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A Topless Banshee in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view)
A Hardtop Banshee in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle class
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door roadster (GTA III, GTA SA, GTA LCS, GTA IV, GTA V)
2-door sports car (GTA VC, GTA VCS)
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Advance
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
GTA Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Online
Manufacturer Bravado (HD Universe)
Price $36,000 (GTA SA)
(Exports and Imports)

$800 (Auto Merchant)
(Chinatown Wars)
$90,000 (Topless Variant) (Story Mode)
$105,000 (Hardtop Variant) (Online)
$126,000 (Topless Variant) (Online)
Related vehicle(s) Beast GTS

"The name says it all. You can weave in and out of traffic with ease in this little number. Get a blow up doll for the passenger seat and ride in the HOV lane. Apex Predators beware." description.

The Banshee is a recurring mid-sized sports car appearing in every GTA game since Grand Theft Auto III and shares its reputation with the Pegassi Infernus for being one of the two longest running sports cars in the GTA series. It is manufactured by Bravado in the HD Universe. It is based on the Dodge Viper, but resembles a Corvette C4 in the Vice City games.


3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto III, San Andreas and Liberty City Stories, the Banshee resembles a first generation Dodge Viper RT/10, with its dual exhaust and curvilinear design. It differs from its real life counterpart in its narrower width and headlight design. The Banshee also borrows minor elements from other 90s American coupes, such as the hood scoops from the 1993-1997 Pontiac Firebird and headlights resembling those of a 1994-1996 Dodge Stealth. The car's rear end is mostly based on the first generation Dodge Viper RT/10, but features wrap-around taillights, a distinct design element shared with the 1993-2002 Chevrolet Camaro. The Banshee also features very pronounced fender flares, something not found on any Viper and very uncommon on American cars of its era.

This rendition of the Banshee is the only top-down convertible that the player cannot jump into without opening the driver door.

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 vinyl top.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Vice City Stories, the Banshee resembles a late 80's model Corvette C4, with its angular design and dual twin-exhaust.

HD Universe

Banshee badges

Badging on the Banshee.

In Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V, the Bravado Banshee resembles a second generation Dodge Viper SR, but has a side-pipe exhaust and a shorter roofline, resembling the third generation or fourth generation Dodge Viper ZB. The front fascia loosely resembles the Marcos Mantis, while the taillights resemble those of the Aston Martin DB9. The interior of the car appears to be inspired by the MKIV Toyota Supra's, with the auxiliary dashboard controls facing the driver. Unlike the real-life Viper's V10 engine, the in-game Banshee has a 4.9L 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 open.

Banshees in GTA IV and V are present as convertibles with roll bars, 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 comes in a standard monochromatic paint or with a racing stripe.

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

In the enhanced version of GTA V, the Banshee is given a new interior model that greatly resembles that of the Dodge Viper's, right down to the vertically-aligned speedometers.


3D Universe

Being a sports coupe laid out in an FR layout connected to a 5-speed transmission, the Banshee in the GTA III era is one of the fastest sports cars, but requires a tactile driving style to perform well. Fishtailing and spin outs are common if moderation is not used with the throttle. Examination of the game's engine reveals the vehicle's performance stats remain unchanged throughout, with a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h), a weight of 2,240 lbs (1,400 kg),an acceleration of 10.7 ft/s² (3.3 m/s²), and all-wheel disc brakes. The Banshee's speed in GTA Advance is significantly high at 174 mph, nearly matching that of the Police Car, but has a marginally low crusher value of $448.

The Banshee in San Andreas features a different engine sound from the other games. Acceleration is one of the best in San Andreas. It reaches 0-60 MPH in roughly 4.3 seconds. Steering response is very sharp. Turning at high speeds may cause the car fishtail, so braking is appropriate considering the high power of the Banshee. Improper braking can also cause the car to slide, so you will need to brake smoothly. It appears to be powered by a carbureted V6.

HD Universe

The Banshee in GTA IV is very fast, thanks to its twin-turbocharged V8 mated to a 5-speed dual clutch with an FR configuration. The acceleration and top speed are similar to that of most exotic sports cars in the game, such as the Super GT, Turismo, and Comet. It is the 5th fastest car in the game, being faster than the Super GT but slower than the Infernus which is merely 210 MPH (340 KM/H)

Updated in GTA V, the Banshee now possesses a massive 8.4 liter V8 engine as reported at (GTA Online). However, it is severely underpowered, even with twin turbochargers, producing an average 400HP, compared to Gen V Viper's 640. What causes many players to turn away from the legendary sports car is the low top speed, only 140 MPH. This may actually be incorrect, as the Banshee is capable of catching up to supercars like the Infernus and even the Zentorno without any modification.
Banshee Engine

The Banshee's engine in GTA V

The car has sharp handling with the expense of stability. The high-powered engine coupled to the rear wheel drive causes the rear wheels to lose traction easily. Fortunately, power distribution is smooth, making it easier to control. It requires extra caution to maintain the traction when cornering at high speed, otherwise the rear wheels will slide. Many, however, find this handling characteristic preferable. Those who are able to control the car's high power output will be able to play with this weakness. The Banshee is an excellent racing vehicle, given that the player can properly control the squirrely handling. The suspension is firm and set low, often leaving the Banshee's ground effects victim to curbs and other low-laying objects. Braking is very good; the Banshee out-brakes 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 will begin to fail. 

