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Penumbra
Penumbra-GTAV-front
A Penumbra in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle class
(GTA V)
Sports
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door coupé
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Online
Manufacturer Maibatsu
Price $24,000 (Online)
(Southernsanandreassuperautos.com)


"High performance compact car for the kind of person who drifts around corners with a baby seat in the back. Recently discontinued, so may be worth waiting a decade or so for it to become ironic cool."
Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description

The Maibatsu Penumbra is a two-door coupé/sports in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

Design

The design of the car is clearly based on the North American styling of the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

The sides of the car feature the common Japanese geometric styling and the flared front quarter area is where a long, straight body line begins at about half the car's height. The main body line runs parallel to the bottom edge of the side windows of the car. The car features polymer covered B pillars. The car's roof is finished with a black polymer and is outlined by a very smooth curve that runs into the third box section of the body quite smoothly. The lower edge of the rear windscreen is completely curved. At the very top of the car, the roof appears to be finished with a black polymer insert. The car features ten spoke wheels, wrapped in low profile tyres.

The rear face of the car features a sharp curved edge at the top which spans almost the entire width of the car's body. Beneath this, there is a horizontal brake light strip, which is as wide as the license plate. The manufacturer emblem is located centrally, just beneath the strip. Either side of the strip, at the edges of the body there are chrome-backed rear light units. The rear lights feature three straight edges and then a curved edge which makes the unit decrease in height towards the edges of the car's body. The units are split into four main sections, two inset on the chrome area and then two beneath. Below the lights, the central body area is impressed with it's top edge being in line with the lower edge of the rear light units and it's outer edges in line with the rear light's inner edges. License plates are mounted centrally on the impressed area. A sharp line signifies a different facet of the rear bumper. Most of the lower area is covered by a polymer insert with curved outer edges. This area houses twin-rectangle exhaust tips, close to either edge and a central duct. At half the height of the lower bumper insert area there are horizontal lines signifying secondary pieces of the bumper at its base.

Performance

The car is powered by a low-revving V6 that sends power to the wheels in a front engine, rear wheel drive layout (contrasting with the FF layout of the Eclipse GT and SE). Despite the car's sporty appearance, performance is only just above average.

The top speed of the Penumbra is satisfactory, as it is comparable to the speed of a Sentinel. After modification, its top speed is close to that of a Fusilade, meaning a large improvement. Acceleration however, is rather unsatisfactory.

The brakes are very weak, as the car takes a while to come to a full stop. The overall feeling of the vehicle is heavy and cumbersome, in spite its sporty looks. It seems to be a pretty bad choice as a getaway vehicle in a chase as it's easily outmatched by most police vehicles.

The only attribute worth mentioning is the handling, as it is good. When given proper modification at Los Santos Customs, the overall performance improves remarkably, with acceleration being the best upgrade it can get.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / kph)
Engine
(Capacity + Layout + Fuel)
Drivetrain
AWD / FWD / RWD
Gearbox
Number + Type
Mass
(Kg / lb)

Defined/Claimed
(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.)

n/a 140 / 225

n/a

RWD

5

1400 / 3086

Observed/Tested
(i.e recorded on Speedometer)

6.3 Seconds 95 / 152

FR V6

RWD

5

Mass cannot be observed.

 Customization (GTA V)

  • Stock options and performance upgrades (brakes, suspension, etc.) excluded
Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Bumpers Custom Front Splitter $1250
Carbon Splitter & Canards $1650
Carbon Rear Bumber $1250
Painted Diffuser & Tow Hook $1650
Carbon Diffuser & Tow Hook $1950
Exhaust Dual Titanium Exhaust $375
Titanium Tuner Exhaust $899
Grille Exposed Intercooler $375
Hood Carbon Hood $850
Vented Hood $1200
Carbon Vented Hood $1450
Roll Cage Roll Cage & Chassis Upgrade $550
Roof Carbon Roof $350
Skirts Custom Skirts 1 $1500
Custom Skirts 2 $200
Spoilers Low Level Spoiler $750
High Level Spoiler $950
GT Wing $1300
Tuner Wing $1750

Gallery

Hao's unique Penumbra

Hao's orange Penumbra has already many modifications included, such as upgraded bumpers, engine, exhaust, lights, hood, roof, skirts, spoiler, turbo tuning, and modified rims. This is a good opportunity to obtain an almost fully modified vehicle in the early stages of the storyline for free.

How to obtain it.

  1. Steal a Tow truck/Large Tow Truck.
  2. Go to the Strangers and Freaks side mission.
  3. When you get there don't get out of the tow truck, instead shoot near Hao to scare him off.
  4. Then hook the vehicle up and tow it back to your Safehouse.
  5. After you're done placing it in your Safehouse garage, save and load the game and the car will be saved.

Locations

GTA V

GTA Online 

Trivia

Cultural references

  • The Penumbra was described to have been recently discontinued. This is a reference to how the real life Eclipse was discontinued in 2012.
  • The Uzer wheels that appeared on this car when it was first revealed, strongly resemble the RAYS CE28N wheels, a well-known wheel design amongst tuners.
  • The car's name relates to the Eclipse, as "Penumbra" are elements of a shadow and an Eclipse is the obstruction of light on a celestial body by the passage of another, engulfing into a shadow.
  • The low-revving V6 might be inspired from Mitsubishi Eclipse SE's large 3.8L V6 engine, which tops out around 7,000 rpm, which is rather low for a NA engine mounted in a sports car.
  • Penumbra´s custom spoiler may be a reference to the Nissan 370z amuse spoiler.

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