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"The Banshee defines the modern sports class. Light, low, with sweeping curves and perfect lines, the only thing under its mile-long hood is a feral V8 twin-turbo fighting for space with its driver's colossal manhood. But trust us, the base model is just the start. When we're done, it'll look like your Banshee ate another Banshee at the peak of an all-night steroid binge. Eligible for customization at Benny's Original Motor Works."
Benny's Original Motor Works 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.

Design

3D Universe

In Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto: 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 Grand Theft Auto Advance rendition, which mimics the design of GTA III's Banshee, is also comparable to the 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 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Banshee resembles a mid 80's model Corvette C4, with its angular design and dual twin-exhaust.

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.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, 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  and the front end resembles a Third Generation Mazda RX-7. The interior of the car appears to be inspired by the MKIV Toyota Supra's, with the auxiliary dashboard controls facing the driver.

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.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Banshee may spawn with several cosmetic accessories:

  • A variant with a hard-top roof.
  • A variant with chrome roll-bar hoops.
  • A variant with a vented hood.

Hardtop Banshees don't have windows, so they are easier to steal than other cars. This is counteracted by an alarm that will go off when the door is opened.

In the CNT TV show, I'm Rich, the beta version of the Banshee with two stripes can be seen instead of one.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

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.

Grand Theft Auto V

"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."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Bravado Banshee returns to Grand Theft Auto V, holding the same design as its previous appearance in GTA IV. 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.

Current Design Gallery


Version History Gallery

Performance

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 the player will need to brake smoothly. It appears to be powered by a carbureted V6.

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Banshee in GTA IV is very fast, thanks to its twin-turbocharged V8 mated to a 5-speed gearbox 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 stated to have a top speed of 99 mph in the files.

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

Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Layout/Type/Decal Detail)
Drivetrain
(AWD / FWD / RWD)
Gears
(Number + Type)
Mass
(Kg / lb)

5.9 Seconds

Top Speed (Handling.dat)
99 / 160
Top Speed (Tested)
108 / 174

FR SOHC 4-Double Barrel Carburetors V8 (In-game model)

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
RWD
Drivetrain (Tested)
RWD

Gears (Handling.dat)
5
Gears (Tested)
5

1500 / 3307 (Handling.dat)


Grand Theft Auto V

Banshee-GTAV-RSCStats

The performance statistics on the Rockstar Games Social Club.

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.

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. Its engine size is now accurate, updated to a massive 8.4 liter carburetored V8 engine as reported on Legendary Motorsport (GTA Online). However, it is severely underpowered, even with twin turbochargers. What causes many players to turn away from the legendary sports car is the low top speed, only 140 mph, according to the website. 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.

GTA V Overview

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

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

3.7 Seconds (Website) 140 / 225 (Website)
150 / 241 (Benny's Website)
92 / 148 (handling.dat)

8.4L (Website)
V8 Twin-Turbo (Benny's Website)
Twin-Turbo (Badging)

RWD

5

1179 / 2600 (Benny's Website)
1200 / 2646

Observed/Tested
(i.e. recorded/tested using in-game data.) (Observed Top Speeds & Acceleration Times)

5.7 Seconds 120 / 193

FR SOHC V8 w/ 4 Double-Barrel Downdraft Carburetors (In-game model)

RWD

5

Mass cannot be observed.


Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: 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).

Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $1,625 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $4,062 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $6,500 $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $11,375 $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $16,250 $50,000
Brakes Street Brakes $6,500 $20,000
Sport Brakes $8,775 $27,000
Race Brakes $11,375 $35,000
Bumpers Carbon Front Bumper $1,250 $4,600
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $2,925 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $4,062 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $5,850 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $10,887 $33,500
Exhaust Big Bore Exhaust $375 $750
Dual Exit Exhaust $899 $1,800
Hood Vented Hood $850 $3,000
Carbon Hood $1,200 $5,000
Lights Xenon Lights $1,000 $7,500
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A Too Hot
Full Coverage N/A Too Hot
Respray - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A Too Hot
Roof No Roof $350 $700
Spoiler High Level Spoiler $750 $7,050
Mid Level Spoiler $950 $10,000
Drift Wing $1,300 $13,000
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $9,587 $29,500
Sports Transmission $10,562 $32,500
Race Transmission $13,000 $40,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $8,125 $50,000
Wheels - -
Windows* Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000
  • Windows are unavailable if the "No Roof" modification is installed.

