A Bug in GTA 1.
A Bug in GTA 1.
A Bug in GTA 1.
Appearance(s) GTA 1
GTA London 1969
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door coupé
Capacity 4 (GTA 2)

The Bug is a small beetle-like car that appears in nearly all early GTA games up to Grand Theft Auto III.



Based largely on the real-life Volkswagen Beetle in both name and design, the Bug is depicted in all its appearances as a largely undesirable car, being unattractive in design and performing poorly as a road going vehicle.

Each iteration of the Bug is significantly different from each other. While the Bug in both GTA 1 and GTA London 1969 are closely modeled after the Beetle, both iterations were clearly redone from scratch during development of both games. The GTA 2 version of the Bug assumes a more compact retro-futuristic design, but retains various Beetle characteristics like the rounded, beetle-shaped profile.


In GTA 1 and GTA 2, the Bug possesses average cornering helped largely by its below average acceleration and speed, making it a poor vehicle of choice for timed missions and chases. For GTA London 1969, however, the Bug features better performance, with average top speed and acceleration; GTA 2 also improves over the performance of previous Bugs by making the game's Bug more nimble and more responsive in cornering, although its speed is still considerably underwhelming.

When exported in good condition GTA 1, the Bug awards the player a base payment of $2,000 in Liberty City and Vice City, but only $1,000 in San Andreas. Similarly, the Bug in GTA London may be exported for a base amount of £200 if delivered in mint condition. When crushed in GTA 2, the Bug gives the player a Machine Gun.


The Bug is present in nearly all classical GTA games, appearing in all three cities in GTA 1 (Liberty City, San Andreas and Vice City), and in the GTA London 1969 mission pack. For GTA 2, the Bug only appears in the Downtown and Residential districts of Anywhere City.

See also

  • Monster Bug, a monster truck variant of a Volkswagen Beetle-like car in GTA 1.
  • Big Bug, a similar monster truck/heavy duty variant of the Bug in GTA 2.