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Promoted by Karin as an "attainable luxury vehicle", the Asterope is the perfect car for the middle manager who knows deep down he'll never be a senior executive but can't quite bring himself to admit it yet.
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Karin Asterope is a four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The design of this car appears to be inspired by Japanese styling featured on the XV40 Toyota Aurion at the front, with the headlights being inspired by the fourth generation Subaru Legacy. The tailights bear a close resemblance to the fourth generation Lexus LS' headlights. The sides and rear are inspired by the XV40 Toyota Camry as well as the fourth and fifth generation variants of the Nissan Altima, with further design cues taken from the second generation Lexus IS.

The car appears as the 'cousin' of the Sultan, as both have a similar build and are manufactured by Karin. The front end of the car features typical Japanese geometric formations, with the dominant feature being a sharp curve separating the bumper area from the upper area. The bumper area has a slatted, trapezium-shaped duct occupying a third of the car's width, with a license plate mounted centrally over it. On either side of the main duct there are smaller, inset quadrilateral ducts, which house circular fog-lamps. On the upper area, the grille is a large chrome-edged trapezium with curved edges and horizontal chrome strips, while the headlamp units are similar in height to the grille and house two clear circular lamps closer to the grille and a small amber turn indicator lamp further away. The headlamp unit's outline feature a small bump in the lower edge, contoured to the larger clear lamp. The manufacturer emblem is placed centrally just above the grille. The car's hood/bonnet lacks any formations.

The sides of the car are fairly simple, with the wheel arches featuring light flaring. At about a fifth of the car's height there are chrome horizontal trim strips, while the door handles are also trimmed with chrome. The greenhouse area features windows with polymer-covered B pillars, polymer-covered rear window separations and long, fairly smooth C pillars, while the roof is entirely curved and features a sunroof over the front row of seat. An antenna is mounted centrally just in front of the rear windscreen.

At the rear, the rear Altezza lamp units are chrome-backed apart from an amber strip at their base. In between these, there is an equally-tall, impressed license plate area, with an horizontal chrome strip at its top and side edges parallel to the nearest rear lamp unit. There are silver badging displaying its name and manufacturer, almost above the tail lamps. The rear bumper is slightly elevated and is flat, at its base there are two small circular exhaust tips, one towards either edge of the bumper.

The interior of the car is the same one from cars like the Schafter and the Tailgater, sharing the same dial set, dashboard details and interior extras. It is seen in a variety of single colours for the body and the stitches of the interior, and uses seven-spoke wheels wrapped in medium-profile tires, also shared with the Stratum.

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The Asterope is a rather well-performing car in comparison to most other vehicles in its class. Its top speed is surprisingly high, and can hold its own against more expensive, luxurious cars such as the Zion and Jackal. Acceleration and conversely braking are both comparable to other sedans. Despite its soft suspension, handling is quite respectable for a vehicle of this size. However, said suspension may cause excess body roll, making the vehicle unstable at high speeds and potentially leading to some oversteer. Durability is decent, as the car can take several strong head-on crashes before the engine fails.

The Asterope is claimed by the badges to utilize a 3.5L V6 powering the front wheels, yet in-game, it utilizes a turbocharged, twin-cam 4-cylinder engine powering the rear wheels, through a 5-speed gearbox. Its engine sound is mid to high revving, shared with cars like the Premier and the Romero Hearse.

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Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 90 / 145 5 N/A RWD 1500 / 3307 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 3.5L V6 (Badging) FWD (Badging) N/A N/A
9.1 Seconds 99 / 159 5 FR DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online)
Armor No Armor $100 $200
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 Stock Brakes $100 $200
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
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $100 $200
Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $3,250
Plates Blue on White 1 $50 $200
Blue on White 2 $50 $200
Blue on White 3 $50 $200
Yellow on Blue $75 $300
Yellow on Black $150 $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $2,600
Suspension Stock Suspension $100 $200
Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Stock Transmission $100 $200
Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo None $500 $1,000
Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels - -
Windows None $100 $500
Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto V

  • In the mission Cleaning out the Bureau, a unique Asterope with a blue and pink two-tone paint scheme can be seen leaving the parking complex. This paintjob is similar to those found on cars in TBoGT's Drug Wars. This unique example of the car cannot be obtained, however.


Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • The name "Asterope" is also the name given to one of the stars of the Pleiades. The stars of the Pleiades are represented in the logo for Subaru, which is partly (16.1%) owned by Toyota.
    • Also, the Asterope star is part of the constellation Taurus, which may be an allusion to the Ford Taurus, a long-time competitor to the Camry.
    • "Asterope" was also a trim level of the fourth generation Subaru Legacy - a car the Asterope takes inspiration for its headlight design from.
  • The real-life Toyota Camry, which the Asterope is based on, is the most sold Japanese sedan in the United States, which could explain its common appearance on the streets.
  • Its 3.5L V6 engine correctly resembles the Toyota Camry's 3.5L V6 engine (2GR-FE).

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The default radio station in the Asterope is East Los FM.


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  • The left-rear wheel is inverted when viewing the vehicle in the Rockstar Editor.

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