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!"
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

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 engine badge on the side reads V12, just like the one on the Schafter. The interior is similar to Habanero's, but the steering wheel bears a Benefactor logo instead of Albany's or Emperor's.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Serrano returns in Grand Theft Auto V and is mostly unchanged from its first appearance.

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, having a similar size to that of the Rebla.

The Serrano is stated to be fitted with a V12, which is laid in a front engine, all wheel drive (50% front, 50% rear torque distribution) layout. The engine is modeled as a turbocharged twin cam Inline-4, but Its engine sound appears to be from a V12, and performs like a V12, just like the Badges suggested.

The modified Serrano improves over the existing one's performance with a significantly lighter weight, and improved engine output and brakes, allowing it to corner better, brake in shorter distances and move faster. These traits rank the modified Serrano as one of the better performing SUVs in the game with a higher top speed.

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

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, which this time sounds and performs like a inline-4. It produces a moderate amount of torque, and achieves an just above average top speed. The Serrano comes with an excellent four-wheel drive setup which allows the it to operate exceptionally well off-road.

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 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

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor 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 Street Brakes $5,000 $10,000
Sport Brakes $6,750 $13,500
Race Brakes $8,750 $17,500
Bumpers Custom Front Bumper $1,250 $2,500
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
Exhaust Dual Exit Exhaust $375 $750
Big Bore Exhaust $899 $1,800
Grille Big Badge Grille $375 $750
Lights Xenon Lights $1,000 $5,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $7,500
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $6,000
Skirts Custom Skirts $1,500 $3,000
Spoiler Roof Spoiler $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 $7,375 $14,750
Sports Transmission $8,125 $16,250
Race Transmission $10,000 $20,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $6,250 $35,000
Wheels - -
Windows 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.


The Ballad of Gay Tony

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Enhanced version



  • The default radio stations for the Serrano are:
  • Serrano is the name of one of the antagonists in Max Payne 3, another title by Rockstar.
  • 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.
  • 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."

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

  • 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.cfg. It is possible that it was going to be the modified version from TBOGT, but was removed likely due to the presence of mod garages, specifically the introduction of Los Santos Customs.
  • The modified Serrano from TBOGT can be almost completely recreated in GTA V, 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.


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