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The Brickade is an armored truck that appears in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Further Adventures in Finance and Felony update. It was also supposed to appear in The Ballad of Gay Tony as a compact armored van, but was not added. The Brickade is manufactured by HVY in The Ballad of Gay Tony and MTL in Grand Theft Auto Online.

Description

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Although it bears no badging, police chatter implies the Brickade is manufactured by HVY. It is internally named Avan, likely an abbreviation of "Armored van".

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Brickade is officially added in the game as part of the aforementioned update. Instead of being manufactured by HVY, it is now an MTL vehicle.

Design

The Ballad of Gay Tony

The Brickade is depicted as a large, stumpy and generic armored bus-like van, roughly based on the military Navistar and on the RG-12 APC, produced by Land Systems OMC, as well as some inspiration from Prosegur's armored vans.

The Brickade is somewhat similar to the Securicar, but adopts a cab-over design, a beige bodywork and much smaller wheels. In addition to a thick body shell, the Brickade is also equipped with plating that protects the front radiator grill, as well as steel mesh grating covering the front windscreen and wheel wells. The Brickade is implied to be associated with the LCPD or the NOOSE, as it has a police radio and the ability to pass through tollbooths without paying. However, unlike most police vehicles, the Brickade can use a Pay 'n' Spray, similar to the FBI vehicles in the 3D Universe.

Despite it having two doors in the front and two doors in the back, like the Securicar and their variants, it can only fit two people in it, as the back doors are not programmed to open and fit people in the back like these vans can. However, they will only open upon heavy impact. This is because the Brickade is an unfinished project, which will make it noticeable for missing a few details.

When exploded after suffering heavy damage, the actual bodywork of the Brickade is only slightly charred (although generic parts, such as its wheels, lights and interior are severely burnt), unlike other vehicles in GTA IV.

Grand Theft Auto Online

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The truck appears is redesigned in GTA Online where is now has a large 6-wheeled design with a utility rear. It is now primarily based on the MAN TGS 26.480 6x6 Expedition Truck, as well as taking influences from the MIDS 8815.

The Brickade features a large bullbar on the front and an overhang of LED lights. A small towhitch can be seen attached to the bullbar on the front. It holds rugged off-road duty tyres. Around the side of the vehicles are numerous handles for players to hang on to, and stands built from the bodywork. Stands and handles are found at either side of the center of the truck, as well as at the back. On the rear of the vehicle, there is a large load carrier which seems to retract from the vehicle from two steel bars. The vehicle features a bullbar on the retractable load to avoid damage to the rear of the chassis. A door can be found on the right side of the vehicle, as well as several windows around all sides of the contained part of the truck. It features a unique reversing buzzer. External skeleton pipes are found around the cab of the truck, as well as over the tops and rear face of the contained section. Containers can be seen on the rear of either side of the truck, as well as directly behind the cab. The fuel tank can be seen on the right side of the truck behind the cab. The cab features a sunroof as well as a windshield sunshade. Two sets of dual trumpet horns are found mounted on the cab's roof.

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Performance

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Given its armored construction and subsequently heavy weight, the Brickade's performance is as expected for a vehicle of its class.

The Brickade suffers from poor speed on average due to poor acceleration, but can reach slightly above average top speeds after uninterrupted and prolonged acceleration. Its steering also varies; due to its shorter wheelbase, strong torque and rear wheel drive, the van can execute tight turns in low speeds, but this trait is hampered, as the vehicle travels in higher speeds and increases its inertia. Similarly, its brakes are reliable when the vehicle travels slower, but requires a moderately longer stopping distance when braking in higher speed (although they still fare better than those of the Ripley). Regardless, the Brickade's heavy weight allows it to push smaller and lighter vehicles out of the way with ease.

The Brickade is also considerably hardened to handle selected forms of damage to an extent, to the same degree as the Securicar, Police Stockade and Enforcer. The vehicle can absorb large amounts of gunfire, but will eventually succumb to engine damage, especially when it is shot at the front, where the engine is. The Brickade can also survive six direct hits from Automatic Shotgun's explosive rounds (three times the amount of a regular car, at any part of the vehicle) before its gas tank ignites and results in the vehicle exploding.

The Brickade is the most durable front-engine vehicle in the HD Universe, even more durable than the rear-engine APC.

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Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
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(0-60 mph in Seconds)
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(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
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Handling.dat
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 FR RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto Online

The vehicle is by far one of the fastest large-sized trucks in the game, having very quick acceleration and a high top speed. Its durability is one of the best for a truck, taking a large amount of ramming and gunfire. It also has great handling, something unique compared to other trucks in the game. Similar to vehicles like the Granger or the Roosevelt, the Brickade allows passengers to hang on the sides, allowing them to use assault rifles and Light Machine Guns, however, like any of these vehicles, they are very exposed to crashes and gunfire.

The engine sounds the same as regular trucks, being a medium/high revving engine, cab-over configuration. The six-wheel drive layout gives it excellent traction, paired with its rugged heavy duty tyres. The stated 24 valve system would correctly relate to the 6-cylinder engine, assuming the truck takes the standard 4-valves per cylinder design.

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Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
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Handling.dat
N/A 65 / 105 5 N/A AWD
25% FWD
75% RWD
14000 / 30865 N/A
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 24-Valved Supercharged (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A N/A N/A AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
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Locations

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  • The van is notable in the game for being normally inaccessible in gameplay, and as a result, can only be accessed via trainers or specialized savegames. It is unknown why the Brickade is not used in any mission in the game. Although files exist that completely specify the vehicle's performance, sound, and design, the Brickade cannot be found anywhere in the game.

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Trivia

General

  • The Brickade's name would be derived from the word "Brick", which clearly describes this vehicle as "squared, bulky and heavy".

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • The BradyGames guide features the Brickade despite its unavailability. Even though the vehicle is only obtainable by modifications, the vanilla Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 guides also feature it. This is probably listed earlier before removed during the development.
  • The Brickade shares the same engine sound, performance and interior with the Ripley, another HVY vehicle.
  • Despite featuring a meshed frontal windscreen, the player can still be thrown through the Brickade's windscreen in a high-speed collision.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Similar to the Phantom and many MTL trucks, the Brickade's badges incorrectly refer to the engine as a "V24", where it actually means "24 valved", which is supposed to be written as "24v".
  • Although the Brickade is branded as MTL, it was still referred as an HVY vehicle. This was patched in the Cunning Stunts update, thefore the Brickade is now officially referred as an MTL vehicle.

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