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Banshee 900R Guide

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There’s no stopping Rockstar when it comes down to in-game content, and they always make sure to take me by surprise. Rockstar Games adds lots of cars to GTA Online with every update, but a new contender dropped into the supercar category in early 2016 as a part of the 1.32 Update.

You know how much I love the Bravado Banshee, so I was initially surprised to see that the update allowed players to overhaul the car significantly. However, I remember actually going ahead with the upgrade and realizing that my beloved Banshee would be no more, having transformed into a wide-boy, the Banshee 900R.

In today’s guide, we’re going to talk extensively about the Bravado Banshee 900R and what you’re trading in after the upgrade at Benny’s Motor Works. Given how much the overhaul costs, the real question is whether or not it is worth it. Of course, as a Banshee sucker, I went the extra mile to answer that question – so let’s get right into it!

Banshee 900R Overview

The 900R is obtained after you overhaul a stock Banshee at Benny’s Motor Works for the pretty price of 565,000 dollars. You might consider lifting one out of traffic, but the car is too hot to upgrade at that point, leaving you with no choice but to purchase one the legal way.

The 900R, albeit a Civilian Car, sits high and mighty in the Super Car Class and I completely agree with that. Being a wide coupe, the car can only hold one driver and one passenger at a time, so you won’t be going on party benders with this ride! I was never really into that kind of thing, so that’s not a negative for me.


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Upgrades From the Previous Model

There’ve been some serious changes, with the major ones being in the vehicle’s rear quarter. For starters, the entire rear bumper has been swapped for a new and improved one. As for the front, it remains pretty much the same except for the front arches, which are wider than before, enabling the belt-line curves to create a bulkier appearance.

Other than that, the back of the front arches has been removed, leaving the wheels exposed this time around, a change I am personally a bit neutral on. There’ve been some changes to the sides as well, with the side intakes being extended to curve right up the rear wheel arches – I never really felt the need for this change, but seeing it in action made me feel otherwise.

Diffusers And Skirts

One of the first things I noticed about the 900R was that the diffusers have had their side blades extended much more than their center counterpart. Other than that, some rear corners have been fitted with body kit extensions that are bolted on top of the original bodywork.

Of course, I don’t want to forget the new skirt set that foldss over the bodywork at the rear and in front of the rear wheel arches.


It didn’t take me long to realize how the top of the rear wheel arches had been extended. Moving on to the exhausts, these are rear-mounted and twin-exit in nature, enclosed in carbon fiber plating.

Additionally, the exhaust tips are connected to a large silencer, but there’s no actual exhaust pipe – I find that to be a little bit of a bummer, or am I just nitpicking?

Colors Schemes

Banshee 900R
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My favorite thing about the Banshee 900R is that its default color is a gorgeous Metallic Blue with a bright blue pearlescent color accompanied by dark red leather seats, white dials, and gold-colored rims. Sound familiar? That’s similar to the Sultan RS that graced the game in the same 1.32 update – I think I was the first player to pick up on that (or is it just wishful thinking).

Similarities To Real-life Cars

I don’t need to emphasize on this, but most of, if not all, GTA’s cars have been modeled after real-world counterparts. As for the Bravado Banshee 900R, it takes inspiration from the Dodge Viper – the iconic two-door sports car that Dodge has produced since 1992, before I was even born!

Design-wise, the Dodge Viper and the Banshee 900R come close, to the point that designers stayed consistent with the unique lines and the red badges. I don’t know about you, but I find that quite astounding!


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Moving on to performance, my testing has shown that there’s definitely been a significant improvement in that department. Firstly, the Banshee 900R has been upgraded from the Sports to the premium Superclass. If you don’t know what it implies, it means a natural improvement in acceleration and top speed

Still, don’t let that give in to the thrill when turning tight corners. I learned the hard way, but the Banshee 900R can oversteer and spin out owing to the ridiculous torque at low speeds.

Despite that handicap, the 900R remains one of the best cars in GTA Online, in my opinion, making it worth the upgrade. The vehicle’s performance is great in its stock form, but when you fully upgrade it, the Banshee 900R is an absolute beast. You’ll have to make peace with the considerable drag, though – take that as you may.

Speed And Acceleration

Despite the drag, the 900 R clocks in at a top speed of 107 miles per hour. And with the engine upgrade, you can take that number even higher!

My testing has shown that the EMS Engine Upgrade 1 produces 111 miles per hour while Upgrade 2 and 3 produce 115 and 119 miles per hour, respectively. The EMS Engine Upgrade 4 delivers an absolutely killer speed of 124 miles per hour.

