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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.

Design

3D Universe

Throughout the 3D Universe, the Bobcat remained generally the same, being a compact two-door pickup truck with a seemingly small body and a medium-sized bed with the corresponding tailgate.

In Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Bobcat resembles a 1993–1997 Ford Ranger, with influences from the 1998–2000 Toyota Tacoma. Its design is generally rounded and has large bumpers, a small grille, a bulged hood, wide arches and a tailgate with a silver detail. 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. This was rectified in GTA Liberty City Stories, receiving rounded lights. The vehicle spawns in a variety of primary colors on the body, with secondary colors on the bumpers, mirrors, door handles and the detail of the tailgate.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Bobcat strongly resembles a 1983-1992 Ford Ranger, with some minor influences from the 1981-1993 Dodge Ram D150 and a rear end appearing to be modeled on early models of the Toyota Hilux, with the appearance of its taillights and the word "BOBCAT" standing in for "TOYOTA". The GTA San Andreas rendition features a grille that seems inspired by the Jeep Comanche. Its design leans towards a more traditional shape, with square-shaped lights, smaller bumper and angular cabin, along with marker lights on the front fenders. Certain Bobcats in GTA San Andreas may feature Sprunk cans or a spare wheel in the back, and can sport either dirty or clean truck beds. The Bobcat can also be 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. Bobcats are available in two-tone body colors for all three of these renditions, with the secondary colors in the form of wide stripes on the sides and rear.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Bobcat is depicted as a full-size step-side pickup truck, whose overall design is a blend of two generations of the Chevrolet C10. The front half and greenhouse area bear a resemblance to the 1988-2000 Chevrolet C10, while the bed, rearview mirrors, rear windshield, and front fascia are drawn from the older 1981-1991 model. The rear lights resemble that of the 1967-1972 Chevrolet C10, but have been inset into the rear fenders instead of being suspended from the tailgate.

The front of the vehicle is rather square-shaped, featuring a silver bumper with what seems to be a dedicated central section for a license plate (though no actual plate is present), along with small vents and rectangular turn signals above. On the upper area, the vehicle features dual silver grilles with seven horizontal elements per half and silver housings with square headlights beside both halves of the grille, which are split by a painted horizontal divider and bearing the Vapid logo on the center, alomg with a "v10" badge on the lower half of the grille, next to the driver-side headlight. The hood is slightly elevated on the center and bears silver "VAPID" lettering above the upper grille and a "550cui" badge on the driver side.

On the sides, the vehicle features square-shaped front wheel arches with slightly flared profile, along with badges on the fenders. Directly at the bottom, there are silver side steps for access, whose upper surfaces bear additional badging displaying the manufacturer emblem and the vehicle's name. The cabin is relatively simple in appearance, having black sealed trim around the windows and square-shaped mirrors near the A-pillars, finished in silver.

The rear area consist of a narrow truck bed, which feature wide arches, small steps behind the cabin and dual exhaust pipes below the driver-side load bed step. On the rear end, there is a large tailgate with "BOBCAT" embossed on an inset section and badges on the lower corners, while the wide arches have rectangular sections extending towards the rear end, housing circular red/white lights and rectangular turn signals at the bottom. The rear bumper consist of dual frames finished in silver, having additional frames on the outer sides, a flat step on the center and a plate holder on the passenger side.

The interior has a grey/bluish finish and features a rectangular section on the dashboard with what seems to be two large dials on the sides and two smaller gauges above the steering column, with the radio set on the center of the dashboard and a glovebox compartment on the passenger side. The floormats appear to have the Vapid logo on both sides, just in front of the seats.

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. However, it will never be found without boxes in the bed. Bobcats are commonly seen in a variety of single-tone colors, with the exception of a dark grey and light grey example, where the primary color is applied on the entirety of the vehicle amd the secondary color on the rear section. It uses six-spoke rims wrapped in high-profile tires.

The vehicle shares the same horn sound with the Rancher.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

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

Current Design Gallery


Version History Gallery

Performance

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. While similar to earlier renditions, the GTA San Andreas, GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories renditions sport lower ground clearance.

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
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 103 / 165 5 Diesel AWD 2000 / 4409 (GTA III, GTA VC)
1700 / 3748 (GTA SA - GTA VCS)
Observed
N/A N/A 5 F4 V6 (In-game model; GTA III, GTA VC & GTA LCS)
F4 Inline-4 (In-game model; GTA SA & GTA VCS)
AWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

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.

According to the badges, the truck is stated to have a very powerful 550 cubic inch (9.0L) V10 engine, yet the engine model appears to be a single-overhead cam V8, coupled to a 5-speed gearbox. Despite having "SUPER 4X4" written on the sides, the Bobcat is purely rear wheel drive, or they may have the 4WD disabled. The Bobcat shares the same engine sound as the Rancher, being generally mid-revving and quite loud.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
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
Observed
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 Image
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
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Car Color 2 (64 different colors) $ 150
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Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
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Medium Exhaust $ 200
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Twin Exhaust $ 300
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Lights Round Fog Lamp $ 100
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Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
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5x Nitrous $ 500
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10x Nitrous $ 1000
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Side skirts Side Skirt $ 500
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Wheels Import $ 820
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Atomic $ 770
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Ahab $ 1000
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Virtual $ 620
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Access $ 1140
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Off Road Wheel $ 1000
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Mega $ 1030
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Grove $ 1230
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Twist $ 1200
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Wires $ 1560
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Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500
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The Transfender in Las Venturas charges 20% more for every modification except colors.

Image Gallery

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Variants

Bobcat XL

Grand Theft Auto V
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The Bobcat XL in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)
Description

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 the game, 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

Grand Theft Auto III

  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Irish-American Killers variant

Bobcat with crates

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

  • Import/Export - The Bobcat is one of the 23 vehicles wanted for the Portland Island portion of the Import/Export side mission.

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

Grand Theft Auto IV

Notable Owners

Locations

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

Rewards

Grand Theft Auto IV

Trivia

General

  • 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

  • The left headlight has a different shape than the right, which is probably a modeler's mistake; this problem was fixed in the Mobile release.
  • 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.
  • Curiously, all Bobcats in San Andreas are driven by a pedestrian resembling Bishop (who was played by Tupac Shakur) from the movie Juice.
  • The Bobcat's rear signal lights will glow red at night or when braking.
  • All objects that can spawn in the Bobcat's bed are entirely static, and will not move. Even if the vehicle is flipped, the objects will remain in place. This trait is shared with the Picador.
  • The Bobcat is one of several vehicles with two color slots that cannot naturally spawn in one solid color, however it can be painted one solid color via a TransFender mod garage.
    • Two unique solid black Bobcats spawn in the mission Stowaway. This is the only time in the game solid-colored Bobcats can be naturally witnessed

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 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 their balance and result in a bad fall on to the ground. However, if the player happens to be stuck in the cargo/freight compartment, their health will get gradually reduced and eventually become wasted.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

A papercraft model of the Bobcat, available for download on the Rockstar Games Social Club website.

  • 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.

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