Aurus Senat Is Russia’s Answer To The Rolls-Royce Phantom

Russia’s new presidential limo made its debut during Vladimir Putin’s inauguration in May and now the civilian version of the car has been unveiled at the Moscow Motor Show.

According to Autocar, the vehicle is being produced a new brand called Aurus which is run by Russia’s Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engine Institute. The model is called the Senat and it will be offered in both short and long wheelbases.

The car is heavily influenced by Rolls-Royce and the standard model reportedly measures 5630mm (18.4 feet) long and has a wheelbase that spans 3300mm (10.8 feet). For comparison, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is 5762mm (18.9 feet) long and has a 3552mm (11.6 feet) long wheelbase.

The long-wheelbase Senat, on the other hand, measures 6630mm (21.7 feet) long with a wheelbase stretching 4300mm (14.1 feet). This dwarfs the Phantom EWB which is 5982mm (19.6 feet) long and has a wheelbase of 3772mm (12.3 feet).

Unsurprisingly, the Senat focuses on luxury and pictures reveal the model will come with a stylish cabin that features premium leather upholstery, wood trim and metallic accents. Other notable highlights include a digital instrument cluster and a large infotainment system.

The rear passenger compartment is also pretty luxurious as it features reclining rear seats and “fold-out tables.” The model also has a refrigerator and crystal glasses which are perfect for enjoying an adult beverage.

Two different engine options will be available including a 4.4-liter V8 that is backed up by an electric motor. The powertrain produces 590 hp (439 kW / 598 PS) and is connected to a nine-speed automatic transmission which enables the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than six seconds.

Buyers looking for something more prestigious can opt for a 6.6-liter V12 engine. It reportedly produces 848 hp (632 kW / 859 PS) which is far more than the Phantom’s 563 hp (420 kW / 571 PS).

Another interesting feature that separates the Senat from the Phantom is all-wheel drive. Rolls-Royce customers looking for that feature are currently stuck with only one option: the Cullinan.

The Senat will go on sale in Russia early next year and it will reportedly be offered in international markets. Pricing remains unconfirmed, but Vedomosti quoted Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, as saying the Senat will cost at least 20% less than models from Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

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  • salamOOn

    it looks really good inside….

  • EM1

    At first thought it was new 300C from Chrysler. I wonder how the build quality and reliability is on this and wondering what the factory looks like.

    • schnittz

      You don’t understand, Russia can’t get along with western world not because it chose to, but because it doesn’t have another option. Russia tried to get along in the 90’s when USSR collapsed, it didn’t work very well for Russia. Russia has all the ability and resources to be a world class country but western world don’t want a rival.

      • Western world don’t want a rival? More like Russia has all the potential, but it’s one of the most corrupt countries and a gang of 100 families own everything. That’s not the way to create a wealthy nation. Stop blaming factors that have nothing to do with the success of a country. Russia indeed should be a wealthy nation, if it just had leaders that care more about the country than about the next yacht they are going to buy.

      • trisul

        You are completely wrong, the West opened all lines of cooperation with Russia, but Putin wants to have control over a band of slave nations around Russia and the West cannot accept this concept.

      • schnittz

        Interesting how everyone knows politics. I watch news too and nothing that y’all said I haven’t heard. The only thing I can agree with is that Russia has greater corruption then western countries, although corruption exists in every country but in different forms. Y’all have a option that’s fine, but it’s not your opinion, it’s what you been told by media (sadly). Just please don’t tell me it’s a fact as y’all are just brainwashed.

    • Bruce Wayne

      The Chrysler 300C was always a Russian favorite since it looks like a gangsta car from the ‘hood. As a matter of fact, they tried to buy Chrysler for that reason but were rebuffed.

  • eye.surgeon

    Wonder where they sourced the engine, guaranteed it’s not in-house.

    • C’mon you should know that, VW.

    • Designed by Porsche apparently. Made in Russia.

    • ChrisInIL

      It’s powered by a 1.6 from a 1990 Lada Niva – in homage “to the way things used to be”

  • Marty

    Have they forgot it isn’t the Soviet Union anymore? If you want a Rolls-Royce, just buy one! Or a Toyota Auris for that matter.

    (That said, it still looks better than any American limousine)

  • Jay

    At first glance I honestly thought it was the civilian version of Putin’s limo.

    • Zandit75

      If you read the story, that’s mentioned in the first couple of sentences.

      • Jay

        yes, Im saying before reading(looking at the photo) it thats what came to mind, and it turned out to be true.

        • Marty

          Like looking at a picture of a new BMW and thinking “That looks like a new BMW”.

          • Jay

            Not really a good example, BMWs are widely known.

          • Marty

            My point is that as a visitor to this site you don’t score any points by noticing that this is the shorter version of the longer version of this car. 🙂

          • Jay

            I was looking for any points, just stating what I noticed. I was under the impression his limo was custom made and would never have a civilian version. I didn’t know or care to research who it was made by so it was a surprise to see something that looked like it as a shorter version for civilians.

  • Cobrajet

    Aurus, what kind of stupid name is that.

    • Rimas Kurtinaitis

      Portmanteau of aurum (latin for gold) and Russia

  • Jason Panamera

    So it is Putin who made Toyota to drop Auris nameplate, no slip of the tongue. Anyway these proportions are a little bit awkward, interior is nice but reminds me of Genesis G90. I guess rich Russians will be offered disconts for this car, without any option of rejection of this proposition : ). Sales numbers must be good, artificially forced.

    • Miknik

      He made an offer they couldn’t refuse 😉

  • ErisC

    RR with Lancia’s badge… 😀

    • Bruce Wayne

      More like ripped off…

  • PK

    the russians trying to be better than the british/germans in automobiles? lmfao xD

  • TheBelltower

    This is the result after a Rolls slums it with a Chrysler 300 during a night out. I don’t hate it.

  • Didn’t we just get the same article last week?

  • Big Black Duck

    U mean Russia’s “Clone” to The Rolls-Royce Phantom

  • Bash

    I love the dash, hate everything else.

  • Shelby GT500

    Why haven’t you ritten that its engines and some other parts are designed by Porsche?

  • Bruce Wayne

    It’s a show car in keeping with Putin’s propaganda effort to impress the rest of the world with how rich he and his small clique of oligarchs are. Russia’s version of an automotive Potemkin village.

  • Karl

    What blatant rip-off of another brand! These Russians have no shame and apparently no talent for original ideas. Thought the Chinese were bad..

  • Bruce Wayne

    If it did have anything Russian in it, it wouldn’t last more than a week.

  • S3XY

    It’s an enlarged 300

  • Shady Norman

    It’s a BMW, look at the gauges, the I drive controller, the seats, the console lid, engine choices 4.4 liter V8 or 6.6 liter V12 , c’mon it’s a rebodied 7 series lol. It’s not bad, but it’s a BMW really.

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