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GTA Online: Smuggler's Run is a content update for Grand Theft Auto Online, released on August 29, 2017.


With a name that’s a nod to an early classic from the Rockstar Games catalog, Smuggler’s Run opens up the air corridors above Los Santos and Blaine County, providing new business opportunities while introducing a range of planes, choppers and even ultralights as highly viable options for transporting criminal cargo across the state – simultaneously opening up some creative new methods of dispatching any rival gangs along the way.
— Rockstar Newswire.

The update has the GTA Online Protagonist working with Ron Jakowski to smuggle contraband across San Andreas.


  • Aircraft Hangars have been added to Grand Theft Auto Online. Players can purchase a hangar on the Maze Bank Foreclosures website and choose from five locations. Hangars can be customized with a choice of modifications and add-ons such as a hangar style, lighting, floor graphics, office furniture, living quarters and an aircraft workshop and mechanic. Hangars come with space for up to 20 of a player’s personal aircraft and an office with a computer that is used to manage the Air Freight Business.
  • The Air-Freight business has been added to GTA Online. The Air-Freight business is managed with the Free Trade Shipping Co. app on the computer in the hangar and allows players to source and sell cargo. Players must first complete a setup mission to get the business up and running. Once set up, players can then begin stealing cargo which can then be sold for a profit. Completing these unlock discounts for aircraft featured in the update.

New Characters[]

Character Customization[]

  • Over 300 clothing items, 41 outfits, and 214 masks have been added.
  • 34 new tattoos have been added.


19 new vehicles added:

  • 14 are aircraft
  • 4 are land vehicles
  • 1 is a weaponized vehicle
Image Name Description
Available to purchase immediately
Buckingham Alpha-Z1 A light aerobatic plane based on the Reberry 3M1C1R.
Grotti Visione A new super car based on the Ferrari Xezri, with elements from the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari.
LF-22 Starling Small rocket engine fighter plane with a body design inspired by the Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet. Equipped with two built-in machine guns.
Mammoth Tula A medium-sized plane resembling a Kaman K-16B, with the wings, four-engine layout and the VTOL tiltwing feature derived from the LTV XC-142.
Nagasaki Havok An ultralight, single-seat helicopter strongly based on a Heli-Sport CH-7.
Nagasaki Ultralight A piston-powered ultralight trike.
V-65 Molotok A Korean War era fighter jet primarily based on the Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15/MiG-17, with the stabilizer setup the North American F-86 Sabre.
Vapid Retinue A 2 door coupe based on the European Ford Escort mk1.
Western Company Rogue A two-seat trainer based on the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II and the Embraer EMB 312 Tucano.
Unlocked after Event Weeks Event Week
Dewbauchee Rapid GT Classic Classic sports coupe based on the Aston Martin V8. Rapid GT Classic Week
September 12, 2017
RM-10 Bombushka A large weaponized cargo bomber plane that takes inspirations from the Antonov An-12 and the North American B-25 Mitchell. RM-10 Bombushka Week
September 19, 2017
Buckingham Howard NX-25 A stunt plane based on the Hughes H-1 Racer. Howard NX-25 Week
September 26, 2017
Mammoth Mogul A light attack bomber based on the Beechcraft 18. Mogul Week
October 3, 2017
Buckingham Pyro A twin-boom World War II era fighter jet based on the De Havilland Vampire. Pyro Week
October 10, 2017
Western Company Seabreeze A new seaplane based on the Seawind 300c. Halloween Bonuses 2017
October 28, 2017
Grotti Vigilante A weaponized vehicle mainly based on the Batmobile from Batman Returns. Halloween Specials 2017/Anniversary Specials
October 31, 2017
P-45 Nokota WWII-era fighter plane based on the North American P-51 Mustang, very reminiscent of the Rustler from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. P-45 Nokota Week
November 7, 2017
Coil Cyclone An electric sports car based on the Rimac Concept One. Cyclone Week
November 14, 2017
FH-1 Hunter An Apache/Comanche-based helicopter, which appears to be the same model as its cut appearance in Grand Theft Auto V. Returning from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. FH-1 Hunter Week
November 21, 2017

The update also adds the already existing P-996 LAZER for purchase on the Warstock Cache & Carry website during the P-996 LAZER Week event.

