
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $1,500
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

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Variants

FBI Washington

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City & Vice City Stories
Description

The FBI Washington is a law enforcement counterpart of the Washington appearing in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Unlike the Washington, the FBI Washington only spawns in a black and white color, respectively.

Romero Hearse

3D Universe & HD Universe
RomeroHearse-GTAV-front

The Romero Hearse in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)

Description

The Romero Hearse, formerly named "Romero" and "Romero's Hearse", is a Washington-based hearse appearing in multiple Grand Theft Auto games. It features a station-wagon design with a converted coffin-compartment in the rear.

Stretch

Grand Theft Auto V
Description

The Stretch is a Washington-based limousine that shares the Washington's front and rear portions in its Grand Theft Auto V appearance.

Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Two uniquely black Washingtons may be seen driven by the French during the mission All Hands On Deck, in GTA: Vice City. While it is possible to reach the cars and enter them, it is impossible to drive them (as the mission immediately ends and the car is lost). It is also impossible to push the cars to a garage as an alternative, as the player is only given a brief window of time before Juan Cortez is killed, leading to mission failure which warps the player back to the nearby mission trigger with the cars vanished. This variant is often confused as the FBI version, but closer inspections reveals that the details are completely different.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • A Washington is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts. Unlike most vehicles in the side mission, the Washington appears with a black body color that is not unique, as many black Washingtons can be seen around Algonquin. The car will still spawn in the same location until is delivered.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Notable Owners

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV + Episodes from Liberty City

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Seen driving around randomly in Los Santos and along the western coast of Blaine County to Paleto Bay.
  • Can be found in a random encounter in which the player has to untie a wedding groom from a telephone pole, after dropping the groom and his friend off, a unique colored Washington can be found near the player which is available to be taken.
  • Two white Washingtons can be found parked next to the satellites in the Grand Senora Desert with FIB agents and scientists from 10:00am-11:00am. (Xbox One/PlayStation 4/PC).

Grand Theft Auto Online

Enhanced version only
  • Can be found at the same location in the Grand Senora Desert.
  • Can be requested by a VIP (and any bodyguards of the organisation) for free from the Interaction Menu > VIP Vehicles. It will always spawn in matte black and will spawn near the player where there is enough space.

Trivia

General

3D Universe

  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, it has the same engine sound as the Sentinel. However, in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it receives the engine sound of the slower cars like the Perennial and the Romero.
  • The GTA Vice City website mentions that the Washington is an import from the United Kingdom, which would contradict its similarities to Lincoln vehicles as Lincolns are made in America.
  • Strangely, on the Xbox port of GTA Vice City, the Washington only spawns in white.
  • The GTA Vice City Stories rendition of the Washington is the first and one of only two sedans in the GTA series to have a diesel engine, the other being the HD universe rendition of the Glendale.
  • In GTA Vice City Stories, it has the same engine sound & horn as the Sentinel XS and GTA LCS rendition of the Mafia Sentinel, despite having a diesel engine.
  • In GTA San Andreas, a randomly colored Washington spawns by Mike Toreno's Ranch, however in cutscenes is seen in a pale red color.
  • In the mission Badlands in GTA San Andreas, the number plate of the snitch's Washington reads "Assman". This is a reference to the television sitcom, Seinfeld.

HD Universe

  • The Grand Theft Auto IV rendition of the Washington will make an audible "door ajar" dinging noise if the player exits the vehicle but leaves the door open. It can be heard clearly in quiet areas with the volume turned up.
  • The GTA IV version of the Esperanto faintly resembles the 3D Universe Washington.
  • The car's Southern San Andreas Super Autos description references the Lincoln Town Car's popularity with businesses such as airport taxi and limo services.
  • Strangely, even though the GTA V Stretch is based on the Washington, it is not made by the same manufacturer, as the Stretch is a Dundreary vehicle, while the Washington is an Albany vehicle.
  • The GTA IV rendition of the Washington has its name written on the right side of the trunk, while the GTA V rendition does not.

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