The Jobuilt Phantom is a tractor trailer truck appearing in Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Design

Grand Theft Auto IV

The design of the Phatom is heavily based on a Peterbilt 359 EXHD with a 63-inch long raised roof sleeper, with its hood shape, air cleaners and the cab roofline taken from a Peterbilt 389.

The truck serves as the only semi-trailer truck available in the game (although it is unable to move any of the cargo trailers around the city) and is possibly used in Labor Union Trucking (as the truck is driven by the Italian Mafia). The front of the vehicle features a large heavy-duty bumper with a red/white warning stripe at the bottom, the license plate on the center and a set of bumper guides on the edges. The front of the nose is finished in silver/chrome and features a large grille with a riveted surrounding and dual circular headlights mounted on either side of the grille, while the sides of the nose have large circular fenders for the front wheels. The same nose features cursive "Jobuilt" badges above the grille and on the sides.

The main cabin of the truck is very elevated and features a set of side steps and large fuel tanks on the lower sides, as well as cab skirts with additional lights. On the middle section, the truck features two large air cleaners between the nose and the cabin doors, long grab handles nest to the doors and large vertical exhaust stacks between the main cabin and the sleeper cab. The upper area features a split windshield with a custom visor on the front, large rear-view mirrors on the doors and numerous circular marker lights and trumpet horns on the roof of the main cabin, along with fewer rectangular marker lights on the rear end of the sleeper cab. The sides of the sleeper cab feature gold "JOBUILT" and silver "Phantom V24 Supercharged" badging.

The rear section consist of the bare chassis with the corresponding Fifth wheel, featuring side access ladders and small mudguards in front of the wheel set. The rear end has circular tail lights on the upper side, a central license plate below the reverse lights and large mudflaps behind the wheel set, bearing cursive "Jobuilt" badges at the bottom. Behind the sleeper cab, there are two vertical frames attached to the edges of the same, possibly intended to prevent the trailer damaging the truck when turning too sharply.

The truck is available in several single colors for the cabin and the sleeper cab, and uses traditional industrial wheels seen in vehicles like the Mule and the Yankee.

The Phantom is equipped with a GPS system with a male voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Phantom returns in Grand Theft Auto V with the same design as in Grand Theft Auto IV. However, it gains the ability to tow trailers, along with other semi-trucks featured in the game. The Phantom is also fitted with a CB radio, and occasional trucker chatter can be heard regardless of whether the main radio is turned on or off. The chatter will only play if playing as Trevor and in Blaine County.

Again, the truck is available in several single colors for the cabin and the sleeper cab, and uses traditional industrial wheels seen in vehicles like the Mule, the Scrap Truck and the large Towtruck.

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Performance

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Phantom's performance is above average for what one might expect from a truck of its size. It has above average acceleration, and given enough room, can reach an impressive top speed that can rival some sports cars. Cornering is rather sluggish, and careful use of the brakes are required at higher speeds to offset the understeer. Few non-armored vehicles can match the durability of the Phantom. Deformation damage seldom has need of being considered, and the engine can take several hard blows before giving out. As expected, it has a very high mass, easily ramming traffic out of the way, and capable of setting vehicles on fire with just one hit at a decent speed. As long as tight spaces are out of the question, the Phantom is quite viable for use as a chase or getaway vehicle. Despite being an enormous vehicle, the Phantom can still be used to perform burnouts and "donuts".

The Phantom has, according to badges, a 24-valve Supercharged engine. Strangely, the engine model for the Phantom appears to use 8 spark plugs textures, suggesting it is a petrol engine (untypical for a vehicle of this kind). It also suggests the engine can only be a petrol single-cam V8, but with a boxy appearance and connected to an adjacent air filter, with no sight of a supercharged as claimed. The 7-speed gearbox seems to be a rare use of an auxiliary gearbox in-game; a secondary gearbox working very similar to twin-geared bikes - the secondary gearbox having less gears than the primary gearbox, but giving the primary gearbox more potential by allowing a higher combination of gears. The exact same feature is found on the Packer in GTA IV. The gear shifts are very low and ratios seem almost equal (apart from the last gear). Its engine sound is somewhat similar to a diesel engine, which revs moderately high (yet still lower than other trucks, such as the Benson and Securicar), and provides a significantly smooth engine sound, yet the roar produced from the engine can still be heard unlike the aforementioned vehicles, the Benson and Securicar.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 84 / 135 7 N/A RWD 10000 / 22046
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 24-valved Supercharged (Badging) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 7 FR (rear 4) SOHC V8 (Spark-Plug Textures) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, the performance is virtually identical to its GTA IV counterpart. However, the general speed increase of vehicles in the game have toned down the advantages present before. It can still serve as a decent vehicle to travel long distances with, due to its acceptable speed and excellent durability. It is not recommended for off-road use, due to its top-heaviness and slow acceleration on slopes.

Again, the Phantom has, according to badges, a 24-valve Supercharged engine, with the same engine model as in GTA IV. However, it has a traditional 5-speed gearbox, lacking the auxiliary gearbox altogether. It retains the same engine sound from the GTA IV iteration, being also shared with trucks like the Packer and the Pounder.

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Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 80 / 123 5 N/A RWD 12000 / 26455 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 24-valved Supercharged (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
Observed
8.6 Seconds 85 / 136 5 FR (rear 4) SOHC V8 (Spark-Plug Textures) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
Phantom-GTAV-RSCStats.png
Speed
65.995811%
Acceleration
52.499996%
Braking
26.666668%
Traction
50%

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Variants

Rubble

Grand Theft Auto V
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The Rubble in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)
Description

The Rubble is the dump truck version of the Phantom, adding a tipper on the back that will be either empty or filled with rubble on it.

Phantom Wedge

Grand Theft Auto Online
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The Phantom Wedge in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)
Description

The Phantom Wedge is a custom variant of the Phantom fitted with a large triangular wedge on the front, removing the hood, added to Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Import/Export update.

Phantom Custom

Grand Theft Auto Online
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The Phantom Custom in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)
Description

The Phantom Custom is a custom, armored variant of the Phantom added to Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Gunrunning update.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto IV

Episodes from Liberty City

  • In The Lost and Damned's Gang Warfare, the Italian Mafia drives Phantom trucks that are the target vehicle. They are very well armored and the two occupants are armed, so the only way one can take it is by killing them and take the truck, losing the war.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • On the same locations as in story mode, especially on freeways.
  • May spawn in the VIP Work Haulage, as the main truck to carry the goods trailer.

Trivia

General

  • The name "Phantom" may be a reference to "Phantom 309", a truck driving song released originally by Red Sovine in 1967.
  • The default radio stations for the Phantom are:
  • The Phantom and the Packer in Grand Theft Auto IV both claim to have a V24 Supercharged engine, however, they are too small to fit a V24 engine; the correct configuration are either a straight-6 or V8, which are common in many industrial trucks. It is possible the the V24 nomenclature was meant to refence a 24-valve Straight-6 engine type, despite the fact that references to valve configurations on several other vehicles appears to be in the more accurate "24V" style nomenclature. It is possibly an oversight.

Bugs/Glitches

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The rearmost wheels are not solid, allowing the player to clip through them. Since the player is not technically on board of the vehicle, one may be pulled by the truck's rear mudflaps and move as fast as they can without being harmed.

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