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Tricking out a near-perfect muscle car like the Sabre is a fine art. A mainstream mod shop won't understand that its deafening wheelspin isn't inefficient - it's the foreplay a car like this requires. Its brakes aren't dangerously unresponsive, they're smooth and gradual. The lack of protection isn't careless, it's thrilling. Luckily for you, here at Benny's we can serve a whole lot of style without adding one tiny bit of substance. It's what a car this stupid deserves.
Benny's Original Motor Works description.

The Sabre Turbo (also known as the Sabre GT in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars) is a high-performance variant of the Sabre featured in both the 3D Universe and the HD Universe. It is manufactured by Declasse in the HD Universe.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City & Vice City Stories

Other than the presence of a racing stripe, the Sabre Turbo appears mostly the same as a standard Sabre.

The Grand Theft Auto: Vice City rendition of this vehicle appears in a permanent red color, complete with a white strip. It does not appear in any other colour and cannot be resprayed. Game files reveal the vehicle is actually painted yellow with what is likely to be a blue stripe. However, as the red and white stripe is a permenant texture across the vehicle, it does not appear painted in the aforementioned yellow/blue combination.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Sabre Turbo appears in several colors, while retaining a racing stripe that is always light green. In GTA Vice City Stories, the Cholo Sabre looks the same as the Sabre Turbo except that the Cholo Sabre is yellow with a white stripe.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Known as the "Sabre GT" in Grand Theft Auto IV, the vehicle borrows bits and pieces from various American muscle cars. The back and sides resemble a 1970 Oldsmobile 442, the front is similar to a '70 Buick GSX. The wheels appear to be based on those found on a '70 Pontiac Firebird. The paint job seems to look like that of a Mustang Mach 1 with some characteristics of a Shelby Mustang. The different hood scoop on some Sabre GTs resembles that of a 1968 Shelby Mustang. Overall, the look created emulates the GM big body V8 coupes of the early 70's (Cutlass, Skylark, Chevelle).

The design of the car is largely identical to its 3D Universe iteration, as well as the standard Sabre from the aforementioned universe (since it was drastically redesigned in the HD Universe), but it improves with the addition of details around the vehicle, namely the sectioned grille, bumper details and badging. While the car retains the circular headlights and vertical tail lights, it has two extra square lamps on the grille and two extra turn signals on the rear, with small reverse lights included within the same tail lights. Being an older design, has a different Declasse logo than the manufacturer's other cars: a circle with "Declasse" written around the inside edge.

The Sabre GT may feature a standard hood, a pentagon-shaped intake bulge, or a twin ram-air hood with "cui" (cubic inches) markings and other stickers. The car can have a secondary color in the form of stripes on the hood, roof, trunk and lower sides, with "SABRE TURBO" marked near the rear wheels. The rim design is shared with that of the beater variant of the Sabre.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Sabre GT in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is similar to the original GTA Vice City design, lacking the chin spoiler appearing in GTA IV but sporting a ram-air hood. It again appears in a two-tone paint job design with the secondary color used as a stripe down the hood, roof and trunk lid. It features chrome front and rear bumpers.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Returning to its original name as the "Sabre Turbo" in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online (although retaining the "SABRE GT" badges), the vehicle remains almost identical to its appearance in GTA IV. The chin spoiler from GTA IV has been removed, but is available as a customization option at Los Santos Customs and other vehicle mod shops. The extra hood options are also removed from the model itself, but are available as customization options as well.

Color distribution is the same as in GTA IV, with the secondary color applied in the form of stripes on the hood, roof, trunk and lower sides, with "SABRE TURBO" marked near the rear wheels. It also retains the same wheel design, being a derivative of the "Muscle Freak" muscle rims available in Los Santos Customs.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City & Vice City Stories

Compared to a regular Sabre, the Sabre Turbo is capable of better acceleration, top speed, and cornering, and it emits a different engine sound from that of its stock counterpart. Because of its modified engine, the car also emits a noise associated with vintage turbo-charged engines (possibly a turbocharged V8 with multi-barrel carburetor). In GTA Vice City, the Sabre Turbo is an excellent car for street racing, as it is as competitive as more modern sports cars like the Banshee, Infernus, and Stinger despite its rather soft suspension. The vehicle is a good choice for the longer street races, as it has very good durability when compared to other high performance cars like the Infernus and the Cheetah, which is very useful during the VC Endurance race.

In GTA Vice City Stories, its performance traits are similar to those of the Polaris V8.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 112 / 180 5 Petrol RWD 1800 / 3968
N/A N/A 5 N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Sabre GT houses a turbocharged version of the regular Sabre's herculean 9-litre (550 ci) V8 (a massively exaggerated capacity for a vehicle of its type), equipped with the same drivetrain. The behemoth of an engine is comparable to that of the Imponte Dukes, though the wider tires and shorter wheelbase eliminate some of the hideous wheelspin resulting from the rear wheels having to cope with such levels of torque. Though the back-end readily swings round corners, this issue is noticeably more controllable in corners than for the Imponte equivalent. The exhaust note is unique to the Sabre GT, and it shares its horn with the Sabre. Although the exhaust note more closely resembles the Stallion when heard from the rear of the car, the Sabre's exhaust is slightly less audible in comparison. However, when heard from the front of the car, the whistle of the turbo and the roar of the 550ci V8 are distinct.

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 90 / 145 5 N/A RWD 1700 / 3748
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 9.0 Liter (550ci) Turbocharged (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

In GTA V, the Sabre Turbo features the same powerful 550 ci turbocharged V8 coupled to a long-throw 5-speed semi-auto manual transmission powering the rear wheels. As a classic seventies muscle car, the vehicle has a heavy body, soft suspension, and mediocre brakes, and it suffers from large amounts of wheelspin when accelerating. However, it can still keep up with more modern muscle cars as a result of its surprisingly good turning circle and exceptional power. The vehicle's weight also works to its advantage in reducing oversteer and providing exceptional durability and ability to shunt other cars around.

