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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.
Southern San Andreas Super Autos 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 the HD Universe.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

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). As a result, the Picador is implied to be a ute variant of the Buccaneer, which shares a similar grille and headlight design.

The Picador may occasionally be depicted with different items on its bed, such as planks or Sprunk cans. The vehicle is seen in a variety of primary colors on the body, as well as secondary colors on the inner bed walls and wheel wells (though this color cannot be changed through a mod shop).

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

In Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, the Picador retains the essential ute design, taking design cues from the Holden HJ[1], Holden HK[2] and Chevrolet El Camino utilities in keeping with Cheval being primarily based on GM-Holden. The rear fascia and tail light design is almost identical to that of the 1969 Chevrolet El Camino[3], while retaining the overall shape and size of the later model Holden. The front end has references to the 1967 El Camino in the headlight and grille assembly[4], with some similarity to the the rarer dual headlight version of the HK Holden[5].

The Picador's design is generally narrower than the GTA San Andreas iteration, featuring a silver front bumper with a wide vented section holding two square amber signals on the edges and a plate holder on the center. The upper area consist of a grilled section with a wide divider on the middle and the Cheval emblem on the center, along with four circular headlamps on the outer edges. The bonnet has a slightly bulged profile and features a vented section near the windshield.

The sides of the vehicle are very simple in design, featuring small flares around the upper sides of the wheel arches and inset/ridged details on the skirting area, as well as horizontal door handles and circular rear-view mirrors near the A-pillars of the cabin. The cabin area is relatively small, featuring silver trimming around the windshield and rear window, while the sides appear to use dual trimming; thinner trim around the window glass and wider around the actual door frame, seen in the small gaps next to the door windows. The area behind the cabin is occupied by a small truck bed with the wheel wells on either side.

The rear end of the car mostly consists of the tailgate, which has a black panel with silver upper and lower borders and a plastic middle strip, as well as the Cheval badges on the center. The rear quarters of the vehicle are occupied by square-shaped red marker lamps, which also have silver trimming around. The rear bumper is finished in silver and houses two rectangular brake lamps near the edges and the license plate on the center, while two exhaust tubes can be seen below. In the enhanced version, the car uses the same interior as the Bobcat XL.

The vehicle only has a primary color, which is applied on the entire bodywork. It also uses a set of five-spoke rims wrapped in low-profile tires, which is unique in design compared to certain muscle rims seen in Los Santos Customs and other mod shops.

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Grand Theft Auto: 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 layout. The Picador can only carry two in the cab.

GTA San Andreas 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 RWD 1600 / 3527
N/A N/A 5 FR V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Picador's speed and acceleration are 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 system 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.

The Picador is powered by a large displacement V8, and it shares its engine sound with the Sabre Turbo, Fugitive and Gauntlet.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 84 / 135 5 N/A AWD
40% FWD
60% RWD
1600 / 3527 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
7.8 Seconds 100 / 160 5 F4 SOHC V8 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: 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 charges 20% more for each modification except colours.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online)
Armor No Armor $100 $200
Armor Upgrade 20% $500 $4,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500 $21,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000 $30,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $100 $200
Street Brakes $2,000 $4,000
Sport Brakes $2,700 $5,400
Race Brakes $3,500 $7,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $6,700
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $100 $200
Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $1,125
Plates Blue on White 1 $50 $200
Blue on White 2 $50 $200
Blue on White 3 $50 $200
Yellow on Blue $75 $300
Yellow on Black $150 $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $900
Transmission Stock Transmission $100 $200
Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo None $500 $1,000
Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels - -
Windows None $100 $500
Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online



Grand Theft Auto V & Grand Theft Auto Online
The Marshall in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)

In the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game, there is a monster truck variant of the Picador named the Marshall. It is essentially a lifted monster truck with the bodywork of a Picador attached to the chassis, powered by a large V8 engine in a mid configuration, powering all four wheels.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Notable Owners

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Ryder owns an all-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 accessories are still the same as a normal one.


Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto V



  • The default radio stations for the Picador are:
  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Ryder's Picador has a license plate reading "SHERM", a slang term for a PCP-immersed Marijuana and Tobacco mixture (CJ calls Ryder "sherm-head" throughout the game).
    • Only the front plate reads "SHERM". The rear plate is a standard randomized plate. This was corrected in the Definitive Edition.
  • The Picador took the place of a Sadler as Ryder's car of choice during development of the game.[6]
  • It is one of few cars to have the protagonist driving it during missions while the owner is in the passenger seat. Others include Sweet Johnson's Greenwood, Big Smoke's black Perennial (though CJ and Smoke are not seen riding it with CJ in the driver's seat near the ending cutscene of Big Smoke's introduction mission) and Glendale, Cesar Vialpando's red Savanna (only during the mission Photo Opportunity), Phil Cassidy's Walton and Lance Vance's Infernus.
  • There is a glitch with Ryder's Picador on the mobile version of GTA San Andreas. After completion of the mission Robbing Uncle Sam, Ryder's Picador will stop spawning. To fix this glitch, turn off the game and wait a few hours while outside his house. If successful, the car will always respawn and the player can steal it anytime.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Strangely, the interior has a Vapid logo on the floor mat of the Picador. This is most likely due to the reuse of vehicle interiors.


See Also

  • Marshall - Monster truck variant of the Picador in GTA V.