There’s one downside, though, that the vehicle doesn’t reach the speed easily with its acceleration. That’s why I’ve noticed that supercars like Visione and Cyclone outperform the Banshee 900R with their rapid acceleration.


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Under the hood, the 900R has the same engine as its predecessor – a carbureted V8 with single cams, which at least I haven’t seen on any modern sports cars. Other than that, the 900R also maintains the traditional 5-speed gearbox, the FR layout, and the sporty engine sound that we all know too well from the original Banshee.

Where Can You Get The Banshee 900R In GTA Online?

Before we jump to discussing the specs on this sweet ride, we need to figure out where to buy it. For that matter, you can jump to Benny’s Original Motor Works and buy the Bravado Banshee 900R for 565,000 dollars while playing GTA Online.

But before you do that, you need to buy the Bravado Banshee for 105,000 dollars and then convert it to the custom variant at Benny’s. That means a grand total of 670,000 dollars!


As far as modifications are concerned, there are a lot to choose from, including bodywork and engine block modifications, which you can get done over at Benny’s.

You can even change the race strut, similar to the Sultan RS. This way, you can prevent the body’s camber from increasing during hard-cornering that results from the suspension pushing into the bodywork. A more detailed breakdown of the modifications is listed below.

1. Armor

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Although the Banshee 900R has good armor, getting an upgrade or two wouldn’t hurt. Anything to avoid going up in flames, right? That’s my philosophy at least, since I’ll be able to do away with body-wide deformation and last a little longer on the street.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
No Armor $1000
Armor 20% Upgrade $7500
Armor 40% Upgrade $12,000
Armor 60% Upgrade $20,000
Armor 80% Upgrade $35,000
Armor 100% upgrade $50,000

2. Brakes

The brakes on the 900 R are quite alright, but I would recommend going the extra mile and upgrading them. You don’t want your car slammed on the side of the road, now do you?

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Brakes $1000
Street Brakes $20,000
Sport Brakes $27,000
Race Brakes $35,000

3. Bumpers

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In all honesty, a bumper only serves its purpose as a cosmetic. So, if you’re like me, who’s into investing in style and fashion, then you’re in luck! There are plenty of bumper options for the Banshee 900R, so you can go for multiple looks.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Front Bumper $2200
Carbon Front Bumper $4600
Bolt-on Arches $7400
Classic RS Bumper $117000
Drift RS Bumper $14500
GT Bumper $14700
Street SPL Bumper $14900

4. Engine Blocks

Trust me when I say this, but it’s never a smart move to neglect your engine, whether it’s for looks or performance. So, when you’re in the shop for a tune-up, make sure you check the engine blocks.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
None $18,000
Primary Color Valve Covers $28,800
Secondary Color Valve Covers $30,600
Polished Valve Covers $32,400
Carbon Valve Covers $34,200

5. Strut Braces

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Strut braces or Strut bars extend across the strut towers of your car, increasing the rigidity of the car when being driven at really high speeds to keep your handling in check. I hate to break it to you but in GTA Online, their service is only limited to cosmetics, although they do look pretty cool.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Basic Strut Brace $10,500
Polished Strut Brace $16,800
Carbon Strut Brace $17,850
Medium Polished Strut Brace $18,900
Medium Titanium Strut Brace $19,950
Titanium Strut Brace $21,000
Wide Titanium Strut Brace $21,525
Large Polished Strut Brace $22,049
Stickerbomb Strut Brace $22,575
Polished Twin Bar Strut Brace $23,100
Extreme Billet Strut Brace $23,625
Lightened Racing Strut Brace $24,150

6. Engine Tunes

Not happy with the speed of your car? Want to go even faster? Well, a couple of Engine upgrades should sort that out, provided you’re ready to make the investment.

EMS Upgrades for the 900R is a significant improvement to the same ones made for the regular Banshee, as you get access to lots of acceleration and a top speed of over 124 miles per hour. Now, be like me and go fast as you can on those freeways; but remember to brake, or else you’ll crash your precious Banshee 900R!

