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The Bravado marketing department know just what we need - another resurrected 1960s muscle car for the over-muscled EDM generation. It's a vehicle with aggressive lines for aggressive drivers.
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Buffalo is a vehicle that appeared as a muscle car in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and a sports sedan in The Ballad of Gay Tony, Grand Theft Auto V, and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Bravado in the HD Universe.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Buffalo in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas appears to be mainly based on the third-generation Chevrolet Camaro, but there are influences from other vehicles. The headlights are similar to an Opel Manta B2 and the third generation Honda Integra, while the shape of the tail lights looks closer to some third-generation Pontiac Firebird models. A C-pillar has also been added, bearing a resemblance to a Dodge Daytona.

The Buffalo is characterized by the small front intake, the four circular headlights and the ram air hood, along with a lip spoiler, rectangular tail lights and a bulky rear bumper. It spawns in a a variety of single colors.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

The Buffalo in The Ballad of Gay Tony is strongly based on the 2006-2010 Sixth generation Dodge Charger, as well as the Ford Mustang GT for the greenhouse area, front fascia and headlights, whilst the tail lights appear to be based off the first generation Chrysler 300C, albeit with slightly different proportions to compensate for the Buffalo's different body style. The custom body kit suggests it is based on the Charger's SRT-8 model.

The vehicle is essentially a consumer/civilian version of the FIB Buffalo, which was already introduced in both Grand Theft Auto IV and The Lost and Damned (despite there are numerous billboards advertising a civilian version of the car). It features a custom body kit that includes larger exhaust tips and ground effects. The car spawns in a variety of single colors and shares the same 5-spoke rim design with the Rebla.

The Buffalo 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.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Buffalo returns in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, having the same design as the TBoGT model. Its interior uses the same interior from cars like the Stanier and the Taxi. It also retains the single body color and the 5-spoke rims.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The car is laid out in an FR layout, and sports a high-performance V8 engine that delivers great acceleration and speed, but comes at the cost of high rear end power, which may lead to loss of traction. Despite being a sports car, the Buffalo handles very well off road, making it a spectacular cross-country vehicle.

The Buffalo shares its engine sound with the Alpha and the Infernus.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 124 / 200 5 Petrol RWD 1500 / 3307
N/A N/A N/A FR V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

The Ballad of Gay Tony

The Buffalo's performance is very good for a four-door sedan, courtesy of its supercharged twin-cam inline-4 engine, which is superior to its law enforcement variants. As expected, the car is capable of good acceleration and a decent top speed, with its powerful engine coupled up to a 5-speed gearbox in a FR layout, because it is being lighter than the FIB Buffalo. While the car is still prone to fishtailing, the car's grip on the road is equally excellent. Durability is great, making it take crashes and gunfire very decently. However, the wheels are not very durable, as these would be easily deformed on high-speed impacts. Because of the low ground clearance, the Buffalo might fail at sorting out obstacles on the way, though it may handle most bumps and curbs without any trouble.

Like the Infernus, Banshee, F620, Sultan RS and Bullet, the Buffalo backfires from its exhaust when shifting gears. Rather than the loud engine sound from the FIB Buffalo, the Buffalo shares the same high-revving, high-pitched engine sound as the Police Stinger.

TBoGT Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 96 / 155 5 N/A RWD 1700 / 3748
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A Supercharged (Badging) N/A N/A
N/A N/A 5 FR DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Buffalo retains its mostly-good performance, having an acceptable top-speed, and average acceleration. Thanks to its sturdy front structure, the Buffalo can cope with several head-on crashes before the wheels make an average negative-camber. The braking distance is among the best in the class, and still performs just as good in wet weather, thanks to its thick tires, and its firm brake disks. The engine powering the car is a supercharged twin-cam straight-4, being situated at the front, and having a RWD drivetrain, an average layout for sports-sedans. Its engine sound is low-revving and rather smooth, also used on the Jackal and the modern Police Cruiser.

The Buffalo's engine and RWD drivetrain works hard to propel it off the line, making for an impressive top speed and 0-60 time. The engine gives the car more get up and go, which makes the Buffalo a faster vehicle than one would assume. Its handling feels more sport-like, and combined with a firm suspension and good traction, the Buffalo can easily be thrown around curves and sharp turns at high speeds, and also makes the Buffalo a rather fun and exciting vehicle to drive. The Buffalo has good traction on and off road, and allows it to climb steep grades and enables it to go significantly off road, despite its RWD drivetrain and lower ride height. Braking feels strong and is excellent for a vehicle its size, enabling the Buffalo to come to a complete stop in a shorter amount of time compared to other vehicles in its class. Crash deformation is also impressive, allowing the Buffalo to take multiple direct hits before the engine erupts in flames. Overall, the Buffalo is well rounded and balanced, making it an excellent choice for a getaway vehicle, especially during hot pursuit.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview

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 1650 / 3638 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A 5 Supercharged (Badging) RWD 1650 / 3638 N/A
6.9 Seconds 115 / 185 5 DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Type Upgrade Cost
Colors Car Color 1 $ 150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online) Image
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
Bumpers Stock Front Bumper $250 $500
Custom Front Splitter $500 $1,000
Stock Rear Bumper $250 $500
Custom Rear Bumper $500 $1,000
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
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $130 $260
Titanium Tuner Exhaust $375 $750
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 $4,375
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 $3,500
Skirts Stock Skirts $300 $600
Custom Skirts $415 $830
Spoilers None $150 $300
Low Level Spoiler $275 $550
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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Police Cruiser

The Ballad of Gay Tony, Grand Theft Auto V & Grand Theft Auto Online
The Police Cruiser in Grand Theft Auto V .
(Rear quarter view)

The Police Cruiser (dubbed the Police Buffalo) is the police variant of the Buffalo used by the LCPD in The Ballad of Gay Tony, and the LSPD in Grand Theft Auto V.

