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Not to be confused with the Surano, a sports car in Grand Theft Auto V with a similar name.
Fun fact: what's the fastest growing market in the American auto industry? That's right! Compact SUVs! And do you know why? That's right! Neither do we! And is that a good enough reason to buy one? That's right! It had better be!
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The Benefactor Serrano is a crossover SUV featured in the downloadable episodic pack The Ballad of Gay Tony for Grand Theft Auto IV, and Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


The Ballad of Gay Tony

The hood design, grill, greenhouse, and sides are similar to a Mercedes-Benz GLE, (formerly known as ML-Class) while Mercedes-Benz GLK/GLC influences are seen on the crease on the sides and the rear. The bi-xenon headlights are much like that of the 2002-2006 Volkswagen Touareg, but with added LED turning signals.

The Serrano is depicted as a small SUV with a similar size as the Übermacht Rebla. The bumper features a small bottom lip/extender and a set of meshed intakes, where the central one spans about half the car's width and bears a black horizontal divider on the middle, while the outer ones house non-functional fog lamps. On the upper area, the central section features a silver/chrome grille of about the same width as the central intake and bears the manufacturer logo on the centre, while the outer sections have large headlamp housings with black trim around, each one having dual circular main lamps on the upper side and wide turn signals on the lower side. The bonnet has a slight elevation starting from the grille and going towards either A-pillar of the cabin, fitted with small intakes near the windscreen.

The sides of the car are predominated by the bulky wheel arches, the small exit vents on the front fenders and the small side steps at the bottom. There are impressed areas passing through the doors, with the upper lines being angled upwards and almost reaching the top of the rear tail lamps. The cabin area makes use of black trim around the windows and on the pillars, only leaving coloured portions on the A-pillars and the upper borders of the roof area, as well as coloured mirror wings with black supports. The roof panel has two black long strips on the sides that separate it from the rest of the car.

The rear of the SUV is somewhat curved in appearance and features a large compartment door, which has a small top lip, a dedicated central section for the license plate and the corresponding badges above and beside it. The outer sections have large tail lamps with a black detail around them, each one consisting of large main/brake lamps, lower reverse lamps and upper, smaller turn signals. The bumper is relatively large and also has a small bottom lip/extender, while two exhaust tubes can be seen below it.

The interior is similar to Habanero's, but the steering wheel bears a Benefactor logo instead of Albany's or Emperor's.

The Serrano assigns a primary colour for the body and the secondary colour for the surrounding of the grille, the bonnet and the roof panel (although only its modified variant has different secondary colours). The vehicle shares the same five-spoke wide rims with the Habanero, but they appear to have more depth than the former's.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Serrano returns in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online and is mostly unchanged from its first appearance. In the enhanced version, the car uses the same "Feroci" interior as vehicles like the Habanero and the Ingot.

Colour distribution in the same as in TBOGT, and retains the same wheel design as before, being similar to the "Bippu" SUV wheels seen in Los Santos Customs.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery


The Ballad of Gay Tony

Although the Serrano and the Huntley Sport compete for the fastest SUV, the Serrano is considered to be better because it has a higher top speed, and is easier to use on off-road courses. In terms of handling, the Serrano's cornering performance is average due to its excess weight, and the Serrano tends to suffer from understeer around tight bends. It is, however, easy to drive when used properly.

The Serrano is stated to be fitted with a supercharged V12 engine similar to the Schafter. However, it is actually modeled as a turbocharged twin-cam inline-4 engine and coupled to a 5-speed gearbox, which is laid in a front engine, all wheel drive layout (50% front, 50% rear torque distribution). The engine sound appears to be a higher-revving variation of the one used in cars like the Rebla, the Habanero and the Landstalker, unique to this vehicle.

TBOGT 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 AWD
50% FWD
50% RWD
3000 / 6614
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 6.5L Supercharged V12 (Badging) N/A N/A
N/A N/A 5 F4 DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Serrano produces a moderate amount of torque, and achieves an just above average top speed. Its four-wheel drive setup allows the car to operate exceptionally well off-road.

