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"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!"
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

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


"Bad plus good equals better for everyone. Chicks love electric gadgets."
―Slogan for the Dilettante

The Dilettante is a compact four-door liftback that is largely based on the second generation Toyota Prius sold between 2003-2009 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 GTA IV, a new Dilettante starts at $39,999.

The Dilettante is said to have an interior dashboard screen, similar to the real Toyota Prius. However, there is no actual dashboard screen in-game. The Dilettante is equipped with a GPS system with a male voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.

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Current Design Gallery

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Grand Theft Auto IV

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, then an internal combustion engine for most of the time with a CVT as standard. 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.

GTA IV Overview

(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Layout/Type/Decal Detail)
(Number + Type)
(Kg / lb)


Top Speed (Handling.dat)
Top Speed (Tested)

4-cylinder hybrid
Gasoline + Electricity

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
Drivetrain (Tested)

Gears (Handling.dat)
Gears (Tested)


Grand Theft Auto V


Dilettante Stats on Rockstar Social Club.

The car in GTA V is noticeably quicker than that found in GTA IV. However, the car is more managable than the Bollokan Prairie, especially when turning at low to moderate speeds. The combustion engine is also more noticeable in terms of sound, with a unique, almost 'odd firing', roary tone, alongside its single speed (CVT) gearbox.

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. 

GTA V Overview

Source Acceleration
(0 - 60mph / 0 - 100km/h)
Top Speed
(mph / km/h)
Engine Details
(Cubic Capacity/Layout/Type)
Number + Type
(Kg / lb)

(i.e. Game data definitions, or claimed in-game.) (Claimed Top Speeds)

n/a 80 / 130 (Handling.dat)
130 / 209 (Website)


FWD (Handling.dat + Website)

1 (Handling.dat + Website)

1400 / 3086 (Handling.dat + Website)

(i.e. recorded/tested using in-game data.) (Observed Top Speeds & Acceleration Times)

7.5 seconds 90 / 144

4-cylinder hybrid
Gasoline + Electricity



Mass cannot be observed.


Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $500 $4,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500 $21,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000 $30,000
Brakes Street Brakes $2,000 $4,000
Sport Brakes $2,700 $5,400
Race Brakes $3,500 $7,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $6,700
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $3,125
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $2,500
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Turbo Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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Patrol Dilettante

In GTA V, Merryweather Security personnel drive Dilettantes with unique white paint jobs with blue stripes and the word "Patrol" painted on the sides, as well as the Merryweather emblem. It features a Wiwang two way radio in its dashboard, absent in the standard version (which is also used by the GTA V Police Cruisers).

In Online, it cannot be insured or stored in the player's garage. It can only be repaired, and the only modifications for it are explosives, making it a worthless vehicle to modify. It can be sold to Los Santos Customs for up to $2,500.

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, and the player switch into another protagonist and switch back, the Dilettante will suddenly be back to normal and drivable.
  • Big Boy, the DJ of Radio Los Santos, owns a modified Dilettante that has Hydraulics.
  • Merryweather owns white and blue Dilettantes with a "patrol" decal as their security cars.


Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V



  • The default radio stations in the Dilettante are:
  • In Italian, 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).
  • The statement about toxic batteries for the Dilettante refers to the Toyota Prius having their batteries causing damage to the enviroment during mining and processing of the battery cells.
  • Unlike other vehicles advertised on the radio, the Dilettante is the first advertised vehicle to be made available to the player.
  • At the end of the Dilettante advertisement on the Rockstar website the car is caved in at the front despite it being "new".

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

  • 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.
  • The number listed in the Merryweather Dilettante is "1-999-GUARDME" (1-999-4827363). However, the number is useless.

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