Patriot

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Vehicle
Patriot
A Patriot in GTA III.
(Rear quarter view)
A Patriot in GTA III.
Appearance(s) GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
GTA Chinatown Wars
Vehicle type Military/civilian 4WD truck
Body style 4-door crew cab
Capacity 4
Manufacturer Mammoth (GTA IV)

The Patriot is an off-road vehicle in the Grand Theft Auto franchise that spoofs the AM General HMMWV and Hummer line of heavy SUVs.

Design

In general, the Patriot is depicted as a large SUV, employed by both the military and civilians. The Patriot resembles an AM General HMMWV (GTA VC, GTA SA, GTA VCS), a Hummer H1 (GTA III, GTA LCS, GTA CW) and a Hummer H2 (GTA IV).

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

In GTA III and Liberty City Stories, it is popular as a civilian SUV, often found in Portland and Staunton Island. In GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Vice City Stories, however, the vehicle is reserved for military use, reflecting the adoption of the HMMWV at the time and the civilian Hummer having yet to gain the popularity that it would in later years. These military Patriots come with four different bed configurations.

The design of the Patriot undergoes only minor cosmetic changes for most of the GTA III era. The GTA San Andreas rendition, however, features significant modifications on the body which present the Patriot as a more rugged, off-road vehicle. This Patriot features a shortened truck bed, slanting A and C pillars, a vehicle snorkel (which unfortunately does not allow the truck to wade in water) and redesigned front and rear fascia.

The military variants of the Patriot are exclusively painted military green in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, and beige in GTA San Andreas; the GTA Vice City Stories variant also features a five-pointed star on the hood lid, denoting its association with the United States' armed forces.

During development, the Patriot in GTA III was previously known as the "Hum Vee", after the HMMWV's "Humvee" nickname. The Hum Vee differs from the Patriot in its particularly low ground clearance, and in the front of the vehicle being more similar to the real-life Humvee's.

GTA IV — GTA Chinatown Wars

The Patriot in GTA IV is redesigned based on the Hummer H1's successor, the 2003-2009 Hummer H2, and carries the Mammoth marque. Unlike its predecessors, the GTA IV Patriot's design does not appear to be intended for rugged off-road used, featuring low-profile tires (which may or may not be aftermarket) for one. Some Patriots may come with a American Flag Vinyl on the side (hence the name "Patriot", and also emit engine sounds much like the Ford Mustang GT from the Need for Speed games.

In GTA Chinatown Wars, the Patriot is depicted with a two-door, pickup truck-like body style, similar to a 2-door Hummer H1 pickup truck, complete with a permanent canvas covering over its extended bed, while retaining its oversized and angular design. This marks the first time in the series the Patriot is depicted in this form.

An amusing event may occur if a Patriot engages in a head-on crash with an Infernus - or an Infernus crashes into the rear of a Patriot. Due to the Infernus' extremely low profile and the Patriot's high, wide profile, such a collision may result in the Infernus "scooping" the Patriot into the air if hitting from the rear and the Patriot using the Infernus almost like a ramp if colliding from the front.

Performance

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

The GTA III era Patriot has medium top speed, due to its heavy weight. It is very durable, and has outstanding off-road capabilities, mainly because of high ground clearance, unusual width, and suspension. It can climb very steep gradients due to its low gear boost, and does not roll, due to the low center of gravity. Because it has a low gear boost, its engine sounds big, and it is average speed for a large, heavy SUV, it wouldn't be a bad idea to assume that the Patriot has a turbocharged V8.

GTA IV — GTA Chinatown Wars

The GTA IV rendition is similar but has some changes. It is ridiculously heavy for an SUV, and as a result cannot go particularly fast, with a top speed of 180km/h (110mph) limiting its usefulness in high speed chases. Its engine seems to struggle to pull the weight, but is not easily stalled by crashes. The Patriot can practically drive over most small objects including cars to fences. The Patriot is also top heavy, and has a propensity to roll over in extreme turns. However, it is extremely durable as a result, able to soak up bullets and crashes and keep going. Its suspension is incredibly soft, causing immense body roll and roll oversteer even on slight turns. The Patriot lacks in the ability to turn well, due to its large turning circle, and as a result has to be slowed down to go round any sort of bend.

