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"Good-looking yet utilitarian, sexy yet asexual, slender yet terrifyingly powerful, the Schafter is German engineering at its very finest."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Benefactor Schafter is a luxury four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto IV, Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

The Schafter has been redesigned in The Ballad of Gay Tony (nicknamed the "Second Generation") sporting a much more luxurious and modern look.


Grand Theft Auto IV

1st Generation

The first-generation Schafter is in a lot of ways similar in design to a Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W211) but was altered to appear with a longer wheelbase, bulkier body, (in this case, it would be a S-Class (W220) 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 is based on a Mercedes-Benz platform) with the headlights from the Maybach 57 and Maybach 62.

The Ballad of Gay Tony

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.

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, the 2nd gen Schafter always spawns as the prominent vehicle, unlike the 1st gen version, which doesn't return. In this game, the Schafter retains its design as in TBoGT.

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Grand Theft Auto IV


Schafter's engine.

The Schafter is powered by an apparent 6.5L supercharged V12 (according to badges) coupled to a 5-speed gearbox 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 very good for the vehicle's engine statistics and specifications. 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 its unmodified counterpart.

Both the first and second generation performs the same.

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)

V12 (Badging)
FR V8 (Cover)

Drivetrain (Handling.dat)
Drivetrain (Tested)

Gears (Handling.dat)
Gears (Tested)


Grand Theft Auto V

The Schafter in GTA V is powered by the same V12 engine (according to the badges), but shares a similar engine sound with the Tailgater, Sentinel and Sentinel XS, Gresley and Surano, all of which have lower power V6-sounding engines. After the Fugitive, the Schafter is considered to be the second fastest Sedan-class vehicle in the game, with a higher top speed than any other (except the Super Diamond) and excellent acceleration. Unlike other cars such as the Tailgater, it doesn't have as much of a tendency to oversteer because of excessive traction, therefore making the Schafter an ideal car to use in Sedan-class races in GTA Online, as well as a good choice as a getaway vehicle for The Big Score. Crash deformation across all variants is acceptable.

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 90 / 145 (Handling.dat)

V12 (Badging)



1600 / 3527

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

13.5 Seconds 105 / 169

FR V8 (Cover)
FR V6 (Sound)



Mass cannot be observed.


Grand Theft Auto V

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $1,625 $6,375
Armor Upgrade 40% $4,062 $10,625
Armor Upgrade 60% $6,500 $17,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $11,375 $29,750
Armor Upgrade 100% $16,250 $42,500
Brakes Street Brakes $6,500 $13,000
Sport Brakes $8,775 $17,550
Race Brakes $11,375 $22,750
Bumpers Custom Front Splitter $1,250 $2,500
Carbon Front Splitter $1,650 $3,300
Custom Rear Bumper $1,250 $2,500
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $2,925 $5,850
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $4,062 $8,125
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $5,850 $11,700
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $10,887 $21,775
Exhaust Oval Exhaust $375 $750
Chrome Tip Exhaust $899 $1,800
Dual Exit Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Titanium Exhaust $4,770 $9,550
Grille Chrome Grille $375 $750
Sports Grille $670 $1,340
Hood Vented Hood $850 $1,700
Carbon Hood $1,200 $2,400
Carbon Vented Hood $1,450 $2,900
Lights Xenon Lights $1,000 $5,000
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $8,125
Respray - -
Crew Emblem N/A $25,000
Roof Carbon Roof $350 $700
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $6,500
Skirts Custom Skirts 1 $1,500 $3,000
Carbon Skirts $2,000 $4,000
Spoiler Lip Spoiler $750 $1,500
Carbon Wing $950 $1,900
High Level Spoiler $1,300 $2,600
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Transmission Street Transmission $9,587 $19,175
Sports Transmission $10,562 $21,125
Race Transmission $13,000 $26,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $8,125 $42,500
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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Grand Theft Auto V


Main article: Schwartzer

The Schafter also has its coupe variant, the Schwartzer.

Grand Theft Auto Online

This article or section refers to content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V, that is not featured on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.

For the GTA Online: Executives and Other Criminals update, two variants are added in the game based on the vehicle. Both have a redesigned interior, updated performance and slight changes in the lower area of the front fascia:

Schafter LWB

Main article: Schafter LWB

A Long Wheel Base variant of the Schafter appears in GTA V. It is essentially the same as the standard Schafter, yet now features a window channel in between pillars B and C.

An armored version, dubbed the "Schafter LWB (Armored)" exists. It holds the same design, yet features window armoring around the pillars and window frames and offers more protection to the player, engine, and deformation of the chassis and window pillars.

Schafter V12

Main article: Schafter V12

A modified Schafter that, as the name suggest, sports an upgraded V12 engine and sportier appearance.

An armored version, dubbed the "Schafter V12 (Armored)" exists. It holds the same design, yet features window armoring around the pillars and window frames and offers more protection to the player, engine, and deformation of the chassis and window pillars.

Special Variants

A tuned version of the Schafter (similar to either a Mercedes-Benz E 55 AMG or a Brabus E) are 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 black 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.

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.

A unused version of the Schafter appears as an unmodified variant of the default vehicle. It's unobtainable without modifications.


Grand Theft Auto IV

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.
  • Spawns in Algonquin when already driving one.

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Notable Owners

  • Mikhail Faustin can be seen riding in a unique all black Schafter during the mission The Master and the Molotov. It has black rims and a silver grille.
  • Jimmy Pegorino also owns a black Schafter, with black rims and a standard silver Schafter grille, featured and used in the mission Pegorino's Pride.
  • Gay Tony owns a black Second Generation Schafter, which serves a chauffeured vehicle courtesy of Maisonette 9. He also owns a pink First Generation Schafter, as his personal transport.
  • Packie McReary may own a Schafter, as a white one appears outside his house in Waste Not Want Knots.
  • Timm drove a second generation Schafter as a rental vehicle, until it broke down.



  • The name Schafter may be a crude reference to the shaft of a penis or the act of shafting, slang for sexual intercourse.
  • The Schafter's strong build quality is likely a reference to its real life counterpart. The Mercedes-Benz E-Class are widely known to its durability and reliability compared to other executive cars in its class.
  • Its V12 engine may be inspired by the Brabus E, a rare high-performance version of the W211 and W212 generations of Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which is engine-swapped with an AMG-tuned V12.
  • Counting all variants, including the unobtainable 2nd generation variant in TBoGT and the armored variants in GTA Online, the Schafter has by far the greatest number of variants of any other car in a GTA game (1st gen, 2nd gen stock, 2nd gen modified, Stretch E, Turreted Limo, LWB, LWB Armored, V12, V12 Armored).
  • The default radio stations are:

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The Schafter is equipped with a GPS system with a female voice, but only if the player leaves the "selected cars" (default) option in the audio menu.
  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto 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.
  • There is a color available at Los Santos Customs, Schafter Purple, named after the car. It is also the color of the Schafter in the GTA Online mission, Ballas to the Wall.
  • Despite the car being based on the Mercedes E-Class, the Schafter's description on Southern San Andreas Super Autos most likely alludes to a flagship model (namely, the S-Class), being described as "German engineering at its very finest".


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