The best thing about GTA 5 Online is the ridiculous number of things you’re able to purchase. Weapons, properties, apparel, and of course the most sought-after collectible — cars. The game is called Grand Theft Auto after all, and it lives up to the name with a continuously growing list of basic, super, exotic, and iconic automobiles. With the next-gen version coming to consoles very soon, now is as good a time as any to revisit Los Santos. To make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck (and those valuable Shark Cards), here are our top picks for the best cars in GTA Online.
15 Best Cars in GTA 5 Online Ranked Worst to Best
This list will be compiled up the best performing and most unique car varieties currently in GTA 5. Not every single pick will be the fastest or guarantee a win in online races, but they are all worth expanding your garage for. Let’s get started.
BF Ramp Buggy
This offroading monster is basically a retrofitted Dune Buggy reminiscent of the Flip Car from Fast & Furious 6. Of course, it works just like Owen Shaw’s aforementioned flipping machine, allowing you to flip cars out of your way just by driving into them. To make this possible, the car is designed with a reinforced steel frame aligned with minimal flat panels that create the ramp surface.
While you won’t be able to drift around easily or hit breakneck speeds in this rig, it makes up for it with pure enjoyment. There’s no other car in the game with such a simple but enjoyable purpose.
The Emerus design is almost a 1:1 recreation of the 2019 McLaren Senna thanks to the frame shape around the fenders and air intake. Of course, this is GTA, meaning that it takes inspiration from other supercars like the Senna GTR and Ferrari FXX-K to create a more unique look. Additional carbon strips, slim headlines, and a fine-tuned spoiler are just a few of the changes to the general McLaren design.
It’s a sleek, aerodynamic supercar designed to hit max speed in just a few seconds. While it’s not the fastest, it may provide one of the best options for juggling speed with control.
If you’ve ever wanted to live out your James Bond fantasies, the Stirling GT is the car to do it in. Based on the Mercedes Benz 300 SL, it’s a car designed for elegance with a beefy engine to back it up all up using brutish force. It’s a rather curvy automobile that finds an elegant balance between acceleration, handling, and overall power.
It won’t ever be the best in any of those categories, but it may just be the most ideal blend of the three working together. It’s a truly satisfying and stylish ride that’s actually not as expensive as most high-end supercars.
This endurance race car is built to resemble the Nissan R90C and is meant purely for racing. The extremely low profile, wide base, and intake locations alone make it an incredibly fast rear-wheel-drive vehicle. All-in-all, its performance is comparable to others on this list aside from how effectively it handles uneven terrain and impact.
The flat design and weight make navigation a breeze when hitting bumps or taking sharp corners. On top of that, the barriers and wheel sidewall provides impressive absorption, making it much harder for opponents to damage your tires.
A fully armored battle shell engulfs the familiar frame of a Dodge Charger with this Mad Max/Fast and Furious combo. It was originally exclusive to current players who made a next-gen upgrade and completed a special in-game event. Now, this classic-looking battle vehicle is available to everyone for a relatively reasonable price.
Running on a supercharger gives this vehicle solid acceleration and top speed, but with the detriment of poor braking and a tendency to oversteer. It makes up for it with a ridiculous amount of durability and being able to outrun any other armored in-game vehicle.
Cost: N/A (Steal and take to Los Santos Customs)
It makes sense that a car named after a Phoenix would be a rare but worthwhile beauty to find. Like its namesake, this two-door Pontiac Trans Am variation rises up from the streets of Los Santos as a classic ode to old-school muscle. You can’t even purchase it, it’s so rare. Instead, you have to hope you come across one and then make it to Los Santos Customs to make it your own.
Its weighty design leads to excellent torque and a decent top speed that can be dismantled by the incredibly poor handling. It really is old-school muscle through and through, and is designed to feel wild as you throw your weight around.
In our opinion, this is the best car to steal and keep in GTA Online.
Holy rip-off, Batman! The Scramjet doesn’t take any shame in channeling the old-school campy aesthetic of classic cartoons like Speed Racer and Adam West’s titular hero. It features a round and sleek profile highlighted by the open cabin space and sharp central nose. It’s designed to be front-heavy and only adds to it with a set of armed machine guns and missile launchers.
That’s right, this isn’t just a racing vehicle, it’s also designed for full-on destruction. Take it for a spin, light up your opponents, and easily drift around corners, all in the same car. Just be sure you have an open road ahead and avoid small obstacles.
