For the sports car featured in Grand Theft Auto 2, see Romero.
"OK you subversive little renegade, how close to the edge are you prepared to get? Sure, you dyed your hair magenta, and that quote on your T-shirt is pretty darn nihilistic, and your opinions walk that dark and brooding line between too much truth and too much irony. But are you prepared to drive to school two feet from a decomposing corpse to prove your point?"
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Romero Hearse is a vehicle which first appeared in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. The name was shortened to Romero in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV, and in Grand Theft Auto V, it was renamed the Romero Hearse. It is manufactured by Albany in GTA IV and Chariot in GTA V.


3D Universe

"Funeral director's vehicle. Possibly used as cover."
GTA Vice City Website

The design of the Romero's Hearse in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is as expected for a vehicle tailored to transport the deceased, appearing as a black station wagon-like car with a rear compartment designed to carry a coffin. It resembles an '80s Buick Superior Hearse (in turn based on a 1977–1984 Buick Electra). The car may come with a coffin at the back (appearing with one of two or three different designs). This version also resembles kind of a station wagon version of the Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, it resembles a late '70s Cadillac hearse, sporting a wider range of colors for the roof and body (although generally maintain dark tones). One of Carl Johnson's possible girlfriends, Katie Zhan, owns a white Romero, and will give Carl the keys to it if Carl gains her approval.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The HD universe rendition of the Romero is built on the Washington chassis, and as such, bears the Albany brand.

The Romero shares the same rims of the Washington, but has whitewall tires. The rear compartment doors always have white curtains opened, allowing to see the interior, which has a unique dark purple color. The Romero does not spawn with a coffin on the back, aside from the mission Undertaker.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Romero reappears unchanged in Grand Theft Auto V, though it now features regular tires instead of whitewall ones, cross decals removed, and has been rebadged to Chariot.

Unlike in GTA IV, the Romero will spawn in 3 types: with a coffin, with a coffin but lack of wreaths, or without a coffin in the back. Compared to the first type, the latter two are rare to spawn.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


3D Universe

The Romero's Hearse in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is a car capable of high speeds, but suffers from poor steering due to its weight and long wheelbase.

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the vehicle is almost an amalgamation of all the least desirable characteristics in a car. Its engine is weak, with poor acceleration, low top speed, and low durability. Its suspension is soft and very low, sometimes leading to the chassis scraping the ground from a fall (This problem can be fixed by modifying it with Hydraulics at any Transfender shop, and locking the hydraulics on 'High' mode). Its brakes are weak, and its wheels do not lock up when braking.

All renditions of the hearse are only capable of carrying two occupants, despite featuring two back doors in most cases. The Grand Theft Auto: Vice City rendition is an exception, being capable of holding four occupants.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 93 / 150 5 Petrol FWD (GTA VC)
2500 / 5512
Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Romero retains the adequate handling of the Washington, but has inferior acceleration and top speed due to the added weight of the wagon body. Suspension is average on the front, but rather low on the rear because of the extra weight, which causes certain difficulty on curbs or bumpy terrain when reversing the vehicle.

Like the Washington, the Romero is powered by a single cam V8 engine, coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear wheel drive layout. The engine appears to have four small pipes on the vehicle's passenger side, but only three on the vehicle's driver side (with the fourth one seemingly hidden within the engine bay texture).

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 75 / 120 5 N/A RWD 2800 / 6173
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Romero Hearse retains some of its handling elements from its appearance in GTA IV, however its top speed has been improved. Once close to or at its top speed, the Romero Hearse can gain enough momentum to push through obstacles and roadblocks relatively easy. The vehicle's performance still remains below average but acceptable for its size and purpose.

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 77 / 125 5 N/A RWD 2000 / 4409 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
24.5 Seconds 95 / 152 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The Romero can be modified at the TransFenders.

