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For the electronics company introduced in Grand Theft Auto Online, see Premier.
In production from 2004 to 2010, the Declasse Premier never gained traction in the US market but was insanely popular in Canada. Why? Nobody knows... It's a national psyche that defies analysis.
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Premier is a four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Declasse in the HD Universe.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it is the civilian version of the Taxi and the Police Car, it also appears to be a "cousin" of the bulkier Elegant, while the more compact HD Universe rendition seems to be the older brother of the Asea.

Design

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Premier strongly resembles a 1993-1994 Chevrolet Caprice, meaning it was likely a brand new model (the game is set in 1992, model years are generally one year ahead). The grille is lined with chrome and is split down the middle vertically, similar to the 1982-1984 or 1987-1988 Pontiac 6000. The tail lights, which are rectangular in shape as opposed to the Caprice's rounder tail lights, might have some influence from 1992-1994 Ford Crown Victoria's. Its very boxy greenhouse looks closer to the Australian Holden VK Commodore, but this may be to conserve graphics. In fact, graphics are likely to blame for the car's resemblance to the facelifted Caprice; a beta Police Car had a much closer resemblance to the 1991 model.[1]

The car assumes a relatively simple design, with a wide grille, wide lights, large bumpers and ample room for four occupants. The Premier is the base car for San Andreas' Taxi, and the San Fierro Police Department and Los Santos Police Department's Police cars. The Premier is available in a variety of single-tone colors.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the Declasse-manufactured Premier is redesigned as a more modernized compact design, which is more suited for urban city streets. It is resembling a cross between the Chevrolet Cobalt and Daewoo Lacetti, with some details that resembles a 2005-2011 T250 Chevrolet Aveo sedan (obviously for its four-door design but also for its tail light design). The front of the car appears similar to Chevrolet Cobalt sedan and the 2001-2006 Toyota Corolla E120. With its enlarged grille located in the bumper region, the car bears an eerie resemblance to the 9th generation Chevrolet Impala. The tail lights appear similar to the 2005-2011 Chevrolet Aveo tail lights, and are reminiscent of the tail lights of the 2006-2009 Ford Fusion and the 2007-2009 Ford Taurus. Its front and rear are also similar to the 2001-2007 Citroen C5, As well as having some resemblance of the third generation Nissan Altima, mainly with the chrome tail lights and muffled engine sound, as was the case with the 2002-2006 Altima 3.5 SE.

Compared to the 3D Universe iteration, the car has a sleeker and more compact design, where the front bumper sports a lower grille that spans about half the car's width and a license plate in the center, followed by circular fog lamps beside the grille and inset formations with thin intakes on the outer edges of the bumper, whose upper lines coincide with the upper border of the grille. Above the bumper region, there is a rectangular upper grille with a slightly narrower width compared to the lower grille, a silver finish and five horizontal separations, while the outer sections have silver rounded headlight housings with sharp inner edges and black trim. Each one of the housings contains large circular headlights in the center, smaller ones on the inner edges and tiny amber indicators on the outer edges. The hood has distinctive lines that appear to start from around the headlight housings and almost reach the lower corners of the windshield, while the Declasse logo can be seen just above the upper grille.

The sides of the car make use of flared wheel arches and thin ridges separating the side skirts from the rest of the car, while additional ridges are seen passing through the doors and body lines that run parallel to the waist lines, starting from the upper edges of the headlight housings and leading towards the upper edges of the tail lights. The greenhouse area bears plastic/polymer trim around the windows and wide gaps for the front and rear doors, while the painted mirror shells are seen near the A-pillars, and an aerial sits on the roof. Silver horizontal door handles are fitted as standard.

