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VEHICLE
Banshee
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A Banshee in GTA IV
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door sports car
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Advance
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
GTA Chinatown Wars
Manufacturer Bravado (GTA IV)


The Banshee is a two-seater sports car. The car has appeared in the following games:

Design

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

In Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas it resembles a 1992-1995 Dodge Viper RT/10 or MGF, with its curvilinear design and dual single-exhaust ports, although the Banshee is narrower in width and has a different headlight design. This version of the Banshee is the only top-down convertible that the player cannot jump into without opening the driver door. In GTA San Andreas, it can only be modified in TransFender.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Banshee resembles a 1984-1996 Corvette C4, with a more angular design and dual double-exhaust ports.

The GTA Advance rendition, which mimics the design of GTA III's Banshee, is also comparable to GTA 2's Rumbler, but is generally sleeker, sports the same single stripe as other Banshees, and comes with a covered top.

GTA IV

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In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Bravado Banshee resembles a 1996-2002 Dodge Viper Coupe, but has side exhausts and a shorter roofline resembling a third or fourth generation Dodge Viper. The front fascia loosely resembles that of several Marcos sports cars and the taillights resemble those of the Aston Martin DB9. Unlike the real-life Viper's V10 engine, the GTA IV's Banshee has a 300ci (4.91 Liter) twin-turbocharged V8, according to the AutoEroticar website, and can be seen in-game if the player inflicts enough damage to cause the hood to come off.
Banshee badges

Badging on the Banshee.

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Banshees in GTA IV are present as convertibles with rollbars, as well as hardtops. Similar to its real-life counterpart, the Banshee bears its own logo, resembling a screaming mouth with fangs , on the side panels, steering wheel, and upholstery. The standard Bravado logo is used on the front and rear of the car. The Banshee can be seen with a monochromatic paintjob or with a racing stripe down the middle.

GTA Chinatown Wars

In the DS version of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the Banshee appears similar to either the Phoenix or its GTA Vice City rendition, while in the PSP/iOS version it resembles its GTA IV rendition more.

Performance

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

Being front-engined, rear-wheel drive and with a 10-cylinder engine, the Banshee in the GTA III era is one of the speediest sports cars but suffers from poor cornering due to its rear wheel drive, making it prone to fishtailing and spinouts in sharp turns (including handbrake turns). Examination of game data for GTA III to GTA San Andreas reveal the vehicle's performance stats remain unchanged, with a top speed of 125 mph (200 km/h), a weight of 2,240lbs (1,400 kg), a 5-speed transmission, an acceleration of 10.7 ft/s (3.3 m/s), and all-wheel brakes; these stats could be shared with the Banshee in GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories. The Banshee's speed in GTA Advance is significantly high at 174mph, nearly matching that of the Police Car, but has a marginally low crusher value of $448.

The Banshee in GTA San Andreas features a different engine sound from the other games. Acceleration is one of the best in San Andreas. It travels 0-62 MPH in 4.41 seconds. Steering response is excellent. Oversteer is significant. Turning at high speeds may cause the car to oversteer. A proper driving technique is required. Using the racing line technique will reduce the chance of getting oversteer. Braking can also cause the car to slide,so you need to brake smoothly and find a nice distance to brake. Those who play in the PS2 and XBox console will benefit this as they can control the amount of braking they wish to apply.

These traits remained unchanged until GTA IV, when its performance received significant tweaks.

GTA IV — GTA Chinatown Wars

The Banshee in GTA IV is powered by a 300ci twin-turbocharged V8 (as stated on the autoeroticar website), mated to a 5-speed gearbox with a RWD configuration. The acceleration and top speed are similar to the most exotic of sports cars in the game, such as the Super GT, Turismo, Infernus and so on.

Handling is superb, with a slight hint of oversteer thanks to its low weight that complements the high-torque engine. The suspension is firm and low, often leaving the Banshee smashing it's body panels into low-laying objects, like curbs, and usually causes the Banshee to hop about on uneven streets at higher speeds. Braking is very good; the Banshee outbrakes every other vehicle in the game, and ABS is standard on all models. Crash deformation is moderate; it copes reasonably well with head-on crashes, however after a while the engine can be easily affected.

As a result of the outstanding performance, this can easily compete with the fastest cars in the game. However, for some reason, the Banshee is not considered to be a supercar in online race classes or by characters (e.g. it is not approved by Alex Chilton, who is fond of supercars/expensive cars). Despite this, it can out-perform pretty much every car in the game.

And, like the Infernus, Buffalo, F620, Sultan RS and Bullet GT, the Banshee lets out quick bursts of flames from its exhaust when shifting gears.

Variant

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Chan Jaoming's modified Banshee in GTA Chinatown Wars.

