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For a similarly named car in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, see V8 Ghost.

The Polaris V8 is a four-door muscle car in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

The Polaris is primarily based on a 4-door version of the 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner with a grill that resembles a Dodge Challenger muscle coupe with the front indicator and headlights switched, but both cars are two-doors as opposed to the Polaris' four doors. Its four door configuration comes from the second generation Matador. The car is only available in one color scheme, a black body with orange stripes and a white roof.

It is one of the vehicles needed for the Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

In terms of engine power, the Polaris V8 is a good muscle car, due to its implied V8 engine and its supercharger, allowing it to achieve very high top speeds courtesy of its good acceleration, effectively being the fastest sedan in Vice City Stories. While the car may occasionally suffer from burnouts during cornering due to its rear wheel drive and powerful torque, the car is still fairly good in turns, especially when the handbrake is applied. its four-door design is also excellent for those who want to hire gang members to perform drive-bys on enemy gangs. The aggressive-sounding, powerful high-displacement V8 engine may be inspired from the 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9, which is regarded as one of the most powerful sports sedan of the late 1970's.

Its performance is possibly similar to that of the Mafia Sentinel, Sentinel XS, and the Grand Theft Auto III rendition of the Cartel Cruiser.

GTA Vice City Stories Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A N/A N/A V8 (In-game name) RWD Cannot be observed

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Got Protection? - The Polaris V8 appears parked next to Marty's brothel, which is blown up by the Cholos once Victor Vance arrives. Another one will spawn behind the brothel.
  • Hose the Hoes - A Polaris V8 is seen just outside the burning brothel before it eventually explodes due to the fires.
  • Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound - The Polaris V8 is one of the 32 vehicles wanted by the Civil Asset Forfeiture Impound in the side-mission of the same name. Placed on the first list.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • For unknown reasons, this car lacks a trunk. This is likely an oversight during development.
  • This car is one of the preferred gang cars of the Vance crime family.

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