EMS Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Level 1 $9000
Level 2 $12,500
Level 3 $18,000
Level 4 $33,500

7. Exhausts

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I hope I’m not the only one who thinks this way, but there’s no way the 900R can assert its dominance on the streets without a mean exhaust to back it up. Lucky for people like me, there are more options to choose from compared to the original Banshee. Just remember, the louder, the better.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Exhaust $260
Dual Exit Exhaust $750
Race Exhaust $1800
Chrome Tip Exhaust $3000
Twin Carbon Can $9550
Cannons $9750

8. Explosives

Do you want to rain down hell in the city of Los Santos? Well, then you’ll be happy to know that you live out your arsonist dreams armed with some pretty banging explosives.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Ignition Bomb $5000
Remote Bomb $7500

9. Fenders

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of fender options to go through for the Banshee 900 R. The Stock Fenders will set you back by 300 dollars which isn’t a lot while the Carbon-based rear arches will cost you around 1500 dollars.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Fenders $300
Rivetless Rear Arches $900
Carbon Rear Arches $1500

10. Hoods

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Hood options don’t add any performance enhancements to your Banshee 900R, but they do look cool on that wide body setup. Despite the overwhelming number of upgrades, I recommend you go for a hood of your choice.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Hood $1600
Vented Hood $3000
Carbon Hood $5000
Bolt-On Arches $8000
Smooth Hood $9600
Twin Filter Hood $11,000
Twin Filter with Arches $11,600
Exposed Filters Hood $12,000
Exposed Ram Pipes $12,400
Chrome Filter Hood $12,400

11. Interior Dash

Tired of staring at the same old dashboard when you’re out cruising? Do you like to play in First-Person mode? Well, the good news is that you can change it up with a few options available for the Banshee 900 R.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
None $15,000
Street Interior $24,000
Flocked Dash & Stripped $25,550
Carbon Dash & Stripped Interior $27,000

12. Doors

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If you’re like me, you can also show off some swag by swapping those stock doors for something new and better.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
None $8500
Carbon Doorcards $13,600
Flocked Doorcards $14,450
Aluminum Panel Doorcards $15,300
Primary Color Doorcards $16,150

13. Seats

If you drive for long hours on the road, you need to ride comfortably. So, why not invest in better seats that’ll also improve the look of your interior. Fortunately, there are a lot (and I mean a lot) of options to choose from.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
None $7900
Painted Sports Seats $12,640
Carbon Sports Seats $13,430
Ballistic Fiber Sports Seats $14,220
Painted Tuner Seats $15,010
Carbon Tuner Seats $15,800
Ballistic Fiber Tuner Seats $16,195
Painted Bucket Seats $16,590
Carbon Bucket Seats $16,985
Ballistic Fiber Bucket Seats $17,380
Painted Track Seats $17,775
Carbon Track Seats $18,170
Ballistic Fiber Track Seats $18,565
Carbon Race Seats $18,960

14. Steering Wheels

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Even though GTA is all about pulling off some risky escapes and tricks, you can’t do it without reliable steering wheels at your hand – one that responds faster and grants you more precise control.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Wheel $900
Apex Basic $14,400
Apex Clubman $15,300
Apex Professional $16,200
Formula Basic $17,100
Formula Cutout $18,000
Formula Clubman $18,450
Formula Professional $18,900
Sprint Basic $19,350
Sprint Clubman $19,800
Sprint MKII $20,250
Sprint Lightweight $20,700
Sprint Featherweight $21,150
Sprint Professional $21,600
Rally Basic $22,050
Rally Clubman $22,500
Rally Professional $22,950

15. Livery

The wide array of livery options caters to everyone’s taste. You’ll find them all at the store if you want some simple black and white stripes or a dash of color. I personally stay true to the original Banshee and choose the single stripes to pay homage to the 3D-Era.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
None $18,000
Black 900R Power Stripe $28,800
White 900R Power Stripe $30,600
Stoplight Racer Graphics $32,400
Black Flash $34,200
Yellow Flash $36,000
Black Two-Tone $36,900
Bravado Racing Retro Stripes $37,800
Bravado Racing Drift Camo $38,700

16. Skirts

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Due to their subtlety, it took me a while to realize how they significantly improved a car’s aerodynamic performance. These are trim panels attached on each side of the car right beneath the driver and passenger’s side doors.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Skirts $2500
Custom Skirts $5500
Low Skirts $8000
Street Skirts $10,500
Sport Skirts $14,000
Carbon Skirts $14,500

17. Roofs

As far as roofs are concerned, there aren’t a lot of options with the Banshee 900 R. You can either go with the stock rood or take it down to enjoy the breeze (not my thing though).

