Posted on 20th Aug, 2018 by Jackie Jolliffe
Like them or not, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are undeniably two of the most powerful men on the planet. It makes sense, then, that they’ve both got impressive limos to match! Both the Cadillac One and the Aurus Senat Kortezh have been years in the making, and each have their own catchy nickname, too: the Tank and the Beast, respectively. They’re not quite the same calibre as the limos you’d find for hire here in the North West, which are built more for comfort and style than physical protection. Let’s take a look at them in more detail, shall we?
The ‘Beast’ that currently chauffeurs US President Donald Trump is, in many ways, very similar to the Beast of his predecessor. In fact, Obama was the one who ordered this latest model, and there have been a good few upgrades since his time. As you might imagine, it’s massively heavily armoured, covered with military-grade plating at least five inches thick.
The windows themselves are formed of five layers of glass and polycarbonate, and the doors can close to form a 100% seal for those inside, protecting the president and his entourage from any potential chemical attack. The Kevlar tyres are reinforced and puncture resistant, and even the fuel tank is armour plated. We’re not joking!
The Beast has its fair share of gadgetry, too. Apart from its CIA-instructed driver, trained in a number of emergency manoeuvres, its dashboard contains a variety of communications and GPS tracking systems, and there’s a satellite phone in the rear armrest, allowing the president a direct line to the Vice President and the Pentagon. The car is also home to pump action shotguns and tear gas cannons, and there are several bags of blood on hand (matched to the President’s blood type), in case a transfusion is necessary.
Technically, the limo is not actually a Cadillac, though you’ve probably guessed that! It’s 18 feet long and 5’10 inches tall – longer than two large SUVs. It’s estimated to cost more than $1.5 million, and the Secret Service even has a spare one, just in case!
The personal transport of Russian president Vladimir Putin is no less impressive. The Tank strongly resembles a UK-built Rolls Royce, and details on it are slightly more sparse than the Beast. We do know, though, that it’s covered in armour plating, and is in fact slightly longer than the Beast – measuring in at 5’5 inches tall and 22 feet long. It’s got the standard bulletproof windows and Kevlar-reinforced tyres, and all-wheel drive. We imagine that makes it pretty nifty for a limo! It also carries an array of communications equipment, and an electric engine that can also double as a generator. It’s rumoured to be able to be completely submerged in water, though thankfully we’ve not had to see it demonstrate that ability in action!
Even if you’re not exactly a petrol-head, you’d be hard-pressed to deny that both the Tank and the Beast are fantastic feats of engineering. Having said that, though, let’s be honest – they’re lacking a certain something in the style department. You can’t say the same about our own limos here at Limo-Scene! Whether it’s one of our stylish Hummer limos (like this amazing Silver Hummerzine), or our elegant wedding limos, we’ve got luxury transport for all occasions in Preston, Manchester and across the North West. Why not give our booking hotline a call on 07812 102 051?