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For the Grand Theft Auto V version, see Bobcat XL.

The Bobcat is a continually recurring range of two-door pick-up trucks first introduced in Grand Theft Auto III and featured in nearly every game since then, with the only exception being Grand Theft Auto Advance. It is manufactured by Vapid in the HD Universe.


3D Universe

The Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories renditions resembles a 1989-1994 Toyota Pickup Truck with 1995-2005 Tacoma influences, while the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories renditions are based on the first generation Ford Ranger.

They are available in a one tone body color, or two for the GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Vice City Stories renditions. While similar to earlier renditions, the GTA San Andreas, GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories renditions also sport lower ground clearance. The GTA III rendition has a 3D modeling glitch where the passenger's side headlight is rounded, but the other one is longer and rectangular.

Certain Bobcats in GTA San Andreas may feature Sprunk cans or a spare wheel in the back, and the Bobcat can be also upgraded at TransFender, with changeable wheels, exhausts, etc. Along with the GTA Vice City rendition of the Moonbeam, the game's Bobcat is one of the earliest vehicles in the series to features its name printed on its body (on the tailgate). The Bobcat is used as a gang car by the Trailer Park Mafia in GTA Vice City Stories.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Bobcat is now a full-size step side pickup truck, rather than a compact. It mostly resembles a slightly altered 1988-1998 Chevrolet C/K with the headlamps similar to the older 1981-1987 model.

Bobcats can be seen with optional grille guards, or a roll bar with or without four lights on top, and on rare occurrences, with both. Bobcats may also, very rarely, come with an additional bed cover. The Bobcat will never be found without boxes in the compartment.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

The Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Bobcat is similar to the GTA IV one in terms of appearance, with several minor tweaks and a permanent roll bar.

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Version History Gallery


3D Universe

Pre-GTA IV Bobcats have a V6 engine, with the only exception being the 4-cylinder in San Andreas and Vice City Stories. The Bobcat is fairly slow, but has high torque and strong, stiff suspension. However, the low power and heavy weight means it takes a long time and a straight and clear road for the Bobcat to achieve maximum speed. It is rear-wheel drive and handles well on rough terrain, so it can be used for mild off-roading, but is inferior to the Patriot in this respect. Some versions are four wheel drive. In GTA San Andreas, like the Sadler, the four cylinder engine is mounted transversely, which is impossible to drive the rear wheels without driving the front as well.

In GTA San Andreas the Bobcat together with the Sadler is the third most durable vehicle in the game, as seen in the stats.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 103 / 165 5 Diesel AWD 2000 / 4409 (GTA III, GTA VC)
1700 / 3748 (GTA SA)
N/A N/A N/A F4 V6 (In-game model; GTA III & GTA VC)
F4 Inline-4 (In-game model; GTA SA & GTA VCS)
AWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The truck has a very powerful 550 cubic inch (9.0L) V10 engine, according to the badges. Despite having "SUPER 4X4" written on the side, the Bobcat is purely rear wheel drive, or they may have the 4WD disabled.

In terms of performance, the Bobcat is capable of rapid acceleration and a slow top speed. The vehicle does not turn sharply, but can powerslide around corners with enough use of the emergency brake. Off road, the Bobcat suffers from lack of 4WD, low ground clearance, and extremely poor wheel articulation. Also, the engine is somewhat overpowering, resulting in undesired wheel-spin in soft sand. The truck should not be considered a heavy duty vehicle for off road use. The Bobcat also has a 5-speed manual transmission, as indicated by a third pedal to the left, if looked at closely enough. Damage is average, and because of the roll bar, it will not have much roof damage in rollovers. The Bobcat shares the same engine and horn sound as the Rancher.

The engine model appears to be a single-overhead cam V8, which contradicts the badging which state the engine mounted is a 9.0L V10.

GTA IV Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 78 / 125 5 N/A RWD 2500 / 5512
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 550cui (9.0L) V10 (Badging) 4x4 (AWD) (Badging) N/A
N/A N/A 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Modifications (GTA: San Andreas)

The Bobcat can be modified at TransFenders.