Once again, the side badges states that the Serrano features a V12 engine. However, the engine is actually modeled as a turbocharged twin-cam Inline-4 engine with a 6-speed gearbox. It is laid in a front engine, all wheel drive layout (60% front, 40% rear torque distribution). The car has a mid-revving engine sound shared with the Blista.

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 81 / 130 6 N/A AWD
60% FWD
40% RWD
2400 / 5291 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 6.5L Supercharged V12 (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
N/A N/A 6 F4 DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model) AWD 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
Armor No Armor $250 $500
Armor Upgrade 20% $1,250 $5,250
Armor Upgrade 40% $3,125 $8,750
Armor Upgrade 60% $5,000 $14,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $8,750 $24,500
Armor Upgrade 100% $12,500 $35,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $250 $500
Street Brakes $5,000 $10,000
Sport Brakes $6,750 $13,500
Race Brakes $8,750 $17,500
Bumpers Stock Front Bumper $750 $1,500
Custom Front Bumper $1,250 $2,500
Stock Rear Bumper $750 $1,500
Custom Rear Bumper $1,250 $2,500
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $2,250 $4,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $3,125 $6,250
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $4,500 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $8,375 $16,750
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $130 $260
Dual Exit Exhaust $375 $750
Big Bore Exhaust $899 $1,800
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Grilles Stock Grille $100 $200
Big Badge Grille $375 $750
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $200 $400
Xenon Lights $1,000 $5,000
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $7,500
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 $6,000
Skirts Stock Skirts $1,250 $2,500
Custom Skirts $1,500 $3,000
Spoilers None $500 $1,000
Roof Spoiler $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 $250 $500
Street Transmission $7,375 $14,750
Sports Transmission $8,125 $16,250
Race Transmission $10,000 $20,000
Turbo None $1,250 $2,500
Turbo Tuning $6,250 $35,000
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


The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • A modified version of the Serrano is available with a full bodykit and lowered suspension, a custom chromed grille with a large Benefactor emblem in the middle, and wheels resembling those of the Banshee wrapped in low-profile tires. It also comes with tinted windows, and may have a two-tone color with the roof and part of the hood being a metallic variant of the vehicle's main color, just like the modified Schafter. Its wheels also receive an additional tertiary color (similar to the Futo and Sultan), which alternates between black or white.


The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Enhanced version



  • The name "Serrano", like that of the Habanero, could be a play on the Porsche Cayenne, as both are SUVs named after types of chili pepper.
    • The SUV could be also named after the Serrano people, which are indigenous people living in Southern California.
  • Serrano is also the name of one of the antagonists in Max Payne 3, another title by Rockstar.
  • The default radio stations for the Serrano are:

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • As with some other vehicles, the modified Serrano suffers from a glitch which causes the vehicle to have a permanent unique metallic blue paint job after several resprays.
  • When landing a jump or anything as such, the Serrano suffers from a glitch where the suspension may dip very far, leading to the bumpers' extra clip-on spoilers disappearing underneath the ground for a brief moment.
  • The Serrano does not have B-Pillars, which means that the rear doors are hinged to nothing.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Initially, in the Enhanced Edition, the front left headlight of the Serrano was missing a surface and texture in the centre of the lens. This was fixed in a subsequent update.
  • Originally, the Serrano was going to have a second variant featured. It appears to have no performance differences over the current model, as suggested by the handling files.
  • With the correct modifications, one can recreate the modified Serrano from TBOGT. However, the lip spoiler in previous game is not present, only the low-level spoiler.
  • A poster of a Serrano can be found in the window of the Benefactor/Gallivanter dealership that doubles as Michael's garage in Vinewood.
  • A Bleeter post in Grand Theft Auto V from Benefactor can be found which reads: "Soccer moms, check out the new Benefactor Serrano luxury crossover. It's an SUV, it's an minivan, it's an station wagon, it's none of the above. It's practically hip."


  1. 1.0 1.1 As part of the After Hours update continuation.