Rear quarter view)|
A Primo in GTA San Andreas.
GTA San Andreas|
|Vehicle type||Civilian car|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Capacity||4 (driver and 3 passengers)|
|Manufacturer||Albany (GTA IV)|
GTA San Andreas
In GTA San Andreas, the Primo is one of the better sedans available in the game, although its design is less unremarkable and thus appears more generic in traffic. It resembles a 1987-1990 Toyota Camry sedan to some extent. The grille and headlights are similar to the 1990-1992 Infiniti M30.
In GTA IV, the Albany Primo retains its four-door sedan design, but is influenced heavily by the 1987–1993 Cadillac Allante but has a four door sedan design most likely from a 90s/80s GM A-body, like the 1989-1996 Buick Century. The top of the trunk lid seems loosely inspired by 1992-2004 Cadillac Sevilles, this also may be the source for the bulkier appearance. The car is also available in one-tone or two-tone body colors (which are probably inspired from Cadillac Sevilles, more likely the 1986-1991 models).
GTA San Andreas
The Primo is one of the most dependable vehicles in the game, possessing good handling as a result of its lighter weight, fair acceleration and a decent top speed. For that, it is an ideal choice for doing drive-bys against enemy gangs. While relatively acceptable under normal driving conditions, the Primo's axle width may make the car less stable in bumpy conditions.
The Primo is most likely powered by a mid-range V6, which gives it a satisfying top speed of 150 km/h (93 mph). The Primo's underpinning is it's body roll and small, weak brakes. The Primo's acceleration and handling are also poor and unsporty and it suffers from a problem similar to the Emperor in which the rear swings frenziedly on sharp turns - but even worse, the car feels heavily planted on the ground, therefore, if the turning is done smoothly, the Primo will do a very wide turn, the only possible workarounds are to start drifting yards before where the desired turn is or to slow down. This car is thus very unfavorable for driving at high speeds, leading this vehicle to be better suited towards missions where a getaway vehicle is not required, friend "hangouts" and city driving.
Due to its sturdy build, the Primo is able to take a few direct frontal hits without stalling or setting alight.
In GTA IV, there are two different styles of Primo. There is a standard middle-of-the-road sedan, and there is also one with a special "Supercharged V8" badge on its decklid. The supercharged Primo is lowered with added ground effects and a spoiler. It always comes in maroon, and is the vehicle of choice for members of the Spanish Lords (though it can be repainted at a Pay 'n' Spray in the standard Primo colors). Despite the "Supercharged V8" badge, it has the same performance as the regular Primo, and sounds just like the regular Primo - nothing like a V8, which leads us to believe that the effects are purely cosmetic. The Supercharged V8 Primo can usually be found driven in and around Spanish Lords territory, including Cerveza Heights, South Bohan, East Holland and southern Alderney City.
While not an actual variant per se, standard black Primos may also be found with the same golden trims as those on the Supercharged V8 variant, the only color scheme for standard Primos to incorporate golden trims.
The Supercharged V8 variant of the Primo in GTA IV (Rear quarter view).
Customization in GTA San Andreas
The Primo in GTA San Andreas can be modified at a TransFender, which offers a moderate range of parts for the car:
Italicized pricing denotes prices at the Las Venturas TransFender, which charges 20% more except Colors.
- "Primo" either means raw, as in materials, or cousin, in Spanish.
- Like the Willard in GTA San Andreas, GTA San Andreas' Primo experiences a headlight bug where the headlights do not correctly illuminate if one of them is broken; breaking the right side headlight shuts off illumination of both headlights, while breaking the left side headlight does not shut off illumination of the left headlight.
- The Primo plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
- The "supercharged" Primo in GTA IV shares its trunk spoiler with the DF8-90 V8 Turbo.
- After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie in GTA IV, a Primo may be sold at his garage for $1,800.
- GTA San Andreas
- Can be found almost anywhere in the state of San Andreas.
- GTA IV
- Commonly spawned alongside the Supercharged V8 variant in Spanish Lords areas, including Cerveza Heights, South Bohan, East Holland and Alderney City.
- The Ballad of Gay Tony
- Supercharged V8 Primo's can be seen in the Drug Wars with unique paintjobs not seen anywhere else.