It seems like you can't turn on the news this year without seeing the icy stare of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Whether he's opening the Olympics, sending troops to the Ukrainian border or just riding a horse while shirtless, he's seemingly everywhere. But behind the scenes, Putin has a big engineering project under development to create a new Russian-built and engineered official limousine for him and other top officials.

​Russian media recently snapped a few pictures of the design concept. As you can see, the current version has the country's seal emblazoned all over the vehicle. The front end has the monolithic flatness that is associated with super high-end luxury cars from Bentley and Rolls-Royce. It's not exactly a beauty, but you probably wouldn't want to criticize the look to Putin's face. He doesn't seem to a guy who takes critique well. Prototypes of Putin's new limo are scheduled for testing later this year, and final production is planned for 2016.

Known as Project Cortege, the plan has several Russian automakers working together to design several vehicles, but the limo is the first priority. According to Yahoo Autos, the venture might even be getting some engineering input from Porsche. Putin has sunk an estimated $150 million to $400 million in government money into the project. Eventually, he wants it to spawn other vehicles – like a van and SUV.

This is actually the second attempt at a new Russian limousine. Initially, ZiL, which made vehicles for top officials in during the Communist era, was spearheading it, and its limo even started production. However, Putin was reportedly not happy with the design. Now, it's back to the drawing board.


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      SpaceGhost
      • 7 Months Ago
      You gotta love the stick-on chrome bumper protectors they bought at the Kremlin car wash.
      Bernard
      • 7 Months Ago
      It looks die cast. Are they sure Putin will be able to fit?
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 7 Months Ago
      What is this?!?! A limo for ants?!?!
      Lachmund
      • 7 Months Ago
      I laughed hard about the oversized emblem on the steering wheel.
      AudiA4
      • 7 Months Ago
      Seriously...that's a picture of a tiny toy model.
        r_dezi
        • 7 Months Ago
        @AudiA4
        Ya, I don't get either. Why all the goofy comments about this model car that doesn't even exists.
      sortabad83
      • 7 Months Ago
      But, does it come with a built-in dashcam?
      Sergio526
      • 7 Months Ago
      I don't know, all I see is Mark IV Jetta with a full height grill and stick on bumper protectors.
      vvk
      • 7 Months Ago
      Putin is the new Stalin... And the Russians like it.
        3ziko
        • 7 Months Ago
        @vvk
        Their heavy propaganda makes Russians think they like it. He had gone mad with power, tries to live his KGB dream. Lines for passports to escape the Putin regime are longer than ever.
      Bird2112
      • 7 Months Ago
      If the quality of the scale model is representative we should expect a typical Russian Car. http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/communist-cars-2
      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      Looks like a Chinese copy of a Rolls.
      Michele Ferrari
      • 7 Months Ago
      haha the steering wheel in the second photo is straight out of a ford focus (watch the steering wheel buttons) with a cheesy russian eagle stuck on it :)
      Technoir
      • 7 Months Ago
      Imagine what these millions could do for the Russian people instead of this.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Technoir
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