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 has the highest Crashbreaker rating possible and also the maximum boost speed.
The Hot Rod is loosely based off of the Classic Hot Rod in Burnout 2: Point of Impact and Burnout 3: Takedown. It is a good choice for road rage as it has enough weight to sustain itself but its acceleration is affected as a result. Although less stiff than the Low Rider, the handling is quite poor since drifts can be performed without activation of the brakes. Its performance stats are identical to the Custom Classic but it has a more unique color scheme.
The chassis and wheel colors are changeable through certain combinations in the Playstation 2 and XBOX ports. 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.