- For the hearse in GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Chinatown Wars, see Hearse.
GTA 2 |
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
|Vehicle type||Civilian car|
2-door sedan (GTA 2)|
2-door hearse (GTA:VC — GTA IV)
4 (GTA 2 — GTA:VC)|
2 (GTA:SA — GTA V)
|Manufacturer||Albany (HD Universe)|
In its original appearance in GTA 2, the Romero assumes the design of a two-door hardtop coupe, distinguished by its bubble-like windscreens and triangular windows in the rear. The Romero name is likely a play on Alfa Romeo, with its design taking after 1950s Alfa Romeo designs (see the 1955 Alfa Romeo BAT 9 concept car). Ray Larabie's concept art of the car exhibits a more original design.
Despite its somewhat sporty appearance, the GTA 2 rendition's controls are delayed, resulting in sluggish cornering, and its acceleration and top speed may be regarded as below average. When crushed, the Romero will award the player armor when in the Downtown District, or Molotov cocktails in the Industrial District.
GTA Vice City — GTA V
GTA Vice City featured a hearse named Romero's Hearse and in GTA San Andreas and GTA IV, this was shortened to Romero.
The Romero name was probably reused for hearses in reference to George A. Romero, the director of the Dawn of the Dead series of zombie movies. Within GTA Vice City, the car name is also associated with the Funeraria Romero funeral parlor, which features two Romero's Hearse parked out front during "Two Bit Hit".
Due to the recurrence of hearses since GTA Vice City, the differently named Hearse in GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Chinatown Wars may be confused with the Romero hearse.
In GTA Vice City, Romero's Hearse resembles an 1980s Buick Superior Hearse (in turn based on a 1977–1984 Buick Electra). In GTA San Andreas, it resembles a late '70s Cadillac hearse, sporting a wider range of colors for the roof and body (although generally maintain dark tones). Renditions in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas may also come with a coffin at the back (appearing with one of two or three different designs).
A minor particularity of the Romero's Hearse in GTA Vice City is its ability to carry four occupants (two in front and two at the back) like a four-door car; however, the back passengers are both "seated" in the middle of the rear compartment in front of the front of any coffin (although there are no rear seats), effectively merging their bodies together as they ride along in the car. Renditions of the hearse after GTA Vice City are only capable of holding two occupants. This is most evident during "Two Bit Hit", when the fleeing Haitian ganglord rides at the back of the car.
The GTA IV rendition of the Romero is a modified version of the Washington sedan, and as such, bears the Albany brand. However, the vehicle lacks a coffin, aside one mission ("Undertaker"). In GTA V, the Romero is identical to its GTA IV rendition.
A Romero in GTA San Andreas (Rear quarter view; all-gray body with coffin).
A Romero in GTA V (Rear quarter view).
The Romero's Hearse in GTA Vice City is a car capable of high speeds, but suffers from poor steering due to its weight and long wheelbase. Performance of the Romero in GTA San Andreas is even worse, as the car is only capable of mediocre top speeds, and features weak brakes. The GTA IV Romero retains the adequate handling of the Washington, but has inferior acceleration and top speed due to the added weight of the wagon body.
All renditions of the hearse are only capable of carrying two occupants, despite featuring two back doors in most cases. The GTA Vice City rendition is an exception, being capable of holding four occupants.
Availability and prominent appearances
While the original Romero in GTA 2 is commonly found in the Downtown and Industrial Districts of Anywhere City, the vehicle in hearse form is not normally driven on the streets, and are more commonly seen parked or in specific missions.
In GTA Vice City, Romero's Hearse is only available in the mission "Two Bit Hit" but it can be spawned through cheats. In GTA San Andreas, one of Carl Johnson's possible girlfriends, Katie Zhan, owns a white Romero, and will give Carl the keys to it if Carl gains her approval. The Hearse is also featured in two missions in GTA Liberty City Stories, namely "The Morgue Party Candidate" and "Morgue Party Resurrection", both for Donald Love.
The Romero in GTA IV is only featured in the mission "Undertaker".
Customization in GTA San Andreas
The Romero in GTA San Andreas can be modified at a TransFender, but is only offered a bare minimum of modification options:
Italicized pricing denotes prices at the Las Venturas TransFender, which charges 20% more except Colors.