- "Popular with redneck lottery winners. And bootleggers."
- — GTA Vice City Website
The Banshee is a two-seater sports car. The car is one of the traditional sports cars for the series, appearing in every GTA game since Grand Theft Auto III
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 it's real life counterpart in its narrower width and headlight design. This rendition of the Banshee is the only top-down convertible that the player cannot jump into without opening the driver door.
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.
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 IV, the Bravado Banshee resembles a second generation Dodge Viper, but has side-pipe exhaust and a shorter roofline, resembling the third or fourth generation Dodge Viper. The front fascia loosely resembles the Marcos Mantis GT, while the taillights resemble those of the Aston Martin DB9. 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 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 featuring two white stripes.
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 speediest 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/s (3.3 m/s), 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.
The Banshee in GTA IV is very fast, thanks to its twin-turbocharged V8 mated to a 5-speed transmission 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.
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 otherlow-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).
- In GTA IV, Brucie Kibbutz owns a 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.
- 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 a uniquely bright red body with an 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.
- A red Banshee Cabriolet is seen on the TV show I'm Rich. It has a custom front bumper, a unique pair of black stripes and the center of the wheels are black. This is probably an early design of the Banshee.
- 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.
Modifications (GTA San Andreas)
- The Banshee can only be modified at TransFender.
- Car Color 1 ($150)
- Car Color 2 ($150)
- 2x Nitrous ($200)
- 5x Nitrous ($500)
- 10x Nitrous ($1000)
- Import ($820)
- Atomic ($770)
- Ahab ($1000)
- Virtual ($620)
- Access ($1140)
- Off Road Wheel ($1000)
- Mega ($1030)
- Grove ($1230)
- Twist ($1200)
- Wires ($1560)
Note: The TransFender in [Las Venturas] charges 20% more (except for colors).
Prominent Appearances (spoilers)
- GTA III
- During the Introduction, a Banshee can be seen being driven to the bank.
- 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 and uniquely colored black-and-white Banshee 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 into 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.
- GTA San Andreas
- The Banshee is used in several tests at the Driving School.
- GTA IV
- Lenny Petrovic uses his Banshee as a getaway car during Final Destination.
- A Banshee is driven by Shon Kikuchi, a Most Wanted criminal.
- The Banshee plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
- In GTA San Andreas, the Banshee is one of a handful of vehicles where CJ kicks the driver instead of punching them or slamming their into the steering wheel. This is probably due to the fact that the Banshee sits quite low to the ground.
- 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.
- The Banshee is one of 4 vehicles in San Andreas named after mythical creatures, the other 3 being the Hydra, Phoenix and Leviathan.
- A Banshee is an Irish female spirit whose wailing warns of coming death.
- The Pontiac Firebird was originally named the Pontiac Banshee during its development stages.
- Despite it being classified as a sports car, most characters show disdain for the car. (e.g. many of Niko's girlfriends do not like the Banshee)
- Sold at the Auto Merchant for $800 in GTA Chinatown Wars.
- Driving around in a Banshee may cause the Feltzer to appear more often.
- The Banshee returns in Grand Theft Auto V, as seen in the Trevor's trailer, at about 24 seconds.
- In GTA IV, the Banshee can be seen colored baby blue with a yellow stripe. This is probably a reference to the famous Gulf Livery used on many race cars.
- Spawns around Staunton Island and Shoreside Vale.
- Inside Capital Autos in Harwood, Portland Island.
- Outside Asuka Kasen's apartment in Newport, Staunton Island.
- Kenji's Casino, Torrington, Staunton Island.
- Parking lot west of Wichita Gardens, Shoreside Vale.
GTA Vice City
- Next to a mansion with a Rockstar swimming pool on Starfish Island.
- Under a blue building north of the Pay 'n' Spray in Washington Beach.
GTA San Andreas
- Next to the Cobra Marital Arts Gym in Garcia, San Fierro, after completion of the Driving School. The car is consistently colored navy blue with a black stripe. It also has a custom license plate, spelling "DBP".
- In the Come-A-Lot Casino parking lot.
- Spawns around Rodeo, Los Santos.
- Spawns around The Strip and the Old Venturas Strip in Las Venturas.
- Importable from the Easter Basin chalkboard for $36000 on Thursday after completion of all 3 export lists.
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.
GTA Vice City Stories
- West of the Empire Building in northern Downtown Vice City.
- Parked in front of a mansion in the middle of Starfish Island.
- Usually spawns on Starfish Island.
- Sometimes found at Francis International Airport.
- Often spawn around Alderney City, Middle Park, City Hall, Castle Gardens, The Exchange, Castle Garden City Algonquin, and Rotterdam Hill.
- Sometimes spawn around Beachgate, Middle Park East, Hatton Gardens, Lancaster and Lancet.
- Occasionally spawn around Varsity Heights, Westminster, The Meat Quarter, Suffolk, and South Slopes.
- Spawn in traffic in GTA IV Multiplayer.
- In Hossan's random encounter, the man whom Hossan and Niko chase drives a white Banshee with a stripe of a random color.
- The Banshee can also be encountered in Brucie's races, but taking it (without winning first) will result in forfeiting the race and a drop in Brucie's 'like' percentage.
- Encountered when pursuing Shon Kikuchi, (a Most Wanted criminal) who drives a Banshee as an escape vehicle. If the player can kill him without destroying the vehicle, it can be driven and kept after completion of the mission.
- Used in the mission Meltdown, as stated above.
- Occasionally found at Auto Eroticar.
GTA Chinatown Wars
- At the BOABO Merchant.
- Usually seen in south and middle Algonquin.
- Parked in the driveway of the south-westernmost house in Meadow Hills, Dukes