Banshee

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Vehicle
Banshee
A Banshee in GTA III..
(Rear quarter view)
A Banshee in GTA III..
Appearance(s) GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Advance
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
GTA Chinatown Wars
GTA V
GTA Online
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door sports car
Capacity 2 (driver and 1 passenger)
Manufacturer Bravado (HD Universe)

The Banshee is a frequently recurring two-seater sports car introduced in Grand Theft Auto III, having appeared in all following Grand Theft Auto games since.

Design

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

"Popular with redneck lottery winners. And bootleggers."
- Official Vice City Bureau of Investigation file description, GTA Vice City.[1]


In Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Banshee resembles a 1992—1995 Dodge Viper RT/10, with its curvilinear design and dual single-exhaust ports, although the Banshee is narrower in width and has different headlight designs; the GTA San Andreas' rendition has its rollbar heightened to match the height of the A-pillar, giving the car a better targa top appearance. The Banshee's white racing stripe in GTA III cannot be recolored, while the same stripes on GTA San Andreas and GTA Liberty City Stories renditions may appear in various colors, including those that match the primary body color.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Banshee resembles a 1984-1996 Chevrolet Corvette C4, with a generally angular design, but features dual double-exhaust ports, dual circular headlights, and singular pairs of taillights.

The GTA Advance rendition, which mimics the design of GTA III's Banshee, is also comparable to Grand Theft Auto 2's Rumbler, but is generally sleeker, sports the same single stripe as other Banshees, and comes with a covered top.

GTA IV — GTA V

In Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V, the Bravado Banshee resembles a 1996-2002 Dodge Viper Coupe, but has side exhausts and a shorter roofline resembling a third or fourth generation Dodge Viper. The front fascia loosely resembles that of several Marcos sports cars and the taillights resemble those of the Aston Martin DB9 and the 2001—2007 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish. Unlike the real-life Viper's V10 engine, the HD Universe Banshee has a 300ci (4.91 Liter) 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 come off.

Banshees in GTA IV and GTA V are present as convertibles with rollbars or hardtops, and may optionally feature more recessed hood vents. Similar to its real-life counterpart, the Banshee bears its own logo, resembling a screaming mouth with fangs (much like the real logo of the Dodge Viper) on the side panels, steering wheel, and upholstery. The standard Bravado logo is used on the front and rear of the car. The Banshee can be seen with an allover paintjob, or with a racing stripe down the middle. Inside, the typical cozy Dodge Viper interior is found with black leather-clad sport seats sporting the Bravado logo.

For whatever reason, the Banshee is not recognized as a sports car by GTA IV, as friends and dates that normally like or dislike sports cars in particular (as opposed to e.g. all expensive cars) will not have the same reaction to a Banshee; this does not appear to have any other effect on gameplay.

In the DS version of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the Banshee appears similar to either the Phoenix or its GTA Vice City rendition. In the PSP and iPhone/iPad Touch versions, however, the Banshee resembles its GTA IV rendition more.

Performance

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

Being a front-engine, rear-wheel drive, with a 10-cylinder engine, the Banshee between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories is one of the speediest sports cars but suffers from poor cornering due to its rear wheel drive, making it prone to fishtailing and spinouts in sharp turns (including handbrake turns). Examination of game data for GTA III to GTA San Andreas reveal the vehicle's performance stats remain unchanged, with a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h), a weight of 3,087 lbs (1,400 kg), a 5-speed transmission, an acceleration of 10.7 ft/s (3.3 m/s), and all-wheel brakes; these stats could be shared with the Banshee in GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories. The Banshee's speed in GTA Advance is significantly high, nearly matching that of the police car, but has a marginally low crusher value of $448.

Upon closer inspection of the GTA III rendition of the Banshee's engine, a V12 engine can actually be seen instead of a 10-cylinder.

These traits remained unchanged until GTA IV, when its performance received significant tweaks.

GTA IV — GTA V

The Banshee in GTA IV is powered by a 300ci (4.9 L) twin-turbocharged V8 mated with a 5-speed gearbox along with a RWD configuration. The GTA IV Banshee is the third fastest-accelerating sports car and one of the fastest overall with a top speed of 206 mph (331 km/h).

Handling is superb, with a slight hint of oversteer thanks to its low weight that complements the very torque-y engine. The suspension is firm and low, often leaving the Banshee smashing its body panels into low-laying objects, like curbs, and usually causes the Banshee to hop about on uneven streets at higher speeds. Braking is very good; the Banshee outbrakes every other vehicle in the game, and ABS is standard on all models. Crash deformation is acceptable. However, due to its front-mounted engine, it is much less resistant to frontal damage than rear and/or mid-engined sports cars such as the Comet and Infernus.

Overall, the Banshee is one of the more fun vehicles to drive, and well suited towards high-speed applications such as online multiplayer racing.

The GTA V rendition of the Banshee performs virtually identical to the GTA IV rendition, although the Turismo R now outbrakes the Banshee. Also, the Banshee's top speed without special abilities or upgrades is seemingly low for some reason, capping at 140 mph (225 km/h). According to legendarymotorsport.net, the Banshee now has an 8.4 L 400 hp engine (may still be a V8 like in GTA IV).

