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"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.

Design

Grand Theft Auto IV

"Ruining Imports Since '67"
―Ruiner's plateholder description.
The Ruiner is prominently inspired on the 1982-1984 Pontiac Trans Am, with cues from a variety of other 80s muscles and coupés. The tail lights and trunk spoiler are shaped like those of the Camaro, but the area between and below the tail lights 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 resembles 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 features a T-top roof, which comes in three different variations: with solid roof panels, with glass roof panels or without roof panels.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Ruiner 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, the three options from the GTA IV version are now present.

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 Grand Theft Auto: 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.

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Performance

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. Its engine sound is identical to that of the Faction and Sabre.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
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
Observed
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
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(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
Observed
7.1 Seconds 115 / 185 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto V

As of the After Hours update for Grand Theft Auto Online, the Ruiner received livery modifications, not available in story mode.

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online) Image
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 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
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $130 $260
Big Bore Exhaust $375 $750
Dual Titanium Exhaust $899 $1,800
Titanium Tuner Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Shakotan Exhaust $4,770 $9,550
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Hoods Stock Hood $150 $300
Carbon Hood $325 $650
Ram Air Hood $750 $1,500
Carbon Hood & Light Covers $875 $1,750
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 - -
Livery None N/A $11,400
Triple White Stripes N/A $18,240
Triple Black Stripes N/A $19,380
Triple Red Stripes N/A $20,520
Twin White Stripes N/A $21,660
Twin Black Stripes N/A $22,800
Twin Red Stripes N/A $23,370
Dual White Stripes N/A $23,939
Dual Black Stripes N/A $24,510
Dual Red Stripes N/A $25,080
Black Two Tone N/A $25,650
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,250
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 $1,000
Spoilers None $150 $300
Mid Level Spoiler $275 $550
High Level Spoiler $350 $700
Drag Wing $525 $1,050
GT Wing $750 $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

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Variants

Ruiner 2000

Grand Theft Auto Online
Ruiner3-GTAO-front

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

Description

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 be recognized 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.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Trivia

General

  • 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.

Bugs/Glitches

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]

References

  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);
    		}
    
    where 
    
    iVar0[3] = joaat("ruiner");
  4. Image:
    Ruiner-GTAIV-LicensePlateHatch

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


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