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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 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
— Plate holder 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 ground effects on the front end are reminiscent of 1985-1990 Pontiac Trans Ams, while the hood resembles that of a first generation Nissan 300ZX Z31 with an optional offset cowl induction hood strikingly similar to those found on 1982-1984 Trans Ams and 1985-1992 Firebird Formulas. The rims resemble those of the Mitsubishi Starion, and the added B-pillars on the rear window may also come from the Starion. The rear window is shaped after the one seen on the first generation Mazda RX-7. 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. Ruiners may 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.

The Ruiner assumes a similar role and build from the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas iteration of the Buffalo, but features modernized details around. The front end has a slanted profile, with small intakes on the lower edges and a central grille/intake below the bumper area, just behind a plate holder. The turn signals can be seen on the bumper, while a set of square-shaped lights can be seen on the hood area within black housings, under small hatches that resemble pop-up headlights (though no animation is present). The section between the main lights bears silver "IMPONTE" lettering next to the driver-side lamp, while the front of the hood bears the manufacture emblem.

On the sides, a set of marker lights are seen on the front, while the arches and the skirts have a flared profile. Plastic details can be seen around the windows of the cabin area, together with body-colored mirror shells, black door handles and "450GT" badges.

The rear of the car features a lip spoiler, together with a plastic panel on the center and the sectioned tail lights. The center of the bumper features a plate holder, while the bottom of the driver side has a cut-out for the twin circular exhausts.

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. It may feature a plain hood or with an offset cowl induction hood. Ruiners can spawn in a variety of colors, with the primary one on the body and the secondary one on the mirrors and in the form of two stripes on the lower side, displaying the car's name. A tertiary color is also available for the rims, which is set to white or gold (the latter only available in at least three color sets). The rims have five wide spokes with a pentagon-shaped center and black details.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Ruiner retains its design from GTA IV, with only minor changes. It features a quad exhaust instead of the dual exhaust present on the GTA IV version. 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.

As of Patch 1.29, the three T-Top roof options from the GTA IV version are present but cannot be changed by the player and are random at spawn. All variants spawns with its windows rolled up, even without roof panels. Color distribution is the same as before, but the mirrors changed to receive the primary color and the interior stitching matches with the same primary one. The Ruiner's rim design is the same, able to be found in Los Santos Customs under the Muscle category, named "Mecha". There is also an off-road counterpart under the Off Road category, named "Dune Basher". Unique to the stock rims, however, is that the wheel color has a darker tone (although painting the stock wheels is only possible on Content Creator).

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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
(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 and Grand Theft Auto Online

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. The engine sound is the same as the one on the Dominator.

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 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 and Grand Theft Auto Online

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

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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online


Ruiner 2000

Grand Theft Auto Online
The Ruiner 2000 in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)
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 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.


Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Available for purchase from Southern San Andreas Super Autos for $10,000 as of the After Hours update.
  • Can be found outside Los Santos Customs, usually heavily modified. Sells for $9,675.
  • Can sometimes be found in the carpark found on the southern end of Vespucci Beach.


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic. The Ruiner will fetch up to $1,900.



Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The driver-side fender features a silver "IMPONTE" badging between the wheel and the doors, but the passenger-side fender is blank.
  • 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 and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Likely a developer mistake, one of the rocker covers (specifically the left one; looking from the front of the car) is slightly smaller in width than the opposing rocker cover. Several vehicles with the same engine model have this too.
  • Likely due to reused LOD models from GTA IV, the mirrors appear to be the secondary color from a certain distance, but they switch to the primary color when closer. This is best seen with any combination that denotes the secondary color easily (i.e. black primary color with yellow secondary color).


  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.