Envious of Russian President Vladimir Putin's ride? Well, Aurus, the state-owned automaker who developed and manufactured the Senat limousine is now accepting orders for the stately sedan from select markets around the world according to Reuters.
In review, the Aurus Senat made its first public appearance at the 2018 Moscow International Automobile Salon. However, it was made global headlines as the official ride of Vladimir Putin during his 2018 inauguration, proudly showing off a domestically-produced vehicle. However, don't expect Aurus to sell you a fully armored long-wheelbase version used by the Russian President. Instead, the Russian automaker will be selling a shorter, civilian version.
While the one being offered in the market may be shorter, the Senat's design, style, and proportions promises to exude a commanding presence wherever it goes. Styling-wise, the Senat looks to be a mix of the Rolls-Royce Phantom combined with elements of the Chrysler 300C, especially upfront. Meanwhile, at the rear, there are subtle inspirations from the Bentley Flying Spur, and from Rolls-Royce once more.
Powering the Senat will be a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 developed along with Porsche which produces 600 PS and is then sent to all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. A V12 version is reportedly in the works as well as a hybrid assisted variant which will make its debut in a few years.
Unsurprisingly, there's not a lot of Aurus showrooms yet, with the first one opened being located in Moscow, Russia. More dealerships are expected to open across Russia and will eventually expand to China, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. According to Reuters, a similar showroom in China is expected to open sometime in 2020-2021.
Want one? Well, prices start at 18 million roubles (Php 14.1 million) for the basic version, and will likely go with more options. While it may be pricey, it is a lot cheaper when compared to the Phantom which is around double the price.