"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.


Grand Theft Auto IV

"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 from 2003 (model year 2004) to 2009. 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 tail lights are very similar to that of the 2003 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.

Grand Theft Auto V

For Grand Theft Auto V, the Dilettante retains the same design and qualities as before, only that the rear end had minor tweaks on the badges.

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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, coupled with a 5-speed automatic gearbox in a FWD configuration.

Despite having two sources of power, the Dilettante accelerates very slowly, and transmission choice does not 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

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 81 / 130 5 N/A FWD 1400 / 3086
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A 5 FF V8 (Cover) FWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Dilettante is powered by an electric motor at under 40 mph (64 km/h), then an internal combustion engine for most of the time with a single speed (CVT) as standard. The car's combustion engine is also noticeable in terms of sound, with a unique, roary tone.

The Dilettante has a pretty decent acceleration, considering it's class. It takes about 7,1 seconds to get to 60 mph. The top speed is 90 mph.

The car in GTA V is noticeably quicker than that found in GTA IV. The car is more manageable than the Prairie, especially when turning at low to moderate speeds. However, it has considerably weak bodywork, as even low speed crashes can result in major body deformation. It is also severely affected by bullets. As per the majority of vehicles transitioning from GTA IV to GTA V, it is noticeably more rigid.

GTA V Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
N/A 80 / 130 1 N/A FWD 1400 / 3086 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 130 / 209 1 Hybrid (Website) FWD 1400 / 3086 N/A
7.53 seconds 84 / 136 1 FF V8 (Cover)
Electric motor (Under 40 mph/64 kmh)
RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

Note that only the civilian version can be modified. The security version can only be repaired and modified with explosives.

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online)
Armor No Armor $100 $200
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 Stock Brakes $100 $200
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
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $100 $200
Xenon Lights $300 $3,000
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $3,125
Plates Blue on White 1 $50 $200
Blue on White 2 $50 $200
Blue on White 3 $50 $200
Yellow on Blue $75 $300
Yellow on Black $150 $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors - -
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $2,500
Suspension Stock Suspension $100 $200
Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Stock Transmission $100 $200
Street Transmission $2,950 $5,900
Sports Transmission $3,250 $6,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $8,000
Turbo None $500 $1,000
Turbo Tuning $2,500 $30,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels - -
Windows None $100 $500
Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • A Dilettante is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, appearing with a unique beechwood brown body. As a new Dilettante will respawn at the same spot until the player delivers one to S&M Auto Sales, the player can save one at their safehouse before delivering another.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • A patrol/security variant of the Dilettante is used by Merryweather Security guards. This version comes in a white paint job with blue stripes on the sides, featuring the Merryweather emblem and "Patrol Protection Officer" on the sides. It also features a Wiwang two way radio in its dashboard, not present in the standard version (which is also used by the GTA V Police Cruisers). In Grand Theft Auto Online, it cannot be insured or stored in the player's garage.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Stevie's Car Thefts - The Dilettante is one of the 30 vehicles wanted by the Stevie's Car Thefts in the side-mission of the same name.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Notable Owners


Grand Theft Auto IV

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • It spawns near a construction crane, which is targeted to be exploded in the mission Bang Bang.

Grand Theft Auto V



Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto Online



  • 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 environment during mining and processing of the battery cells.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Interestingly enough, the floor mats inside the Dilettante read "Vapid", yet the vehicle is manufactured by Karin, not Vapid.
  • 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 audio files for the radio advert for the Dilettante misspell the car as "Dilantante".

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