The off-road performance of GTA IV's Patriot is, as expected, excellent, with high ground clearance, good approach and departure angles, and the engine has enough power to pull the car up steep sandy hills without trouble. The Patriot is also very much capable of literally running over smaller vehicles, which makes it an excellent choice when being chased by small police cruisers. Like many heavy duty trucks, its engine lid is hinged to the front, and will not fly off if an impact dislodges it.

Due to its weight, durability and speed, the Patriot can plough through most traffic quite easily, even flipping smaller cars, SUVs, small trucks, and other Patriots.

The modified Patriot on the other hand is considerably faster than the civilian Patriot with a top speed of 220km/h (137mph) and feels much lighter. Although there is no change in acceleration between the two, the modified Patriot would be better for quick getaways because of its increase in speed.

Variants

GTA III

  • A bulletproof variant of the Patriot is given to the player after successfully driving Ray Machowski to safety during "Marked Man". Besides being impervious to bullets, the truck is otherwise similar in every way to a conventional Patriot.

GTA San Andreas

  • Big Smoke's drug couriers typically drive Patriots which are impervious to gunfire, fire damage and explosions. The player can obtain one before "Yay Ka-Boom-Boom" by waiting at the vehicle's spawn point in Ganton on Friday at around 5:00 a.m. with a Towtruck, and declining the offer to intercept the Patriot's haul. While this still triggers the Patriot to spawn, the vehicle will simply drive away like regular traffic; damaging the Patriot will send the driver exiting, allowing the player to tow the Patriot using the Towtruck to the nearest garage.

GTA Liberty City Stories

  • The Colombian Cartel owns a unique pink Patriot with a blue reflection during "Contra-Banned". The player can obtain it by pushing it into shallow water. When the mission fails, push it back up and take it to a garage.
  • The Sindacco Family uses a Patriot during the mission "A Volatile Situation". This patriot has a dark brown colour with a red reflection. To get it just simply finish the mission while driving the car.
  • DB-P drives a unique yellow bulletproof Patriot during "False Idols".
  • A black Patriot with a gold reflection can be obtained during the "AWOL Angel" side mission.

GTA IV

  • A modified and improved police version of GTA IV's Patriot, known as the NOOSE Patriot, is used by NOOSE to pursue the player at a 3 stars wanted level or higher.
  • A "gang" variant of the Patriot is usually found featuring a black body color, roof lights, a bull bar and elongated side exhaust pipes is commonly found in M.O.B. and North Holland Hustlers territory (see #Locations).
  • Playboy X is depicted in "Blow Your Cover", "Deconstruction for Beginners", "Photo Shoot" and "The Holland Play" (if player chooses to kill Playboy X) to own an (otherwise ordinary) Patriot with a distinctive yellow paintjob; a yellow Patriot is also requested as one of Stevie's car thefts (see #Locations for instructions on how to obtain the yellow Patriots).
  • Two Patriots with pearlescent finishes, one colored dark gray while the other is bluish silver, can be seen in "Photo Shoot".
  • A Patriot requested in Brucie's Exotic Exports is silver with a slight touch of blue.
  • Requested backup from Dwayne Forge in the form of two North Holland Hustlers members (available when the player's friendship with Dwayne is sufficiently high) may occasionally arrive in a uniquely blood red Patriot (besides a PMP 600 or Presidente of the same color).
  • A Patriot with significantly lower ground clearance can be seen in the "Dead End" assassination mission. The vehicle's ground clearance will reset to its regular height when the driver exits.

GTA Chinatown Wars

The Auto Merchant-exclusive bulletproof Patriot with its distinctive dark gray color, GTA Chinatown Wars.

In GTA Chinatown Wars, a dark gray bulletproof variant of the Patriot is only available from the Auto Merchant in BOABO, unlocked only by rolling five pancakes in the Peking Duck Hunt game at the Rockstar Games Social Club.

Trivia

A rendering of the papercraft Patriot from the GTA Chinatown Wars section of the Rockstar Games Social Club.
  • Under the "Chinatown Wars" section of the Rockstar Games Social Club website, members may download a printable papercraft model of a Patriot. The vehicle's design is more alike that of GTA IV than GTA Chinatown Wars.
  • Rumors has started circulating that the GTA IV version of the Patriot will feature a SUT variant, similar to the Cavalcade FXT along with an off-road oriented version in the upcoming GTA V. However, there is no proof of this as of yet, for now.

Notable owners

Locations

GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
GTA Chinatown Wars