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Luxury German Sedan. Better than a BF, but not quite a Benefactor. Fast and practical with a classy look, this is just the car to over-leverage on.
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Obey Tailgater is a four-door, mid-size executive saloon/sedan in Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.


Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Look at this car and ask yourself what price would you place on style, status and sophistication? Then forget that price because I offer flexible payment schedules to suit any budget. Don’t let society and banks tell you what you can and can’t afford. No credit? No problem! You’re approved! I want everyone to live the American dream just like me.
Simeon Yetarian.

The Tailgater features styling elements that have been inspired by the Audi A6 (C6) for the overall body design, and the Audi A8 (D4) for the grille, lower body bulge, and ten-spoke wheels. However, the quarter panel bulges appear to have been inspired by the Audi RS6 (C6). The headlights are very similar to ones on the Holden Commodore (VZ) with projector headlight housing. The rear end of the vehicle mostly draws its inspiration from the Audi A4 (B7). The tail light units are inspired by the Ford Falcon FG X.

The front end of the car features a dominant grille, which decreases in width as it gets closer to the lower edge of the bumper. This grille only occupies the upper half of the front face, and features rounded chrome edges with two horizontal chrome strips. Directly below the grille are two ducts which have non-functional circular fog-lamps.

The main body area features a variety of curves. Close to the base of the body there is a large bulge that spans almost the entire wheelbase. Above that, at around mid-body height, a straight line connects the front quarter bulge to the rear quarter bulge. The greenhouse features very thin ‎B and C pillars, which appear to be covered by a polymer. The D pillars of the car are very long, with the intention of creating an elegant appearance.

The rear end of the car denotes its luxury nature, featuring a slightly curved chrome strip connecting both tail lamps and a rear bumper with a plastic portion at the bottom half, spanning the rear face of the bumper. Twin rectangular exhaust tubes are seen on the outer edges. The manufacturer's emblem is seen above the chrome strip and the name below the plate section, on the passenger side.

The car is usually set to spawn in a single colour, but through customization, it is seen that the secondary colour is applied in the form of a wide stripe that starts from the front face and runs across the roof and reaches the rear end, on the boot. The interior stitching matches with the car's primary colour. The wheels share the same rim design with the "Obey RS" rims also available at Los Santos Customs.

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Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

Surprising for a sedan, the Tailgater has performance that is on par with most sports cars. Acceleration and top speed are both above average, able to hold ground against sportier vehicles such as the Exemplar or F620. It has decent grip at low to moderate speeds, but can understandably begin to understeer without use of the brakes. It is fairly durable, even in regard to deformation damage. It takes several hard blows to the engine to begin drawing smoke, and can take numerous hits before any wheels become stuck.

The Tailgater shares its engine sound with the Sentinel, Gresley, Surano and Schafter.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
(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 1400 / 3086 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 145 / 233 5 N/A RWD 1400 / 3086 N/A
8.2 Seconds 94 / 151 5 FR V8 (Cover) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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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
Painted Front Splitter $500 $1,000
Custom Front Splitter $750 $1,500
Painted Bumper & Splitter $1,000 $2,000
Custom Splitter & Intercooler $1,300 $2,600
Stock Rear Bumper $250 $500
Carbon Rear Diffuser $500 $1,000
Painted Rear Bumper $750 $1,500
Sports Rear Bumper $1,000 $2,000
Painted Bumper & Diffuser $1,300 $2,600
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
Titanium Exhaust $375 $750
Dual Titanium Exhaust $899 $1,800
Chrome Tip Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Dual Exit Exhaust $4,770 $9,550
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Fenders Stock Fenders $150 $300
Arch Extensions $450 $900
Chrome Arch Trim $750 $1,500
Grilles Stock Grille $100 $200
Black Grille $375 $750
Chrome Grille $670 $1,340
Mesh Grille $825 $1,650
Split Mesh Grille $1,500 $3,000
Sports Grille $1,600 $3,200
Hoods Stock Hood $150 $300
Scooped Hood $325 $650
Carbon Hood $750 $1,500
Carbon Scooped Hood $875 $1,750
Performance Hood $1,000 $2,000
Vented Hood $1,200 $2,400
Double Vented Hood $1,450 $2,900
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 $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $6,875
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
Roof Rack $575 $1,150
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A $5,500
Skirts Stock Skirts $300 $600
Custom Skirts $415 $830
Low Skirts $500 $1,000
Street Skirts $750 $1,500
Sport Skirts $1,000 $2,000
Spoilers None $150 $300
Lip Spoiler $275 $550
Low Level Spoiler $350 $700
Mid Level Spoiler $525 $1,050
High Level Spoiler $750 $1,500
Carbon Wing $1,000 $2,000
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 $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

