In Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes, 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 1997/1998 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. It can be found in the Hove Beach area in Broker, Liberty City. The Chavos may or may not have a black-tinted roof, similar to that of the Imponte DF8-90.
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) [ ].
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.
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GTA: 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.
- Usually found around Hove Beach, Broker.
- Sometimes found around Chinatown, Algonquin.
- Sometimes found around Middle Park, Algonquin.
- Occasionally found all around Bohan.
- Rarely found all around Alderney.
- Spawns most right after waking up in the Hove Beach Safehouse without getting into any other vehicle (besides other Chavos' of course)
GTA: Chinatown Wars
- Common around Midtown Gang territory. Also around Bohan.
- "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:
- The Chavos 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.
- It shares the rim design with the Pinnacle.
- Its engine sound and horn are shared with the Sentinel and Sultan RS.
- All Chavoses come with alarms.
- If the player takes Vlad's Blista Compact in the mission Ivan The Not So Terrible and puts it in the parking spot, the car will be replaced by a red Chavos.
- MK GT9, the tuned version of the Chavos in GTA Chinatown Wars.
- Kuruma, GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories equivalent.
- Asterope, GTA V equivalent.