The rear of the car consists of the trunk lid with a protruding lip on the upper border, a dedicated section for the license plate, and additional badges on the lower corners that diplay the car's name and manufacturer. Next to the trunk are rounded housings with similar features to the frontal ones, where each housing contains large circular red lights on the outer/central sections, small reverse lights on the inner sides, and wide amber indicator bars on the bottom edges. Below the upper region, there is the large rear bumper with a slightly impressed formation in the middle, while the bottom area features a vented section that is about two-thirds of the car's width and has two mouldings for the exhaust pipes.

The Premier is only available in a variety of single-tone colors and uses a set of six-spoke rims with a circular center, using medium-profile tires with standard tread pattern.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Premier in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online retains the same design and features as in GTA IV, though with slight tweaks on the model; the upper grille has three gaps instead of five, and the ridges passing through the doors are no longer present. It also has less visible lines on the bodywork, giving it a smoothened appearance. In the enhanced version, it uses the same interior and dial set as the Stanier and the Taxi.

The description on Southern San Andreas Super Autos mentions that it was popular in Canada but not in the United States, likely as the compact car category makes up a bigger proportion of Canadian auto sales, and also as the Daewoo Lacetti was sold under a mainstream brand in Canada (as the Chevrolet Optra), as opposed to an obscure brand in the US (as the Suzuki Reno/Forenza)[2]. It is also mentioned that the Premier stopped production in 2010, after six years on the market.

Again, the Premier is only available in a variety of single-tone colors, and uses the same wheel design as before.

Current Design Gallery


Version History Gallery

Performance

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Its acceleration, speed, and handling are all quite impressive, while the sturdiness and bulk of the chassis render the Premier capable of withstanding heavy damage, making this front-engine, rear-wheel-drive beast simply one of the best passenger vehicles in the game. The strong engine, responsive handling, and sturdy frame also make the Premier an ideal car for performing the PIT maneuver and for ramming other vehicles, hence its use as a police car. The only downside is its below average grip on road.

The Premier is likely to be powered by a large V6, with a 5-speed gearbox and rear-wheel-drive layout. Premier's Drag Multiplier is 1.8, which is more aerodynamic than any other top end supercar, except for the Infernus where the Drag Multiplier is 1. It is officially the third most aerodynamic car in the game.

GTA San Andreas Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 124 / 200 5 Petrol RWD 1600 / 3527
Observed
N/A N/A 5 N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Premier in GTA IV has a 4.0L V8 engine according to the badges, coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a rear-wheel drive layout. The engine itself is responsive, propelling the vehicle off the line quickly, and giving it an outstanding top speed for an everyday sedan, but its gear ratio kills acceleration, since the gears are apparently very far apart, accurately representing the stereotypical of an automatic transmission in most compact cars. Handling is rather good for a car in the compact 4 door class, keeping the Premier stable in most turns, though some oversteer can be felt. The suspension is rather soft however, giving way to body roll. Braking is adequate, though not as good as other, larger sedans. Crash deformation is below average, with the Premier stalling after only a few collisions. Overall, the Premier's performance traits are similar to that of its mid-sized counterpart, the Merit.

The vehicle shares its sound with the Uranus, the Esperanto and Roman's Taxi.

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 86 / 138 4 N/A RWD 1600 / 3527
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 4.0L (Badging) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 4 FR V8 (Cover) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Premier seems to have had a power upgrade as the car has a lot more get up and go than the previous rendition. Handling has also been improved thanks to the more realistic FWD like its real-life counterpart. It is responsive and quick, and handles very well on tight corners, making the Premier a rather fun and exciting car to drive while being on par with more expensive, larger sedans in the game. Braking is good, and ABS is standard on all models.

The Premier's engine sounds to be a mid to high revving V6, and the beefy engine and 5-speed transmission work together in propelling the vehicle off the line quickly, resulting in a long burnout from the front wheels and yielding an impressive 0-60 time as well as a fantastic top speed for its class. For being a smaller compact sedan, the engine can be overpowering at some times, considering the Premier's lighter total weight and economy themed instead of performance themed drive train layout, but nevertheless the Premier is a good getaway vehicle in terms of performance.

