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The Hermes is more legend than automobile. When all those 1960s classic muscle cars were still in diapers, the Hermes was already crawling down Eclipse Boulevard leaving a trail of unfiltered cigarettes and misogyny in its wake. With that kind of canvas you can paint a seriously offensive painting – and trust us, that eye-watering paint job is just the start.
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Hermes is a customized late 1940's coupe featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the The Doomsday Heist update, released on December 25th, 2017, during the Festive Surprise 2017 event. It is manufactured by Albany in the HD Universe.


3D Universe

The Hermes is based on the 1949-1951 Mercury Eight, with styling cues from the Hudson Hornet, but the car has been evidently modified into a lead sled, with a chopped roof and an additional pair of tail lights. The car's tail lights also resemble the ones on a Fiat Brava, minus one pair of its tail light stripes.

The Hermes is distinguishable by its large body, but seemingly small occupant's visibility. The hood area is relatively long in comparison to the rest of the vehicle, and has a curved trunk. In GTA Vice City, The Hermes does not feature a license plate, while the other renditions adds one on the rear end (directly on the trunk in GTA San Andreas and on the rear bumper in GTA Vice City Stories).

All renditions of the Hermes spawn in a variety of monotone colors.

Grand Theft Auto Online

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The Hermes returns in Grand Theft Auto Online, this time assuming the design of the third generation Buick Super, while still featuring influences from 1949-1951 Mercury Eight in the overall shape. The front fascia more closely resembles the Hudson Hornet. A classic bumper similar to the Hornet's can also be bought from Los Santos Customs, as well as a livery referencing the Fabulous Hudson Hornet. The rear lights and trunk have mild resemblance to the 1948 Cadillac "Cadzilla". If the rear bumper is removed, it also seems to loosely resemble the Holden Efijy.

The Hermes is modified into a lowrider, featuring a very sloped rear portion and numerous curves and arches. The rear wheels are hidden within the car's bodywork and various details are added to the front section of the vehicle, such as small side vents on the hood and trim over the hood and the fenders. The Hermes uses the standard lowrider interior seen in the Peyote and Hotknife, with classic analog dials and a fabric dash.

Like the Yosemite, the car has air-ride suspension; when at a stand still, the car lowers to the preferred suspension added in the Mod Garages, however, when moving, the vehicle lifts to give height between the ground and the car. This is particularly useful and helps to avoid scratching the vehicle. The lowest suspension modification for the vehicle clips through the ground, being the lowest any vehicle in GTA V and GTA Online can go.

The vehicle's bodywork and engine cam covers are painted in a primary color, while the bumpers and the trim found around the front, sides, cabin windows and lights are painted in a secondary color. It uses a unique set of wire-style wheels, but the spokes have a concave pattern and the center is medium-sized.

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3D Universe

The car's performance could be described as average; its acceleration is underwhelming, but it has a moderate top speed. It is unusual in that it has front wheel drive (very rare in American cars of the period) and it cannot be blown up with a gas-tank shot like most cars in GTA San Andreas. The car is also prone to understeer, owing to its large size, small tires and front wheel drive.

In GTA San Andreas the brakes are extremely inefficient and are among the worst in the game, but in the hands of an experienced player the vehicle may be used for drifting. Holding the brake and the handbrake simultaneously is a good way to increase the car's brake strength. However, this technique is still less effective to put the car into a full stop while sliding down the slope surfaces on a high speed. As it only has two doors, the Hermes can only seat two.

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 FWD 1950 / 4299
N/A N/A N/A N/A FWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Hermes is a very stable and comfortable ride thanks to the air-ride suspension it possesses. Because of its length and shape, it struggles to make quick maneuvers. However the vehicle's purpose does not make this a huge concern.

In terms of speed, once given time, it is very competitive against even some sports cars, exceeding most muscle cars, even with similar weight, but the weight does limit the vehicle in terms of acceleration, and huge amounts of wheelspin are present with hard acceleration, without modifying the vehicle's engine. Despite this, the Hermes still proves to be a steady, firm ride and does not tend to spin out of control, even during winter conditions, where road conditions are unpredictable. However, because it is top-heavy, it has a tendency to flip over when cornering whilst hitting a curb or when cornering driving downwards or upwards a hill for example; this also happens on flat, straight roads.

The Hermes' suspension raises while in forward motion, and lowers to its default height when stationary. This seemed problematic on curbs and other uneven areas, as it may get easily stuck when stationary. However, this mechanic was changed in the Arena War update, as the car raises with the handbrake button held.

GTA Online Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 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 85 / 137 4 N/A RWD 1300 / 2866 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A 4 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Hermes can only be modified at TransFender.

