Banshee

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Vehicle
Banshee
(Rear quarter view; without roof)
A Banshee in GTA IV.
Appearance(s) [[Appearance::GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Advance
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV
GTA Chinatown Wars]]
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door sports car
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Manufacturer Bravado (GTA IV)

The Banshee is a two-seater sports car. The car has appeared in the following games:

Design

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

In Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas it 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 a different headlight design. This version of the Banshee is the only top-down convertible that the player cannot jump into without opening the driver door. In GTA San Andreas, it can only be modified in TransFender.

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Banshee resembles a 1984-1996 Corvette C4, with a more angular design and dual double-exhaust ports.

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 covered top.

GTA IV — GTA Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto IV, 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 end has a unique design compared to the Viper and the taillights resemble those of the Aston Martin DB9. Unlike the real-life Viper's V10 engine, the GTA IV Banshee has a 300ci 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 are present as convertibles with rollbars, as well as hardtops. 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; the stripe is usually colored yellow, gray or bright orange.

For whatever reason, the Banshee is not recognized as a sports car by the game, 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 doesn't 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, while in the PSP version it resembles its GTA IV rendition more. It is the car driven by the Triads in their territory.

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 125 mph (200 km/h), a weight of 2,240lbs (1,400 kg), a 5-speed transmission, an acceleration of 10.7 ft/s (3.3 m/s), and all-wheel brakes; these stat 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.

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

GTA IV — GTA Chinatown Wars

The Banshee in GTA IV is powered by a 300ci Twin-Turbo V8, coupled to a 5 speed gearbox in a RWD configuration. The Banshee is the third fastest-accelerating sports car. It's the fifth-fastest car of all.

Handling is superb, with a slight hint of oversteer that complements the very torque-y engine. The suspension is firm, which often 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 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.

Variant

File:Banshee-GTA4-Stevie-front.jpg
The Banshee requested in Stevie's Car Thefts in GTA IV.

In GTA IV, a Banshee is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, with a uniquely bright orange body with a yellow stripe. As a new Banshee will respawn at the same spot until the player delivers one to S&M Auto Sales, the player can save one at their safehouse before delivering another.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

  • Colors (two exterior areas)
  • Nitro (all)
  • Wheels (ten varieties)
  • Hydraulics

Trivia

  • The Banshee plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The Banshee in GTA San Andreas is one of a handful of vehicles where Carl Johnson kicks the driver instead of punching or slamming the head of the driver.
  • Roman Bellic has a poster of a blue Banshee on the wall of his Hove Beach apartment.
  • There is a glitch that only happens for the Banshees with the hardtops. When Niko walks over to steal one, he gets in the stance to jump in the car (Just as he does with the convertible variant), but then he cancels the stance and opens up the door and gets in. The glitch can be clearly seen when stealing a hardtop Banshee with the close camera option.

Notable owners

Locations

GTA III

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV

GTA Chinatown Wars

  • In BOABO Merchant
  • Usually seen in south and middle Algonquin.