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The Phoenix is a two-door muscle car that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Imponte in the HD Universe.


3D Universe

The Phoenix is based on the Pontiac Trans Am (also known as Pontiac Firebird) and 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro, but the round tail lights are similar to 1970-1973 Chevrolet Camaros.

The Phoenix is distinctive by its angled front and flat rear end, sporting rectangular headlights, circular tail light and side trim detail. The vehicle has been changed slightly throughout the games, with a rear deck lid blackout panel in GTA San Andreas, and a thinner stripe in GTA Vice City Stories. The car is distinctive by its hood scoop, where in GTA Vice City it is fully functional.

The car can spawn with single colors or a two-tone paintjob, where the secondary color is applied in the form of a stripe passing through the hood, the roof and the rear.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Phoenix returns in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online with a near-identical appearance from the 3D Universe, although it takes up resemblance from the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am.

The vehicle assumes a slightly larger bodywork with a similar shape to the 3D Universe renditions, where the front end has a more vertical profile with a pointy shape around the center. The lower area is predominated by a bulky bumper with a central wide intake and a plastic lower section, while the upper area is predominated by the dual meshed grilles bearing the corresponding badges and the chrome inset housings with circular headlights. The hood slightly curves towards the front and has a small bulge that slightly elevates as it approaches to the windshield, with a decal on the driver-side front displaying its name.

The sides of the car are very similar to the 3D Universe model, with flared arches and elevated rear section, along with additional manufacturer badges and the "Phoenix" decals on the front fenders. The greenhouse area is relatively short and wide, where the rear section features a curved profile with additional badges next to the door windows. The roof has sectioned panels on it.

The rear of the car is similar to the 3D Universe iterations, featuring a slanted rear end with a blacked-out panel identical to the GTA San Andreas version. A set of circular tail lights with chrome trim and inner reverse/turning lights can be seen on either side, along with a central plate holder. The lower area of the bumper has two small cut-outs for the exhaust tips. On the underside, two exhaust pipes runs across the car and ends in two exhaust silencers, which both splits into two long pipes, resulting in four tail pipes that are seen under the rear bumper. The car prominently spawns with a ducktail spoiler.

Like its 3D Universe iteration, the car may spawn either with a single body color or with a randomly colored stripe in the middle, where it is determined by the secondary color when modified at Los Santos Customs. The decals displaying its name are also painted with the secondary color. It uses a unique set of wheels consisting of numerous rims crossing at each other, forming various pentagons and triangles around the center.

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3D Universe

The Phoenix is acceptably fast, however has great acceleration and torque, offset by having somewhat of a loose rear end. It has a top speed of 200km/h, faster than other comparable muscle cars such as the Sabre, Clover, and Stallion, which all share a top speed of 160 km/h. This makes it a great vehicle for drifting with. The Phoenix drives and sounds as if it is powered by a large supercharged engine, and also features a large air scoop for the carburetor. It can also be modified in TransFender in GTA San Andreas with nearly all of the available options for customization, but most of the categories have only one option as with most car customization in San Andreas. Like most muscle cars, it has a two person capacity. On the downside, the brakes are not as good as the other sports cars in GTA San Andreas. According to the files, the mass is 1400kg in GTA Vice City and 1500kg in GTA San Andreas.

With the exception of GTA San Andreas, all of the Phoenix's 3D Universe appearances bear a sports/high end car's engine sound rather than the iconic V8 muscle car engine the car is associated with.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 124 / 200 5 Petrol RWD 1400 / 3086 (GTA VC)
1500 / 3307 (GTA SA)
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Phoenix has a high top speed and decent acceleration. It also has excellent torque and can climb steep hills with ease. Unfortunately, it suffers from poor handling. Its poor weight distribution and light rear end leads to severe oversteer, especially at high speeds. Its back end is prone to fishtailing, and crashes and spin-outs may occur more often than usual in this car. The durability is below-par, and it is prone to frame loss (fenders, bumpers, hoods, etc.) in event of a rollover accident.

It highly benefits from customization, as its acceleration can be topped with the right modifications. In essence, the Phoenix is quite similar to the Ruiner, however the Ruiner is generally superior in all areas. Thus, the Phoenix is better suited to more mundane roles, such as cruising at intermediate speeds. Despite this, the Phoenix can still be a competitor in the right hands, especially in races with more straights than corners.

The Phoenix is powered by what is stated to be a V8 turbo, somewhat true to its engine model, which is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear wheel drive layout. Its engine sound is of a high-performance engine, similar to the Ruiner and the Dominator in that aspect.

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 90 / 145 5 N/A RWD 1700 / 3748 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A V8 Turbo (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
5.2 Seconds 110 / 177 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Phoenix can only be modified in a TransFender garage.

