The Chavos, manufactured by Dinka, is loosely based on the 2003-2007 Honda Accord. Alas the car also shares 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 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.
PerformanceThe 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 good (0-60 m/ph in 7.7 seconds) and giving it a high top speed of 185 m/ph (299 k/ph).
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 compliant, but it won't be flipped by curbs and other road hazards. And if in a collision the cabin holds up well, but the roof does take some deformation. The trade off with the suspension is that emergency handling is poor, and steering feel sometimes is vague, lowering driver confidence, plus on the highway if one were to take the exit to fast, the rear end can slide out.
- 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 Broker Safehouse without getting into any other vehicle (besides other Chavos' of course)
GTA Chinatown Wars
- Common around Midtown Gang territory. Also 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 soccer related) and Burberry caps.
- The car effectively replaces the previous Kuruma from GTA III and GTA LCS, which is also based on Honda Accord. The same also goes to Feroci.
- In GTA IV, the two default radio stations in the Chavos are The Beat 102.7 and The Classics 104.1, but the pedestrians in Hove Beach listen to Vladivostok FM.
- It shares the rim design with the Pinnacle.
- It's engine sound and horn is shared with the Sentinel.
- All Chavos 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.
- The RWD drivetrain is clearly unrealistic, as Honda Accord is FWD.
- MK GT9, the tuned version of the Chavos in GTA Chinatown Wars.
- Kuruma, GTA III and LCS equivalent.
- Asterope, GTA V equivalent.