FIB Buffalo

Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V & Grand Theft Auto Online
The FIB Buffalo in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)

The FIB Buffalo is the unmarked variant of the Buffalo used by the FIB. Appearing in Grand Theft Auto IV, it is the first of the Buffalo-based vehicles and its design was adopted for the rest of the cars (including the civilian version).

Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas


Eddie Pulaski owns a white Buffalo. The colour is not unique but it has a unique licence plate which reads, PULASKI. It is fully immune to damage before Pulaski enters it.

The Ballad of Gay Tony


Mori Kibbutz owns a unique red Buffalo that can be found in Kibbutz Number One. To obtain it, the player can take it to the parking space in Niko's South Bohan safehouse and kill Mori, this will cause to fail the mission but the car can be saved. Another method without failing the mission is to reach the destination in the map, let Mori get off and then the player can take the vehicle to the South Bohan safehouse and proceed with the mission.

It is also found in the mission This Ain't Checkers, Mori's red Buffalo, along with the other 3 cars available, is equipped with Nitro to help the player win the Triathlon set up by Mori.


At the start of the mission Bang Bang, the player has the choice between Tony's black Schafter or a unique blue Buffalo. This Buffalo is presumably Evan Moss's car as he is the only person in the apartment other than Tony and this is the only time the Buffalo is seen.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Misappropriation - Five are used for this mission. When the DEA arrives at Emerald Isle, he will run away in one and Carl must chase him in another. If Carl doesn't kill him during the pursuit, the DEA will drive to an underground parking lot in Roca Escalante with more three Buffaloes and full of FBI agents. The car driven by DEA is everything-proof before he reaches it. It is possible to keep this damage-proof vehicle by using the trick demonstrated here.
  • High Noon - Carl has to chase and kill Pulaski that leaves Las Brujas driving his white Buffalo.
  • Race Tournaments - Carl competes in Freeway and San Fierro Hills races, both having competitors that drive this car.
  • Exports and Imports - The Buffalo is one of the 30 vehicles wanted for the side-mission. Placed on the first list.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Notable Owners

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • Very uncommon unless the player drives one.
  • If the player is hijacking a boat or helicopter during a Drug War, they will be required to bring it to the docks in Northwood. The Buffalo will be right in front of the player after the ending cut-scene, and it can be taken freely.
  • Commonly spawns in north Algonquin in multiplayer.
  • Henrique will deliver one to the player if called.
  • Uniquely colored examples can be found during Drug Wars as a target vehicle for convoy missions.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The Buffalo can be found mostly across Los Santos.
  • It can also be found on the highways around Los Santos and Blaine County.

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • The default radio stations for the Buffalo are:
  • The way that the Buffalo in the 3D Universe is a 2-door and the variant in the HD Universe is a 4-door is similar to how the Dodge Charger, the basis of the HD Universe variant, went from its early production as a 2-door to a 4-door from 2006 until its present day counterpart.
  • The original San Andreas car's name may be a reference to the Ford Taurus. Both names are a reference to forms of cattle (in the Buffalo's case, a type of bison). However, this is where the similarities of the two cars ends, as the Taurus was a mid-size sedan, whilst the Buffalo is based on a Camaro, which is a muscle/sports car.
    • Another possible name association is that the primary method of defense of a buffalo (bison) is to charge at a threat with its horns. As the later versions of the vehicle were modeled after the Dodge Charger, this may be the reason the name was used in the HD games.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Sometimes, the Buffalo at Catalina's hideout will have rain particles coming off of the rear trunk that are only visible by looking at it through the camera. This is more likely to occur during foggy weather or in the late day and sunrise.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Buffalo shown in billboards has a large Bravado logo within its grille, unlike the FIB Buffalo or the civilian Buffalo which have a small logo above the grille. Interestingly, the billboard Buffalo also retains the police lights found on the FIB variant.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • If the player takes a Buffalo to a Pay 'n' Spray too many times, it will turn a unique, dark green color. This color will then be permanent, and no amount of subsequent resprays will change it. This is most likely a glitch, as almost every other car in the game will continually cycle through its color palette. The exceptions are the Dukes, the Infernus, and the PMP 600, which all suffer from the glitch.
  • Though the paint job of Mori's Buffalo is regarded as unique in-game, Buffalo's with the same color can be found, driven by pedestrians.
  • The Buffalo may appear in the Drug Wars as a vehicle for drug escorts, and may have unique body colors. A black Buffalo may also be found be parked near the jetty where the player lands any drug helicopter that they must steal during certain Drug Wars.
  • While its law enforcement variants use the traditional cop horn (or Brickade's horn if driven by NPCs), the Buffalo shares the same horn with similar cars like the Sultan and Sentinel.
  • Compared to the FIB Buffalo, the Buffalo appears considerably smaller than its government counterpart, with it being slightly narrower.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • In Los Santos Customs, there was a glitch that let the player remove the bumpers and skirts from the regular Buffalo, but this has been rectified in a patch.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • For any player who views their Online garage and owns a Buffalo or Buffalo S, will be displayed as the car itself. Player's upgrades remain unless changed.

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