This Is President Putin’s New Russian-Made, Porsche-Powered Limo

Vladimir Putin is getting ready to take delivery of a brand new limousine, named Kortezh (Cortege).

The Cortege project, which was allocated 3.7 billion rubles ($54 million) this year, will provide Russian-made vehicles for transportation of top local government officials, as MoscowTimes reports, quoting RIANovosti.

It will be offered in four different body styles, limo, sedan, SUV and minivan and unlike President Obama’s Cadillac, nicknamed the ‘Beast’, it will be available to all Russians who can afford it, as the manufacturer plans to produce 4,000-5,000 units of each version.

Production will kick off in 2017, at the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engines Institute (NAMI) in Moscow, and in the first year, 200 examples will be built, while the rest will roll off by the end of the decade.

Porsche was in charge of helping developing the Kortezh’s powertrain, as Commerce and Industry Minister, Denis Manturov, confirmed, according to SputnikNews, but the exact engine found under the hood of the car remains a mystery. Nevertheless, we may be looking at a V12 turbo with approximately 800 HP, as a previous report writes.

Deliveries of the first lot of Kortezh cars will commence “around the end of 2017 to the beginning of 2018“, as Manturov said, and President Putin is expected to receive a model from the initial batch.

H/T to Autoblog

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  • Eunos

    Like all russian cars, this will suck too

    • You_Started_It

      Not for Putin it won’t.

    • oaguilar

      Swallow this. The contract to build the engines for the Motorcade project has been awarded to Porsche Engineering Group (PEG), a subsidiary of Porsche AG, with the German company being preferred over AVL (Austria), Ricardo (Great Britain) and FEV (Germany). The first engine Porsche Engineering Group will build is a V12 turbo engine with a capacity from 6.0 to 6.6 liters, said to deliver approximately 800 horsepower.

  • Simon Charreyre

    Vladimir just had two calls.
    One from Rolls Royce because they need set of wheels from de ghost
    One from Ford because one of their Smax has the buttons on the steering wheel missing

    • Jan Mleziva

      When I saw the steering wheel I was like: wait, something is familiar there. In fact, it is not just the button but the entire steering wheel is almost the same as in my S-Max. Except for I have a Ford badge on it instead of russian coat of arms and Vladimir doesnt have cruise control in his car 🙂

  • Mind Synthetic

    that is is an early study, final design looks nothing this, this is just a design school project from 2 years ago

  • Six Thousand Times

    Kind of like the Green Hornet’s Black Beauty.

  • Fling3t

    Looks like a Rolls Royce

    • Silber_Jew

      I do see elements of the Rolls Royce Phantom. The incredibly sad and disrespectful thing they have done to the original, Rolls Royce, designers vision, the bonnet, front headlamps and grill are so poorly balanced that it views cheap and vulgar.The interior of the car has employed knock off looking Rolls Royce elements. Looking at the dash, you’ll see quasi MB S-Class ventilation ports and design.
      Now the terrifying part, can you imagine how this vehicle is actually going to be on the road. The tracking of the vehicle, the safety, which is probably an afterthought.
      I find it important to say, I’ve driven vehicles all over the world, simply meaning the vehicles that have come out of the former USSR, now Russia have been death traps.

      • oaguilar

        The contract to build the engines for the Motorcade project has been awarded to Porsche Engineering Group (PEG), a subsidiary of Porsche AG, with the German company being preferred over AVL (Austria), Ricardo (Great Britain) and FEV (Germany). The first engine Porsche Engineering Group will build is a V12 turbo engine with a capacity from 6.0 to 6.6 liters, said to deliver approximately 800 horsepower.

    • oaguilar

      Of course, it is luxury

  • Andrewthecarguy

    I like it.

  • jaykit

    Is that a manual transmission?

    • Honda NSX-R

      I don’t think so, no clutch pedal in sight.

  • fabri99

    They took kartoffeln to make vodka. Seems legit.

  • MMNYC18

    I really really really hoped they’d build this beauty from Slava Saakyan.

    • Arminius

      Agrred. It is reminiscent (hints at anyway) of the Aston Martin Lagonda saloon of 1974 – 1990.

    • You_Started_It

      Jesus Christ. I nearly spat my coffee out the ugliness of this thing!

      • Bob

        Okay, so my eyes are not letting me down.

  • DMJ

    A long time ago, dictators used to buy Mercedes 600s Pullman or Rolls Royces. It was quicker and cheaper to get the car.

    • Arminius

      So Putin pioneers a new trail yet again! He has at least avoided the ridiculous spectacle presented by French presidents for some years now of being preceded by an impressive phalanx of motor cycle outriders only to turn up in some modest family saloon. Well worth $54 million to escape that fate.

    • oaguilar

      He needs to control the nukes from the car, the West cannot be trusted.

  • MJack

    It’s like a Rolls had a one night stand with the housekeeper…aka Chrysler. 9 months later this came out. It was later adopted by Putin.

  • JonE

    Ford wants its steering wheel back 😛

  • kkk

    Ford Mondeo steering wheel haaaahahaaaa.. cheap!

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    He paid all that money and all they came up with was Chrysler 300 with a Rolls Royce conversion kit and art deco trim ?????

    • oaguilar

      Yes, plus electronics to launch the nukes over your head, lol

  • Dennis James

    To be honest, it looks quite good. I would have expected worse from the Russian designers.

    • oaguilar

      They are capitalists now.

  • PB

    The ghost of the ZIL rises?

  • Hossi Blumengaarten

    this car looks nice I don’t get the hate, I think you are all mad Putin is the man and has to guts to tell Obama and the rest of the cowards(Nato) to piss off. Putin is bombing isis while America sends weapons to the Free Syrian Army and they in turn give them to Isis

  • rocker12

    Russian mob boss

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