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GTA Online weekly update adds new car the Ruiner ZZ-8

The GTA Online weekly update for August 18 adds new car the Ruiner ZZ-8 to the multiplayer game, a Grand Theft Auto 5 Pontiac Firebird, and smuggler missions

GTA 5 Online update August 18 - new car the Ruiner ZZ-8, an orange 2-door muscle car

The GTA Online weekly update for August 18 is live, and it adds new car the Imponte Ruiner ZZ-8 to the Grand Theft Auto 5 multiplayer mode. Also included in the update are two new smuggler freemode events, a huge boost to clubhouse contracts, and boosts to several race types in the open-world game including those on Cayo Perico island. We’ve got all the details right here ahead of Rockstar’s official patch notes, expected to arrive a little later on.

The highlight for the week of August 18 is the new automobile addition, the Imponte Ruiner ZZ-8. Grand Theft Auto’s spin on the iconic American muscle car the Pontiac Firebird – specifically the 30th Anniversary Trans Am released in 1999 – the Ruiner is a very sleek 2-door muscle car that will set you back a cool $1,320,000 in GTA money to add to your collection.

The Ruiner ZZ-8 can be found at the Luxury Showcase shop alongside sports car the Ocelot Pariah. On offer at Simeon’s Showroom, meanwhile, are the Vapid Speedo, the Weeny Dynasty, the Vulcar Fagaloa, the Karin Sultan Classic, and the Impaler luxury muscle car. Also unlocked are a lovely new pair of Wild Striped Pool Sliders, if you want to round out the midlife crisis look in style.

If you’re looking to earn yourself a new set of wheels instead, the GTA Online prize ride for the week is the Vapid Retinue, a vintage 2-door coupe that can be yours for finishing in the top five in street races for two days running. If you’d rather have luck on your side, the Dewbauchee Rapid GT Classic sits as the GTA Online podium car, and can be yours if you manage to get lucky at the prize wheel in the Diamond Casino.

Two new freemode random events are now available – the Smuggler Plane event, on a 35 minute cooldown, and the Smuggler Trial event, on a 20 minute cooldown. In addition, players can earn triple the usual in-game cash and reputation point rewards for completing Clubhouse Contracts, or double the cash and reputation for Cayo Perico races as well as land & air races.

There’s also the usual range of discounts on offer, which can be seen below:

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