Russian president Vladamir Putin will soon get a brand-new set of wheels, with spy shots of a nearly production ready Kortezh presidential sedan surfacing this week.
The Kortezh will replace the former presidential limo used by Putin, which was a heavily modified and armoured Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman. The vehicle is being developed by Russia’s state-funded ‘Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engines Institute’, abbreviated as ‘NAMI’, and will feature an engine developed by Porsche. Exact details on the engine are unknown, but previous rumors pointed to the vehicle receiving a twin-turbocharged V12 engine.
While many presidential vehicles are one off creations, such as U.S. President Donald Trump’s Cadillac-badged ‘Beast’ limousine, the Kortezh will actually be sold to the public. A production run of 5,000 vehicles is planned, however just 200 vehicles will roll off the production line this year. Not all will be sedans like the one pictured here, either – both limousine and SUV variants of the Kortezh are planned.
Putin is expected to take delivery of his Kortezh this year. Civilian versions of the vehicle will arrive soon after, with production set to continue through to 2020.