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"It may look like a sturdy, affordable minivan with high seating capacity and low build quality. Sure. Its manufacturers were happy with a complete lack of features and utter disregard for good looks. But mindless acceptance of obvious facts did not make this country what it is today. Forget about what the Moonbeam is, and start thinking about what a stunted adolescent with thousands of dollars can pay for it to be. Eligible for customization at Benny's Original Motor Works."
Benny's Original Motor Works description.

The Moonbeam is a four-door minivan featured in every game of the franchise since Grand Theft Auto III, with the exception of Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and the standard editions of Grand Theft Auto V. It was added to Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Lowriders update for the enhanced versions only. It is manufactured by Declasse in the HD Universe.

Design

3D Universe

"Good for big families. Or large gang of criminals."
GTA Vice City Website
Between Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Moonbeam is straightforwardly modeled after a 1985—1994 Chevrolet Astro/1985—1994 GMC Safari, but it has tall tail lights. The Grand Theft Auto: Vice City version's tail lights are similar to those found on 1992-1994 Ford Econoline vans (although it was changed in the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas rendition, having only red lights). Some versions of the Moonbeam have rear fog lights attached to the rear bumper. Minor cosmetic changes have been made throughout its appearances, but the van has generally retained its bulky 1980s design, making it unattractive in all its appearances. Whilst the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories rendition of the Moonbeam is based on that of GTA III, the GTA Vice City Stories rendition adopts the design of the GTA Liberty City Stories or GTA III rendition, instead of the usual GTA Vice City rendition.

During development of GTA III, the van was originally known as the "Aster", a clear reference to the Chevrolet Astro name. The van is depicted in the Capital Autos website.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Moonbeam (now with a Declasse manufacturer badge) is still based on a 1985—1994 Chevrolet Astro/1985—1994 GMC Safari but the front end has been greatly altered, incorporating more realistic detailing and design cues, as well as supporting one-tone or two-tone body colors. The tail lights share their textures with the Bobcat and resemble those of the KK Jeep Liberty.

The Moonbeam can be found in several different configurations; stock passenger or conversion; with optional rear-mounted continental tire and ladder (conversion), elevated aero roof (conversion), roof-mounted luggage bars (stock and low-roof conversion), a custom billet grille that covers the headlamps, and either one of two types of side scuffs. Conversion Moonbeams may also be found with panels in place of rear quarter windows.

Most of the lower half of the bodywork is painted in a primary color around the vehicle, while the secondary color is applied to the upper half and the lower trimmings of the vehicle.

Grand Theft Auto Online

This article or section refers to "enhanced version" content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V and/or Grand Theft Auto Online, that is absent on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.
V

The Moonbeam appears in the original shape and design as the latter appearance, however it appears with multiple advanced modifications fitted, and sliding door panels are seen apparent on the side of the vehicle. Paint scheme remains identical to its GTA IV iteration.

Unlike its previous iteration, the Moonbeam no longer has the accesories and instead, they were carried over its custom variant.

Current Design Gallery


Version History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

Moonbeams between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories all possess similar handling properties. Performance is poor, due to the under-powered engines, rear wheel drive layouts (Moonbeams in GTA III and Vice City are front-wheel drive), heavy bodies, soft suspension, and high center of gravity (leading to a tendency to flip on rough terrains); as a result, the Moonbeam is generally unsuitable for high-speed driving and has little practical use aside its fundamental function as a mode of transport. In GTA San Andreas it's one of the worst vehicles, as not only does the vehicle have bad performance, it also has a bad build quality and low durability. The Moonbeam only holds a maximum of four occupants.

3D Universe Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 93 / 150 5 Diesel FWD (GTA III, GTA VC)
RWD (GTA SA - GTA VCS)
2000 / 4409
Observed
N/A N/A 5 N/A FWD (GTA III, GTA VC)
RWD (GTA SA - GTA VCS)
Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The GTA IV rendition of the Moonbeam is powered by a modeled V8 engine and features a rear wheel drive layout, however its lack of power makes this characteristic negligible; the Moonbeam drives as slowly as its predecessors, and still suffers from understeer. Frustratingly, the Moonbeam fails to withstand a large amount of damage, as its large size would suggest.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 81 / 130 5 N/A RWD 2500 / 5512
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Moonbeam is powered by an FR single overhead camshaft V8 capable of moving it at an average top speed. Since the vehicle has a minivan-style body, it weighs a bit less than other industrial-style vans, and as a result has decent acceleration. Unfortunately, this costs it in terms of durability and traction. Poor weight distribution and the high, soft suspension causes heavy oversteer while cornering. Even though the Moonbeam is a van, it is classified by the game as a muscle car for races.