A pure street racing vehicle, the ETR-1 is meant to keep you close to the ground and hugging the street. It doesn’t adhere to one single car for inspiration and instead takes cues from the Lexus LF LC Vision Gran Turismo, the Gazoo Racing Lexus LFA, and even the Toyota FT-1 Concept, among other vehicles.
Carbon fiber spans the entire car width and highlights multiple air intake points across its wide body. This unfortunately doesn’t add up to the best rig for the price, and instead serves as one of the better options of this car type. Just keep it in mind for any races with tight corners and limited straight stretches.
Based on the Koenigsegg One, this car shares a similar design to the Entity XF but with more drastic style choices. Everything from the bumper to the ducts and hood is more slanted and helps separate elements of the car. This also leads to more aerodynamic components that keep airflow hugging the front and sides.
It’s excellent for cornering and features a solid top speed and velocity thanks to the mid-engine configuration. It unfortunately lacks in pure acceleration, though, meaning that you won’t be winning any quick drag races in it. But at least you’ll look good while losing.
Think of the Pegassi as the poor man’s supercar. It’s heavily influenced by the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento due to its flat, hexagonal shape and angular hood. This all leads into a flattened rear end and large angular air intake vents on the sides. All of this establishes a car design that is built to be aerodynamic and cut right through the air like butter.
Overall, the performance leads to a high-end car that falls somewhere near the upper-middle in terms of overall performance. Its top speed is decent, but it can hold it into both sharp and gradual corners, making for a strong contender in more elaborate racing environments. Thankfully, it makes up for the generalized speeds with superb handling that can become incredibly deadly under an experienced driver.
The Vapid FMJ may be the closest thing to a futuristic concept vehicle within GTA 5. While it takes inspiration from the Aston Martin Vulcan and even the Ford GT, it accentuates those styles even further with a wedge-like front end that leads into concave curves throughout the full car body. The engine bay and air intake sections are incredibly narrow and do just enough to showcase different components while keeping things relatively simple.
On top of the killer design, it also handles really well. Think zippy and tight when it comes to grip and acceleration, meaning that you’ll be getting quick bursts but lack any lengthy build-up. This means it can hit high-speeds and corners incredibly well, but lacks enough power to be a true contender head-to-head.
This beauty is based on the iconic Porsche 911 and Porsche 918 thanks to the curvature seen throughout the body and the extended rear engine bay. It stands as a long, aerodynamic rig that features familiar curved components to assist with airflow but with far fewer intake areas. Overall, it serves as a surprisingly compact and classic interpretation of a supercar that performs in all the right ways.
The light body makes for incredible acceleration that is only amplified by the all-wheel drive. Its top speed sets it firmly running in third place for the game and under most straightaway conditions, it actually tends to perform better. The only issue is that it falls apart in anything that requires cornering or navigation, meaning it’s best left to drag racing.
If you don’t hear the classic Batman the Animated Series music playing when you see this car, then you really missed out on a classic. The Vigilante takes no shame in leaning into the classic Dark Knight design and truly feels like you’re driving the jet-propelled Batmobile. It falls somewhere in between the Tumbler, the 89’ Batmobile, and the Animated Series version for an amalgamation that just feels right,
It’s simultaneously an incredibly fast and powerful sports car, as well as an offensive powerhouse with armored plating. You can plow through vehicles like with the ramp car, but with far more speed and durability. Just be prepared for notoriously bad understeer that can make you quickly lose control after one bad collision.
Grotti X80 Proto
Prototype hypercars are some of the coolest concept vehicles in GTA 5. The Grotti X80 is no exception, serving as an inspired variant of the Ferrari F80 Concept, which is where it gets the sharp front center and large intake areas on the front and sides from. With carbon fiber finishing throughout, it’s a relatively light vehicle that features simultaneously rounded and slanted components throughout.
The exposed bodywork and focus on clean airflow make this a rig built for acceleration. It also features incredible handling, but leans into the prototype ideology by tending to spin out due to the mix of weight and power. It’s volatile and inconsistent but worth the ride.
There’s probably a good reason that a prototype hypercar should take the top spot on our list. Apart from taking heavy inspiration from the Aston Martin Valkyrie, it also takes elements from the Porsche Mission E and Bugatti Chiron for the headlights and exhaust respectively. The lifted front end and curvature of the sides all lead to increased airflow through the front brakes and side intakes.
Primarily made from carbon fiber, it’s incredibly light but retains firm ground placement due to its focus on airflow and the wide body. It’s simply one of the fastest cars available and balances that with incredible handling, stability and acceleration. It can be disrupted in uneven terrain, but overall it’s the best car for a great price in GTA 5.
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