The Pitbull is a heavy quad armed with a revolving turret. The first Clan Zahl examples immediately proved their worth against the lighter technicals most of their opponents used. Some of their success can be attributed to better tactics, but this has not stopped other clans from fielding equivalents.
- The original Pitbull used a 7L turbodiesel which was more efficient than most engines of its size and could run on cruder kinds of fuel. Clan Zahl has greatly benefited from Consortium technology; the engines used by other clans are usually inferior.
- Four drive wheels, Kevlar-belted tyres, and a strong coil-spring suspension provide excellent offroad mobility. Pitbulls have often been able to catch lighter, faster vehicles facing them in bad terrain.
- The standard Pitbull can be fitted with many different kinds of armour. Damaged plates can be replaced with improvised ones if need be. This example carries extra shielding over the windows, grille and gun turret.
- The Pitbull’s central turret offers more protection than a tray or flatbed; communication between gunners and cabin crew is easier; and crew can change positions without leaving the vehicle. These traits proved decisive during clashes with older technicals, whose gunners were much more exposed and harder to replace under fire.
- Most Pitbulls were originally armed with a 20mm cannon and 7.62mm machine gun, though many variants exist. Different weapon combinations have less effect on handling due to the turret’s central placement.
The Pitbull’s small rear tray lets it double as a light transport, but in combat it is usually emptied to provide room for loot or casualties. Some Pitbulls carry extra gunners; they can easily dismount and scout short distances ahead, or perform minor duties under cover of the Pitbull’s guns.