Special Tops[]




  • Owners of the hangars in Fort Zancudo have a low-level clearance, meaning they will only be allowed to access the area with no trouble. However, anything beyond this low-level clearance will result in a wanted level, though it will only be a two-star wanted level instead of the usual four stars.
  • A new “Formation Flying Assist” option has been added to the Interaction Menu for VIP/CEO Organizations and Motorcycle Clubs.
  • Changes have been made to the amount of explosive hits the Savage can withstand. Now it takes one explosive without being destroyed.
  • Flares fired from the Flare Gun now attract nearby homing missiles.
  • The new Havok helicopter has been added to the list of vehicles available to VIP/CEO Organizations and MCs. Like the SuperVolito, its SecuroServ variant will always spawn with a matte black and dark red finish.
  • Multiple new MC and CEO Styles have been added.
  • There is now an updated podcast by Ron that can play on Blaine County Radio Community Hour. It makes various references to events during Grand Theft Auto V's timeline, Grand Theft Auto itself and events such as snow in Los Santos during Christmas events and switching characters. It also stars a guest, a right-wing activist named Sophia Bowles-Carmichael.

Bug Fixes[]

  • Changes to vehicle downforce calculations have been made to make sure vehicle handling behaves in the same way as before the Gunrunning content update.
  • Fixed an issue with the active spoilers of the Truffade Nero and the Progen T20 vehicles moving incorrectly when braking.


  • Technical Custom layout changed from LAYOUT_STD_TECHNICAL (Technical) to LAYOUT_STD_TECHNICAL3 (Technical Custom)
    • Vehicle layout LAYOUT_STD_TECHNICAL3 added to Vehicle Layouts.
  • Flag FLAG_HOLD_TO_SHUFFLE added to APC to allow the player to easily switch between driver and passenger seats.
  • Oppressor's stock machine guns' bullet direction pitch offset updated from -3.5 to -1.5, improving overall accuracy.


Image Name Start End
P996-LAZER-GTAO-Poster P-996 LAZER Week November 28, 2017 December 11, 2017
BlackFridaySales2017-GTAO-Poster Black Friday Sales 2017 November 24, 2017 November 27, 2017
FH1-Hunter-GTAO-Poster FH-1 Hunter Week November 21, 2017 November 27, 2017
Cyclone-GTAO-Poster Cyclone Week November 14, 2017 November 20, 2017
P45Nokota-GTAO-Poster P-45 Nokota Week November 07, 2017 November 13, 2017
HalloweenBonuses2017-GTAO-Poster Halloween Surprise October 27, 2017 November 06, 2017
AnniversarySpecials2017-GTAO-Poster Anniversary Specials 2017 October 27, 2017 October 30, 2017
TransformRaces-GTAO-Advertisement Transform Races Week (October 2017) October 17, 2017 October 26, 2017
Pyro-GTAO-Ad Pyro Week October 10, 2017 October 16, 2017
Mogul-GTAO-Ad Mogul Week October 03, 2017 October 09, 2017
Howard-NX25-GTAO-Ad Howard NX-25 Week September 26, 2017 October 02, 2017
RM10-Bombushka-GTAO-Ad RM-10 Bombushka Week September 19, 2017 September 25, 2017
RapidGTClassic-GTAO-NewswireAd Rapid GT Classic Week September 12, 2017 September 18, 2017
GTAOnlineBonusesSeptember2017-GTAO-Poster GTA Online Bonuses (September 2017) September 05, 2017 September 11, 2017
SmugglersRun-GTAO-Artwork Smuggler's Run/Event August 29, 2017 September 04, 2017


Pre-release Screenshots[]

Official release Screenshots[]


GTA Online: Smuggler's Run Trailer.
GTA Online Guide - How to Make Money with Smuggler's Run.


  • The name and theming of this update is a reference to a past Rockstar Games title, Smuggler's Run. The font and gradient in the logo for the update specifically replicates the logo from Smuggler's Run 2.
  • Since Trevor Philips is mentioned to be still alive in 2017 in this content update, it can be deduced that "Something Sensible" isn't the canon finale of Grand Theft Auto V. However, Michael De Santa's fate hadn't been mentioned as of yet in Grand Theft Auto Online. Later updates confirmed that The Third Way is the canon ending of Grand Theft Auto V.



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