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).

Like the Infernus, Buffalo, F620, Sultan RS and Bullet GT, the Banshee occasionally backfires from its exhaust pipes when shifting gears, or when kicking in the accelerator quickly from a complete stop.

GTA IV Overview


(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)

Top Speed

(mph / kph)

Stated Engines,
Game File Engines
Or In-game Engines
AWD = All Wheel Drive
FWD = Front Wheel Drive
RWD = Rear Wheel Drive
Gears Mass


In game Website: n/a
Speedometer: {{{0-62mph/ 0-100km/h time speedometer}}}
Game files: {{{0-62mph/ 0-100km/h time files}}}
In game Website: n/a
Speedometer: {{{Top speed speedometer}}}
Game files: {{{Top speed files}}}

4.9 Liter Twin-Turbo V8




The Banshee returns to GTA V, now sporting better acceleration, and a significantly higher top speed. Sharing the same braking distance in GTA IV, it is only slightly different performance-wise from GTA IV. The handling line has slightly improved, due to GTA V's new vehicle handling. Overall, the car is a good pick for an escape car, but not so good for off-roading, or for fast cornering, due to its back-heavy weight distribution, and its terrible grip.

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / kph)
(Capacity + Layout + Fuel)
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)

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

3.7 Seconds (Website) 140 / 225 (Website)
148 / 238 (handling.dat)

8.4 Liter (Website)



1200 / 2646

(i.e recorded on Speedometer)

5.7 Seconds 120 / 193

FR Twin-Turbo V8



Mass cannot be observed.


Brucie's Banshee in GTA IV


GTA: San Andreas

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Car Color 2 (64 different colors) $ 150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Note: The TransFender in Las Venturas charges 20% more (except for colors).


  • Armor
  • Brakes
  • Bumpers
  • Engine
  • Exhaust
  • Explosives
  • Hood
  • Horn
  • Lights
  • Plate
  • Respray
  • Spoiler
  • Suspension
  • Transmission
  • Turbo
  • Wheels
  • Windows

Unique Variants

  • In GTA IV, Brucie Kibbutz owns a unique black Banshee with a yellow stripe, which he dubs "The Bitch". He intended to use this car in the street race in the mission No. 1, but 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, Stevie's bright yellow Comet. A normal Banshee in yellow with a black stripe can be found on the streets.
  • In Brucie's Exotic Exports side missions, he will eventually request a unique navy blue banshee with a white stripe.
  • A Banshee is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, sporting an orange body with a brighter orange stripe. As with all of the cars Stevie requests, the requested vehicle 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 returning to deliver one to Stevie. The car may spawn in the Cabriolet or Hardtop variant.
  • In the mission Meltdown, you steal a Banshee from a random NPC to chase after Luca. The Banshee is gray with a dark stripe in a unique shade.
  • Chan Jaoming is depicted in GTA Chinatown Wars to own a modified Banshee, which features purple paint 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.
  • A red Banshee with black stripes and all black bumper and sideskirt trim can be seen driving around or parked at many pier parking lots and rarely at the Funland amusement park.
  • During Hossan Ramzy's random encounter, his debtor drives a unique white Banshee with a black stripe which is pink-lustered. After you kill him, you can get the car.

Notable owners

Real-Life Counterpart

A real life reproduction of the Banshee was been made by West Coast Customs, by modifying a Dodge Viper. It was given away by Rockstar Games in a contest a few months before the release of Grand Theft Auto V. The only thing that has changed is how the car looks; it is still essentially a stock Viper, which means it would have a V10 instead of a V8.



GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories


GTA Chinatown Wars




  • The Banshee is is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the underworld. It is one of the five vehicles in the series named after mythical creatures, the other four being the HydraPhoenixLeviathan and Kraken.
  • There was a vehicle in Midnight Club II that is called The Bravado Jersey XS, and it resembles the Dodge Viper SRT-10 made to look like a GTS-R Concept.

3D Universe

  • The Banshee is one of a handful of vehicles where CJ kicks the driver instead of punching them or slamming their head into the steering wheel. This is probably due to the fact that the Banshee sits quite low to the ground.
  • In the 3D Universe, the Banshee plays the following radio stations when entered;

HD Universe

  • In the HD Universe, the Banshee plays the following radio stations when entered;
  • In GTA IV, hardtop Banshees don't have windows, so they're easier to steal than other cars. This is counteracted by an alarm that will go off when the door is opened.
  • In GTA IV, despite its obvious sporty appearance, the game doesn't classify the Banshee as a sports car. Many characters show disdain for the car, and many of Niko's girlfriends don't like it.
  • Although the Banshee in GTA V is identical visually to the one in GTA IV, the engine now produces a sound similar to most V10's, most likely a reference to the real-life SRT Viper. It's engine size is now accurate, being 8.4 liters.
  • The player can see Brucie's black and yellow Banshee on Auto-Eroticar's website.
  • In GTA V it is possible to accelerate very quickly with the Banshee by double clutching. To do so one must accelerate until they hear the car shift into second gear. The second they hear the car shift they must tap the emergency brake for a split second then instantly hit the accelerator. Doing so can make the car accelerate faster than other top performing supercars including the Entity and the Zentorno.

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