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A first generation Schafter in GTA IV.
(Rear quarter view)
A second generation Schafter in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle class
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 4-door sedan
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto IV (1st gen only)
The Lost and Damned (1st gen only)
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Grand Theft Auto V (2nd gen only)
Grand Theft Auto Online (2nd gen only)
Manufacturer Benefactor (HD Universe)
Related vehicle(s) Schwartzer
Stretch E
Admiral (3D Universe)

The Benefactor Schafter is a luxury 4-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, and its downloadable content and Grand Theft Auto V, its multiplayer. The Schafter has been redesigned in The Ballad of Gay Tony, nicknamed the "Second Generation," sporting a much more luxurious and modern look.



1st Generation

The first-generation Schafter is in a lot of ways similar in design to a Mercedes-Benz S-Class W220 but was altered to appear with a shorter wheelbase, smaller body, (in this case, it would be a W211 E-Class in particular) and less luxurious fascias. Its rear fascia seems to be derived from a Mercedes-Benz CL-Class C215, most likely the AMG variant. The front also bear resemblance to the Ssangyong Chairman H (which also based on a Mercedes E-Class platform) with the headlights from the Maybach 57 and Maybach 62.

2nd Generation

In The Ballad of Gay Tony, the second-generation Schafter is featured. It has a more modernized appearance, with a general design based on a Mercedes-Benz E-Class W212. Adding to the more modern appearance is the presence of LED strips below the two bi-xenon bulbs in the headlights, and LED taillights. the front heavily resembles the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class C216.

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Schafter always spawns as the prominent, new version from TBoGT. The standard or old version does not return in GTA V.



Schafter's engine.

The Schafter in GTA IV is powered by a 6.5L supercharged V12 coupled to a 5-speed gearbox (possibly a nod to the Mercedes 5G-TRONIC transmission) in a RWD configuration. Although the large 6.5L supercharged V12 is quite powerful, the car feels slow because of its weight. Due to said weight, acceleration is below average, compared to other vehicles in its class, such as the Oracle and Presidente. Top speed is good at 153 mph (245 km/h. The car handling is above average, although a slight hint of oversteer is detectable, the Schafter's firm suspension makes it a pleasure in low-speed cornering. The suspension is a perfect balance of firm and soft, keeping the Schafter planted on the road in turns, while not jarring over bumps. Braking is fair, and ABS is available, though not standard. Crash deformation and engine build quality are excellent; the car is capable of sustaining multiple direct impacts, and can also take a fair amount of gunfire before the engine stalls or inflames. The "Russian Mafia" Schafter has a slightly higher top speed than it's unmodified counterpart at 160 mph (256 km/h).

The Schafter in GTA V is now powered by a V6 and shares the similar engine sound with the Tailgater, Sentinel, Sentinel XS, Gresley, and Surano.

Mostly based on a E350 BlueEFFICIENCY variant due to it's V6 engine noise which revs up 6800 rpm similar to the Mercedes-Benz M276 E35 V6 petrol engine in the E350 also revs until 6800 rpm. Its performance is said to be mediocre, with the Oracle and Tailgater outperform it in the executive sedan class.

Schafter badges

First Generation badging.




A Schafter advertisement.

A tuned version of the Schafter (similar to E-Class variants from the Mercedes-AMG division, most likely the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG) is commonly found in Hove Beach, being driven by the Russian Mafia. It is black, has black wheels, lacks the chrome trim on the trunk lid and sports a body kit including a debadged blacke grille. The Russian Schafter can be resprayed to any color of the regular Schafter, this will also cause it to lose its unique wheel color unless painted a certain silver shade that is accompanied by black wheels. The custom grille however will always remain black.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

Similarly, the Second Generation Schafter is also available in a modified form, featuring a different grille, a body kit, dual exhaust, larger chrome wheels, and the possibility of appearing with monotone or two tone paint.

The Ballad of Gay Tony's Schafter also serves as the base for the Stretch E limousine.


GTA IV + The Lost and Damned

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • In a large majority of Tony's missions and the Club Management missions, Tony's Schafter will be available to be driven to your destination.


GTA Online



GTA IV and Episodes

  • In the opening scene of Grand Theft Auto IV, some Algonquin Triads are seen loading heroin into a Russian Mafia Schafter. The same car is seen being lowered onto the dock while Niko is waiting for Roman in The Cousins Bellic.
  • In A Revenger's Tragedy, a rare Schafter can be found at the abandoned Alderney Casino. It is the Russian Mob variant, with black rims, but has a dark red fluorescent tint. No matter how many times the car is taken to a Pay 'n' Spray, it will remain the same color.
  • There is a particularly rare color variant of the Schafter with a silver body and black rims; Schafters of this color are only spawned while the player is already driving one.
  • In the loading sequence, the concept art shows Niko Bellic running from the police in a maroon Schafter.


  • The Schafter has a coupe variant known as the Schwartzer, which is seen in Grand Theft Auto V. The Schwartzer is also manufactured by Benefactor.
  • The GTA IV version of the Schafter does not appear in GTA V.
  • The slightly less luxurious version of the second generation Schafter can be recreated almost completely at Los Santos Customs, with the only differences being the lack of a Benefactor badge on the grille and notches not being present on the custom rims.

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