"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

"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 car features styling elements that have been inspired by the Audi A6 (C6) for the overall body design, and the Audi A8 (D4) for the headlamp units, grille, lower body bulge and ten-spoke wheels. However, the quarter panel bulges appeared to have been inspired by the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, and The rear end of the vehicle mostly draws its inspiration from the Audi A4 (B7). The taillight units are inspired by the Ford Falcon FG.

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. Unlike Audi models, 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 there are two ducts which have 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.

Current Design Gallery


Grand Theft Auto V

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 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)
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

Type Upgrade Cost (Story) Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000
Brakes Street Brakes $2,000 $
Sport Brakes $2,700 $
Race Brakes $3,500 $
Bumpers 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
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 $
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $
Exhaust Titanium Exhaust $375 $750
Dual Titanium Exhaust $899 $1,800
Chrome Tip Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Dual Exit Exhaust $4,770 $9,550
Fenders Arch Extensions $450 $900
Chrome Arch Trim $750 $1,500
Grille 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
Hood 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
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $
- -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A $2,000
Full Coverage N/A $
Respray - -
Roof Carbon Roof $350 $700
Roof Rack $575 $1,150
Skirts Custom Skirts $415 $830
Low Skirts $500 $1,000
Street Skirts $750 $1,500
Sport Skirts $1,000 $2,000
Spoiler 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 Lowered Suspension $500 $
Street Suspension $1,000 $
Sport Suspension $1,700 $
Competition Suspension $2,200 $
Transmission Street Transmission $2,950 $
Sports Transmission $3,250 $
Race Transmission $4,000 $
Turbo Turbo Tuning $2,500 $
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $
Dark Smoke $450 $
Limo $700 $

Image Gallery

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. Rear Painted Bumper & Splitter
  2. Dual Exit Exhaust
  3. Chrome Grille
  4. Double Vented Hood
  5. Sports Skirts
  6. Lip Spoiler
  7. Musical Horn 5
  8. Xenon Lights
  9. Black Dollar wheels
  10. Dark Smoke windows
  11. EMS upgrade level 3
  12. Race Brakes
  13. Sports Transmission

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

  • At the end of Eye in the Sky, two Tailgaters will be left in the hangar, Franklin is instructed to take any of them, to drive away from the airport.
  • Franklin, may be seen driving a red Tailgater after The Big Score is completed. (Obvious)
  • After completing the mission Complications, the player can take one of the Tailgaters parked in the Premium Deluxe Motorsport shop and drive it.
  • In the Strangers and Freaks mission Unknowing the Truth, there's a unique Tailgater painted on the Epsilon Program baby blue color 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 effected 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 British 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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  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");