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Nothing said 'buy American' when imports were sweeping the States in the 70s and 80s like the Albany Primo. A midsize luxury car that was built to last.
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

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


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Primo resembles a 1986-1990 Toyota Camry and 1989-1994 Nissan Maxima from the front, while the more upscale overall appearance is similar to the Audi 100 C4.

The Primo is one of the better sedans available in the game, although its design is less remarkable and thus appears more generic in traffic. It has square lights, a small grille, medium-sized bumpers and black inner pillars. Primos are set to spawn in single colors.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Albany Primo bears similarities to the 1992-1997 Cadillac Seville, with the grille, front headlights and tail lights of the 1987-1993 Cadillac Allante.

Designed as a standard middle-of-the-road sedan, the Primo borrows most of the design traits from its previous iteration, but features a slightly larger front end and is generally rounded on the edges. The front bumper features a license plate and front-facing fog lamps, while the grille features the corresponding Albany badges.

The sides make use of flared wheel arches and side yellow marker lights, as well as black inner pillars and black square rear-view mirrors on the greenhouse area. Its wheelbase appears to be lower, giving it a somewhat sportier appearance.

The rear of the car is somewhat identical to its previous rendition, but features a red light strip surrounding the turn and reverse lights from both sides and passing above the license plate, while the trunk features a small lip and the corresponding badges, also displaying the car's name. The rear bumper features two lower mouldings for the exhausts.

Primos may appear in a single-tone color or with two-tone colors, where the secondary color is applier to the lower portions and the flat sections of the sides and rear end. An additional tertiary color is present for the strips running through the bumpers and the doors, the grille, the trim on the fenders and around the windows, the roof and the rims. It uses a set of wheels consisting of a flat disk with triangle/star shaped patterns on it.

The Primo is equipped with a GPS system with a male voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

In Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, the Primo retains the same design as in GTA IV, but with a few tweaks on the interior and the rear window.

Color distribution is the same as before, but the interior stitching matches with the primary color and the details were permanently set to chrome, no longer receiving a tertiary color. The Primo's wheel design were carried over from GTA IV, and is also shared with the Seminole.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Primo is one of the most dependable vehicles in the game, possessing good handling as a result of its lighter weight, fair acceleration and a decent top speed. For that, it is an ideal choice for doing drive-by's against enemy gangs. While relatively acceptable under normal driving conditions, the Primo's axle width may make the car less stable in bumpy conditions.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 99 / 160 4 Petrol RWD 1600 / 3527
N/A N/A 4 FR SOHC V4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, its engine gives it an immense top speed, on par with full-on sports cars. The Primo's underpinning is its body roll and small, weak brakes. The Primo's acceleration and handling are also poor and un-sporty and it suffers from a problem similar to the Emperor in which the rear swings frenziedly on sharp turns - but even worse, the car feels heavily planted on the ground, therefore, if the turning is done smoothly, the Primo will do a very wide turn, the only possible workarounds are to start drifting yards before where the desired turn is or to slow down. This car is thus very unfavorable for driving at high speeds, leading this vehicle to be better suited towards missions where a getaway vehicle is not required, friend "hangouts" and city driving. Due to its sturdy build, the Primo is able to take a few direct frontal hits without stalling or setting alight.

The Primo is stated to be powered by a supercharged V8. The engine cover itself is relatively long, sharing the same initial design as the marked-out V8 engine covers found on various other sedans and SUVs, however no indication of cylinder count is marked on the cover. Under the cover are 4 exhaust manifolds on the left hand side of the model, but a complete lack of any manifolds on the opposing side. The engine is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear wheel drive configuration. The engine sound is the same as the Vincent's. Unlike its real life counterpart, it is rear-wheel drive, rather than front-wheel drive.

GTA IV Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 87 / 140 5 N/A RWD 1700 / 3748
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A Supercharged V8 (Badging) N/A N/A
N/A N/A 5 FR V8 (Cover) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The performance of the Primo seems to be the same as in GTA IV, with the exception that it is mostly outclassed by other similar cars. However, it retains its resistance to crashes and an unusually competitive stance in its class, especially for a car of its price range.

Again, the Primo is powered by what appears to be a V8 engine. With the "Low Level Spoiler" modification installed, the "Supercharged V8" badging may be present on the rear end.

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 87 / 140 5 N/A RWD 1800 / 3968 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 140 / 225 (Benny's website) 5 (Benny's website) Supercharged V8 (Badging; Optional) RWD (Benny's website) 1814 / 4000 (Benny's website) N/A
16.8 Seconds 95 / 152 5 FR V8 (Cover) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Primo can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Vents Oval Hood Vent $ 150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Medium Exhaust $ 200
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Spoilers Worx $ 200
Alpha $ 250
Pro $ 400
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
Upgrade: Benny's Original Motor WorksB Primo Custom N/A $400,000
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
Custom Front Bumper $500 $1,000
Stock Rear Bumper $250 $500
Custom Rear Bumper $500 $1,000
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
Chrome Tip Exhaust $375 $750
Big Bore Exhaust $899 $1,800
Titanium Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Grilles Stock Grille $100 $200
Chrome Grille $375 $750
Sports Grille $670 $1,340
Mesh Grille $825 $1,650
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 $1,125
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 $900
Skirts Stock Skirts $300 $600
Custom Skirts $415 $830
Spoilers None $150 $300
Low 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
B Only available at Benny's Original Motor Works (enhanced version).

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Primo Custom

Grand Theft Auto Online
The Primo Custom in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)

The Primo Custom is a custom variant of the Primo, which features highly-advanced modifications, and hydraulics enabled, not present on the standard Primo.

Special Variants

  • There is a special "Supercharged" variant of the Primo which features a "Supercharged V8" badge on its deck-lid. The supercharged Primo is lowered with added ground effects and a spoiler. It always comes in maroon, and is the vehicle of choice for members of the Spanish Lords. Despite the "Supercharged V8" badge, it has the same performance as the regular Primo, and sounds just like the regular Primo. The Supercharged V8 Primo can usually be found driven in and around Spanish Lords territory, including Cerveza Heights, South Bohan, East Holland and southern Alderney City. If this variant really had improved performance, the engine would most likely be based on the real life Northstar Supercharged LC3. The "supercharged" Primo shares its trunk spoiler with the DF8-90 V8 Turbo.
  • While not an actual variant, standard black Primos may also be found with the same golden trims as those on the Supercharged V8 variant, the only color scheme for standard Primos to incorporate golden trims.
  • The Primo is also featured in The Ballad of Gay Tony's Drug Wars. As with all other vehicles appearing in Drug Wars, the Primo has up to five different color combinations. All of the colors are unique and cannot be obtained through Pay 'n' Spray.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Primo fetching $1,800.



  • The Primo plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • "Primo" either means raw, as in materials, or cousin in Spanish and Portuguese.
  • Primo was the name of the division of Honda dealerships in Japan where the models that the original San Andreas version of the car was based on were exclusively sold new between 1985 and 2006.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Primo was originally the Ballas gang car. [citation/verification needed]
  • A visual glitch exists with the Primo. If one headlight is broken, the other headlight's texture reverts to its "off" state, but the beam of light still shines.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The player can modify the Primo to look like the Spanish Lords Primo V8 Supercharged from GTA IV. Its trim and grille, however, cannot be painted.
  • When changing the wheel color on custom rims, if the mesh grille is equipped, the grille will be the same color as the rims.
  • There is a bug with the Primo: when applying custom rims on the car (exposing the brakes), the calipers glow the same way as the vehicle's lights. It is more evident at night time, particularly in dark areas.

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