Powerful people need powerful motors – or so you may have thought.
Select Car Leasing gathered data on the cars of five of the world’s most influential leaders, including their estimated price and special features.
For presidents, monarchs, and religious heads, travel isn’t just about style and comfort, but also safety.
Some leaders prefer to travel more ostentatiously than others – prices in this list range from £11 million ($US14.7 million) to a relatively economical £400,000 ($US535,000).
Scroll down to see who has the most expensive wheels, ranked in ascending order of estimated price.
5. Pope Benedict XVI, Mercedes-Benz M-Class AKA The Popemobile — £400,000 ($US535,000).
Pope Benedict’s Mercedes-Benz M-Class was the last of the affectionately-named popemobiles.
The current Pope, Francis, ditched the bulletproof tradition in preference of more understated vehicles, saying: “It’s true that anything could happen, but let’s face it, at my age I don’t have much to lose.”
The custom popemobile was enlisted to transport the head of the Catholic Church around public events after an assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981.
Benedict’s popemobile featured armour-plated side panels and undercarriage and a built-in oxygen supply to the cabin.
Source: The Economic Times.
4. Vladimir Putin, Aurus Senat Limousine — £440,000 ($US588,000).
Putin recently unveiled his new limousine after being voted back in for a fourth term.
The Aurus Senat was a joint venture between Porsche and Russian institute NAMI.
It was the first time in decades that the Russian President had ridden in a Russian-made vehicle to a state event.
Little is known about the car’s safety features, but the 6-ton behemoth is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine, which produces 598 hp.
2=. Donald Trump, Cadillac One AKA “The Beast” — £1.2 million ($US1.6 million).
The Beast is basically a moving fortress, with 5-inch-thick bulletproof windows and 8-inch thick armoured doors.
“The car may say Cadillac, but very little in that car is Cadillac,” one agent told Autoweek. “Even the Cadillac emblems on the hood and trunk are supersized. The car is really a truck that looks like a limo. And it drives like one, too.”
Because of its massive weight, the vehicle is unlikely to get more than 5 mpg – though fuel economy probably isn’t at the top of the president’s concerns.
In an extremely James Bond move, tear gas cannons and a night vision camera are hidden in the front of the car.
Source: Daily Mail.
2=. Kim Jong Un, Mercedes-Benz S600 (W221) Pullman Guard — £1.2 million ($US1.6 million).
Kim Jong Un’s Mercedes Limousine has gone viral for its entourage of 12 bodyguards who jog alongside it as the North Korean premier is ferried to significant events.
The men are selected from army conscripts based on physical appearance and abilities.
You can read more about the internet-famous jogging bodyguards here.
As for the limo itself, “the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the safest cars around,” Select Car Leasing says.
At roughly 21 feet long, the S600 Pullman is absolutely massive, and there are almost certainly special modifications to suit Kim’s personal needs.
The Mercedes is reportedly able to withstand a grenade attack as well as bullets.
Kim Jong Un might be something of a petrolhead – The Korean Herald reports that the Supreme Leader is alleged to have a collection of supercars worth $US20 million.
1. Queen Elizabeth II, Bentley State Limousine — £11 million ($US14.7 million).
Her Majesty knows how to travel.
The Queen’s Bentley State Limousine was specially designed in 2002 for her Golden Jubilee – she was apparently so impressed with it that she ordered another one.
The car features high ceilings and doors that open at 90 degrees to allow royals to exit the vehicle in a “dignified manner.”
“To ensure that as many well-wishers as possible have the opportunity to see The Queen, the team at Mulliner created a ‘panoramic glasshouse’ with greater visibility from the outside than can be found on any other car,” according to Bentley.
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