Moscow - Russia's bigwigs can now ride in style just like Putin, following the inauguration of a showroom for the Aurus brand on Friday, and soon the luxury limo will be making its mark around the world.
The Aurus Senat is first post-Soviet luxury limousine under the Aurus brand - essentially it's the same car used by President Vladimir Putin at his inauguration last year.
Russia has been trying to reduce its dependence on imported goods and technology, a drive that gathered speed after Moscow was hit by Western sanctions in 2014.
Built as part of an ambitious programme called the Kortezh project by the Russian central automotive institute and the Sollers company, it has a hybrid powertrain developed in collaboration with Porsche that combines a 440kW V8 with a 30kW electric motor, driving all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission - and if that’s not enough for you, there’s a 6.6-litre V12 version in development that should be good for more than 600kW.
The Russian-built limousine is intended to become the heir to the ZIL sedans that for decades transported Soviet leaders.