Widely considered one of the greatest action video games ever made, Rockstar's 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas provides the player with a compelling plot set in a daring open world. But, as with all GTA titles before or after it, one of the most important aspects of the game have always been all the cars the player is able to find, steal, and drive.
In fact, the cars featured in the game are based on some of the most popular and desirable real-life models, and as such vary greatly in their performance. For those of you who are still roaming the streets of San Andreas after 15 years (or are merely long-time fans of the game like us), here are the top 10 fastest cars you'll ever find.
Reminiscent of a 1982 Chevy Camaro and with some design cues from the 1985 Acura Integra, the Buffalo is one of the more unique and versatile sports car in San Andreas. You see, not only is it fast and agile on the road, but will perform better than other sports car off-road as well.
However, be careful because the Buffalo is quite rear-end-heavy, so a loss of traction is a real threat. The sound emanating from under the Buffalo's hood is a clear recreation of the '82 Camaro's 5.0L V8, with the top speed on the road being around 125 mph.
Every JDM fan will immediately recognize the iconic Mazda RX-7 in this car. The fact that it's so strongly based on Mazda's flagship rotary engine supercar makes it that much more appealing to petrolheads. The great top speed is only an added bonus.
Too bad Rockstar didn't add more modification options to this car, as we'd love to see the ZR-350 wearing something like the Veilside bodykit featured in Fast & Furious. Nevertheless, when it comes to speed, it will comfortably hit 125 mph on the road. And while its handling is nothing to boast about, you can always look at it as being purposely drift-ready.
The Comet's design has been left largely unchanged since GTA Vice City Stories, drawing cues from the both the 1984 Porsche Carrera 911 and the 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z. That said, it's one of the quicker sports cars in the game, with an optional Targa top modification always available.
Sending power to all four wheels, the Comet boasts impressive grip and handling, while maxing out at a decent 125 mph top speed. However, the car does accelerate noticeably quicker than Jester, Comet, and Buffalo which share the same top speed.
The Banshee has always been one of the more beautiful and desirable cars in GTA, and this has been the case since Vice City. The GTA: San Andreas Banshee is the game's version of a 1996 Dodge Viper, featuring a stripe that runs across the middle of the body.
Unfortunately, the Banshee is not as fast as we'd hoped, topping out only at 125 mph. And it gains extra points for staying true to the original appeal of the Dodge Viper convertible. Notably, the Banshee accelerates to this top speed faster than any other car on this list.
6 Hotring Racer
Cheats may seem like the best way to obtain the Hotring Racer, but the car is relatively easy to find it once you've completed the 8-track side mission in the game, as it will frequently spawn around the Los Santos Forum. This NASCAR-inspired vehicle not only looks cool but sounds the part as well.
There are three different Hotring Racer versions in the game, embodying one of the three real-world models: 1982 Ford Thunderbird, 1985 Chevrolet Camaro, and 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Designed to reproduce the hum of a powerful V8, the Hotring Racer will drive you to a top speed of about 136 mph.
Unsurprisingly, the SuperGT is among the fastest sports car in GTA San Andreas. Though its sound is not so impressive, it staggers both visually and in performance. The real-world model that lies behind the SuperGT's design is the once-great Mitsubishi 3000GT - the only true mid-engine supercar from Mitsubishi.
Another thing that makes the SuperGT so fun is the option to modify it by adding or removing a Targa top. When it comes to driving the car, you can expect it to achieve about 143 mph in a straight line, but be careful because the car is incredibly prone to losing traction and spinouts due to all the power being delivered to the rear wheels.
The Bullet is on everyone's list of the most beautiful cars in GTA: San Andreas. This sports car is an obvious recreation of the 2004 Ford GT, which was brand new when the game first came out. But, because San Andreas takes place in the early 1980s, the car is more likely to be Rockstar's version of the iconic Ford GT40.
It may be the third-fastest car in the game in a straight line, but Bullet possesses some of the best handling of any sports car in the game, which makes it an incredibly fun and quick car to drive around curvy roads.
Cheetah is one of those cars that immediately puts a smile on your face when you see it roaming around San Fierro. Clearly based on the iconic Ferrari Testarossa, this mid-engine supercar comes close to the fastest car in San Andreas.
Not only will it do 143 mph on the road, but it's incredibly easy and controllable at high speeds, given it bears its engine in the back and is powered only by its rear wheels. In fact, in both speed and acceleration, it seems to tie with Bullet.
Do you remember this gem? Perhaps the most threatening and badass-looking cars, painting this bad boy black back in the day made you feel like Batman. However, this cool mid-engine supercar is in fact inspired by the legendary Ferrari F40.
And not only does it look cool but Rockstar also gave it one of the highest top speeds in the game. Unfortunately, sources conflict over the exact number, but according to the GTA Vehicle statistics, it's second only to one other car. This should entail a top speed of at least 143 mph in the game.
Every San Andreas player knows Infernus as the fastest car in the game. It's a bit difficult to obtain, most often found in the lavish areas of Las Venturas, but once you do, its virtual V8 will roar you to a top speed of 150 mph.
The Infernus also happens to be one of the sleekest and most aesthetic cars in the game, visually inspired by the legendary Honda NSX - one of the most desirable JDM cars of the '90s. It is curious, though, that Rockstar chose the NSX to represent the fastest car in the game when there are many more cars inspired by much quicker mid-engine supercars such as the aforementioned Cheetah or Turismo.