Type Upgrade Cost
Colors Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Car Color 2 (64 different colors) $150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $200
5x Nitrous $500
10x Nitrous $1000
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

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online)
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
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
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 $5,625
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 $1,500
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

Image Gallery

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Two Bit Hit - Two of them appear during the mission and the new gang lord may escape in one if he's not killed early enough. This one may throw an indefinite amount of coffins from its trunk, which will cause any vehicle to explode if crashed into.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Romero in Grand Theft Auto IV is only featured in the mission "Undertaker", where the player have to take the corpse of Derrick or Francis to Steinway or Colony Island, respectively. No matter what choice is made in the mission Blood Brothers, the player has to drive it as part of the mission.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Lamar Missions
The Diamond Casino Heist
  • In the Heist Prep: Security Pass (Level 2), the player has a chance to obtain a Romero Hearse and dress as a funeral director to the Los Santos County Coroner Office, find the valet's body and get the level 2 security pass from him.
    • The Hearse comes without the coffin but has 2 bags of funeral director outfits at the rear. Once the mission completed, the bags will disappear.

Notable Owners


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Aside from its mission appearance, this vehicle never spawns during normal gameplay, not even if Tommy is already driving one.
  • Via cheat:
    • PS2: down, R2, down, R1, L2, left, R1, L1, left, right.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Romero is one of the rarest vehicles in the game, being limited to a single appearance in the game:

  • It can be obtained following the mission "Undertaker". After the final cutscene finishes, the player will spawn behind the Romero with a pedestrian driving it away. To obtain it, quickly shoot the pedestrian in the head to bring the Romero to a stop, then take it and store it at one of the numerous safehouses in Liberty City or Alderney. This Romero will spawn with bulletproof tires.
  • It rarely spawns in Colony Island, at the cemetery's parking lot.
  • Some mainly spawn in traffic, if already driving in one. It can spawn in Steinway and Colony Island.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Enhanced version
  • Can be spawned at the same locations it appears in during the single player campaign by 'seeding' with another Romero - for example, by riding as a passenger in another player's Romero towards a location such as the Hill Valley Church, between one to three Romero Hearses will spawn in the church's parking lot.
  • Can be found on one of the Clubhouse Contracts missions Guns for Hire, namely the one at a funeral.
  • Appears at the Hill Valley Church during a certain Special Cargo mission, in which Epsilon Program members at the graveyard have to be killed. This Romero itself cannot be stored, but can be used to spawn Romeros that can.
  • Available to purchase on Southern San Andreas Super Autos for $45,000 as part of the After Hours continuation.


Grand Theft Auto IV 



  • The Romero name is a reference to the late George A. Romero, the director of the Night of the Living Dead series of zombie movies.
    • Romero is Spanish for "Rosemary."
    • The Romero Hearse is called the 钢骨灵车/鋼骨靈車 or Steel-boned Hearse in the international Chinese release of GTA V.
  • The Romero is generally depicted with four passenger doors, despite being able to carry only two people (with the exception of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City). Most real-life hearses utilise the rear doors as a means of loading the coffin. The San Andreas rendition features usable rear passenger doors, but in the HD Universe only the front doors are usable.
  • The Romero has no default radio station in San Andreas or GTA V. In GTA IV, its default station is The Journey.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • When the Romero's left light is broken, it will still work, but the right (unbroken) light will not, and vice versa.
  • If one manages to get a passenger to sit in the back of Romero, he/she will sit inside the coffin.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • On back doors there are door handles, but there is no gap between doors and rest of the body and back doors cannot be broken.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

  • There is a wrecked Romero on a car jack in the La Mesa branch of Los Santos Customs.
  • In the enhanced version, the interior is black like many other vehicles. The rear of the vehicle remains purple, however.
  • If the Romero is destroyed by explosives, the wreath that is on top of the coffin inside will remain undamaged.
  • Despite being stated to be manufactured by Chariot, it still retains an Albany badge mounted on the hood bonnet, suggesting that Chariot is in fact a Coachbuilder firm.

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