The A2A adenosine receptor is of interest because of several reasons. (i) It is a frequently blocked pharmacological target, because it is the site of action of caffeine. (ii) It has a long C-terminus that provides a docking site for several proteins, which direct the fate of the receptor from its synthesis to its lysosomal degradation. (iii) The A2A receptor can only promote activation of a limited number of available Gs molecules. This coupling mode was termed restricted collision coupling. (iv) Most G protein-coupled receptors carry one or several cysteine residues in their C-terminus which is subject to palmitoylation to anchor and stabilize the amphipathic helix 8; the A2A receptor lacks this palmitoylation site. We explored the hypothesis that there is a causal link between the absence of a palmitoyl moiety and restricted collision coupling.