GTA 5: Top Cars And Their Real Life Inspirations

In this guide, I will talk about a few cars in GTA 5 that are inspired by real-life vehicles.

Abdullah Wakeel
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GTA 5 cars in real life
Key Takeaways
  • GTA 5 features over 700 cars, with some directly modeled after real-life counterparts, enhancing the gaming experience for car enthusiasts.
  • Notable real-life car inspirations include the Truffade Adder (Bugatti Veyron), Pegassi Zentorno (Lamborghini Aventador), Benefactor Krieger (Mercedes-AMG), Bravado Gauntlet (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat), Declasse Vigero (Chevrolet Chevelle SS), and Vapid Dominator GTX (Ford Mustang).
  • Each vehicle boasts unique characteristics, from performance stats to customization options, catering to diverse player preferences and enhancing gameplay immersion.
  • The inclusion of real-life car inspirations showcases the developers' attention to detail, contributing to a more cohesive and authentic in-game world.

There are more than 700 cars in GTA 5, but not every vehicle is based on a real-life car. I’m going to enlist a few notable cars in the game that are based on real-life cars in this guide.

Truffade Adder

  • This GTA 5 car in real life is based on the Bugatti Veyron. It remains the most exceptional car for any GTA 5 or real-world car addict. This car is well known for its boundary-breaking performance and top speed.
  • It is an all-wheel-drive car with a mid-engine and a top speed of 267 mph. The W-16 engine utilized by Veyron has a power output of 987 hp and generates 1250 Nm of torque.


 Bugatti Veyron in GTA 5

There are three ways to get Bugatti Veyron in GTA 5. In story mode, there are two ways you can get Veyron:

  1. In Rockford Hills, you can find truffade adder in front of Sessante Nove at Portola Drive Hills, where it spawns quite often.
  2. In Mission “I Fought Law,” at the beginning, before you walk near the marker, you can get your hands on Truffade Adder.
  3. You can purchase Truffade Adder from Legendary Motorsports for, $1,000,000.

Pegassi Zentro

Pegassi Zentro is a 2-seater civilian hypercar in GTA 5 based on a real-life Lamborghini Aventador. This car was added to the game on May 13, 2014, as a part of the 1.13 High Life update. The Pegassi Zentorno is one of the best-looking cars in GTA 5.

Lamborghini in GTA 5

  • In GTA 5, you can find and steal Zentorno from rare spawn locations. The Zentorno can be stored in one of your properties/garages. This real-life car in GTA 5 can also be purchased from Legendary Motorsports for a price of $725,000.
  • As for performance, this car has a bi-turbo 6.8-liter V12 engine, which makes it the most powerful hypercar as it produces 750 HP and a top speed of 122 mph. Therefore, if you are looking for a fast and reliable car at an affordable price, I suggest going for the Pegassi Zentorno.

Benefactor Krieger

This GTA 5 car in real life is based on a Mercedes-AMG. This high-performance car is one of the fastest cars in the game, making it a great choice for racing and stunt events as it is very powerful and agile. It is also luxurious and comfortable, which makes it a good choice for everyday driving.

Mercedes-AMG in GTA 5

  • This car spawns in many locations, such as:
    1. Vinewood Hills,
    2. Rockford Hills,
    3. West Vinewood,
    4. La Puerta,
    5. Sandy Shores,
    6. Grand Sanora Deserts,
    7. and Mount Chiliad
  • The guaranteed way to get this car is to purchase it from Legendary Motorsports for a price of $3,495,000.
  • The Krieger has a 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces up to 600 HP, making it one of the fastest cars in GTA 5. This car can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of 210 mph (338 km/h).

Bravado Gauntlet

The Gauntlet in GTA 5 is inspired by the real-life Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. It’s a famous and powerful American muscle car. If you’re looking for a high-performance car in GTA 5, the Gauntlet is a great choice because it’s well-known for its capability in racing events.

Dodge Charger SRT in GTA Online

  • The Bravado Gauntlet spawns in various locations in GTA 5. Some of the most common spawn places are:
    1. Outside the Los Santos Customs shop in Strawberry,
    2. In the parking lot of the Vanilla Unicorn Strip,
    3. On the street near the Vinewood Bowl,
    4. In the parking lot of The Vanilla Unicorn Strip Club,
    5. In the parking lot of the Ammunition Store in Del Perro,
    6. On the street near the Diamond Casino and
    7. Resort and a few more places.
  • You can also purchase this car from Southern San Andreas Super Autos for $615,000.
  • The Gauntlet has a supercharged 6.4-liter V8 engine that is capable of producing 707 horsepower. Moreover, the engine also has a 6-speed transmission, which provides a smooth gear shift.
  • This car has a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and it can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 secs.

Declasse Vigero

This is another one of those GTA 5 cars that are inspired by real-life models. The Vigero is a unique American muscle car from the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Chevrolet Chevelle SS served as an inspiration for this vehicle. It is one of the most iconic cars and most recognizable cars, with its class and aggressive stance.

Chevrolet In GTA Online

  • It is a popular choice among car enthusiasts, whether in-game or in real life. You can find Chevelle cruising around the streets of Los Santos, or you can buy it from Southern San Andreas Super Autos.
  • This muscle car has a mighty 7.4-liter V8 engine that is capable of producing 400 hp. The top speed of this car is 2000 mph. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
  • The Chevelle is fully customizable, as you can customize body paint color, wheel rims, engine upgrades, exhaust, tires, brakes, and armor.

Vapid Dominator GTX

The Ford Mustang served as an inspiration for this hypercar. It has a groundbreaking performance, making it well-known in the game. Moreover, it is suitable for street racing, stunt driving, and a variety of purposes. It is a great choice for you if you are looking for a high-performance muscle car.

Ford Mustang In GTA Online

  • Furthermore, it spawns in various locations, and you can find it while cruising around. You can also get this car from Southern San Andreas Super Autos for $1,000,000.
  • The GTX has a powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine that can produce up to 725 HP. It has a top speed of 205 mph, and it can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.
  • GTX is a fully customizable car, as you can customize it in many ways, such as body paint color, braking, engine upgrades, armor, and many more.

My Thoughts

The developers put lots of thought and effort into designing these cars by taking inspiration from real-life cars in GTA 5. I think it is a commendable effort that makes the in-game world more coherent with the real world.

While there are many vehicles in the game, the ones that I have mentioned above are my favorites, and I have used them personally. Therefore, I felt confident in sharing them here.

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