The Esperanto is a recurring vehicle in the Grand Theft Auto series. It is a two door sedan in the 3D Universe and a four-door sedan in the HD Universe. It is manufactured by Albany in the HD Universe.


3D Universe

The Esperanto made its first appearance in Grand Theft Auto III. Its design became more boxy in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and appeared alongside a similar classic coupe, the Remington. Despite the Remington being a lowrider, the Esperanto was not. The rounded design returned for Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. However, it returned to the boxy design in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

The Esperanto is based on a 1975-1978 Cadillac Eldorado, more specifically the 1975 and 1976 models judging by the taillights. However, the vehicle has received significant changes throughout its appearances in these games.

When introduced in GTA III (and, later, in GTA Liberty City Stories), the Esperanto features a slightly curvy profile and flatter details. The GTA Vice City rendition (as well as the GTA Vice City Stories rendition) received a major retouch with the vehicle featuring a more angular body design, detailed fascia and rear fin that slant forward. GTA San Andreas' Esperanto is essentially similar in design as that of GTA Vice City, but noticeably sports differences in the rear, with its tailfin-based taillights reduced in height (implying they are now part of the rear bumper) and its rear license plate relocated from the trunk lid to the bumper. Similarly, the GTA Advance rendition maintains much of the physical traits of previous Esperanto's as seen from the top down.

One of the earliest known names of the car is the "Esparanto", revealed during development of GTA III and depicted in the Capital Autos website. Very early models of the possible Esparanto was more detailed, it had a brown vinyl roof and there were bigger resemblance to a real Cadillac from seventies. The beta Esperanto was also intended to feature hydraulics, but the feature was dropped in the final release. This feature was passed to the Yardie Lobo, however.

HD Universe

For the HD Universe the design was completely changed. The vehicle became a four door sedan for its appearance in Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes From Liberty City.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Albany Esperanto is very different to the earlier renditions. Rather than being a large two-door coupe, the new car is a mid-sized four-door sedan. Its styling inspiration appears to be a pastiche of common early-80s mid-size American car styling. The bumpers, sides (especially the wheel arches, side cladding, the slight kink behind the rear window, and the shape of the rear window) and bustle-back styling are based on the Lincoln Continental Mark VII, albeit made into a four door. The grille and headlights are similar to a 1982/1983 Chevrolet Malibu and the taillights are extremely similar to those on a 1982-1986 Pontiac Bonneville. The combined look seems to emulate a second generation Cadillac Seville as it is commonly mistaken for one. In game, the vehicle shares its interior with the Emperor, meaning its dashboard is very similar to the Pontiac Bonneville that inspires the taillights.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


3D Universe

Although performance aspects vary slightly between games for this vehicle, acceleration and speed are generally quite satisfying with the rear-drive V8 or I6 (depending on the game) powertrain. The one common problem with the Esperanto, however, is its notoriously bad brakes - a problem that is only exacerbated by the vehicle's weight. When traveling at high speed, it takes some time to bring the vehicle to a stop which, besides often causing minor accidents, becomes a potentially fatal problem in GTA III, where Claude is unable to jump from a moving vehicle, exposing him to serious danger in a fast-moving Esperanto about to explode. The car's handling is highly responsive, but again, the vehicle's size and weight cause problems, predisposing it to two-wheeling and loss of control when overcompensating for a swerve at high speeds. However, its huge mass absorbs damage quite well, making it a good vehicle for ramming smaller ones (and even comparably sized ones) off the road. Usually using the handbrake with this car is more effective than using the main braking system.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 99 / 160 5 Petrol RWD 1800 / 3968
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Esperanto is powered by a relatively lazy-feeling V6 engine, which is paired with a 5 speed gearbox. It has a RWD configuration unlike the real Seville, which is FWD. Overall, it is rather slow and dreary, in that acceleration is very poor and top speed is not very high. Handling is fairly acceptable, though some understeer can be felt. The suspension can be described as moderately firm, yet soft enough to cope with the rough streets of Liberty City. Braking has improved significantly over the 3D Universe Esperanto, though ABS is still not available. When crashed, this car appears to cope rather well. However, it is easy for the engine to become damaged.

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 75 / 120 5 N/A RWD 1600 / 3527
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Esperanto can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
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
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Image Gallery


Roman's Taxi

Grand Theft Auto IV & The Lost and Damned
The Roman's Taxi in Grand Theft Auto IV.
(Rear quarter view)

Roman Bellic owns a fleet of black Esperantos he uses as taxis for his business before the mission Hostile Negotiation, before they are replaced by grey Cavalcades. It is the first vehicle the player drives in Grand Theft Auto IV and is optionally seen in a mission in The Lost and Damned.

Police Roadcruiser

Grand Theft Auto V
The Police Roadcruiser in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)

In Grand Theft Auto V, the North Yankton State Patrol used a fleet of Esperantos as police vehicles circa 2004. They are only seen in the mission Prologue. The vehicle itself does not appear in GTA V.

Special Variant

In Grand Theft Auto III, there is a unique navy blue variant found in the Ghost Town. It appears to have bigger wheels and darker windows compared to the normal Esperanto, although it lacks an interior. However, it is simply a mere prop and it cannot be driven by the player.

Notable owners

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Life's a Beach - The Esperanto is one of three cars that the player can find at beach in the party during the mission (three cars).

Grand Theft Auto Advance

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Love on the Rocks - Toni meets a man in a Esperanto under the Newport's overpass, where he's informed about the van where the evidences are located.


Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto Advance

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: GTA Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • In GTA IV, a black one is always available at the cab depot up until Roman's Sorrow has been completed, it can also be seen entering or leaving the building.
  • One or more may be parked at The Triangle Club in Northern Gardens, Bohan.
  • Can be found in Broker in traffic.
  • One can be found on Wenrohronon Ave. in Broker with a Marbelle, parked on the side of the road near a small construction site before the road ends. It also can be found there in multiplayer modes.
  • Can often be found in Bohan.
  • Occasionally found in Alderney.


Grand Theft Auto IV



  • Esperanto is the name of an auxiliary language spoken throughout the world. It could also be a misspelling of the word esperando, which means "waiting" in Spanish and Portuguese.

3D Universe

HD Universe


Wrecked car in GTA IV.

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