"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 Schafter. Take control."
―Billboard advertisement.

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 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.

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. 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.

The 2nd generation Schafter is only 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.

Unlike the first generation model, the GPS option is not available by default. Should the player leaves the "yes" option on the audio menu, the GPS system still uses the female voice.

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 does not return. In this game, the Schafter retains its design as in TBoGT, but lacking any bodywork modifications, having a stock form. These can be fitted with a number of modifications available at Los Santos Customs.

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Grand Theft Auto IV

The Schafter is powered by an apparent 6.5L supercharged V12 (according to badges) coupled to a 5-speed automatic 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. Both generations of the Schafter bear an impressive degree of torque, being able to push or ram other vehicles with ease. 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

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 88 / 141 5 N/A RWD 1700 / 3748
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A Automatic (Auto Eroticar website) 6.5L Supercharged V12 (Badging + Auto Eroticar website) N/A N/A
N/A N/A 5 FR V8 (Cover) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Schafter 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-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 does not 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 Grand Theft Auto 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

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 90 / 145 5 N/A RWD 1600 / 3527 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 6.5L Supercharged V12 (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
13.5 Seconds 105 / 169 5 FR V8 (Cover) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto V

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online) Image
Armor No Armor $325 $650
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 Stock Brakes $325 $650
Street Brakes $6,500 $13,000
Sport Brakes $8,775 $17,550
Race Brakes $11,375 $22,750
Bumpers Stock Front Bumper $750 $1,500
Custom Front Splitter $1,250 $2,500
Carbon Front Splitter $1,650 $3,300
Stock Rear Bumper $750 $1,500
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
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $130 $260
Oval Exhaust $375 $750
Chrome Tip Exhaust $899 $1,800
Dual Exit Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Titanium Exhaust $4,770 $9,550
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Grilles Stock Grille $100 $200
Chrome Grille $375 $750
Sports Grille $670 $1,340
Hoods Stock Hood $450 $900
Vented Hood $850 $1,700
Carbon Hood $1,200 $2,400
Carbon Vented Hood $1,450 $2,900
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $200 $400
Xenon Lights $1,000 $5,000
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $8,125
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 - -
Roofs Stock Roof $100 $200
Carbon Roof $350 $700
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $6,500
Skirts Stock Skirts $1,250 $2,500
Custom Skirts 1 $1,500 $3,000
Carbon Skirts $2,000 $4,000
Spoilers None $500 $1,000
Lip Spoiler $750 $1,500
Carbon Wing $950 $1,900
High Level Spoiler $1,300 $2,600
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 $325 $650
Street Transmission $9,587 $19,175
Sports Transmission $10,562 $21,125
Race Transmission $13,000 $26,000
Turbo None $1,625 $3,250
Turbo Tuning $8,125 $42,500
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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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V


Schafter V12

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Schafter V12 (Armored) in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)


The Schafter V12 is a performance variant of the Schafter added in the Executives and Other Criminals update. It features a redesigned interior, update in performance and slight changes in the front and rear fascias. It also features an armored counterpart.

Schafter LWB

Grand Theft Auto Online

The Schafter LWB (Armored) in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)


The Schafter LWB is a performance variant of the Schafter added in the Executives and Other Criminals update. It features a longer wheelbase, redesigned interior, update in performance and slight changes in the front and rear fascias. It also features an armored counterpart.

Stretch E

HD Universe

The Turreted Limo in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)


The Schafter from The Ballad of Gay Tony also serves as the base for a limousine version called Stretch E, having an enlarged chassis and two extra windows.

For the GTA Online: Executives and Other Criminals update in Grand Theft Auto Online, the Stretch E serves as the base for an armed and armored variant dubbed Turreted Limo.


Grand Theft Auto V
The Schwartzer in Grand Theft Auto V.
(Rear quarter view)

The Schwartzer is a sports-coupe performance variant of the Schafter, sporting a high-output engine and a shorter wheelbase and coupe-design.

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.
  • Tony Prince owns a Schafter that always spawns in a single black color.
  • A unused version of the Schafter appears as an unmodified variant of the vehicle, lacking the side skirts, custom bumpers, two twin exhausts and standard rims. The grille also appears in its stock form, having a much smaller Benefactor emblem. It can only be spawned via Trainers.


Grand Theft Auto IV

The Ballad of Gay Tony

  • In a large majority of Tony's missions and the Club Management missions, Luis is ordered to transport Tony in the Schafter and can be kept post-mission.
  • Spawns in Algonquin when already driving one.
  • Commonly found throughout the city (both 1st and 2nd generations).

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 first generation Schafter is the first land vehicle seen in an HD Universe game; Shortly before the end of the opening sequence in GTA IV, a Russian Mob Schafter can be seen being lowered from the Platypus by a crane. It is not however the first vehicle to chronologically appear in the HD Universe; that honour goes to the Emperor in GTA V, in which it appears in the Prologue set in 2004.
  • The name Schafter may be a crude reference to the shaft of a penis or the act of shafting, slang for sexual intercourse. It may also refer to the slang term 'shafting', which describes disadvantaging or irritating someone.
  • Counting all variants, including the unobtainable 2nd generation variant in TBoGT, its coupe version 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, Schwartzer, Stretch E, Turreted Limo, LWB, LWB Armored, V12, V12 Armored).
  • The default radio stations are:

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • 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 Grand Theft Auto 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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