"What happened in the 80's stays in the 80's. Unless what happened is a little slice of quad-exhaust, side-striped, T-Top heaven - in which case break out the big hair and the trickle-down economics, because we're going to town."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Imponte Ruiner is a 1980s muscle car featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


Grand Theft Auto IV

"Ruining Imports Since '67"
―Ruiner's description.
The Ruiner is prominently inspired on the 1982-1984 Pontiac Trans Am, with cues from a variety of other 80s muscles and coupés. It bears a T-Top roof, with either glass or solid panels installed. The taillights and trunk spoiler are shaped like those of the Camaro, but the area between and below the taillights better resembles the Firebird, with "IMPONTE" and "Ruiner 450GT" positioned where the Firebird logo would be. The ground effects on the front end are reminiscent of 1985-1990 Pontiac Trans Ams. The rims resemble those of the Mitsubishi Starion, and the added B-pillars on the rear window may also come from the Starion. The hood resemble that of a first generation Nissan 300ZX Z31. The rear window is shaped after the one seen on the first generation Mazda RX-7.

All Ruiners feature "RUINER" decals and stripes along the lower part of the doors, much like that of the Camaro IROC-Z, although the stripes and decals share colors with the ground effects, much like 1982-1984 Trans Ams. Some Ruiners also feature an offset cowl induction hood, strikingly similar to those found on 1982-1984 Trans Ams and 1985-1992 Firebird Formulas.

The Ruiner may spawn with or without several accessories:

  • A glass T-top.
  • A solid roof.
  • roof panels removed.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Ruiner in GTA V retains its design from GTA IV, with only minor changes. It now features a quad exhaust, instead of the dual exhaust present on the GTA IV version. It retains its T-Top roof, however, as of Patch 1.29, there are now three different types of roof: with solid roof panels, with glass roof panels and without roof panels.

It always spawns with its windows rolled up, even without roof panels. The turbo hood bulge is no longer available and a traditional ram air hood (similar to the Buffalo from San Andreas) can be applied to it instead. There have also been minor changes to the badges and decals.

The Ruiner's wheel models are available to purchase in Los Santos Customs, named "Mecha", found in the Muscle class. There is also an off-road counterpart named "Dune Basher", found in the Off Road class.

This article or section refers to "enhanced version" content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is absent on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.

In the enhanced version of the game, the Ruiner was changed after the After Hours update. While the bodywork remains intact, the default decals on the lower sides were removed. This was done so the decals would not conflict with the new liveries, albeit the liveries are only available for GTA Online. The original Classic Decals livery are available to purchase.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


Grand Theft Auto IV

In GTA IV, the car handles quite loosely, being able to perform power slides with ease, and in the hands of a skilled driver, can prove to be an excellently handling vehicle. The car can brake easily, and can accelerate quickly, leaving the player with a well-rounded muscle car, perfect for any criminal getaway. Just be careful for the lack of durability and low ground clearance. The Ruiner is also a great choice for races.

According to its badges, the Ruiner is powered by a large 450 cubic inches (7.4 liter) Fuel injected V8 engine, which is supported by its engine model (a single cam V8, judging by its small details on the cam covers), coupled to a 5-speed gearbox.

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 93 / 150 5 N/A RWD 1700 / 3748
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 450cui (7.4L) Fuel injected V8 (Badging) N/A N/A
N/A N/A 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

Acceleration is very good, close to cars with a much higher price tag. Its top speed is also excellent; it is brisk, yet controllable.

The suspension is moderately firm, giving the Ruiner much needed grip in the turns, while still loose enough to have some fun with. Handling-wise, the Ruiner is a stellar performer, with constant grip, controllable loss of traction, and a lot of torque. Braking is very good, if not among the best in its class. Crash deformation is acceptable, but can only withstand a few high-speed crashes before stalling.

As in GTA IV, the Ruiner is powered by the same 450cui Fuel-injected V8 (according to badges), coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear-wheel drive layout.

