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This article is about the vehicle. For the manufacturer, see Emperor.

The Emperor is a four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Albany in the HD Universe.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The car has varied significantly since its first appearance in the 3D Universe. In GTA San Andreas, the Emperor, based on an 1990-1993 Infiniti Q45, represents a then contemporary full-sized luxury sedan, with a lean design and somewhat rounded profile. It also looks like the Sentinel, but sleeker and more profiled.

The vehicle spawns in a variety of single colors.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In GTA IV, the Emperor has become a boxy 1980's American luxury sedan, while its previous contemporary Japanese look is given to the Intruder. It is based on the classic 5th Generation Cadillac Sedan de Ville and the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, with an interior from a 7th Generation Pontiac Bonneville.

Manufactured by Albany, the Emperor is much more traditional and luxurious in design, having a small grille with four square headlamps on the front, with a large and bulky bumper featuring a small grille beneath and a license plate. Chrome letterings can be seen above the grille, displaying its name.

The sides make use of chrome lines passing through the doors and going towards the rear end, while the greenhouse area is predominated by chrome trims around the windows and chrome door handles, as well as square rear-view mirrors. The rear is slightly larger than its previous iteration and part of the rear wheels are covered by its bodywork.

The rear end features numerous tail lights: two sets are located on either side of the vehicle, two rectangle ones located on the rear bumper and two small square reverse lights on the trunk, with the rear license plate between them.

The Emperor is also available in a "beater" variant, which comes with junky paint finishes, worn interiors, an occasionally missing quarter panel, and old wheels and tires. There is a "slightly damaged" variant, where it typically include a missing quarter panel and slightly rusted paintjob, and a "heavily damaged" variant, where it include a completely destroyed and rusty paintjob. Both variants are depicted with broken lights on the driver side (except the inner headlamp, which remain functional).

Emperors come with a single color or a two-tone color, where the secondary one is applied on the roof and the pillars. It uses a unique set of rims with a wide center and eight slanted, wider spokes, fitted with whitewall tires.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Emperor returns to GTA V and GTA Online with the same design as before, but some minor changes have been made, such as a black "eggcrate" grille replacing the chrome mesh, the bottom grille becoming wider, more pronounced detailing, different windshield wipers, the side mirrors having a black finish, and the removal of white-wall tires, giving the Emperor a somewhat less luxurious appearance than its East Coast counterpart.

Its beater variant also returns, which, aside from the changes mentioned above, has a slightly rusty paintjob and yellowish headlights, and does not have any missing panels or headlights. All beater Emperors feature a worn interior.

Color distribution is the same as in GTA IV for both variants, as well as retaining the same wheel design.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Acceleration and speed of GTA San Andreas' Emperor are somewhat disappointing, as are handling and braking. The engine sounds as though it is relatively large and powerful, but is apparently incapable of delivering substantial power to the bulky, rear-drive vehicle. Using the E-brake around corners almost guarantees fishtailing, making this car almost useless when driving at high speeds. It is, however, a sturdy vehicle with low chances of roll overs, and does a fairly good job of absorbing damage.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 103 / 165 5 Petrol RWD 1800 / 3968
N/A N/A 5 N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

GTA IV's Emperor is powered by a high-displacement, but low-output V8 engine, mated to a 4 speed gearbox in a RWD configuration. Due to its weight and low-power engine, the Emperor is quite slow off the line, its top speed leaves much to be desired. The car feels very heavy around corners and loses much speed around them. Its soft suspension often results in its rear swinging out of control and subtle fishtailing. Braking is very poor. Crash deformation is below average, and build quality is surprisingly low, as the Emperor cannot sustain much damage before failing or catching fire.

The beater variant, much like the beaters Sabre and Vigero, has worsened performance compared to the standard one, having slower acceleration.

Both variants share the same engine sound as the Stanier-based sedans, being the Taxi, the Police Cruiser and the NOOSE Cruiser.

GTA IV Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 81 / 130 4 N/A RWD 2100 / 4630
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A 4 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The handling system introduced in GTA V has led to some marked improvements to the Emperor compared to its appearance in GTA IV. The Emperor again seems to be powered by a high displacement but low-revving V8 engine. The engine offers low power and only decent torque. Because of this, the Emperor's acceleration and overall top speed is unspectacular.

The handling of the Emperor is decent, especially when a more performance oriented suspension is added to the car. However, due to the car's low ride height, this does cause the car to scrape against the ground in areas where the terrain is more dynamic and road clearance is necessary. This low ride height will also sometimes cause the Emperor to become stuck in areas where smaller and "shorter" cars can escape from. At speed, the handling of the Emperor can become inconsistent and is prone to fishtailing due to the overall design of the car. Nevertheless, the long wheelbase of the car does aid the driver in these situations, as the driver can countersteer out of the slide and regain control of the car.

The normal Emperor can take multiple impacts to the engine, chassis, suspension, and tires without taking significant damage that will disable the car, and it is considered one of the most underestimated and under-rated cars in terms of overall durability. The beater variant, however, is not as durable and will most likely cease to work after a few direct impacts, and can sometimes fail to start at all. The engine, as stated before, is unspectacular, but does have decent torque, which allows the large and bulky car to accelerate very quickly and also enables it to take on off-road courses that some other cars in the same class may have issues with (such as climbing Mount Chiliad). The car is fairly large and has one of the largest trunks in the game. It seats four occupants. The car's torque, combined with its weight, durability, and apparent body on frame design allows it to obtain an impressive amount of momentum at full speed, and the Emperor is easily capable of barrelling through Police Roadblocks, and is also rarely affected by other cars slamming into it or ramming it. It is one of the most durable cars in the game.