Unlike other vehicles similar to its size, such as the Minivan, the Moonbeam's lively engine and transmission work hard at propelling the vehicle off the line quickly, resulting in a long burnout from the rear wheels and yielding an impressive 0-60 time for its size. Although its handling is quick and responsive; unlike other vehicles similar to its size, the Moonbeam is prone to suffer from extreme oversteer during hard cornering, even at relatively low speeds. Traction is acceptable given its RWD drivetrain, and braking is on par with other vehicles it competes against. The Moonbeam is a decent getaway vehicle in terms of its top speed and acceleration thanks to its brisk engine and transmission, but players should be very cautious while cornering hard, especially during a hot pursuit.

The Moonbeam shares a similar sound with sports sedans like the Tailgater and Schafter.

GTA Online Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 78 / 125 4 N/A RWD 2400 / 5291 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 140 / 225 4 N/A RWD 2404 / 5300 N/A
Observed
10.2 Seconds 105 / 169 4 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
Moonbeam-GTAV-RSCStats
Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • The Moonbeam can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Medium Exhaust $ 200
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Spoilers Drag $ 200
Worx $ 200
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Grand Theft Auto Online

Category Modification Cost Image
Upgrade: Benny's Original Motor WorksB Moonbeam Custom $370,000
Armor No Armor $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $50,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $1,000
Street Brakes $20,000
Sport Brakes $27,000
Race Brakes $35,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $33,500
Explosives Ignition Bomb $5,000
Remote Bomb $7,500
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $600
Xenon Lights $7,500
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker
Full Coverage
Plates Blue on White 1 $200
Blue on White 2 $200
Blue on White 3 $200
Yellow on Blue $300
Yellow on Black $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors -
Sell Sell Vehicle
Suspension Stock Suspension $200
Lowered Suspension $1,000
Street Suspension $2,000
Sport Suspension $3,400
Competition Suspension $4,400
Transmission Stock Transmission $1,000
Street Transmission $29,500
Sports Transmission $32,500
Race Transmission $40,000
Turbo None $5,000
Turbo Tuning $50,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels -
Windows None $500
Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000
B Only available at Benny's Original Motor Works.

Image Gallery

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto Online

Variants

Moonbeam Custom

Grand Theft Auto Online
MoonbeamCustom-GTAO-front
The Moonbeam Custom in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)

The Moonbeam Custom is a custom variant of the Moonbeam, which features highly-advanced modifications, and hydraulics enabled, not present on the standard Moonbeam.


Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • A Moonbeam is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, appearing with a uniquely black and red body. As a new Moonbeam 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.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

Import/Export - The Moonbeam is one of the 23 vehicles wanted for the Portland Island portion of the Import/Export side mission.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Stevie's Car Thefts - The Moonbeam is one of the 30 vehicles wanted by the Stevie's Car Thefts in the side-mission of the same name.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can be purchased from Benny's Original Motor Works Website for $32,500 (enhanced version only).
  • The Road Captain of a Motorcycle Club can request a Moonbeam for club use in free mode for $1000. This version has bulletproof tires and bullet-resistant front and rear glass.

Rewards

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Moonbeam fetching $2,200.

Trivia

General

  • The Moonbeam plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The Moonbeam may get its name due to the real-life variant Chevrolet Astro, as they both share names with astronomical themes. This is also further proven by the beta name, the Aster.
  • The 3D Universe Moonbeam also bear resemblance to Suzuki APV, a compact minivan exclusive to Japan and parts of Asia. However, this may be anachronistic as the Suzuki APV was not introduced until 2003, well after the events of all 3D Universe games.

Grand Theft Auto III

  • The Moonbeam was originally planned to have sliding rear doors, although technical limitations in GTA III made it impossible.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • The Moonbeam in GTA Vice City, along with the game's Bobcat, is one of the earliest vehicles in the series to physically depict its name; sporting a "MOONBEAM" badge on its trunk lid.
  • In the beta for GTA Vice City, the Moonbeam was originally implied, just as planned originally for GTA III, to have sliding rear doors. However, the limitations still existed. Sliding doors were not added until GTA V.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Driving a Moonbeam into the TransFender in Las Venturas will cause the vehicle to spawn on top of the garage but underneath the roof, trapping the player and the vehicle. At this point the player can only escape by blowing themselves up, re-loading the game's save file, or re-loading the game itself.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Moonbeam is equipped with the "door ajar" bong when the driver's door is opened.
  • It is impossible to do a burnout with the Moonbeam, possibly due to the excessively heavy weight, in conjunction with the highly-underpowered engine.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Despite being a van, the Moonbeam is classified as a muscle car, most likely due to having visual upgrades available on other cars in the update.
  • The addition of the Moonbeam and its modification options in GTA Online references the Astro/Safari van's popularity in the lowrider scene.
  • Unless the player owns a regular Moonbeam as a personal vehicle, it will not be listed in muscle car races.
    • The custom variant however, is. This is also the only vehicle in the GTA Online: Lowriders update that is not included in the creator.

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