Bravado BansheeEven though our first response was something along the lines of "It should have been the Cheetah," we will admit that building a real-life version of a Grand Theft Auto V car is a pretty meta, pretty cool promotion.

Details on the Banshee's mechanicals are pretty scarce, but the car has obviously been crafted using a Viper as its base (a fourth- or fifth-generation car seems likely). Created by the West Coast Customs shop of reality TV fame, the body panels of the Banshee were designed and cut to form a "screen accurate" replica of the in-game car (which is pictured in the inset photo). Even the interior of the vehicle has been customized to be gamer-friendly, with reconfigured dashboard, door panels and center console, as well as the Banshee name and insignia stitched on the seats.

Best of all, video game retailer GameStop is giving away the car as part of the promotion for GTA's September 17 release. As if the title needed more publicity, right? Get a bit more info about the car in the press release below.
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Ever since its debut as the getaway car in the opening moments of Grand Theft Auto III, the Bravado Banshee has been a symbol of the ultimate American sports car. With its aggressive, oversized styling and powerful engine, it became a mainstay as one of the most sought after high-performance rides from coast to coast - from Liberty City all the way to Los Santos...

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.

Referencing the model and textures of the in-game car, the interior was handcrafted and stitched 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. And finally, a multi-speaker premium sound system was installed before giving it the iconic metallic blue exterior complete with ice white racing stripe.

The result is a one-of-kind supercar worthy of representing the Banshee's heritage and a tribute to some of the deep customization options you'll find in the Los Santos Customs shops of GTA V, where you can equip and style your vehicles with a wide range of visual and performance-based enhancements.

This month, GameStop is offering the chance to win this one-of-a-kind vehicle as part of the PowerUp Rewards™ Epic Rewards Giveaway™.


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      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not sure if it would be ironic or poetic if this car was stolen, given its GTA V connection.
      ImUrOBGYN
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who'll be the first to steal it? ;)
        Al Terego
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImUrOBGYN
        Haha, the winner of this prize should wreak havoc with the car shortly after receiving it.
      dea5787
      • 1 Year Ago
      Absolutely awesome!!!!
      Justin Campanale
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope the Sultan RS carries over into V.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Twin turbo?
        Krazeecain
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BipDBo
        Oh gawd I hope it really is, but wow would that be a handful...
      Dmitriy Markelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      Normally I'd cry foul but I actually quite like this.
        imag
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dmitriy Markelov
        Sorry - meant to upvote you, but accidentally downvoted. AB won't let me change my vote.
      Truthiness
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thats actually an rx-7. Look at the roofline.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Truthiness
        [blocked]
          ShutoSteve
          • 1 Year Ago
          The FD3S most certainly has a very subtle double hump roof.
      superchan7
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't get this. A fictional video game car lacks the styling and functional details of real cars. Why would you want to make a real car out of it? This looks like a well-constructed kit car made to "look like a Viper". Companies like Bertone and Zagato do a better job at this kind of thing. Those are priced accordingly.
      Shaun
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car is most likely an FD RX7. The center console looks to be modified and the headlights look to be a headlight conversion for the RX7's popups, possibly the RE Amemiya sleek kit. http://www.vividracing.com/catalog/-p-6083.html?utm_source=adwordsfroogle&utm_campaign=adwordsfroogle&utm_content=3360&ph=1&gclid=CMm2t8SFsLkCFcFj7AodUEIAHg
        Al Terego
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shaun
        It's a Viper, look at the pictures carefully.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Shaun
        [blocked]
      lars
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I play GT4 I am always like "I take the Ferrari" or "lets take the Viper", I never use the in-name games. They are only used by Rockstar because those clever scots never wanted to pay royalties to any car company. Therefore: this whole project is a big big fail.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice thought, but I'd rather have a Viper and I'm certain this will cost substantially more because it's custom. The game car is cool in the game, but it's not Viper cool.
      Ask
      • 1 Year Ago
      My god they ruined the beautiful Banshee...
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