The Premier is a 4-door sedan available in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV. In GTA 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.
GTA San Andreas
The Premier strongly resembles a 1991-1994 Chevrolet Caprice, but it might be the 1991 or 1992 because they fit in with the game's setting; the taillights, which are rectangular in shape as opposed to the Caprice's rounder taillights, might have some influence from 1992-1994 Ford Crown Victoria's. It's very boxy greenhouse looks closer to the Australian Holden VK Commodore but this may be to conserve graphics.
In GTA IV, the Declasse-manufactured Premier is designed as a compact, four-door sedan that resembles a Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan (obviously for its four-door design but also for its taillight design - which differs from the coupe).
The front actually seems to bear more of a resemblance to the 2002-2006 Lexus ES. The taillights are Altezza-styled, which are more popular in imported cars and custom cars in the United States than domestics; strangely enough, the only other vehicles to feature such taillights is the Huntley Sport and the Landstalker. The taillights look loosely inspired by the ones from the 1998-2005 Lexus IS (aka the Toyota Altezza), and there also seems to be some Cobalt influences, however they just seem improvised; the rest of the rear also seems improvised. The front bumper might be a result of things being rearranged (as Rockstar has done with other vehicles). According to its badging, it is powered by a 4 liter engine, probably a V6.
GTA San Andreas
In GTA 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-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.
Police and taxi variants
One interesting note is that performance aspects for the Premier come in in three variations in GTA San Andreas: mediocre, impressive, and fantastic. The version of the Premier with the worst performance is the Taxi, with modest acceleration and speed, and a heavy, lumbering frame. Next is the civilian version, with its outstanding performance and lighter chassis. Last is the Police version, which is the civilian Premier with a slightly more powerful engine and increased durability, and truly one of the best vehicles in the game.
Other variations include the fact that the Taxi is the only front-wheel drive version of the Premier, partly explaining its comparatively poor performance. Furthermore, the San Fierro police car enjoys improved suspension over that of the police car in Los Santos (most likely due to San Fierro's hilly streets).
The Premier in GTA IV has a 4.0L V6 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 acceptable top speed. Handling is rather good for a car in the mid-sized 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 sedans. Crash deformation is below average, with the Premier stalling after only a few collisions.
Modifications (GTA San Andreas)
- Nitro (all)
- Car Stereo
- The Premier plays the following radio stations by default when entered: