"Is it a truck? Is it a golf cart? Is it a bathtub on wheels? It's whatever you want it to be. The Kalahari is a super-lightweight off-road utility vehicle used by the French army, which possibly explains why they're always so late to everything."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Canis Kalahari is a small, hardtop utility and off-roading truck featured in the Beach Bum Update for Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online, with a topless variant available after the Last Team Standing Update is installed.

Design

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Kalahari is based on the 1968-1987 Citroën Méhari (specifically the original French model due to the flatter front), with some cues from the Citroën Pony. The headlamps seem to be derived from the BMW E30 (E32, E34).

The vehicle is depicted as a small truck with a lightweight bodywork, where the front end features a small extender/sump guard on the lower side, as well as a small bumper with the license plate on the centre. The upper area is occupied by a black central grille, which extends towards the bumper area and has a wider horizontal separation, while the outer edges are occupied by inset panels that house twin circular headlamps on the front end and rectangular amber lights on the front quarters. The bonnet is relatively tall and bears silver "CANIS" lettering on the front and the manufacturer emblem on the upper side.

The sides of the car are relatively simple, featuring flared arches and various horizontal details running across the car, with a dedicated section for the doors. A set of square-shaped mirrors can be seen on either side of the windscreen base, while the area behind the cabin is occupied by a small bed, whose upper surfaces use the same details as on the sides.

The rear end features a set of circular tail lamps that are similar to the ones from the Mesa, while the central tailgate bears the silver "CANIS" lettering on the left, the manufacturer emblem on the right and the license plate on the centre. A small black exhaust is seen on the lower side.

In the original versions of the game, the Kalahari has a beige/light brown dashboard with black seats. In the enhanced version of the game, however, the Kalahari receives a full beige-colored interior shared with the Bodhi, albeit cleaner in appearance.

The vehicle may spawn either with an open top or with a set of extra pillars behind the cabin area and black frames above the cabin and truck bed. The same supports may also have either a black soft top or a black soft top with enclosed bed and rear windows, resulting in four different variations. The vehicle only has access to a single colour applied on the body and uses a set of white plain rims with four bolt details around, wrapped in medium-profile tyres with narrow track width.

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Performance

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The Kalahari performs quite well, having a nice top speed and acceleration, it also fairs well off road. While this vehicle has good acceleration, its top speed is not up to par when it comes to competing against other faster vehicles. Furthermore, its thin tire profiles makes it less desirable for off-roading purposes. The Kalahari is great for doing stunt jumps as its incredibly light weight allows it to travel great distances in the air. It is also very nimble due to its size and thin tires.

The car is powered by a modeled turbocharged Inline-4, coupled with a 4-speed gearbox in a front engine, all wheel drive layout. Its engine sound is rather unique, somewhat resembling the ones from cars like the Jackal and the modern Police Cruiser, with slight similarities to the ones from vehicles such as the Bagger and the Hot Rod Blazer.

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Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
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Gears Engine Drivetrain
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N/A 75 / 120 4 N/A AWD
50% FWD
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800 / 1764 70
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N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
8.20 Seconds 84.0 / 135.1 4 F4 DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Speed
64.386162%
Acceleration
65%
Braking
33.333336%
Traction
53.939396%

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online) Image
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
Bumpers Stock Front Bumper $250 $500
Matte Black Bullbar $500 $1,000
Secondary Matte Black Bullbar $750 $1,500
Stock Rear Bumper $250 $500
Matte Black Rear Bumper $500 $1,000
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
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $130 $260
Straight Exit Exhaust $375 $750
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Hoods Stock Hood $150 $300
Spare Tire $325 $650
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 Too Hot
Full Coverage N/A Too Hot
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 Too Hot
Skirts Stock Skirts $300 $600
Matte Black Side Steps $415 $830
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
  • * Window tint is applied on part of the windshield for all versions, although only the enclosed one may have the tint on the rear windows as well.

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Special Variants

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In the enhanced version, pre-modified Kalaharis may spawn in beach areas, like the Bifta. They usually spawn with accesories intended for off-roading, including custom off-road tyres. Aside from the color schemes, at least one example has a unique customization set, including a spare tyre on the hood.

Beach Modded DLC 1
File Color Set Window Tint? Livery? Mod Kit
1 36 0 88 140
No No • ­Front Bumper: Secondary Matte Black Bullbar

• ­Rear Bumper: Matte Black Rear Bumper

• ­Wheels: Cairngorm

• ­Hood: Spare Tire

• ­Skirts: Matte Black Side Steps

Beach Modded DLC 1
File Color Set Window Tint? Livery? Mod Kit
1 81 12 35 44
No No • ­Front Bumper: Secondary Matte Black Bullbar

• ­Rear Bumper: Matte Black Rear Bumper

• ­Exhaust: Straight Exit Exhaust

• ­Wheels: Mudslinger

• ­Skirts: Matte Black Side Steps

Beach Modded DLC 2
File Color Set Window Tint? Livery? Mod Kit
1 125 0 70 81
No No • ­Front Bumper: Secondary Matte Black Bullbar

• ­Rear Bumper: Matte Black Rear Bumper

• ­Exhaust: Straight Exit Exhaust

• ­Wheels: Mudslinger

• ­Skirts: Matte Black Side Steps

Beach Modded DLC 2
File Color Set Window Tint? Livery? Mod Kit
1 119 0 135 89
No No • ­Front Bumper: Secondary Matte Black Bullbar

• ­Rear Bumper: Matte Black Rear Bumper

• ­Exhaust: Straight Exit Exhaust

• ­Wheels: Mudslinger

• ­Skirts: Matte Black Side Steps

Locations

Grand Theft Auto V

Original Version
  • Available at the player's garage.
Enhanced Version

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Available in a hardtop variant on Southern San Andreas Super Autos for $40,000 after the Beach Bum Update is installed, and a topless variant on the same website for $51,000 after the Last Team Standing Update is installed.
  • Can be rarely spawned at the beach in North Chumash, usually pre-modified. Entering the vehicle will result the player being immediately kicked out of the car and locking it, preventing access. (Enhanced version)

Trivia

General

  • The name refers to the Kalahari desert and thus it implies that the truck has good off-road abilities (although its in-game handling proves otherwise). Interestingly enough, the Citroën Mehari was sold in a color called Kalahari Beige.
  • In the Southern San Andreas Super Autos description, it is stated that the Kalahari is still being used by the French armed forces.
  • The default radio station for the Kalahari is Blaine County Radio.

Bugs/Glitches

  • Originally, any Kalahari purchased before the High Life update could not be sold.
    • This was fixed in the Bikers update.

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