Image Gallery

Variants

"The Bitch"

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. The player can see Brucie's black and yellow Banshee on Auto-Eroticar's website.

Banshee 900R

This article or section refers to content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V, that is not featured on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.
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Main article: Banshee 900R

The Banshee 900R was added to Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the January 2016 Update. It appears as a wide-body racing variant of the Banshee, with an array of visual and mechanical modifications.

Special Variants

  • 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.
  • During Hossan Ramzy's random encounter, his debtor drives a unique white Banshee with a black stripe with a random luster. After killing him, the player can get the car.
  • In Brucie's Exotic Exports side missions, he will eventually request a unique navy blue banshee with a white stripe.
  • In the mission Meltdown, the player 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.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • The Party - One spawns at the pier entrance during this mission.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Gray Imports - When the player arrives at the warehouse, the cutscene shows a Banshee being put inside a truck trailer. Later, if the dealer isn't killed quickly, he will enter and run away in a Banshee (that is explosion-proof until he enters) through the channels.
  • Pier 69 - Some Triad boys arrive in this car to help Carl and Cesar .
  • Driving School - The car is used in half of the twelve tests (Whip and Terminate, Burn and Lap, Cone Coil, The 90, Wheelie Wave and Alley Op)
  • Race Tournaments - The car is given to the player in the race "SF to LV", and you have to race against Banshees in other races (Freeway, Into The Country, Country Endurance and SF to LV)

Notable Owners

Real-Life Counterpart

A one-of-a-kind real life reproduction of the Banshee has been made by West Coast Customs, by modifying a 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10. It was given away by Rockstar Games in a GameStop PowerUp Rewards Epic Rewards Giveaway contest. It began on September 1, 2013, sixteen days before the release of Grand Theft Auto V.[1][2] On September 30, 2013, the contest ended and the winner was 56-year-old Cheri Parker from North Carolina.[3] She later sold the car on eBay to pay for her sons' college fees.[4][5]

"Significant work went into creating this real world version of the 2013 model featured in Grand Theft Auto V. Utilizing state-of-the-art fabrication technologies, molds for the exterior were cut and machined piece-by-piece for the high performance base vehicle. With these molds each panel was laid out by hand to create an entirely new exterior resulting in a screen accurate reproduction of the Banshee."
Rockstar Games

The only thing that has changed from the original Dodge Viper is how the car looks; it is still essentially a stock Viper, which means it would have a V10 instead of a V8. The Banshee features handcrafted and stitched interior to capture the look and feel of its detailed cockpit, with seats upholstered and embroidered with the Banshee name and insignia. The dashboard, door panels and center console were reconfigured and finished with carbon inlays. Also a multi-speaker premium sound system was installed before giving it the iconic metallic blue exterior complete with ice white racing stripe.[1]

Locations

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

Grand Theft Auto V

Trivia

General

  • The Banshee 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 six vehicles in the series named after mythical creatures, the other five being the HydraPhoenixLeviathan, Kraken and Valkyrie.
    • The creature is most notable for its loud screams. This could be the reasoning behind the name, as it references the Viper's distinctly loud engine.
  • There was a vehicle in Midnight Club II that is called the Jersey XS, and it resembles the Dodge Viper SRT-10, made to look like a GTS-R Concept.
  • The Banshee plays the following radio stations when entered;

Grand Theft Auto 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.
  • The Banshee is one of the very few vehicles which may spawn with chrome as a secondary color although this is a very rare occurrence. Another car which can spawn with chrome is the Dominator.
  • Despite its modern appearance, the car features class double-barrel downdraft carburetors, typically found on classic cars, which have since become undesirable for their habits of sucking debris and dirt directly into the engine and damaging components. It is unknown if this is a developer oversight or not.

See Also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.rockstargames.com/newswire/article/51297/rockstar-and-west-coast-customs-present-the-2013-gtav-bravado-ba.html
  2. http://web.archive.org/web/20140116014606/https://www.gamestop.com/PowerUpRewards/PUR/Enter/EpicRewardSep13
  3. http://www.mirror.co.uk/incoming/cheri-parker-grand-theft-auto-5234510
  4. http://uproxx.com/up/2014/06/you-can-buy-the-banshee-bravado-from-grand-theft-auto-v-for-170k-on-ebay/
  5. http://www.ebay.com/itm/231245012367?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649#viTabs_0&afsrc=1

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