The Hot Rod appearance is an upgraded style of a character's vehicle introduced in Vigilante 8: 2nd Offense. To unlock the Hot Rod appearance for any character's vehicle, the player must collect the maximum amount of each type of Salvage Point. The appearance change doesn't alter any statistics compared to a vehicle's natural appearance, so its only purpose is for display.
- Once a Hot Rod appearance is unlocked, it cannot be undone. If the player wanted the vehicle reverted back to its original appearance, they must create or choose an alternate save file. Another option includes the player intentionally losing to their opponents so that they drop the Salvage Points they had previously collected.
- When playing with the hot rod version of Tsunami, the Rift Blade special will not show when equipped.