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Car Color 2 (64 different colors) $ 150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Medium Exhaust $ 200
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Lights Round Fog Lamp $ 100
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
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 charges 20% more for every modification except colors.

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Bobcat XL

Main article: Bobcat XL

The Bobcat XL is a LWB (long wheelbase) variant of the Bobcat appearing in Grand Theft Auto V. While the original Bobcat does not appear in GTA V, the XL version appears as a replacement. It features some minor cosmetic changes, as well as some major differences in the rear quarter and the wheelbase in particular.

Special Variants

  • In Grand Theft Auto III, the player can acquire a bulletproof, fireproof and explosion-proof Bobcat from "Evidence Dash". This can be achieved by pinning the truck at an obstacle and carjacking it while it remains stationary or slow-moving. (Note: The doors of the Bobcat are locked, even after all six packages are dropped, making carjacking the vehicle impossible) If the player is required to destroy the evidence by destroying the truck, the player can do so by going to a safehouse garage, ramming the truck until it catches fire, park and leave the truck in the garage and wait for it to explode (thereby completing the mission). Once the player reopens the garage door, the truck is fully repaired.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the player can acquire a black-and-red Bobcat during "Autocide", when the player is required to kill two targets (Marcus Hammond and Franco Carter) in the parked Bobcat. The easiest way to obtain the truck is by killing the driver using a sniper rifle from afar (which forces the passenger to exit the truck instead of gaining control of the truck himself), gaining access to the truck.
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, a Bobcat is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, appearing with a pale brown body. As a new Bobcat will respawn at the same spot until the player delivers one to S&M Auto Sales, the player can save one at their safehouse before delivering another. Just like the Rancher, the Bobcat may spawn with a few accessories.

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, there is a gang variant driven by the Irish Killers gang. The "gang" Bobcat is distinguished by its green body and red roof.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Introduction - CJ tries to steal a parked and locked Bobcat in Liberty City
  • Deconstruction - Two Bobcats are parked beside the portables and explosives during the mission.
  • Stowaway - The Andromada lands at the Abandoned Airstrip escorted by three unique black Bobcats. Oddly, in a later cutscene, the Bobcats become white, and after the cutscenes, black again.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Notable Owners


Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

It is the most common pickup truck in the game, appearing almost everywhere.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars


Grand Theft Auto IV



  • The default radio stations for the Bobcat are:
  • The Bobcat is an American mammal in the cat family.
  • There was a real vehicle produced by Mercury called the Bobcat.
  • The name Bobcat may also be a reference to Bobcat EMEA, an excavator manufacturer.

Grand Theft Auto III

  • During development of GTA III, the Bobcat originally had a roll cage.
  • At one point during development of GTA III, the Bobcat sometimes came in a gold color.
  • As seen in the E3 Trailer, the Bobcat had a generic metal texture for the bed, before it was changed to the default body material of the bodywork. The texture still exists.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • A visual glitch is present in the Bobcat. If the player goes to any Transfenders mod shop and choose any exhaust pipe mod option, the custom exhaust pipes will be incorrectly placed inside the rear bumper.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • There is a visual glitch in the game; After visiting a Pay 'n' Spray in a Bobcat, the tailgate will appear open.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • Under the "Chinatown Wars" section of the Rockstar Games Social Club website, members may download a printable paper-craft model of the game's Bobcat. The vehicle's design is more alike that of GTA IV than GTA Chinatown Wars.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • If the player attempts to hop on to the rear cargo/freight compartment while the vehicle is still in motion, the player would most likely lose his/her balance and result in a bad fall on to the ground. However if the player happens to be stuck in the cargo/freight compartment, his/her health will get gradually reduced and eventually become wasted.
  • The Bobcat is used twice as a getaway vehicle in Hostile Negotiation and The Snow Storm, chronologically.


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