Variant

Chan Jaoming's modified Banshee in the DS version of GTA Chinatown Wars.

Chan Jaoming is depicted in GTA Chinatown Wars to own a modified Banshee, which features a purple body 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 gang 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.

Customization in GTA San Andreas

The Banshee in GTA San Andreas can be modified at a TransFender, but is only offered a bare minimum of modification options:

Italicized pricing denotes prices at the Las Venturas TransFender, which charges 20% more except Colors.

  • Colors
    • Car Color 1 (primary body color): $150
    • Car Color 2 (stripe color): $150
  • Nitro
    • 2x Nitrous: $200 ($240)
    • 5x Nitrous: $500 ($600)
    • 10x Nitrous: $1,000 ($1,200)

  • Wheels
    • Import: $820 ($984)
    • Atomic: $770 ($924)
    • Ahab: $1,000 ($1,200)
    • Virtual: $620 ($744)
    • Access: $1,140 ($1,368)
    • Off Road Wheel: $1,000 ($1,200)
    • Mega: $1,030 ($1,236)
    • Grove: $1,230 ($1,476)
    • Twist: $1,200 ($1,440)
    • Wires: $1,560 ($1,872)

  • Hydraulics: $1,500 ($1,800)

Prominent appearances

GTA III
GTA Vice City
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 black-and-white 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 at a nearby tree before the player returns to complete the mission.
  • Leon McAffrey, a corrupt LCPD detective, uses a Banshee as his unmarked police car, suggesting the car is paid for via less legitimate means.
GTA IV
The Banshee requested by Stevie in GTA IV.
  • Brucie Kibbutz owns a black Banshee with orange stripe, which he dubbed "The Bitch". He intended to use this car in the street race in the mission No. 1. 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, a gold Comet. The fate of this Banshee is unknown as it is not seen afterwards, though Brucie told Niko Bellic that he will fix the car and give it to Stevie in compensation for giving the Comet to Niko.
  • Lenny Petrovic may use a gray Banshee as a getaway car during "Final Destination".
  • A Banshee is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, sporting a uniquely bright orange body and yellow stripe. As a new Banshee 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 delivering another.
  • A Banshee is driven by Shon Kikuchi (a Most Wanted criminal).

Trivia

  • Throughout the entire GTA III Era (excluding GTA Advance), the Banshee generally has the same engine sound and horn, except in GTA San Andreas, where it has the twin-turbocharged V8-like engine sound of a Cheetah, Turismo, Super GT, and/or Comet, while it has the horn sound of a Stratum or Remington.
  • The Banshee plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • In the Xbox and mobile (iOS/Android) versions of GTA Vice City, the Banshee features unique license plates which read LEONY (a reference to the Leone Family).
  • Due to its ride height, the Banshee in GTA San Andreas is one of a handful of vehicles where the player character kicks the driver/passenger instead of punching or slamming the head of the driver/passenger. However, it actually uses the same animation groups as other sports cars ([2]).
  • Unlike the Stallion, top-down Windsor, Feltzer, and Comet, and similar to the Savanna, Blade, Broadway, and targa-top Super GT, the Banshee in GTA San Andreas does not allow the player to jump in without opening the driver door, despite being a top-down convertible. This is, again, due to the Banshee having the animation groups for the sports cars.
  • Banshees in GTA IV feature functional rear turn signals but lack frontal turn signals.
  • In GTA IV, the Banshee lacks windshield wipers. As a result, the windshield does not appear to have windshield wiper tracks as seen on any other car after accumulating dirt.
  • Light blue Banshees in GTA IV can be seen with orange stripes, similar to the Gulf livery of the Ford GT40 race car.
  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie in GTA IV, a Banshee may be sold at his garage for $8,000.
  • I'm Rich, a in-game television show in GTA IV, features a red Banshee with dual stripes, which is not present on the final design of the car.
  • Roman Bellic has a poster of a blue Banshee on the wall of his Hove Beach apartment in GTA IV. The pictured Banshee was sourced from an early render art of the car, which is also featured in the Art Of Grand Theft Auto IV artbook.
  • In preparation for the release of GTA V, a real-life one-off replica of a "2013 GTAV Bravado Banshee" was commissioned by Rockstar Games to be built by West Coast Customs (of Pimp My Ride fame) as a promotional Gamestop giveaway. Built out of a 2000s Dodge Viper SRT-10, the car's exterior and interior were faithfully redesigned to closely resemble the Banshee's design. However, unlike the in-game Banshee, which uses a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the real-life Banshee still uses a V10 engine like with its base counterpart.

Locations

GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
GTA Chinatown Wars
  • Unlike the GTA IV rendition, the Banshee is more commonly found in GTA Chinatown Wars.
  • In BOABO Merchant.
  • Usually seen in south and middle Algonquin.

See Also

Reference

  1. Vice City Impounded Vehicles. Rockstar Games. official GTA Vice City website
  2. Handling.cfg