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The Schafter. Take control.
— Billboard advertisement.

The first generation Benefactor Schafter is a luxury four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto IV and Episodes from Liberty City.


Grand Theft Auto IV[]

The Schafter appears to be heavily based on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W220), specifically the S 600 model for its long wheelbase and V12 engine, with headlights resembling that of the 2005 Ssangyong Chairman H and a rear fascia derived from the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class (C215). The chrome trim along the bottom of the trunk resembles the reflector panel of the Mercedes-Benz W140.

The Schafter features a distinctive design, where the front end is predominated by a bulky bumper with a set of intakes on the centre and on the edges. The upper area is occupied by silver/chrome housings with circular lamps and small lights on the edges, as well as a grille with seven horizontal bars. Said grille is also part of the bonnet.

The sides of the car are relatively simple in appearance, with flared wheel arches and wide skirting area. The window trim and inner pillars are finished in black, as well as black rear-view mirror shells.

The rear of the car is rather generic, featuring a basic boot holding the license plate and the silver badging. A set of tail lamps can be seen on the outer edges, with the reverse lamps placed within silver strips. The lower area is occupied by a flat bumper with a lip at the bottom, as well as mouldings for the square-shaped exhaust tubes.

The Schafter can spawn in a large variety of primary colours for the body, while the rims and door handles assign a white secondary colour, with the exception of two colour sets with black secondary colour. It uses plain steel rims with five small gaps around the centre.

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.

Current Design Gallery[]


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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.

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 IV[]

Notable Owners[]


Grand Theft Auto IV[]

Radio Stations[]

The first generation Schafter has the following default radio station(s):



  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto IV[]

  • 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.

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