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 90 / 145 5 N/A RWD 1300 / 2866 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 450cui (7.4L) Fuel injected V8 (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
7.1 Seconds 115 / 185 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA 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 Chin Spoiler $500 $1,000
Chin Spoiler & Oil Cooler $750 $1,500
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 Big Bore Exhaust $375 $750
Dual Titanium Exhaust $899 $1,800
Titanium Tuner Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Shakotan Exhaust $4,770 $9,550
Hood Carbon Hood $325 $650
Ram Air Hood $750 $1,500
Carbon Hood & Light Covers $875 $1,750
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,250
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $1,000
Spoiler Mid Level Spoiler $275 $550
High Level Spoiler $350 $700
Drag Wing $525 $1,050
GT Wing $750 $1,500
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

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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online


Ruiner 2000

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Ruiner3 in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)


The Ruiner 2000 is an armed variant of the Ruiner added in the Import/Export Update. This version has machine guns, rockets, parachute and a mechanism to jump over obstacles.

A wrecked variant of the Ruiner 2000, named "Ruiner3" also appears as a prop for the second Special Vehicle Work mission, Breakdown Recovery. Although it has details of that of the Ruiner 2000, the car's rims match those of the original Ruiner, rather than the 2000's. The vehicle cannot be obtained in regular gameplay nor accessed during the mission, however it is considered an entirely separate, driveable vehicle.

Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Ivan Bytchkov drives a unique Ruiner during Ivan The Not So Terrible. It is painted black with a unique golden trim. The car may appear with one of a variety of iridescence paint tints, including, but not limited to, red, blue, and gold, making the car's body color unique.
  • The car can be obtained after Ivan abandons his car. However, the player must get in the car to save its identity as a car driven by the player. The player may continue to chase Ivan after getting in and out of the car. If done, it will be in the middle of the street where Ivan abandoned it after the chase. Note that whichever car the player chased Ivan in will despawn. Due to the nature of the chase, Ivan's Ruiner will be damaged, but will not be severe enough to inhibit it from being driven to the player's safehouse.


Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V



  • The default radio stations for the Ruiner are:
  • Ruiner's feature license plate frames that say "Ruining Imports Since '67". 1967 was the year GM debuted the F-Body. This gives further evidence that the Ruiner is based on the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird, as 1967 is the year that they were both introduced. This is also possibly a reference to the Vigero, which is based on the first generation Camaro.
  • One of the available paint-jobs for the Ruiner is black with yellow trim and stripes, this could be a reference to the similarly painted Pontiac Trans Am driven by Burt Reynolds' character in the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Ruiner featured a fender bra in the beta version of the game.[citation/verification needed][vague]

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Due to its similarities with the Nissan 300ZX Z31, the Ruiner in GTA V can be given massive "Shakotan" exhaust pipes, a large "Drag Wing" spoiler, a massive front splitter, and a visible oil cooler, all of which are modifications derived from the Japanese "Shakotan" car scene.
  • In the original game, the interior of the Ruiner has a blue tint, and LCD instrument cluster (similar to many real-life sports cars from the 80's). However, in the enhanced version, there is no blue tint at all in the interior, and the instrument cluster is standard analog shared with other unrelated models.


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • If the player manages to open or remove the rear trunk of the vehicle, the inner side of the hatch will have textures of Liberty City license plates on it.[4]

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Likely a developer mistake, one of the camshafts (specifically the left one; looking from the front of the car) is slightly smaller in width than the opposing camshaft. Several vehicles with the same engine model have this too.
  • There is a visual glitch with the side mirrors. From a distance, the mirrors appear to be the secondary color, but they switch to the primary color upon closer inspection.[citation/verification needed]


  1. As part of the After Hours update continuation.
  2. Color Set
    COLOR SET 11
    1 31 0 36 156
  3. File Data:
    if (!entity::does_entity_exist(uParam0->f_35[1])) {
    			func_649(&uParam0->f_35[1], iVar0[3], -91.07f, -1273.45f, 28.86f, 0.57f);
    			vehicle::set_vehicle_colour_combination(uParam0->f_35[1], 10);
    iVar0[3] = joaat("ruiner");
  4. Image:

    The inside of the Ruiner's hatch in GTA IV. Note the license plate textures.