Overall, the Emperor is a solid, heavy car, with handling that isn't proportional to its straight line speed. For the price and availability of the car, it should be considered by anyone looking for a beginner's sedan that can haul a small group around, especially in areas where a durable and capable sedan is needed.

The Beater Emperor bears weaker performance than the standard variant, and takes much longer to reach the same speeds attainable by its maintained counterpart.

All variants of the Emperor share the same engine sound, being identical to the one on the Buccaneer.

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 74 / 120 5 N/A RWD 1900 / 4189 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
21.7 Seconds 75 / 120 5 FR {{{2}}} V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Emperor can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Vents Oval Hood Vent $ 150
Square Hood Vent $ 100
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Lights Round Fog Lamp $ 100
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Spoilers Win $ 550
Fury $ 350
Alpha $ 250
Side skirts Side Skirt $ 500
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 and Grand Theft Auto Online

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 $625
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 $500
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 IV

  • A black Emperor with a red lustered color spawns beside a building at Francis International Airport, after completing the mission Dust Off. It is possible that this vehicle was used by the FIB agents.
  • During Little Jacob's drug deliveries, it is possible to drive a beater Emperor with a unique lime-green roof, not present on those found in the city. Respraying it will lose its special color and turn into a regular beater Emperor.

Grand Theft Auto V

A snow variant of the Emperor (named as Emperor3 in the game's internal files) appears in the game for the purpose of appearing in two missions set in the town of Ludendorff. This variant is almost identical to the Beater variant, but covered in snow and bearing North Yankton plates. Most of the patches of rust on its bodywork is covered by snow, and will only spawn in white.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Puerto Rican Connection - The Spanish Lords targets own an Emperor, which they board after getting off the Schottler Station.
  • Dust Off - There is an Emperor parked near the helipad after delivering the Maverick to Francis International Airport. The player does not have to take it, although it is recommended to do so as most of the missions by this point take place in Algonquin, and it is a long way to get back. The player will also gain a wanted level if they stay inside the airport for too long, making the Emperor a quick mode of transport out.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Notable Owners


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Commonly found around the Dukes area. (Both beater and normal version of the car).
  • The beater variant can be found parked in Industrial, Bohan, just west of the Dukes Bay Bridge.
  • The beater variant can be found as the delivery vehicle for the Drug Delivery side-mission.
  • The beater variant spawns more frequently when driving a non-beater Sabre or Vigero. The regular version spawns more frequently when driving a beater Sabre or Vigero.
  • Spawns commonly when driving an Esperanto.
  • Spawns near Mikhail Faustin's mansion in Beachgate.
  • Occasionally spawns parked on Munsee Avenue in Downtown, Broker. Commonly found near where the Pony spawns.
  • The beater variant is very common in southern Alderney, around the poorer areas.
  • A locked Emperor will be waiting outside the Schottler Station in the mission The Puerto Rican Connection. After the targets get inside, they will drive it to the Burger Shot in Broker and will remain there until they're killed. The car will be unlocked and available to take.

Grand Theft Auto V

Standard Variant
Beater variant
Snow Variant
  • Appears outside the Bank in Ludendorff during The Prologue, but it cannot be driven by the player. This variant may also spawn on the roads when the player is controlling the Rancher XL.
  • Appears in Ludendorff during the mission Bury the Hatchet when arriving in North Yankton as Michael De Santa. Although the player can obtain the vehicle by shooting the driver, the game will warn the player to return to the Asea provided, and will fail the mission if the player drives too far away from the Asea.
  • Can be selected as a respawn vehicle in a Capture (GTA Online).


Grand Theft Auto IV



Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The back of an Emperor is featured on a building in Star Junction.
    • A "beta" version of the Emperor is seen advertised in Star Junction, however the nature of the sign and the low resolution texture [1] used make it difficult to distinguish precise differences, the front end does seem quite different though.
  • The Emperor uses the horn sound from GTA San Andreas.
  • The beater variant, being an Albany with only 3 headlights, could be a nod to the "Psychobilly Cadillac" from the Johnny Cash song "One Piece At A Time".
  • The Emperor shares its interior with the Esperanto.
  • A Beater Emperor appears in the Weazel News trailer for The Ballad of Gay Tony being driven by officers of a special gun control unit of the LCPD, hinting an apparent use as an undercover vehicle.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Originally, the Emperor would lean back when traveling at high speeds because of its weight. This appear to be corrected in a later update, as it currently does not have this kind of behaviour. [citation/verification needed]
  • The North Yankton variant in GTA V has a slightly different interior from the Beater variant that it is based on. Even though it is first seen during the Prologue in 2004, it has a holster attached to the dashboard which could hold a smartphone. [2]
  • The reverse and brake lights appear to be missing their texture when reversing and braking, despite the light elements illuminating (enhanced version only).
  • Strangely, Beater Emperors can be found parked in front of the Sandy Shores Sheriff's Station bearing 'SA Exempt' license plates, meaning they are government vehicles- perhaps as very poorly maintained undercover police cars in a similar manner to the one seen in the Weazel News trailer for The Ballad of Gay Tony.

See Also

  • Intruder - A sedan in the HD universe based on a later generation of the Infiniti Q45.


  1. 256x256 Texture file of Star Junction Ad

  2. Interior of snowy variant.