Last modified on 25 June 2014, at 21:33

Panto

Vehicle
Panto
A Panto in GTA 2.
A Panto in GTA 2.
Appearance(s) GTA 2
GTA V
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 2-door compact car
Capacity 2 (driver and passenger)
Manufacturer Benefactor (GTA V)

The Panto is a car featured in Grand Theft Auto 2 and dropped during development of Grand Theft Auto III. The nameplate reemerges in Grand Theft Auto V as a city car manufactured by Benefactor.

Description

Design

The Panto name first debuted in GTA 2 in the form of a two-door microcar (occasionally confused as a van) akin to the Dementia, but significantly larger. Its appearance alone makes the car generally unappealing, in contrast to larger, better designed cars in the game. The internal name given to the Panto is FIAT, implying the car's name originates from that of a similarly named Fiat Punto, but may otherwise be comparable to a 1949-1967 Tempo Matador Kleinbus.

The Panto was planned to reappear as a four-door compact sedan in GTA III, but was cut for unknown reasons. The car, like the Panto in GTA 2, bears some resemblance to a Fiat, specifically, a Fiat 128; little else is known about the car. A picture of the car can be found on the "Capital Auto Sale$" teaser website, along with many other beta vehicles [1].

Released as part of the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update, the Benefactor Panto is largely based on the 2007–present Smart ForTwo. It succeeds the Weeny Issi as the smallest on-road automobile available in GTA V.

Performance

The Panto's performance in GTA 2 mirrors its generally undesirable appearance. The car suffers from an underpowered engine, which results in a poor top speed and below average acceleration. However, helped largely by its speed, the Panto's steering is still acceptable, but its brakes are mediocre, being slightly below average. Even so, the vehicle is not practical when evading gunfire and hostile enemies, such as law enforcement. When crushed, the Panto awards the player Grenades.

Locations

GTA 2
GTA V
  • Available from the protagonists' garages after the I'm Not a Hipster Update is installed.

See also

  • Dementia, a similarly designed microcar.