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"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."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description

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

Design

Grand Theft Auto V

The design of the car is clearly based on the North American styling of the 2012 Mitsubishi Eclipse. The front bumper design comes from the first generation Scion tC. The taillights come from the Audi TT. The headlights are similar to those found on the 2013-present Dodge Dart.

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.

Current Design Gallery


Performance

Grand Theft Auto V

The car is powered by what looks like a V8 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


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.dat
N/A 87 / 140 5 N/A RWD 1400 / 3086 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
6.3 Seconds 95 / 152 5 FR V8 (Cover) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
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Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $1,625 $6,375
Armor Upgrade 40% $4,062 $10,625
Armor Upgrade 60% $6,500 $17,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $11,375 $29,750
Armor Upgrade 100% $16,250 $42,500
Brakes Street Brakes $6,500 $13,000
Sport Brakes $8,775 $17,550
Race Brakes $11,375 $22,750
Bumpers Custom Front Splitter $500 $2,500
Carbon Splitter & Canards $750 $3,300
Carbon Rear Bumber $500 $2,500
Painted Diffuser & Tow Hook $750 $3,330
Carbon Diffuser & Tow Hook $1,000 $3,900
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $2,925 $5,850
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $4,062 $8,125
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $5,850 $11,700
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $10,887 $21,775
Exhaust Dual Titanium Exhaust $375 $750
Titanium Tuner Exhaust $899 $1,800
Grille Exposed Intercooler $375 $750
Hood Carbon Hood $325 $1,700
Vented Hood $750 $2,400
Carbon Vented Hood $875 $2,900
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $5,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $3,000
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Roll Cage Roll Cage & Chassis Upgrade $550 $1,100
Roof Carbon Roof $350 $700
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $2,400
Skirts Custom Skirts 1 $415 $3,000
Custom Skirts 2 $500 $4,000
Spoilers Low Level Spoiler $275 $1,500
High Level Spoiler $350 $1,900
GT Wing $525 $2,600
Tuner Wing $750 $3,500
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 $19,175
Sports Transmission $10,562 $21,125
Race Transmission $13,000 $26,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $8,125 $42,500
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

Image 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.

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

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto 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.
  • The Penumbra's custom spoiler may be a reference to the Nissan 370z amuse spoiler.

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