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For a wide-eyed junior exec in the late 90s nothing said "I can almost afford to buy European" like the Karin Sultan. These days you're an angry middle aged, pre-diabetic, wannabe rally driver, but the Sultan is still your best friend: with your money and our expertise, this could become the high-octane racer you dreamed of as a teenager and still have no idea how to drive. Eligible for customization at Benny's Original Motor Works.
Benny's Original Motor Works description.

The Sultan is a four-door sports sedan in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Karin in the HD Universe.

The Sultan was also supposed to appear in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, but it was cut for unknown reasons.


3D Universe

The Sultan is based on the 1990's GC Subaru Impreza WRX/1992-1994 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo I.

The Sultan is distinguished by its basic profile as with various sedans in the game, yet it has a sportier appearance, with a sports bumper having two square intakes, a bonnet scoop, custom skirts and twin exhausts. It also has 5-spoke rims with a pentagon-shaped centre.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Now manufactured by Karin, the Grand Theft Auto IV Sultan draws upon the Japanese import styling of the previous Sultan. Its general body shape is partly based on the first-generation Lexus IS (Toyota Altezza), but its prevalence of sharper characteristics lends it a much more striking form. Certain elements such as the rear lamp units are inspired by the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V. Other elements (such as the bonnet and spoiler of the Korean Mob variant) bear resemblance to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI. Interestingly, ordinary Sultans come with blued exhaust tips, similar to the titanium tips on the Futo GT.

In GTA IV, the Sultan has the most variety in spawning colours, including wheel colours. The car is prominently painted with the primary colour, while the lower sides of it is painted in a secondary colour (prominently painted black or in some cases, grey of light grey). The wheels have 5-spoke rims and are prominently painted white, except for a set with a gold colour.

The Sultan is equipped with a GPS system with a male voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.

Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars

The Sultan's body is resembled as a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII. Compared to other GTA games, the Sultan carries the Sultan RS's speed, and spoiler from GTA IV.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Sultan reappears in GTA V, mostly unchanged in terms of appearance. The only difference is that its colour distribution changed, as the secondary colour is applied on the bonnet, roof and boot, as well as on the sides in the form of thin stripes. Its interior is also decorated with stitching on the seats and steering wheel, which matches with the primary colour. The car features black wheels by default (which actually gives a darker tone).

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3D Universe

The Sultan has a small, yet powerful turbocharged engine, and a four wheel drive drivetrain. Its performance is relatively strong in comparison with all of the sports coupés and super-cars in the game, whilst its grippy four wheel drive system makes it particularly controllable; it is less prone to spinning out than the rear wheel drive cars, making it a good car for Gymkhana or cross-country road trip. The Sultan is the fastest four-door car in the game.

Much like its real-life counterpart, the Sultan makes for an excellent offroad vehicle as well. Its low ground clearance can be an hinderance offroad, but this can be rectified by adding Hydraulics. The only drawback of the Sultan is its poor build quality. The Sultan's front or back can be deformed even in low speed collisions with other vehicles.

Players favor the Sultan for drive-by attacks, due to its four seat capacity and its ability to outrun rival gang or police vehicles, as it has supreme handling.

It weighs 1400 kg like some 2-door rivals.

GTA San Andreas Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 124 / 200 5 Petrol AWD 1400 / 3086
N/A N/A 5 N/A AWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Sultan remains fast, grippy, engaging and easy to drive. Like all past Sultan models (and most Subarus) the GTA IV Sultan is AWD (40% front/ 60% rear torque distribution), providing superior traction and handling over other cars of the same class. While many similarly sized sedans offer similar straight line performance, the added stability of the Sultan allows fast cornering and easy power sliding, making it a good choice for races or getaways (and one of the best 4-door cars in the game). The soft suspension makes it roll over easily when turning. Under-steer is a factor, but the powerful engine and quick handling make it sporty and fun to drive. Although the engine is not the most durable, considering its speed, body deformation is average. Non-tuned Sultans come with alarms, the most popular forms being the horn and beep versions.

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 AWD
40% FWD
60% RWD
1400 / 3086
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 3.5L Twin Turbo (Badging) N/A N/A
5.6 Seconds N/A 5 F4 DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars

The Sultan in similarity to GTA IV carries the same speed and steering, but mostly based of traits from the Sultan RS. Also compared to other sedans, the Sultan can do burnouts more easily.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Returning to Grand Theft Auto V, the car remains one of the best 4-door cars in the game. It is a very good all-around car with above-average speed, acceleration, traction and handling and because of its AWD nature, the Sultan can easily surpass most off-road vehicles, especially when upgraded. The car suffers from a small amount of understeer when taking corners at high speed. Its durability is average. Braking, however, is this vehicle's weakness, taking a long time to slow or fully stop the vehicle. Additionally, the car does not handle particularly well when braking through a corner.

The Sultan is an extremely close competitor to the Kuruma, being able to compete very closely with one in a race (though both are rather off the pace in the sports class as a whole).

The engine is modeled as a twin-cam inline-6. With the "Roll Cage and Chassis Upgrade" modification installed, two turbochargers are fitted on one side of the engine.

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 AWD
40% FWD
60% RWD
1400 / 3086 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 160 / 257 5 3.5L Twin Turbo (Badging) AWD 1406 / 3100 N/A
7.8 Seconds 95 / 153 5 F4 DOHC Inline-6 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Being classified as a "tuner" car, the Sultan can only be modified at Wheel Arch Angels; and like all cars of its class, the range of body kits, rims and spoilers are the same, the only distinction being its three unique customized body paint schemes.

