Japan has the Toyota Century Royal for the Emperor, while the USA has The Beast, a bespoke Cadillac limousine for the president. However, it seems that the Russians want to trump both the Japanese and the Americans with the latest special limousine for their President, Vladimir Putin.
Dubbed the Aurus Senat, Putin has ditched the armored Mercedes-Benz S-Class for something made, engineered and designed in their home country. As one would expect from a specially-built state limousine, the Senat is big, bold and heavy.
Looking like a mix of a Chrysler 300 with hints of old Cadillacs, the previous-generation Rolls-Royce Phantom and a bit of Bentley Mulsanne, it measures 6,620 mm long, 2,000 mm wide and 1,695 tall; it's one of the biggest state limousines around. It also weighs a staggering 6,500 kg, or about that same as a light-duty truck. That weight is thanks in part to the sheer dimensions of the car, as well as a host of undisclosed safety features. You can assume that it has thick armoring all around too.
What is disclosed to the public is its engine. It uses a 4.4-liter V8 that was developed along with Porsche. The result is over 600 PS and it sends its power via an all-wheel drive system. Interestingly, the company behind the Aurus Senat plans to sell a civilian version of the state limo. Prices are projected to start at 10 million Russian Rubles or about Php 8,500,000.
Not only that, the Aurus Senat will also spawn a 'smaller' sedan variant, a van, and even a crossover. A presidential range of cars? Only in Russia, perhaps.