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (body, 64 different colors) $ 150
Car Color 2 (stripe, 64 different colors) $ 150
Vents Oval Hood Vent $ 150
Square Hood Vent $ 100
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 350
Lights Square Fog Lamp $ 50
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Spoilers Win $ 550
Fury $ 350
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

NOTE: Las Venturas Transfender will charge 20% more (except for colors)

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online) Image
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
Bumpers Stock Front Bumper $250 $500
Extended Chin Spoiler $500 $1,000
Custom Chin Spoiler $750 $1,500
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
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $130 $260
Big Bore Exhaust $375 $750
Titanium Tuner Exhaust $899 $1,800
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Grilles Stock Grille $100 $200
Iron Mask $375 $750
Hoods Stock Hood $150 $300
Cowl Induction Hood $325 $650
Triple Intake Bug Catcher $750 $1,500
Single Intake Bug Catcher $875 $1,750
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 $2,500
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 - -
Roofs Stock Roof $100 $200
Glass Roof $350 $700
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $2,000
Skirts Stock Skirts $300 $600
Custom Skirts $415 $830
Spoilers None $150 $300
Mid Level Spoiler $275 $550
High Level Spoiler $350 $700
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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Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound - The Phoenix is one of the 32 vehicles wanted by the Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound in the side-mission of the same name. Placed on the second list.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Special Variants

  • During the shootout phase in Trevor Philips Industries, four Phoenixes will spawn in the parking lot around Liquor Ace. A black example and a white example will spawn at the abandoned gas station west of Liquor Ace, while a gray one and another black one will spawn east of the building. All four Phoenixes can spawn with any pearlescent luster from its default traffic color set. This means that there's a 1/5 chance for it to spawn with a unique pearlescent color that cannot be obtained at Los Santos Customs or Beeker's Garage under normal circumstances. The respective pearlescents are Matte Gray, Worn Dark Red, Utility Green and Utility Light Brown.
    • The black Phoenix that spawns on the east side is colored Util Black, which is unobtainable at mod shops under normal circumstances.

Notable Owners

3D Universe

HD Universe


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Commonly driven throughout the region of Vice Beach.
  • Parked at the north-western mansion on Starfish Island, as well as commonly found around the rest of the island.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Phoenix is an extremely rare car, akin to the Euros, Berkley's RC Van and Hotknife.

  • A Phoenix can be found by entering the San Fierro Hills street race located at the checkered flag behind Wang Cars. Take the Phoenix to a garage and store it, then instead of completing the race, fail the race to keep it.
  • Appears in A Home In The Hills where Big Poppa escapes Madd Dogg's mansion driving one. The player can kill him with a headshot and enter the car once the door is opened, as it will lock if the door closes again. This is difficult, however, as Big Poppa is set to drive recklessly and ignore stationary objects.
  • Rarely found inside of the impound lot of the San Fierro Police Headquarters. Use a Police Car or stealth abilities to enter the lot and avoid a three-star wanted level.
  • May spawn if the "Fast Cars" cheat is activated.
  • Can be obtained in Vigilante side-missions.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • The default radio stations for the Phoenix are:
  • A Phoenix is a legendary mythical bird said to set fire to itself and arise from its ashes in a new form. It is also one of six vehicles in the series to be named after a mythical creature, the other five being the Hydra, Leviathan, Banshee, Valkyrie and the Kraken.
  • Phoenix is likely a play on "Firebird", the car it is based on throughout the series, as phoenixes are "firebirds" due to their association with fire.
  • Pontiac had a real model called the Phoenix, a compact car made from 1977-84.

3D Universe

  • In GTA Vice City, the butterflies in the supercharger's hood scoop open when accelerating. However, in GTA San Andreas, they remain in a fixed position, and in GTA Vice City Stories the butterflies are removed altogether. It is also noteworthy that the GTA San Andreas version of the Phoenix has been made with three-dimensional butterflies in the scoop, while the ones in GTA Vice City were only two-dimensional.
  • In GTA Vice City, as Rockstar used photographs and decals for textures, the Phoenix's rims actually have the Porsche logo visible; this also applies to all vehicles using the same type of rims.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the car was meant to spawn regularly through all the affluent areas of the state, as shown in the cargrp.dat file, but a coding error prevents it from spawning around. The same happens with Euros and Tornado.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the Phoenix has a door sound that is used on older cars such as the Glendale and Perennial.
  • When the health cheat is activated or when the car is taken to a garage, the butterflies will be fixed open, due to a glitch.

HD Universe

  • In the first trailer for GTA V, the car is customized with Spooner muscle custom wheels, a custom chin spoiler and side-skirts[1] and the rare (not customizable) no-spoiler option.
  • Once all of the customization options have been unlocked in Los Santos Customs, the Phoenix has the option for a high level spoiler, modeling a high level rear wing. It is possibly a reference to the 1970 Plymouth Superbird.
    • Another customization item, the "Iron Mask" for the grille, can be used with the single intake bug catcher to make a vehicle vaguely resembling the Pursuit Special from the Mad Max film series.


  1. Trailer screenshot