Damage deformation, however, is quite poor, as crashing headlong in the front even at moderate speeds can significantly degrade its overall performance, resulting it in becoming sluggish. Further collisions mean lower speeds which can make evading the police a challenge.

The engine sound seems more high-revving and smoother compared to the GTA IV iteration, being also shared with the Asterope and the Romero Hearse.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
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 90 / 145 5 N/A FWD 1600 / 3527 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 4.0L (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
Observed
14.5 Seconds 95 / 152 5 FR V8 (Cover) FWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Premier can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $150
Hood Fury Scoop $150
Champ Scoop $100
Exhausts Medium Exhaust $200
Twin Exhaust $300
Nitro 2x Nitrous $200
5x Nitrous $500
10x Nitrous $1000
Roof Roof Scoop $80
Spoilers Win $550
Alpha $250
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

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
Premier-GTAO-Bumpers-StockFrontBumper.png
Custom Front Splitter $500 $1,000
Premier-GTAO-Bumpers-CustomFrontSplitter.png
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
Premier-GTAO-Exhausts-StockExhaust.png
Oval Exhaust $375 $750
Premier-GTAO-Exhausts-OvalExhaust.png
Big Bore Exhaust $899 $1,800
Premier-GTAO-Exhausts-BigBoreExhaust.png
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
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 $1,250
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 - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $1,000
Skirts Stock Skirts $300 $600
Premier-GTAO-Skirts-StockSkirts.png
Custom Skirts $415 $830
Premier-GTAO-Skirts-CustomSkirts.png
Spoilers None $150 $300
Premier-GTAO-Spoilers-None.png
Tuner Wing $275 $550
Premier-GTAO-Spoilers-TunerWing.png
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

Notable Owners

Image Gallery

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Mike Toreno - A Premier is given after the cutscene, although the player can use any vehicle to reach the airport.

Grand Theft Auto V

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Premier is rare vehicle, seldom spawning throughout the entire state.

  • Might spawn whilst driving a Banshee around Alderney.
  • Most common around Dukes and areas all over Alderney.
  • Sometimes appears as a target vehicle in the Vigilante missions.
  • The Premier tends to spawn normally earlier in the game, mostly in Hove Beach.

Grand Theft Auto V

Rewards

Grand Theft Auto IV

Trivia

General

  • The Premier plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • Coincidentally, the car shares its name with the Premier, which was a full-size four-door sedan produced in Australia by General Motors subsidiary Holden from the 1960s to 1980. It was the slightly higher spec version of the Holden Kingswood. However, due to the in-game Premier being based on the Chevrolet Caprice (3D Universe) and Cobalt (HD Universe), it has no connection to the real world vehicle at all.
    • It also shares its name with the Eagle Premier, a full-size executive sedan sold in the United States in the late 1980's; though it also shares little in common with the in-game renditions.
  • Premier is a title for the head of government in some countries, states and sub-national governments. (e.g. Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, Premier of the Soviet Union).

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • One of the badges, labeled "PRM", resembles the Pontiac GTO's side badges.
  • The Premier features the door-ajar chime, which can be heard with the driver's door open in quiet areas.
  • The Premier in GTA IV features dual exhaust tips, however, there is a glitch, that the left pipe spews out fumes, while the right one does not.

Bugs/Glitches

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • When stationary, holding the accelerator and pressing the handbrake locks the front wheels, and pressing the brake locks the rear wheels, unlike other front wheel drive cars and all other rear/four wheel drive cars. However, when moving, the handbrake will lock the rear wheels, and the brake will lock the front wheels. This behavior matches that of the Blista, and does not conform with any other front wheel drive car nor rear wheel drive cars.
    • This is likely because the GTA IV iteration of the Premier is rear wheel drive, code was likely shared from the original Premier, causing compatibility issues. Given the Blista's performance is very similar to the Premier, the Blista likely suffers from this bug as it shares code from the Premier.

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