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Dilettante
KarinDilettante-GTAV-Front
A Dilettante in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view).
Vehicle class (GTA V) Compacts
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 4-door hatchback
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Online
Manufacturer Karin
Price $25,000 (Southernsanandreassuperautos.com)
Related vehicle(s) Security Car
"The best hybrid in its class. Includes a nifty dashboard screen with animations showing you how much gas you are saving, while completely ignoring the thousand pounds of toxic batteries on board. Go green!"
Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description.

The Karin Dilettante is a hybrid electric four-door liftback featured in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto V.

Design

"Bad plus good equals better for everyone."
―Slogan for the Dilettante

The Dilettante is a compact four-door liftback that is largely based on the second generation Toyota Prius sold between 1997-2001 in Japan and 2000-2003 in European and American markets. However, it has headlights from a Citroën C4, and a body shape that is more similar to the Honda Insight, with its lower roofline over the rear seat area. The taillights are very similar to that of the Buick Rendezvous. The Vehicle itself has a large windscreen which is at a similar angle as the hood. The styling is very uniform, with many straight lines flowing throughout the body of the car, uninterrupted. However, the flared wheel arches are very exaggerated which give the car depth. According to advertisements in the game, a new Dilettante starts at $39,999.

Performance

The Dilettante is powered by an electric motor and an internal combustion engine at the same time in with a 5 speed automatic in GTA IV, and an electric motor at very low speeds, and an internal combustion engine for most of the time with a CVT in GTA V. Despite having two sources of power, the Dilettante accelerates very slowly, and transmission choice doesn't make a difference. It has a top speed which is among the lowest in the game. The Dilettante, due to the dreadful turning radius, understeers at moderate-to-high speeds. The suspension is fairly soft, thus allowing the car to bounce around on rough roads. The engine in GTA V is noticeably quieter than that found in GTA IV.

It has considerably weak bodywork, as even low speed crashes can result in major body deformation. It is also severely affected by bullets. It is noticeably more rigid in GTA V than its GTA IV counterpart. 

Gallery

GTA IV

GTA V

Variants

  • In GTA V, Merryweather Security personnel drive Dilettantes with unique white paint jobs and the word Security painted on the sides. This variant cannot be modified at a Los Santos Customs shop, for the only option available is to repair the vehicle.

Locations

Dilettante-GTA4-Stevie-front

The Dilettante requested in Stevie's Car Thefts.

GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City

GTA V

Trivia

  • The word dilettante means a dabbler in fine arts, or a connoisseur. It can also mean amateurish or superficial, the latter meaning playing into the stereotype of hybrid owners as caring more about being perceived as eco-friendly than actually trying to help the environment (as is suggested in the advertisement for the car).
  • Unlike other vehicles advertised on the radio, the Dilettante is the first advertised vehicle to be made available to the player.
  • The two default radio stations in the Dilettante are:
  • At the end of the Dilettante advertisement on the Rockstar website the car is caved in at the front despite it being "new".
  • A green Dilettante identical to the billboard one can occasionally spawn in front of the Leftwood police station in the mission To Live and Die in Alderney.
  • On the CNT TV station the Dilettante is advertised in a commercial after I'm Rich.
  • The Dilettante in GTA V, is an electric car, until you accelerate faster, and its gasoline engine will rev up.
  • In GTA V, there is a Merryweather variant of the Dilettante that can appear around Los Santos. In multiplayer, it cannot be insured, or stored in the player's garage. It can only be repaired, and the only modifications for it are explosives. It can be sold to Los Santos Customs for up to $2,500.
  • In GTA V, the Dilettante can go quite fast when in reverse.
  • At night, the Merryweather variant can be found in Vinewood Hills.
  • It is the first hybrid in the series, along with the Surge, and the Khamelion.
  • According to a sponsor on Fame or Shame, the Dilettante has a range of 10 miles. This fact is ignored in-game, however, as the vehicle may be driven indefinitely.
  • It is the largest car in the Compacts class.

Notable Owners

  • Lazlow Jones owns a red Dilettante seen in the mission Fame or Shame. Although its engine was supposedly overheated and running out of battery, if Michael gets into the car, you switch into another protagonist and switch back, the Dilettante will suddenly be back to normal and drivable.

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