Type Upgrade Cost Image
Paint Jobs Paintjob 1 (Alien) $ 500
Paintjob 2 (WRC) $ 500
Paintjob 3 (X-Flow) $ 500
Colors Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Exhausts Alien Exhaust $ 770
X-Flow Exhaust $ 680
Front Bumper Alien Front Bumper $ 970
X-Flow Front Bumper $ 880
Rear Bumper Alien Rear Bumper $ 980
X-Flow Rear Bumper $ 870
Roof Alien Roof Vent $ 170
X-Flow Roof Vent $ 120
Spoilers Alien Spoiler $ 580
X-Flow Spoiler $ 470
Side Skirts Alien Side Skirts $ 480
X-Flow Side Skirts $ 370
Wheels Cutter $ 1030
Rimshine $ 980
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Switch $ 900
Shadow $ 1100
Classic $ 1620
Dollar $ 1560
Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000

It is interesting to note that while Paintjob 1 and Paintjob 3 of the customized body paint schemes are of original designs, Paintjob 2 is a blue and yellow rally-like scheme similar to that of the Subaru World Rally Team's 1993-1996 Subaru Impreza GC.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online) Image
Upgrade: Benny's Original Motor WorksB Sultan RS N/A $795,000
Armor No Armor $325 $200
Armor Upgrade 20% $1,625 $4,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $4,062 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 60% $6,500 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $11,375 $21,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $16,250 $30,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $325 $200
Street Brakes $6,500 $4,000
Sport Brakes $8,775 $5,400
Race Brakes $11,375 $7,000
Bumpers Stock Front Bumper $750 $500
Custom Front Splitter $1,250 $1,000
Custom Splitter & Intercooler $1,650 $1,500
Stock Rear Bumper $750 $500
Carbon Rear Diffuser $1,250 $1,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $2,925 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $4,062 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $5,850 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $10,887 $6,700
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $130 $260
Titanium Tuner Exhaust $375 $750
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Hoods Stock Hood $450 $300
Double Vented Hood $850 $650
Carbon Hood $1,200 $1,500
Carbon Vented Hood $1,450 $1,750
Carbon Scooped Hood $2,225 $2,000
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $200 $200
Xenon Lights $1,000 $3,000
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,500
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 - -
Roll Cages No Roll Cage $350 $700
Roll Cage and Chassis Upgrade $550 $1,100
Roofs Stock Roof $100 $200
Sunstrip $350 $700
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $1,200
Skirts Stock Skirts $1,250 $600
Custom Skirts $1,500 $830
Spoilers None $500 $300
Low Level Spoiler $750 $550
High Level Spoiler $950 $700
GT Wing $1,300 $1,050
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 $325 $200
Street Transmission $9,587 $5,900
Sports Transmission $10,562 $6,500
Race Transmission $13,000 $8,000
Turbo None $1,625 $1,000
Turbo Tuning $8,125 $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
B Only available at Benny's Original Motor Works (enhanced version).

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Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online


Sultan RS

HD Universe
The Sultan RS in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)

The Sultan RS is a rally sports variant of the Sultan, appearing in a 2-door coupe form. It appears commonly with a stripe down the side, and sports numerous rally-grade attachments. In Grand Theft Auto Online, on enhanced version consoles (Xbox One and PlayStation 4) and PC), the Sultan can be purchased for $12,000 from the Benny's Original Motor Works website and converted to the Sultan RS.

Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Korean Mob "Sultan TT" comes with a blue paint job, a large angular rear spoiler in line with the rear lights, extra carbon fibre lips for the front bumper and side skirts, along with gold wheels and dual bonnet vent, giving the car a resemblance to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII GSR. The Korean Mob Sultan can be resprayed in any of the regular Sultan's colours, it will, however, lose its unique wheel colour.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • In The Ballad of Gay Tony, multiple variations of the Sultan will appear in Drug Wars involving the Koreans. The Sultans will have special paint schemes (including wheels) and may or may not feature a rear wing. The bonnet/ hood will be one of the two standard forms.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto Online


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

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Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online


Grand Theft Auto IV

  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Sultan fetching $3,500.

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • The default radio stations for the Sultan are:
  • Sultan means king in Persian, Arabic, Indonesian and Malay language, and is also the term for the head of state in various countries. The Sultan is most likely named as the "king" of the sedans as it is the fastest sedan in the core games.
    • Furthermore, its name is a reference to one of its inspiration, the Toyota Altezza, as "altezza" means highness in Italian.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • There is a handling text of a cut vehicle with the name "SUBARU" on it[1], which had a top speed of 200 km/h, an AWD drivetrain and a mass of 1400 kgs. It is possibly the Sultan, since the GTA San Andreas model is also based on a Subaru Impreza. These stats are also the same as those found on the aforementioned model.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • In Grand Theft Auto V, the Sultan can be modified to look like the Sultan RS (albeit with 4 doors and missing the side skirt exhaust). After the inclusion of the vehicle as part of the January 2016 Update, however, it can be upgraded into the actual Sultan RS instead.
  • In the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of GTA V, the player won't be able to put the camera in hood view while in a Sultan that has the carbon scooped hood modification applied.
  • The Sultan's engine sound is similar to a condensed interior recording of the BMW M3 E46's inline-6 engine.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The Sultan and Banshee are the only cars in GTA Online to change class when upgraded at Benny's, as they change from Sports to the Super class.

See Also


  1. Handling.cfg:
    ;SUBARU       1400.0    3400.0   2.4    0.0 0.1 -0.2  75  0.80 0.8  0.5  	5 200.0 28.0 5.0  4 P 	10.0  0.5  0 30.0  	1.1  0.15  0.0   0.30 -0.15 0.5  0.3		0.25 0.60 35000 	10000000	1  1