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The Hot Rod is the first of two revamped versions of the Hot Rod from Burnout 2: Point of Impact with the other being the Custom Classic. It is one of numerous ultimate vehicles in Revenge as it is one of the vehicles with a high Crashbreaker rating and also one of the fastest cars.
The steering with this vehicle is really stiff, as it can drift off on its own without the brakes being pressed, and results in unintentional drifts and making the driver struggle to get it back straight again. This isn't a very good thing when racing, but the weight of the vehicle makes this fit for Road Rage.
The understeer the Hot Rod gets is barely maintainable at a full steer. The other flaw is that the Hot Rod and it's twin experience is it's high jumping abilities. While the drivers may get more boost using this off jumps, this can be a bad thing if the jump includes obstacles.
Doing some Drift Jumping with this, it's unable to do it half the time. When performed, it gets very little power from it, and can go 225 MPH. This isn't a very good thing when using it to catch up.
For online, the Hot Rod, as well as it's brother, are one of the most avoidable choices due to it's performance and statistics.
The chassis and wheel colors are only changeable in the PS2 and Xbox versions. The available wheel colors are silver, red, blue, gold, and black, while the chassis can be changed to red, blue, or silver.
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In reality the Hot Rod shares design traits with either the Ford Model A or B Coupe. Both are quite notable in the American Hot Rod culture.
The Hot Rod is also the same car as the Custom Classic. The only difference is that the Custom Classic has a black paintjob with yellow flames.