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Special Vehicles

A unique Epislon Blue Tailgater appears in the mission Unknowing the Truth. It appears with a unique license plate, K1FFL0M.[1]

File Color Set Window Tint? Livery? Mod Kit
1 157 157 0 0
No No N/A

Notable Owners

  • Michael De Santa owns a black Tailgater throughout most of the game. However, following a series of incidents culminating with him being drugged, Michael's family leaves him, and Jimmy takes his car with him. It is returned to Michael later in the game by Jimmy, though customized with the following modifications:
  1. Race Brakes
  2. Rear Painted Bumper & Diffuser
  3. EMS upgrade level 3
  4. Dual Exit Exhaust
  5. Chrome Grille
  6. Double Vented Hood
  7. Musical Horn 5
  8. Xenon Lights
  9. Sports Skirts
  10. Lip Spoiler
  11. Sports Transmission
  12. Black Dollar Lowrider wheels
  13. Dark Smoke window tint

Like all other Personal Vehicles, the player can customize Michael's car and it will retain these modifications whenever it respawns.


Grand Theft Auto V

  • After completing the mission Complications, the player can take one of the Tailgaters parked on the Premium Deluxe Motorsport dealership and drive it.
  • At the end of Eye in the Sky, two Tailgaters will be left in the hangar. Franklin is instructed to take either of them, to drive away from the airport.
  • Franklin will be driving a red Tailgater after The Big Score is completed. (Obvious)
  • In the Strangers and Freaks mission Unknowing the Truth, there's a unique Tailgater painted in Epsilon Blue and with the custom plates K1FFLOM. It is obtainable after completing the mission, if the player chooses not to deliver the money.
  • Appears in the towing side missions as a car to be towed after purchasing the LSPD Auto Impound. Can be obtained by entering the car and performing the character switch trick.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Similar to story mode, the Tailgater does not appear driven on the road, despite its road-worthy appearance. Unlike story-mode, however, Online has certain fixed spawn locations which are not affected by game progress.



  • The default radio stations for the Tailgater are Los Santos Rock Radio, Vinewood Boulevard Radio and Radio Mirror Park.
  • The name Tailgater is a reference to tailgating, a word for the practice of aggressively driving too close to the rear end (or Tailgate) of the car in front. This could be a reference to the stereotype that Audi owners are impatient, pretentious people.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • The Tailgater is one of many cars in GTA V that has the "Door ajar chime".
    • In addition to this, the player can hear a unlocking noise when first entering the vehicle, similar to Franklin's Buffalo S. This would suggest that the vehicle is unlocked with a remote control, like many modern cars.
  • The GPS in the middle of the console shows a map of Liberty City. This is because the interior model has been reused and modified from Grand Theft Auto IV.
  • Even though the car lacks B pillars, its passenger seatbelt anchors will appear mounted on the space between the doors.
  • The Tailgater always uses the same "Stock" horn sound.
  • Two variants of the Tailgater appears in the handling files, both appearing as "TAILGATE" and featuring almost identical handling lines. One appears to be unused.
  • The Tailgater's beta tail light unit resembles the A6 (C5) unit, with a piece added on the boot lid.


Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Some of the bodywork modifications appear to have minor modelling issues. This issue is more apparent in the case of the rear bumpers, where black lines are more visible.

See Also


  1. epislon8 script:
    The following is a snipet of script from the mission Unknowing the Truth.
    if (!entity::does_entity_exist(iLocal_632))
    		iLocal_632 = vehicle::create_vehicle(joaat("tailgater"), vLocal_212, fLocal_251, 1, true);
    		func_305(iLocal_632, 0);
    		vehicle::set_vehicle_colours(iLocal_632, iLocal_161, iLocal_161);
    		vehicle::set_vehicle_extra_colours(iLocal_632, 0, 0);
    		vehicle::set_vehicle_number_plate_text_index(iLocal_632, 0);
    		vehicle::set_vehicle_number_plate_text(iLocal_632, "K1FFL0M");