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"1960's entry in a long, esteemed line of Cheval coupé utility vehicles. Combining all the style of a two-door hardtop with the practicality of an integrated cargo tray, this most certainly isn't a jack of all trades and a master of none."
Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description.

The Picador is a coupé utility featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online. It is manufactured by Cheval in GTA V.

Design

3D Universe

The Picador is implied to be a pickup variant of the Buccaneer, which shares a similar frontal design, with the exception of a different taillight design, a thinner front bumper, and an additional emblem on the hood. The Picador is based on the 1972 Chevrolet El Camino, which happens to share similar design cues with the 1970-1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, a car which the Buccaneer shares a likeness to. Picadors may occasionally been depicted with different items on its bed, such as planks or Sprunk cans.

HD Universe

In GTA V, the Picador is manufactured by Cheval, a parody of Australian automaker Holden, a sister company of General Motors. In the game, the Picador takes design cues from both the Holden HJ Utility and the 1971-1972 Chevrolet El Camino. The rear fascia is almost identical to that of the El Camino, while retaining the large, shallow cab and square mirrors seen on the Holden. The front end is a bit murkier, with references to the older, second generation El Camino in the headlight and grille assembly.

In the PlayStation 4Xbox One, and PC versions of the game, there is a monster truck variant of the Picador named the Marshall

Performance

GTA San Andreas

The Picador has the highest top speed and acceleration for any pickup in the game, possibly due to the large V8 engine. However, it is also the lightest and lacks the torque of the stronger trucks; its cornering is also a little unstable, owing to its rear wheel drive. As it is a pickup, the Picador can only carry two in the truck cab.

GTA V

Picador,Cheval

Top view of the Picador's engine.

The Picador is powered by a large displacement V8 and it shares its engine sound with the Sabre Turbo, Fugitive and Gauntlet. Its speed and acceleration is good in comparison to most street cars, especially when upgraded, but it is heavily outclassed by other muscle cars. Its handling is at odds with more conventional muscle cars, since its four wheel drive gives it excellent traction and launch speed. This combined with its soft suspension makes the Picador one of the best muscle cars for offroading, though one must be wary of body roll. Crash deformation is poor, and bullet resistance is only average.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine
(Capacity + Layout + Fuel)
Drivetrain
AWD / FWD / RWD
Gearbox
Number + Type
Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.)

n/a 135 / 217

n/a

AWD
40% FWD
60% RWD

5

1600 / 3527

Observed/Tested
(i.e. recorded on In-game speedometer.)

7.8 Seconds 100 / 160

F4 V8

AWD

5

Mass cannot be observed.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Hood Fury Scoop $ 150
Champ Scoop $ 100
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Small Exhaust $ 150
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Lights Round Fog Lamp $ 100
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Side skirts Side Skirt $ 500
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
  • The Transfender in Las Venturas has charges 20% more for each modification except colours.

Notable Owners

  • Ryder owns a brown Picador with a license plate reading "SHERM" and he uses it in some missions. Even after his death, the car still spawns regularly. The bed accesories are still the same as a normal one.

Locations

GTA San Andreas

GTA V

Trivia

General

  • The Spanish name Picador is a horse-mounted member of a bullfighting crew, which confronts the bull with his pike ("pica", hence the name) during the first third of each bull. Additionally, "Picador" in Spanish may also refer to a vehicle or a person that takes part in "picadas" (slang for drag racing commonly used on Latin America). This makes sense, as the Picador is a muscle car.
  • The default radio stations for the Picador are:

GTA San Andreas

GTA V

  • In GTA V, the Picador's brake lights are located separately from its taillights, found on the rear bumper. Additionally, it does not feature reverse lights.
  • Oddly, when the headlights are turned on, bright light only comes from two of the four headlights.
  • Strangely, the interior has a Vapid logo on the floor of the Picador. This is most likely due to Rockstar's tendency to re-use vehicle interiors.

References

  1. Ryder's Sadler

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