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Pimped-Out Car
This one comes complete with Time Travel.

Any car that's weighed down with several tons of aftermarket crap/improvements. Done well this can result in a Cool Car, especially if the car becomes really quick, or impossibly durable, or loaded with gadgets that actually do something useful - hydraulics may be cool on a Low-Rider, but you can't exactly fight crime with them. Unfortunately, where previously the misguided customizer could only fit an 8-Track and an imitation gold steering wheel, the onward march of technology also means an ever increasing amount of pointless electronic window-dressing can be fitted into a car, resulting in a Rice Burner.

Some of the improvements can even be mundane, like Cup Holders.

Not to be confused with a hot rod, which involves taking stuff out of a car and then stuffing a very big engine in.

A Super Trope to Itasha (otaku related pimping to the car).

For the clothing equivalents, see Pimped-Out Dress, Pimped Out Cape, Nice Hat, Nice Shoes.


Comic Books
  • Tank Girl. Several times, in fact!
  • Archie once had a shiny new exterior installed over his beloved, beat-up antique jalopy. It didn't fool anyone for long because "Betsy's" interior was as broken-down as ever.
  • The Batmobile.
  • Sin City has its fair share as almost every car has a souped-up engine and is in prestine condition for vintage automobiles.


Live-Action TV
  • The entire premise of Pimp My Ride.
  • Naturally this is occasionally seen on Top Gear, although it's not always 'Pimping' in the true sense. For example turning a Renault Avantime into a Mitsubishi Evo beater was all about tuning the mechanicals not sticking TVs into the headrests. The cheap police car challenge, where they strapped paint guns, wheel spikes and numerous blue lights on some old bangers was more in the spirit, as was the amphibious car challenge where James May equipped his Triumph Herald with a detachable mast and a sail. In another episode Clarkson namechecked Pimp My Ride, declared the typical results to be ridiculous and then set out to 'Quaint My Ride' by stripping out the interior of an old Mercedes S-Class and replacing it with an interior based on his house - wooden floor, stove, wingback armchair and a bookcase. And then their was the attempt to transform a Fiat Multipla into the "ultimate car for old people." Among its many "improvements" it featured a 50cm long foam rubber front bumper, a speedo that only goes up to 20 mph, a transport cage on the roof for taking along a cat, a wooden box on the roof with a balloon and fireworks that are remotely activated so you can find you car again if you forgot where you parked it, gigantic side mirrors, cushion seats in the rear, climate control that could be set to either hot or cold (which was a failure as James May pointed out, because for old people there should be only one setting - "just right"), and the whole car was painted "hearing aid beige".

Music Videos
  • In the music video Pretty Fly For a White Guy (not to be confused with the trope it named), the titular white guy added hydraulics to his car, which might have been a pinto.
  • My Chemical Romance's "Na Na Na" video. The Trans Am with a rocket launcher.

New Media
  • There's a website called Ultimate Taxi, and that taxi seems to fit this.

Video Games
  • An option for cars in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and its successor Grand Theft Auto V. Just make sure you store one in a garage to keep it.
  • Saints Row 2 had even more and better Car-pimping options than San Andreas did. The tricked-out rides that you can make truly are remarkable!
  • Ratchet & Clank: Ratchet's ship in Going Commando could be massively upgraded with weapons, boost, shield, that affected its exterior. Also some purely ornamental shape upgrades, and many different paint jobs that could be unlocked then purchased.
  • Rage gives you upgrade options for engine, armor, suspension, etc.

Western Animation
  • Justice League: Flash did this with a full-sized van once.
  • In The Simpsons episode "Ice Cream of Margie (with the Light Blue Hair)", Homer has Otto pimp out his ice cream truck.
  • Family Guy Presents: Laugh It Up, Fuzzball has a pimped out TIE Fighter.
  • Mater from ''Tokyo Mater''.
    • Also, Kabuto, the short's villain. At the end of the short Kabuto loses to Mater in a race and as a result he is stripped of his modifications.
  • Every car in Motorcity looks amazing, and are often locked and loaded with laser guns, cannons, and all sorts of tricked-out gadgets.

Web Animation

Orient ExpressVehicle IndexRice Burner
Orient ExpressTravel CoolPowered Armor
Pedestrian Crushes CarMotor Vehicle TropesPit Girls
Hollywood FireImageSource/Live-Action FilmsTime Machine

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