Chan Jaoming is depicted in GTA Chinatown Wars to own a modified Banshee, which features a purple body with red stripes, a spoiler and light purple underglows at night, similar to the modified Comet. The car is obtainable in two missions: The first is in "Jackin' Chan", when the car is caught in an inferno following a failed attempt by the Irish Killers to kidnap Chan, and the car must be used to transport Chan to safety; the player must fail the mission to obtain the car. The second is during "Clear the Pier", when Chan uses the car as a getaway vehicle. The player can pin the car to a wall and carjack it outright, allowing them to complete the mission while the car is in their possession.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

  • Colors (two exterior areas)
  • Nitro (all)
  • Wheels (ten varieties)
  • Hydraulics

Prominent appearances

GTA Liberty City Stories
  • In "Hot Wheels", Vincenzo Cilli instructs Toni Cipriani to pick up a Banshee for him, which is later revealed to be used as bait by the police. After learning of Vincenzo's disregard for Toni's safety and effectively quitting as his goon, Toni has the car crushed at the Harwood Autocrusher and Junkyard.
  • In the opening cutscene of "The Trouble With Triads", Salvatore Leone is depicted to have purchased a brand new unique colored black-and-white with Maria as the passenger, suggestively indicative of his mid-life crisis. After showing it off to Toni Cipriani, he drives off, only to leave the car crashed at a tree as the player returns near the end of the mission.
  • Leon McAffrey, a corrupt LCPD detective, uses a Banshee as his unmarked police car, suggesting the car is paid for via less legitimate means.
GTA IV
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The Banshee requested by Stevie in GTA IV.

  • Brucie Kibbutz owns a black Banshee with orange stripe, which he dubbed "The Bitch". He intended to use this car in the street race in the mission No. 1. The car failed to start (likely due to the fact that Brucie personally tuned the car). Having an alternative in mind, Brucie called his friend Stevie for a replacement car, a gold Comet.
  • Lenny Petrovic may use a gray Banshee as a getaway car during "Final Destination".
  • In the mission "Meltdown" you steal a Banshee from some random guy to chase after Luca. The Banshee can be received in a grey colour with a dark stripe and a unique shade in a random colour.
  • A Banshee is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, sporting a uniquely bright orange body and yellow stripe. As a new Banshee will respawn at the same spot until the player delivers one to S&M Auto Sales in Bohan, the player can save one at any safehouse before delivering another.The car also may spawn with or without a roof.
  • A Banshee is driven by Shon Kikuchi (a Most Wanted criminal).

Trivia

  • The Banshee plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The Banshee in GTA San Andreas is one of a handful of vehicles where Carl Johnson kicks the driver instead of punching or slamming the head of the driver.
  • The Banshee is much different in GTA: Vice City and Vice City Stories. Due to the fact that GTA: VC ran a game engine that was tweaked and previously used in GTA III, the Banshee had more of polygon-shape body on its body and the suspension is raised a bit higher. In GTA: VCS, the Banshee is fully detailed and the suspension is lower.
  • In GTA IV the Banshees with hardtops don't have windows, so it's easier to steal one if it's parked. However, an alarm may still go off when entered.
  • Roman Bellic has a poster of a blue Banshee on the wall of his Hove Beach apartment.
  • There is a glitch that only happens for the Banshees with the hardtops. When Niko walks over to steal one either he gets in the stance to jump in the car (just as he does with the convertible variant) but then cancels the stance and opens up the door and gets in or the other way [1]. The glitch can be seen clearly when viewing the theft of a hardtop Banshee using a closer camera view.
  • The Banshee is one of 4 vehicles in San Andreas named after mythical creatures, with the Hydra, Phoenix, and the Leviathan being the other 3.
  • A Banshee is an Irish female spirit whose wailing warns of coming death.
  • 'Banshee' was what the Pontiac Firebird was originally named during its development stages.
  • Despite it being classified as a sports car, most characters consider it not to be a sports car (eg. many of Niko's girlfriends do not like the Banshee)
  • Sold at the Auto Merchant at $800 in GTA Chinatown Wars.
  • There is possibly a glitch where the steering of a Banshee locks to the left a bit causing the car to have to be constantly corrected.
  • Driving around in a Banshee may make the Feltzer appear more often.
  • This is the second vehicle seen in the GTA III Era the first is a securicar.

Locations

GTA III

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

  • Spawns around Staunton Island and Shoreside Vale
  • Behind the Big Shot Casino, Torrington, Staunton Island
  • In an underground parking lot in Bedford Point, Staunton Island
  • In the Liberty Tree offices parking lot
  • In the Newport Multistory Car Park
  • It is very rare in Portland that only some of them spawn near Callahan Bridge, Atlantic Quays or Callahan Point.

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV

GTA Chinatown Wars

  • In BOABO Merchant.
  • Usually seen in south and middle Algonquin.
  • Parked in a driveway of the south-westernmost house in Meadow Hills, Dukes
  • Chan Jaoming's banshee can be obtained by failing jackin chan or in the mission clear the pier if you can pin chan's car to a wall you can drag him out and take his banshee

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