The vehicle uses a high-revving and aggressive engine sound, shared with cars like the Gauntlet and the Buffalo S.

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 87 / 140 5 N/A RWD 1200 / 2646 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 140 / 225 5 9.0 Liter (550ci) Turbocharged (Badging) RWD 1202 / 2650 N/A
6.1 Seconds 110 / 177 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

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online) Image
Upgrade: Benny's Original Motor WorksB Sabre Turbo Custom N/A $490,000
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
Extended Chin Spoiler $750 $1,500
Painted & Chin Spoiler $1,000 $2,000
Painted & Large Splitter $1,300 $2,600
Stock Rear Bumper $250 $500
Painted 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
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $130 $260
Chrome Tip Exhaust $375 $750
Big Bore Exhaust $899 $1,800
Side Exit Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Grilles Stock Grille $100 $200
De-Chromed Split Grille $375 $750
Painted Light Surround $670 $1,340
Hoods Stock Hood $150 $300
Cowl Induction Hood $325 $650
Ram Air Hood $750 $1,500
Carbon Hood $875 $1,750
Triple Intake Bug Catcher $1,000 $2,000
Single Intake Bug Catcher $1,200 $2,400
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 $1,875
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 - -
Roll Cages No Roll Cage $350 $700
Roll Cage and Chassis Upgrade $550 $1,100
Stunt Cage $675 $1,350
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $1,500
Spoilers None $150 $300
Low Level Spoiler $275 $550
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 - -
Wheelie Bars No Wheelie Bar $100 $200
Wheelie Bar $350 $700
Windows None $100 $500
Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000
B Only available at Benny's Original Motor Works (enhanced version).

Image Gallery

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Official Screenshots


Sabre Turbo Custom

Grand Theft Auto Online
The Sabre Turbo Custom in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)

A heavily-modified variant of the Sabre Turbo was released on April 19, 2016, as part of the continuation of the Lowriders: Custom Classics update. This variant allows extra modifications and various details have been changed.

Special Variants

  • Stevie requests a unique green pearlescent Sabre GT. It spawns on a driveway of a house in Tudor Street, Meadow Hills. The player can save one before delivering another to Stevie.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Stevie's Car Thefts - The Sabre GT is one of the 30 vehicles wanted by the Stevie's Car Thefts in the side-mission of the same name.
  • Exotic Exports - The Sabre GT is one of the ten vehicles wanted by the Exotic Exports side-mission.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Appears on the first floor of Sunshine Autos when the second list is completed.
  • Can be spawned by inputting a cheat.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Starts to spawn consistently after the player has completed Trevor's Minutemen Strangers and Freaks side-mission strand.
  • Spawns more commonly in Downtown Los Santos when the player is driving another muscle car. E.g. Dominator, Gauntlet, or Phoenix.
  • Occasionally modified variants will spawn in the Los Santos Storm Drain as part of a street race organized by the Marabunta Grande. It will speed off down the banks soon after the player approaches it.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Notable Owners

  • Hillary King as seen in the mission The Driver.
  • Tommy Vercetti (after completing the second List in the Sunshine Autos Import Garage)
  • Vic Vance (If he owns a Smuggling Business)


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • After collecting all cars for Stevie he agrees to purchase cars off Niko, with the Sabre GT fetching $2,500.



3D Universe

  • In the GTA Vice City beta, the Sabre Turbo had twin tail lights and had its grille split in the middle.
  • A unique Sabre Turbo can be obtained in GTA Vice City, during the mission The Driver.
  • Even though the Sabre Turbo in GTA Vice City Stories has dual exhaust pipes, exhaust fumes only come from the right pipe.
  • The Sabre's name could be inspired by its real-life counterpart the Oldsmobile Cutlass, as the names are two types of swords.

HD Universe

A papercraft version of the Sabre GT in Chinatown wars, can be downloaded at the Rockstar Games Social Club.

  • On the back cover of the GTA IV disc case (PlayStation 3 version), there is a picture of Niko outrunning a Police Cruiser in a red and white Sabre GT. On the back of the Xbox One disc case, there is also another picture of Niko outrunning several Police Cruisers in a blue and white Sabre GT.
  • In GTA IV, the police refer to the Sabre GT as a "Classique Sabre GT".
  • One of the cars on which the Sabre Turbo is based in the HD universe, the Buick GSX, prominently appeared on one of the promotional posters for the original Grand Theft Auto.
  • Although the car is called a "Sabre Turbo" in GTA V, the badge on the trunk says "Sabre GT". On the handling files, it also reads "Sabre GT".
  • In GTA V, the Stunt Cage modification will remove the car's passenger seat, yet the vehicle is still able to seat two. Part of the Stunt Cage's tubular structure also passes between the two passenger places, an arrangement which in reality would make moving from one side to the other impossible (or at the very least incredibly difficult), yet if the player enters their vehicle from the passenger side, they will slide over to the driver's seat as normal, actually clipping through the Stunt Cage as they do so.
  • Unlike the GTA IV version, the GTA V Sabre Turbo does not include a turbo whine, despite "Turbo" having replaced "GT" in the vehicle's name.
  • In GTA V, the reverse light coronas seem to be misplaced from the physical reverse lights. In the driver side, the light corona is located between the two lights, while in the passenger side, it is located on the outer light. This is more noticeable at night or in dark areas.
    • In addition, if the driver-side light is destroyed, the passenger-side corona will not be visible anymore when reversing. This does not happen for the other corona if the opposite is destroyed.

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