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Roof $200
No Roof $700

18. Spoilers

I give great weight to a car’s spoilers as I consider them be a “personality” trait. But if you don’t agree with me, just know that they also add to the car’s aerodynamics, making up for its fragile suspension.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
None $6000
High-Level Spoiler $7050
Mid Level Spoiler $10,000
Drift Wing $13,000
High-Level GT Wing $14,000
Extreme Downforce BGW $16,000
Tramac Attack Wing $16,500

19. Suspension

The only way your car is going to be able to traverse different terrains is if it has a smooth suspension. However, you’ll want a rigid suspension if you’re traveling on some smooth asphalt – I find myself driving on asphalt most of the time, so it works for me.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Suspension $200
Lowered Suspension $1000
Street Suspension $2000
Sport Suspension $3400

20. Tailgates

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You can also amp up your style with a better tailgate.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Tailgate $200
Smoothed Rear Decklid $750
Bolt-on Ducktail Decklid $1340
Smoothed Carbon Decklid $1650
Full Carbon Decklid & Panels $3000

21. Transmission

If you really want to stay ahead on the streets, you need a flawless transmission that will reduce the time for switching between gears. This way, you’ll be able to accelerate and reach top speed in no time. Here are a few options for you to try out.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
Stock Transmission $1000
Street Transmission $29,500
Sports Transmission $32,500
Race Transmission $40,000

22. Turbo

If you really want to race through the streets of Los Santos, you need to equip your ride with turbo. Although expensive, I have personally found the investment to be absolutely worth it – don’t hesitate and go for it as soon as you financially can.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
None $5000
Turbo Tuning $50,000

23. Windows

Windows may not mean much to you, but I’ve noticed that a window change does the trick whenever I get bored of my car’s appearance.

Upgrade Cost In GTA Online
None $500
Light Smoke $1500
Dark Smoke $3500
Limo $5000

Alternatives to the Banshee 900R

If you can’t afford the Banshee 900R due to the total net cost of around 650,000 dollars, including the stock Banshee, then fret not! You can check out a few alternative cars in GTA Online that could satisfy your need for speed.

Elegy RH8

Elegy RH8
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The Elegy is one of the cheapest cars in GTA online in terms of its price-to-performance ratio. At just 95,000 dollars, players get access to a car that performs incredibly well for the price point.

The Elegy checks all the boxes, offering you enhanced speed, handling, and acceleration and compatibility with all kinds of terrain. But of course, I won’t sugarcoat the fact that its braking is quite concerning, for which you need to make a trip to the Los Santos Customs. Overall, I perceive the car as an all-rounder that’s great at going fast but doesn’t slow down all that well.

Pegassi Monroe

You could look at the Pegassi Monroe, which is a tad cheaper than the Banshee at just 490,000 dollars. It’s one of the best speedsters in the classic sports car category, easily topping off at around a fast 122 miles per hour.

In a nutshell, this is how I would sell it to you: if you want a car that looks classy and old school while being a beast on the streets, then the Monroe is just the car you’re looking for!

Schafter V12

Schafter V12
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If you’re like a certain someone I know who doesn’t care about the class of their car, then you could go for a sedan that is equally fast as a tricked-out Banshee 900R. Like the Banshee 900R, the Schafter V12 tops out at 124 miles per hour, costing around 100,000 dollars.

I firmly believe it’s by far the fastest Sedan, and you can regularly find it on the top of leaderboards. It checks all your speeding needs at only a sixth of the 900R’s price point.


Question: How Much Is The Banshee 900R?

Answer: The Banshee 900 R comes with a price tag of $565,000, although if you account for the pre-requisite stock Bravado Banshee, the total goes up to $670,000.

Question: What Is The Banshee 900R In Real Life?

Answer: The 900R’s design is based on the Dodge Viper, Mazda RX-7, Hennessey Viper Venom 1000, and the Aston Martin DB9.

Question: How Fast Is The Banshee 900R Fully Upgraded?

Answer: The Banshee 900R has a top speed of 124 miles per hour with an EMS Engine Upgrade 4.

Banshee 900R Guide: Conclusion

And that’s pretty much all that you need to know about the wide-body variant of the Bravado Banshee 900R. To sum it up, the upgrade allows you access to better performance customization options as well as a ridiculous amount of cosmetic upgrades. Some more investment and you can turn the Bravado Banshee into something greater – as a fan of the original; I approve of the 900R!

We’ve got many more guides lined up for you on Grand Theft Fans, so check them out as they’re catered specifically to die-hard GTA fans. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to our other guides!

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