Here is a list of some of my favorite cars that the Presidents and PrimeMinisters of different nations own.
The Beast (UNITED STATES):
Perhaps, one of the most terrific presidential cars in the world is named “the beast”
Built with Cadillac and GMC components, the armored vehicle flaunts safety at its finest. The Cadillac has internal speakers that tell Obama if the outside world is making any noise. The Cadillac also has the ability to go on the offensive by firing teargas from its bumper.
This custom built heavy armored limousine is often referred to as Cadillac One and also “the beast”
The Beast features bulletproof windows, state-of-the-art communication and protection systems and a gas-proof chamber. Although most details of the car remain classified (typical Government BS) there is a night vision system in a secret location of the car.
There are special loops that replace the stock handle doors and agents hold on to them when running alongside the car. The car has Goodyear run-flat tires that fit into extra-large wheel wells.
Bio chemical attacks? You won’t inflict any damage whilst in this car. There is a blood bank in the car that has the President’s blood type. There’s oxygen supply and has a console-mounted communications center.
The car can seat 7 people including the President. There are storage compartments in the interior panels of the car that have communication equipment, so named the Limousine Control Package and are operated by the White House Communications Agency. The trunk lid on this car has 5 antennas and a specially driven Secret Service agent who is capable of performing a J-Turn drives the car :O
The U.S Air Force C-17 Globe master III airlifts the limo for domestic and international use.
The fuel efficiency of the Beast is around 29Litres per 100 Kms. There are similarly designed limos that the U.S government uses for VIP guests.
This is like the Rajnikanth of Cars 🙂
Sadly, during Obama’s visit to Ireland, the following happened:
Although the ride isn’t fancy and it isn’t dressed to impress, United Kingdom has the Jaguar XJ with all its relevant areas covered.
The jag has an oxygen supply and its bullet proof. Ok, so the jaguar dates back from Britain, but may be a Bentley would have done its styling bit for the Brits. India has tamed the jaguar and the PM of UK owns one.
Other State cars:
Alongside the PM’s ride, the royalty of UK if just impossible to miss. Residing in the lap of luxury, Prince Charles owns an armored Bentley Turbo R, a Range Rover, Jaguar XJ as well as an Audi A6. He also owns the “Number One State Car”, a Bentley State Limousine.
Other members of the royal family have some of the most exquisite rides. The Queen (Queen Elizabeth) has a green Bentley Mulsanne as well as an armored Jaguar XJ (similar to the Prime Ministers car). She also uses a Range Rover, Land Rover Defender and Rover P5.
The Duke of Edinburgh owns a Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Freelander as well as a Metro Cab.
The Prince of Wales has an Aston Martin DB6 Volante as well as an Aston Martin V8 that is converted to run on bio-fuel made from surplus local white wine. He also has Jaguars, Audi and Range Rover models that use bio-diesel made from recycles cooking oil.
The Duke of York owns a 2008 Bentley Arnage with his personalized number plate with “DOY” letters.
The Princess Royal owns a Bentley Continental Flying Spur that she uses for her official or private engagements.
Leading a nation of 1.25 billion people is not an easy task. For such a special individual there has to be a special car. The PM of India, Narendra Modi (NaMo) is one of the most inspiration icons of modern India and uses a B-7 level armored 2009 BMW 7 Series that represents sophistication that goes in proportion with style.
“Change is inevitable”, and the PM certainly lives up to that motto. After inducting the threat perception that is imminent, the PM phased out the aging Ambassador cars that have had a deep connection with the government of India. Now its time for change, and the car happens to be one of the primary inclusions to the change.
With just 4 custom built units of this BMW, these have been included in the PM’s convoy and have been modeled to provide the best of luxury and security.
The car already holds plenty of luxury features that are available in the super-premium car model. However, security has been given utmost priority and BMW has made no compromise. This car is armor-plated and holds a powerful jammer that nullifies any radio or electronic signal in the area to prevent any kind of IED attack. The steel used for the car’s body has been reinforced several times and come with thick glass windows that can withstand any kind of bullet or blast. With a speed that crosses 180 kmph, this vehicle can turn full circle at high speeds without toppling. It can also detect any heat seeking missiles and bombs. It has an extremely advanced communication system that ensures that the PM can contact any person in the country. A gas proof chamber with close circuit breathing system, powerful fuel tank that does not explode when damaged are some of the security features.
The Driver for this security vehicle has to undergo a special training by BMW as a part of their “Training for Professionals” course. Drivers are trained to manage the most challenging situations, should an occurrence happen, the driver would know exactly how to maneuver the car.
Indian President’s car:
The President of India has a black Mercedes Benz S600 (W221) Pullman Guard.
This car is custom-built and is heavily armored. It is a stretch limousine and meets the VR6/VR7 protection class. The armor on this vehicle withstands rifle shots, hand grenades and explosives. It can also tackle missile attacks and bombs. It has a 60 mm polycarbonate coating glass that acts as a splinter shield. Similar to the PM’s car, the Merc S600 has its own oxygen supply. This car has India’s emblem in place of its number plate.
This car has hydraulic doors that shut with a gentle thud. The limo is separated from the drivere’s cabin by a soundproof glass partition. This car has an integrated Harmon-Kardon Logic 7 stereo sound with 14 speakers. It also has a CD changer, hard drive based GPS satellite navigation system, fiber-optic ambient lighting, leather-cushioned seats with active ventilation system. The car has a 90-liter fuel tank that self-seals and comes with an automatic fire extinguishing system. This car comes with Michellin Pax bulletproof tires that can continue to drive for 30 km for 80 km/hr with total loss of air pressure. Its bevy of equipment factory-fitted equipments makes this a heavy yet secure vehicle. Powered by a V12 bi-turbo engine, this vehicle thrusts from 0-100 in 6.7 seconds. Now I know where all that tax money goes 😛
(Although the above info seems too good to be true, most of the features are kept classified from the public (Yes turbozens included). So, incase curiosity kicks in and you feel like a lawyer waiting to argue the inclusion/exclusion of features, please note: Media Coverage spices things up.
The President of Russia has an armored Mercedes S-Class stretch limousine.
This bulletproof limo has solid rubber tires as well as plenty of communications equipments. This car has plenty of similarities with the Indian President’s Mercedes.
José Alberto “Pepe” Mujica Cordano, the President of Uruguay is “the worlds humblest president”
The President has won the hearts of plenty. Due to his austere lifestyle and having said to donate 90% of his monthly salary to charity to benefit the poor people, he is truly an inspiration.
His humble lifestyle is reflected by his choice of an aging VW Beetle. The car held a calue of just $ 1800 (Rs. 1,08,000) in 2010.
However, in November 2014, the car had been offered million dollars, to which the humble President quoted: “If I get 1 million dollars for the car, it would be donated to house the homeless through a programme”
I end this article with a few inspiring quotes by the president of Uruguay:
“We have sacrificed the old immaterial gods, and now we are occupying the temple of the Market-God. He organizes our economy, our politics, our habits, our lives, and even provides us with rates and credit cards and gives us the appearance of happiness.”
“It seems that we have been born only to consume and to consume, and when we can no longer consume, we have a feeling of frustration, and we suffer from poverty, and we are auto-marginalized.”
That’s all folks as of now 🙂
Hope you liked the article? I couldn’t add the presidential rides of other countries for the simple reason that; I would have to write a thesis. Would love your comments