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The Benson as a sport car in GTA 1.
The Benson as a truck in GTA Vice City.

The Benson is a sports car which first appeared in Grand Theft Auto 2. The name was then applied to a cube van/truck in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City onwards.

In all, the Benson has appeared in the following games:




A Benson with its lights on in GTA 2.

In Grand Theft Auto 2, the Benson is a sports car. It is suggestively based on the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, evidenced by the Benson's similar body design, as well as gull-wing doors and the name of the Benson being similar to the Mercedes-Benz car brand. The only difference is the 300SL doesn't feature split frontal and rear windscreens, as the Benson has.

GTA Vice City — GTA Vice City Stories

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Benson resembles a 1978 or 1979 Ford (E-Series) cube van with a "luton" cargo compartment. In San Andreas, it is available in several different designs, and appears in red and blue body in Vice City Stories.

The Benson in GTA San Andreas, however, has the wrong engine sound, as it has a heavy truck sound but should have the light/medium truck sound. In the PC version (v1.00) this can be changed by swapping it (the shape and texture files) with the Yankee in IMG Tool 2.0 [1], and changing the handling (in handling.cfg), colors (in carcols.dat) and names etc. around.


A Benson in GTA IV (Rear quarter view).

Manufactured by Vapid in Grand Theft Auto IV, the Benson is much larger and is the heaviest car in the game, according to the game files. The GTA IV Benson also has less tendency to roll over. It has a bottler truck body-style, though certain versions (such as the mail truck) don't emphasize its function. The cab resembles an 1989-2001 International 4000 Series, the design, however, is much different than the Brute Securicar which is also based on the same truck series. The engine is an intercooled V8. Unlike previous versions, the GTA IV Benson has a massive grille guard. The companies featured on the Benson are Burger Shot, Cluckin' Bell, Sprunk, Mr. Wong's Laundrette, Post Op and Truck You!.



The Benson in GTA 2 is noted for its substantially good top speed, but suffers from delayed acceleration due to slow gear shifting as the car speeds up. And while the car features good braking, the Benson suffers from occasional tailspins when cornering at high speeds.

When crushed, the vehicle awards the player ElectroFingers.

GTA Vice City — GTA Vice City Stories

Being the smallest cube van between GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Benson has a decent top speed and quick acceleration, and has room for 2 people including the driver and is the in the GTA III era games. However, it is prone to flipping over easily on rough terrain and when turning around corners at high speeds. It has no special features.

Players can even do doughnuts in it by steering it in the slightest possible angle (almost straight) and, naturally, putting the virtual foot to the floor. This can be done on the PC by using an analog controller (such as a PS2 controller through a USB converter), but not with the keyboard due to a cap on the number of simultaneous key strokes that can be excepted.


Being a enlarged truck in GTA IV, the Benson obviously suffers from poor steering, as well as a slow acceleration, although its top speed is average. In addition, it weight does not help when the player needs to stop the vehicle while it is in a high speeds.



GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
  • Commonly spawns in the industrial areas of Los Santos.
GTA Vice City Stories

Additional images

GTA San Andreas variations

See also

  • Big Bends, a car comparable to the GTA 2 rendition of the Benson.

This article uses material from the "Benson" article on the GTA wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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