"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.


3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, 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 resembles a fourth generation Toyota Carina, third generation Toyota Cressida, 1986-1990 Toyota Camry or 1985 Honda Accord sedan to some extent. Ideas from the 1985 Proton Saga sedan were also believed to have contributed to the Primo in GTA San Andreas, though not really obviously. It somewhat has the style of a 1989-1991 Chrysler LeBaron in side quarter panel not very noticeable though. It may also be based on the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Albany Primo retains its four-door sedan design, similar to the 1992-1997 Cadillac Seville with the grille, front headlights and taillights of the 1987-1993 Cadillac Allante.

There are two different styles of Primo. There is a standard middle-of-the-road sedan, and there is also one with a special "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 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

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Primo retains this design, but with a few tweaks on the interior and the rear window. It now features extensive bodywork options at Los Santos Customs.

The Primo's wheel design is shared with the Seminole.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


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.

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

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.

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)
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) 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

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 Custom Front Bumper $500 $1,000
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
Exhaust Chrome Tip Exhaust $375 $750
Big Bore Exhaust $899 $1,800
Titanium Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Grille Chrome Grille $375 $750
Sports Grille $670 $1,340
Mesh Grille $825 $1,650
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,125
Respray - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $900
Skirts Custom Skirts $415 $830
Spoiler Low 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

Grand Theft Auto Online

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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

The Primo is 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.
    • It also means "first" or "prime" in Italian.
  • Another Rockstar Games game, Midnight Club 2, has a character named Primo.
  • 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 in GTA San Andreas. [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

  • 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.

A customized Primo at night. Note the glowing brake calipers.

  • 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 nighttime, particularly in dark areas.

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