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Who can say when the innovative hot rod designs of the 30s and 40s shaded into the grungy rat rod counterculture of subsequent decades? And who can say when that genre was overrun by mediocre welders with endless disposable income mutilating good cars and jacking off to their own edginess in the back seat? What we can say is that this beauty comes with a moist towel as standard.
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The Declasse Tornado Rat Rod is a hot-rod featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Bikers update, released on November 1st, 2016, during the Tornado Rat Rod Week event.


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The Tornado Rat Rod is a highly-modified, "hotrod" variant of the rusty Tornado, which is seemingly inspired by the custom 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Rat Rod Wagon built in 2014 by Chris Walker from ITW Hot Rods.

The front clip of the car was completely removed in favour of an extended chassis, featuring a drop-beam aluminium bar with small suspension linkages and two articulated bars connected to the structure, in a similar fashion to the Hotknife and the Fränken Stange. Its front end is fitted with a small bumper with turn signals and two circular headlamps over it. It has a massive engine fitted with high velocity stacks, side exhaust stacks and cam covers bearing "TORNADO" badges. The sides of the car are mostly identical to the Tornado, but the rear fenders were cut in order to fit the large rear wheels. The greenhouse area remains identical in shape and design, as well as the whole rear end. On the underside, the rear axle was lifted and supported by four articulated bars and small suspension linkages.

The vehicle is painted in a single color for the body and a portion of the engine block. It uses a set of wheels consisting of "Dukes" rims with standard-sized treaded tires for the front, and "Five Star" rims with large-sized slicks for the rear, both having a colorable surrounding only seen in naturally-generated examples (i.e. Content Creator). However, switching colors from the custom front wheels may also affect the rear ones, though it will lose its color when the front wheels are reverted back to the default ones.

As with animated primary drives in the motorcycles of the Bikers update, the Tornado Rat Rod features an animated timing belt powering every engine pulley.

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The Tornado Rat Rod has good acceleration, although its low top speed may prove a challenge to keep up with faster vehicles from its class, even with upgrades, in races. The rather long wheelbase may also cause lower handling capabilities compared to the standard Tornado. In addition, the large rear wheels are very vulnerable to gunfire, making bulletproof tires a high recommendation.

The Tornado is powered by a hefty big-block single-overhead camshaft V8 with 8 large velocity stack carburetors, in an FMR (front-mid engine, rear wheel drive) layout, laid longitudinally and coupled to a 4-speed gearbox. Its engine sound is shared with that of the Trophy Truck, and the engine start-up is the same as the Fränken Stange.

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Vehicle Statistics - 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 81 / 130 4 N/A RWD 2100 / 4630 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 100 N/A FMR SOHC Big-Block V8 w/ 8 Velocity Stack Carburetors (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Category Modification Price Image
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $1,000
Street Brakes $20,000
Sport Brakes $27,000
Race Brakes $35,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $260
Custom Rat Exhausts $750
Explosives Ignition Bomb $5,000
Remote Bomb $7,500
Hoods Stock Hood $1,600
Triple Intake Bug Catcher $3,000
Single Intake Bug Catcher $5,000
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $600
Xenon Lights $7,500
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights -
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Full Coverage
Plates Blue on White 1 $200
Blue on White 2 $200
Blue on White 3 $200
Yellow on Blue $300
Yellow on Black $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors -
Sell Sell Vehicle
Transmission Stock Transmission $1,000
Street Transmission $29,500
Sports Transmission $32,500
Race Transmission $40,000
Turbo None $5,000
Turbo Tuning $50,000
Wheels* Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels -
Windows None $500
Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000
* "Wheel Types" option only affects the front wheels.

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  • When adding custom wheels to the car, only the front wheels are modified. The rear ones remain in stock form.
  • The car's engine lacks a radiator, which would make the car overheat.
  • Despite being a beater vehicle, the Rat Rod has no beater-standard horn.
  • The default radio station for the Tornado Rat Rod is Channel X.
  • The car gained the ability to wheelie as part of the The Diamond Casino Heist update, despite not being in the muscle class.

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