Rear quarter view)|
A Premier in GTA San Andreas.
GTA San Andreas |
|Vehicle type||Civilian car|
|Body style||4-door sedan|
|Capacity||4 (driver and 3 passenger)|
|Manufacturer||Declasse (HD Universe)|
The Premier is a 4-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V. In GTA San Andreas, it is the civilian version of the Taxi and the Police Car, it also appears to be a "cousin" of the bulkier Elegant.
GTA San Andreas
The Premier strongly resembles a 1991-1994 Chevrolet Caprice, but it might be the 1991 or 1992 because they fit in with the game's setting; the taillights, which are rectangular in shape as opposed to the Caprice's rounder taillights, might have some influence from 1992-1994 Ford Crown Victoria's. Its very boxy greenhouse looks closer to the Australian Holden VK Commodore but this may be to conserve graphics, this may in fact be the likely cause since a beta Police Car had a more detailed resemblance to a Caprice.
GTA IV — GTA V
In GTA IV, the Declasse-manufactured Premier is designed as a compact, four-door sedan that resembles a Chevrolet Cobalt sedan, obviously for its four-door design but also for its taillight design - which differs from the coupe. The front actually seems to bear more of a resemblance to the 2002-2006 Lexus ES. The taillights are Altezza-styled, which are more popular in imported cars and custom cars in the United States than domestics. The taillights look loosely inspired by the ones from the 1998-2005 Lexus IS (aka the Toyota Altezza), and there also seems to be some Cobalt influences, however they just seem improvised; the rest of the rear also seems improvised. The front bumper might be a result of things being rearranged (as Rockstar has done with other vehicles). According to its badging, it is powered by a 4 liter engine, probably a V6.
The Premier returns in GTA V, identical in appearance to the GTA IV version.
GTA San Andreas
In GTA San Andreas, its acceleration, speed, and handling are all quite impressive, while the sturdiness and bulk of the chassis render the Premier capable of withstanding heavy damage, making this front-engine, rear-drive beast simply one of the best passenger vehicles in the game. The strong engine, responsive handling, and sturdy frame also make the Premier an ideal car for performing the PIT maneuver and for ramming other vehicles, hence its use as a police car. You also use the Police Car version, to learn how to do the PIT maneuver. The premier is likely to be powered by a large V8.
Police and taxi variants
One interesting note is that performance aspects for the Premier come in in three variations in GTA San Andreas: mediocre, impressive, and fantastic. The version of the Premier with the worst performance is the Taxi, with modest acceleration and speed, and a heavy, lumbering frame. Next is the civilian version, with its outstanding performance and lighter chassis. Last is the Police version, which is the civilian Premier with a slightly more powerful engine and increased durability, and truly one of the best vehicles in the game.
Other variations include the fact that the Taxi is the only front-wheel drive version of the Premier, partly explaining its comparatively poor performance. Furthermore, the San Fierro police car enjoys improved suspension over that of the police car in Los Santos (most likely due to San Fierro's hilly streets).
GTA IV and GTA V
The Premier in GTA IV has a 4.0L V6 coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a rear wheel drive layout. The engine itself is responsive, propelling the vehicle off the line quickly, and giving it an acceptable top speed of 145 km/h (90 mph). Handling is rather good for a car in the mid-sized 4 door class, keeping the Premier stable in most turns, though some oversteer can be felt. The suspension is rather soft however, giving way to body roll. Braking is adequate, though not as good as other sedans. Crash deformation is below average, with the Premier stalling after only a few collisions.
The Premier in GTA V appears to have been given a performance upgrade, as it accelerates faster than the previous rendition. The car is now mated to a front wheel drive layout.
Customization in GTA San Andreas
The Premier in GTA San Andreas can be modified at a TransFender, which offers a moderate range of parts to the car.
Italicized pricing denotes prices at the Las Venturas TransFender, which charges 20% more except Colors.
- Michael De Santa temporarily drives a red Premier as his primary vehicle (possibly a rental) after his son takes his Tailgater in Did Somebody Say Yoga?.
- Nigel and Mrs. Thornhill drive a light blue Premier, presumably a rental, during their holiday in Los Santos, until it is destroyed by Trevor Philips as a means to kill off Al Di Napoli.
- The Premier plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
- The Premier in GTA IV features the door ajar chime, which can be heard with the driver's door open in quiet areas.
- After completion of Stevie's Car Thefts in GTA IV, the car can be sold at S&M Auto Sales for $1,800 if delivered in perfect condition.
- In GTA IV, the car features a dual exhaust, yet possibly due to an oversight or glitch, only the left one is functional.