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The Dinka Chavos is a four-door sedan found in Grand Theft Auto IV and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

Design

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City, the Chavos is loosely based on the 2003-2007 Honda Accord, but the car also shares several cues with numerous other mid-size sedans. The front is based on the Nissan 200SX (S14), also known as the Nissan Silvia S14 Kouki. It is also thought to resemble a 1999-2004 Peugeot 406, but the look is less evident judging by the bumper. The sides look like a Acura TSX; the back looks somewhat based on that of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII and subsequent CT9A models, though the Chavos has no rear spoiler. It can also be interpreted that the rear fascia bears a large resemblance to a 1996-1997 Toyota Tercel.

The Chavos may or may not have a black-tinted roof, similar to that of the Imponte DF8-90. The vehicle is equipped with a GPS system with a female voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu. In game, it shares the rim design with the Pinnacle. Curiously, all Chavos come with alarms.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the Chavos assumes a boxy, 1980s-style body design, similar to the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City rendition of Sentinel and GTA IV Hakumai which both are based on a 1987-1991 Honda Accord.

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Performance

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Chavos (bearing a VO5 badge) is powered by what appears to be a high-displacement V6 coupled to a 5 speed automatic gearbox in a RWD configuration. Power is slightly above most other sedans in the game, making acceleration above average (0-60 mph in 7.7 seconds) and giving it a high top speed of 185 mph (299 km/h) [citation/verification needed].

The vehicle has a very soft suspension and body roll is evident. There is noticeable under-steer which may catch inexperienced drivers off guard. With enough effort though, this can translate to drifting, not to say easy and professional looking ones. In the hands of a good driver, this can make up for its weak construction as it can drift around corners at speed while pursuers may have to slow down.

Due to the soft front suspension, not only is the ride comfortable, but the car won't easily be flipped by curbs and other road hazards. In a collision, the cabin holds up well, but the roof does deform a bit. The trade off with the suspension is that handling is poor in extreme driving, and steering feel sometimes is vague, lowering driver confidence. The car is also prone to fishtailing at high speeds. Its engine sound and horn are shared with the Sentinel and Sultan RS.

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FR DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model)

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
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RWD

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Gears (Tested)
5

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In GTA CTW, the vehicle has very downgraded performance. Acceleration is underwhelming, but it has a decent top speed. Coupled with average brakes and mundane handling, it's a good car to drive around calmly around the city, but it's not good for missions.

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Variants

  • A blue-and-gray variant of the Chavos is used as a gang car for the Korean Midtown Gang in GTA Chinatown Wars.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • Common around Midtown Gang territory. Also around Bohan.

Trivia

General

  • "Chavos" is a slang term for "Money" and young men. "Chav" is also a slang term for British youths, who typically wear tracksuits (often football related) and Burberry caps.
  • In Max Payne 3, a police car is based entirely on a Chavos, albeit with similar headlights.
  • The default radio stations in the Chavos are:

Grand Theft Auto IV

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