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $200
5x Nitrous $500
10x Nitrous $1,000
Wheels Import $820
Atomic $770
Ahab $1,000
Virtual $620
Access $1,140
Off Road Wheel $1,000
Mega $1,030
Grove $1,230
Twist $1,200
Wires $1,560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $1,500

Grand Theft Auto Online

Category Modification Cost Image
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $1,000
Street Brakes $20,000
Sport Brakes $27,000
Race Brakes $35,000
Bumpers Front Bumpers Stock Front Bumper $2,200
Overriders Removed $4,600
Front Bumper Delete $7,400
Classic Bumper & Overriders $11,700
Classic Bumper $14,500
Street Bumper & Overriders $14,700
Street Bumper $14,900
Simple Bullet Bumper $15,100
Custom Bullet Bumper $15,300
Rear Bumpers Stock Rear Bumper $2,200
Rear Bumper Delete $4,600
Smoothed Rear Bumper $7,400
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $260
Wide Chrome Tips $750
Explosives Ignition Bomb $5,000
Remote Bomb $7,500
Fenders Stock Fender $300
Dechrome Fenders $900
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $600
Xenon Lights $7,500
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights -
Livery None $11,400
Basic Pinstripe $18,240
Ghost Flames $19,380
Classic Flames $20,520
Blue Flames $21,660
Layered Flames $22,800
Rat Look $23,370
Reporting for Duty $23,939
Saltflat Drag $24,510
Amazing Albany $25,080
Kinky Kelly $25,650
Amazing Albany II Unreleased
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker
Full Coverage
Plates Blue on White 1 $200
Blue on White 2 $200
Blue on White 3 $200
Yellow on Blue $300
Yellow on Black $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors -
Sell Sell Vehicle
Suspension Stock Suspension $200
Lowered Suspension $1,000
Street Suspension $2,000
Sport Suspension $3,400
Competition Suspension $4,400
Transmission Stock Transmission $1,000
Street Transmission $29,500
Sports Transmission $32,500
Race Transmission $40,000
Turbo None $5,000
Turbo Tuning $50,000
Arch Covers Stock $2,500
Remove Arch Covers $5,500
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels -
Windows None $500
Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000


Cuban Hermes

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City & Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
The Cuban Hermes in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
(Rear quarter view)

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, there is a modified gang variant of the car driven by the Cubans, dubbed the Cuban Hermes.

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Grand Theft Auto Online


Notable Owners

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Benny owns a black Hermes with the Classic Flames livery. It can be seen in the LS Car Meet introduction cutscene.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Auto Shop Service - This vehicle may be randomly selected to be serviced and returned to a customer.


In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Hermes is commonly seen around Vice City. In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Hermes is mostly a gang car for the Los Santos Vagos and the Varrios Los Aztecas, and as such, it can be seen on their respective turfs.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • "Hermes" is the Greek name for the Roman god Mercury, which is also the name of the car manufacturer it is based on.
  • The Hermes plays the following radio stations by default when entered:

3D Universe

  • Even though the Hermes in GTA Vice City Stories has dual exhaust pipes, the exhaust fumes are only coming through the right pipe.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Upon closer inspection, the vehicle lacks any driving pedals. This is also found on the Roosevelt/Roosevelt Valor, Hotknife and the Z-Type.
  • With the correct rear bumper, the player can remove the license plate, making it illegal on the road.
  • The Hermes is one of two non-lowrider vehicles with an independent suspension, with the other being the Yosemite, which is also in the Muscle class, released in the same update.
  • With the "Classic Flames" livery and the corresponding color, one can recreate the Cuban Hermes.
  • The "Amazing Albany" livery is a reference to the Fabulous Hudson Hornet. With the right paint color and wheels, the car can be made to resemble Doc Hudson from the movie Cars.
  • When entering a facility the Hermes will bottom out and not complete the animation of it driving onto the platform.
  • The Hermes is a popular favourite with the Diamond Casino & Resort, as it has been shown in an advertisement, it is shown in the background of a vintage poster, and a miniature model of the car is also available for sale at the Casino gift shop.
  • The sitting position in the Hermes is different between the camera perspectives; in first person, the player is high enough to clearly see over the dashboard, but in 3rd person, the character's position shows that they shouldn't be able to see, as their face is level with the steering wheel.


Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Installing aftermarket suspension will affect the first-person camera when the car raises or lowers from the independent suspension in such a way that the camera itself will no longer smoothly follow the height of the dashboard.
  • Some players report money being deducted from their account, despite purchasing the Hermes on Christmas day - December 25, 2017 - when the Hermes was FREE.
    • This is potentially caused by the awards message not appearing in-session straight away, and the Hermes' sale price displaying as "$535,000", rather than "FREE" on the day. Waiting a few in-game minutes would see the awards been given and the price changed to FREE.
    • However, many PC users were deducted the full price even after the message appeared and was listed as being free on Southern San Andreas Super Autos.[2]


  1. Seen on the "Classic American Cars" poster inside the Auto Shop if the "Route 68" style is applied.