This article is about the car made by Albany. For the manufacturer, see Emperor (manufacturer).
An Emperor in GTA San Andreas.
An Emperor in GTA San Andreas.
(Rear quarter view)
An Emperor in GTA San Andreas.
Appearance(s) GTA San Andreas
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 4-door sedan
Capacity 4 (driver and three passengers)
Manufacturer Albany (HD Universe)

The Emperor is a 4-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. The car varies significantly between the first two games.



In GTA San Andreas, the Emperor, based on an 1990-1993 Infiniti Q45, represents a then contemporary large four-door sedan, with a lean design and somewhat rounded profile.

In GTA IV and GTA V, the Emperor is based on a '78 or '79 Cadillac Deville or Fleetwood, judging by the front bumper, with a flattened front end and no hood ornament, and is given an Albany badge. The greenhouse is closer to a 1980-1984 Deville/1980-1986 Fleetwood; the rear could also be from these cars since their trunks have more subtle creases (the Emperor has extremely subtle creases on the trunk). "Beater" versions of the Emperor exist in the HD universe, with junky paint finishes, rusted bumpers, worn interiors, an occasionally missing quarter panel (GTA IV only), damaged headlights (GTA IV only), wheezy horns (GTA V only) and old wheels (GTA IV only).


Acceleration and speed of GTA San Andreas' Emperor are somewhat disappointing, as are handling and braking. The engine sounds as though it is a large V6 or V8, but is apparently incapable of delivering substantial power to the bulky, rear-drive vehicle. Using the E-brake around corners almost guarantees fishtailing, making this car almost useless when driving at high speeds. It is, however, a sturdy vehicle with low chances of roll overs, and does a fairly good job of absorbing damage.

GTA IV's Emperor is powered by a low-output V8, coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in RWD configuration. Due to its weight and low-power engine, the Emperor is quite slow off the line, and its top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) leaves much to be desired (while the beater Emperor can only reach 125 km/h (77 mph)). Its soft suspension often results in its rear swinging out of control and subtle fishtailing. Braking is very poor, and strangely, for a vehicle that's designed to be reminiscent of late 1970s/early 1980s cars, ABS is available, although not standard. Crash deformation is below average, and build quality is surprisingly low: as the Emperor cannot sustain much damage before failing or catching fire.

Customization in GTA San Andreas

The Emperor in GTA San Andreas can be modified at a TransFender, where it is offers a wide range of parts:

Italicized pricing denotes prices at the Las Venturas TransFender, which charges 20% more except Colors.

  • Colors
    • Car Color 1 (primary body color): $150
    • Car Color 2 (stripe color): $150
  • Vents
    • Oval Hood Vents: $150 ($180)
    • Square Hood Vents: $100 ($120)
  • Exhausts
    • Large Exhaust: $250 ($300)
    • Twin Exhaust: $300 ($360)
    • Upswept Exhaust: $350 ($420)
  • Lights
    • Round Fog Lamp: $100 ($120)
  • Nitro
    • 2x Nitrous: $200 ($240)
    • 5x Nitrous: $500 ($600)
    • 10x Nitrous: $1,000 ($1,200)
  • Roof
    • Roof Scoop: $80 ($96)
  • Spoilers:
    • Win: $550 ($660)
    • Fury: $350 ($420)
    • Alpha $250 ($300)
  • Side Skirt: $500 ($600)
  • Wheels
    • Import: $820 ($984)
    • Atomic: $770 ($924)
    • Ahab: $1,000 ($1,200)
    • Virtual: $620 ($744)
    • Access: $1,140 ($1,368)
    • Off Road Wheel: $1,000 ($1,200)
    • Mega: $1,030 ($1,236)
    • Grove: $1,230 ($1,476)
    • Twist: $1,200 ($1,440)
    • Wires: $1,560 ($1,872)
  • Car Stereo
    • Bass Boost: $100 ($120)
  • Hydraulics: $1,500 ($1,800)


  • The Emperor was going to be called the Empress. [Verification Needed]
  • The Emperor plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • In GTA IV, there is also a car manufacturer called Emperor, a Lexus parody, but the Emperor car is made by Albany, a Cadillac parody (which is more fitting for this car). Yet the GTA San Andreas rendition seems to be more fitting for the Emperor brand since it is a Japanese luxury car.
  • After completion of Stevie's Car Thefts, Emperors can be sold at S&M Auto Sales for $2,500 each if delivered in perfect condition, regardless of whether the Emperor delivered is a regular variant or a beater variant.
A unique Emperor advertisement in Star Junction, GTA IV, showing the rear of the car with a dynamic advertisement on the left side.
  • In GTA IV and GTA Chinatown Wars, the tail end of an Emperor is incorporated into an Emperor advertising in Star Junction. It is meant to emulate the real-life Cadillac signage on display on 2 Times Square since 1998.
    • The dynamic advertisement in Star Junction shows a slightly different model of the car, although hard to see. It appears to have a different front end, with the grille being more prominent and a slightly different bumper, and clearly, a higher ride height, along with what looks to be wheels off of the Virgo.


GTA San Andreas