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

In every rendition, the Phoenix is based on the Pontiac Trans Am (also known as Pontiac Firebird) and 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaro but the round taillights are similar to 1970-1973 Chevrolet Camaros. The front portion was resembling 1973-1975 Vauxhall Firenza, especially the Droopsnoot version.

The Phoenix 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 was fully functional.

Grand Theft Auto V

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

The Phoenix is now depicted with a pointed front end, side skirts and, by default, lacks any sort of hood scoop or intake in it. 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.

It is now able to 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.

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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

The Phoenix in Grand Theft Auto V 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 another car based off the Pontiac Trans Am, the Ruiner (although the Ruiner is based off of a later-model Trans Am than the Phoenix), 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 Buffalo S, the Dominator and the Gauntlet in that aspect.

GTA V Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
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

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor 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 Street Brakes $2,000 $4,000
Sport Brakes $2,700 $5,400
Race Brakes $3,500 $7,000
Bumpers 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
Exhaust Big Bore Exhaust $375 $750
Titanium Tuner Exhaust $899 $1,800
Grille Iron Mask $375 $750
Hood Cowl Induction Hood $325 $650
Triple Intake Bug Catcher $750 $1,500
Single Intake Bug Catcher $875 $1,750
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $2,500
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Roof Glass Roof $350 $700
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $2,000
Skirts Custom Skirts $415 $830
Spoiler Mid Level Spoiler $275 $550
High Level Spoiler $350 $700
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Notable Owners

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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:
  • 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 HydraLeviathan, 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.
  • The Phoenix was originally going to be called the "Roadblazer". [citation/verification needed]

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 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.
  • 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 lacks a rear spoiler and side-skirts.
  • This vehicle cannot be purchased legally.
  • 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 Richard Petty's 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 resembling the Pursuit Special of the Mad Max film series.
  • The enhanced version of the game was supposed to feature a permanent, traffic available spoiler-less version of the vehicle. This was quickly changed before the release of the enhanced version, however spoiler-less versions could be obtained via glitches in Los Santos Customs.
    • This was eventually changed for the Cunning Stunts update, allowing players to steal spoiler-less Phoenixes in traffic, or have it modified at Los Santos Customs to remove its spoiler feature.