The Cavalry is a line of fictional cars produced in Burnout Paradise. There are four different variations of the Cavalry model, and they are covered in detail below. They are produced by the fictitious Hunter company, and the blue crest displayed to the left is prominently placed on all of the cars from the company. The Cavalry series is based on many different American muscle cars from the 1960s, but the most notable design influences are from Pontiac's GTO line, and Ford's Mustangs. The Cavalry takes the role of a car for newer players, and all of the models offered in the game have generally low performance.
Hunter Cavalry The Standard Hunter Cavalry is the first car any player will receive during Burnout Paradise. It is the starting car for the game, and as expected, it has performance that highlights this fact. The specifications for the Cavalry actually make it pretty decent for some events during the early part of the game, though it will eventually be forced out as a staple car when the more advanced races enter the game. The performance of the Hunter Cavalry, as well as many other vehicles, was edited during the 'Cagney' update, also known as the 'Free February Update'. This update decreased the stats of the Hunter Cavalry, making it less desirable.
The main allure that the Cavalry offers is its high strength for such an early car in the game. Before the Cagney update, the Cavalry had a previous top speed of 2/10. The boosting orientation of the Cavalry is Stunt, meaning that the car's boost meter will charge from performing different stunts, such as driving on the wrong side of the road, and narrowly missing traffic. The design of the Cavalry is based on a composite of multiple different 1960's muscle cars. The front appears to have a massive influence from the GTO Pontiacs, and the rear of the car is based on a Ford Mustang, as evidenced by the triple light configuration on each side of the car. A car with an extremely similar model to the Cavalry appears in The Godfather II, though whether it is the same car or not is unknown.
Not bad for a beginner's car, right? Well we're not gonna make you roll into Paradise in some junk compact your mom gave you. A good all-rounder to get you started.
Unlock CriteriaTo unlock the Hunter Cavalry, you simply have to boot up the game. It is the first car that you will get in the game.
Oval Champ '69 The Oval Champ '69 is an upgraded version of the Hunter Cavalry, and is unlocked through completing the Hunter Cavalry's Burning Route race. The Oval Champ is an upgraded version of the Cavalry, and is a racing model of the Cavalry, from what is most likely to be the 1969 NASCAR race season. The Oval Champ is actually unique, as it is the only car that has a boost conversion from its pre-Burning Route version to its newer model. The Oval Champ's boost type has been moved over from Stunt, to Aggression, meaning that to use this car effectively you will need to drive aggressively and smash into opposing racers frequently. The Oval Champ is heavier than its predecessor, which makes it less desirable for Time Trial events.
Like the original Cavalry, the statistics of the Oval Champ were altered during the Cagney patch, from a Speed rating of 2. None of the car's other stats were altered, however. The design of the Oval Champ, like that of the Cavalry, shares large amounts of its design with 1960's muscle cars.
Hunter dominated the stock car racing circuits of the 1960's. The Oval Champ 69 builds on the successful Hunter Cavalry platform, adding greater strength and more responsive handling.
Unlock CriteriaComplete the Hunter Cavalry Burning Route.
Toy Hunter Cavalry The Toy Hunter Cavalry is a miniature version of the standard Hunter Cavalry, and was one of the nine original toys released into Burnout Paradise on the 9th of March, 2009. The Cavalry Toy shares its body design with the standard Cavalry, and does not have any decals or additional designs added to it. Like all the toy cars, the Toy Cavalry is not available to use for online Cops and Robbers matches. Microsoft actually leaked this one car onto the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on the 19th of February, 2009. Some users took this opportunity to download the car early, but it was soon removed from the Marketplace until the official release date.
Despite the reduced body size of the Toy Cavalry, it retains the exact same performance as the original car, meaning that the two are equally matched in a race, except for the fact that the toy car is much more nimble and can weave through traffic much more easily.
What this cute little fella lacks in speed, he more than makes up for in nimbleness. Try a stunt run and see for yourself!
Unlock CriteriaPurchase the car from the Toy Vehicles pack, or separately from the other cars on the PSN Store or Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
Hunter Cavalry BootleggerThe Bootlegger is the fourth iteration of the Hunter Cavalry, and also the final to enter the game, due to the fact that Criterion Games are ending support for the title with DLC packages. While the Bootlegger has below average stats, like the rest of the cars in the Cavalry family, it is the fastest of them all. It makes an excellent car for newer players to adjust to, due to the relatively high speed in comparison with the rest of the family. The Bootlegger can be downloaded separately from the rest of the cars in its relative DLC pack, or as part of a group. The Bootlegger is contained in the Legendary Cars pack.
The design for the Bootlegger is cloned directly from the 'General Lee', which appeared in the Dukes of Hazzard. The default color for the Bootlegger is white, as opposed to the orange color used for the General, though the Bootlegger's color can be changed to orange in the Junkyard. While the General had a Confederate flag on its roof, the Bootlegger has a rooftop flag design of the Mexican flag, as many bandits and bootleggers used Mexico as an escape route when the law caught up with them in the past. In addition, the word "Chicanator" is written beside the flag. Chicanator was one of the most prolific posters on Criterion Games' forums, and this car was their way of repaying him for his contributions. The General Lee, as this car is based on, received its own title on the Playstation 2, entitled Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee.
This custom Cavalry is made specially for those who live on the wrong side of the law. Press the Left Stick to sound the distinctive horns and go off something big!
Unlock CriteriaDownload the Legendary Car Pack, which contains the Bootlegger as part of the bundle, or download this car separately, and it will unlock in your garage upon entry into the game again.