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The Tribal Special is the cruising man's Hot Rod. Slightly less boost power, but more cruising speed means if you shut it off the whole pack won't go strolling past.

The Carson Tribal Special is the Burning Route version of the Hot Rod Coupe. This upgrade trades one boost point for one extra speed point. This makes the Tribal Special more ideal for events such as a Race, since one of the problems with the original is slow acceleration without boost. The extra cruising speed will help keep the player from lagging too far behind until they can find a straightaway to safely use boost. The car's handling and stunt capabilities are exactly the same as the Hot Rod Coupe, which still makes it viable for Stunt Runs.

Despite the statistics, what it does best is actually Road Rage; for a car with a strength rating of 5, it has a surprisingly high chance of surviving because its strange handling in low speed usually make it simply spin around without wrecking when it gets hit in the side, thus making it nigh invulnerable to T-Bone Takedowns. The handling, along with responsive brakes, also makes it much easier to avoid crashing into a wall compared to most Aggression boost cars. Also, its wide wheels make it excellent at shunting other cars and taking them down.

The Tribal Special's high cruising speed also helps it a lot in hitting opponents and running to Auto Repair Shops. And if another car rear-ends it, there's a high chance that it won't wreck, but the hitter will, as the back of the car seems to be able to somehow redirect the hitter. Thus, it feels like the developers tried to make the ultimate Stunt Car, yet ultimately failed and created the ultimate combat car instead.

Minor problems aside, the Tribal Special is a great upgrade over the original Coupe, and is an ideal choice for any Veteran Freeburner.

How to Unlock[]

Beat the Hot Rod Coupe Burning Route.


  • In Burnout Paradise's Free February Update, the Carson Tribal Special's speed stat was lowered from 8 to 6 and it's boost stat was lowered from 10 to 9.

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