The Sabre is a muscle car that appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and Grand Theft Auto IV. In GTA Vice City, it is fairly widespread, being predominant on the main (west) island, while in GTA San Andreas, it can be found in all three cities (mainly Downtown Los Santos), some towns, and on the highways connecting them. Being a 2 door makes it a bad choice for drive-bys or carrying an entourage. It is also used as a gang car by the San Fierro Rifa. In GTA IV, after collecting all thirty cars for Stevie he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Sabre fetching $2,000.
The Sabre from the Grand Theft Auto III era closely resembles a 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass, but without the split grille (but the front bumper is still intact), and the sides are closer to a 1970-'72 Chevrolet Chevelle (if this isn't caused as a result of simplification), and the trunk is quite large and the back window is awkwardly small (similar in size to the rear window on the convertible version of either vehicle). The name is a parody of Cutlass, seeing as both Sabre and Cutlass are swords.
The Declasse Sabre in GTA IV is more modern, resembling an '80s muscle car, it actually looks like a "corporate cousin" of the Faction. It resembles a 1983-1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS (the other models are completely different) with subtle changes. There doesn't appear to be a base model of the Sabre but the Tahoma from GTA San Andreas is based on the standard Monte Carlo however it has been made into a four door. There is also a Sabre GT in GTA IV, but is based on an older version of the car, and looks more like the previously featured Sabre, this is awkward since the Sabre is based on an SS vehicle and the Sabre GT emulates one and should technically also be called the Sabre GT.
GTA San Andreas
Acceleration and speed are very impressive since it has a V8 engine. The Sabre's handling is arguably among the best in GTA San Andreas, and the brakes are excellent. However, being the rear-drive muscle car it is, this vehicle's drivetrain is overpowered, leading to occasional burnout and fishtailing, and a general decline in performance in wet weather. Its frame is sturdy and can take a fair amount of damage, but its intense power and heavy construction mean the car is able to survive very few high-speed collisions.
The Declasse Sabre features a 550ci V8, coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in RWD configuration. Acceleration is good, though not impressive; and it's top speed is relatively the same as other vehicles in it's class. Due to the heavy frame and very soft suspension, the Sabre has a tendency to flop about in turns, making oversteer common. The suspension is pillow-soft, and thanks to it, the Sabre practically lollops through turns, with a vague and numb sense of direction. Braking is fair, though without ABS front wheel lockup is common. Crash deformation is very good, and the Sabre can still take many direct hits before failing or catching fire.
The Sabre Turbo is a turbo-charged version of the Sabre vehicle. The Cholo Sabre is a variant used by the Cholos gang in GTA Vice City Stories. The Cholo Sabre is painted tan with a fat stripe running through the center.
While the Sabre in GTA IV assume a more modern appearance, a high performance variant of the Sabre similar in appearance to the Sabre Turbo, dubbed the Sabre GT, is available in GTA IV. In addition, the standard Sabre is one of the cars that can be found in total disrepair in GTA IV - a rusted out version of it that spews huge clouds of brown exhaust and backfires randomly. The rusty Sabre has vastly inferior performance besides the cosmetic differences.
Modifications (GTA San Andreas)
- The Sabre can be modified at any TransFender branch.
- Nitro (all)
- Car Stereo
GTA San Andreas
- Spawns regularly around Los Santos
- Spawns around San Fierro Rifa gang turf
- Found in the parking lot across Zero RC in Garcia, San Fierro (only when wanted for export)
- Available at Easter Basin, San Fierro every Monday after completing export lists. Import cost: $15,200
GTA Vice City Stories
- Parked in north of construction site in Downtown, Vice City
- Parked among decrepit houses in southern Little Haiti, Vice City
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A Sabre in GTA Vice City; rear quarter view.
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A Sabre in GTA San Andreas.
A Sabre in GTA San Andreas; rear quarter view.
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A Sabre in GTA IV.
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A Sabre in GTA IV; rear quarter view.
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A beater Sabre in GTA IV (variant 1).
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A beater Sabre in GTA IV (variant 2).