President Vladimir Putin rolled into his Helsinki summit with President Trump with a new ride that can compare to the Secret Service-operated ‘Beast.’
The Daily Mail reports,
As he arrived late for a meeting that observers already are calling a win for the Russian strongman, Putin made use of the new car for the first time since being inaugurated after winning 77 per cent of the vote.
It was one of several ways the two leaders were on equal footing in Helsinki.
The car, a Kortezh limousine, is a sleek black ride that conveys the power and prestige of an oligarch – or someone who makes and breaks them.
There were several vehicles from the motorcade also drawn from the Aurus family of vehicles.
According to the Financial Express, the car was jointly developed with German firms Porsche and Bosch along with Moscow-based Central Scientific Research Automobile & Engine Institute.
It reportedly gets 592 horsepower. Russian leaders traveled in a Russian-made ZILS under Soviet Times, and later in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
It wasn’t immediately known what security capabilities it has, but ‘the Beast’ has puncture resistant tires, armored plating, protection from bio chemical attack, and a sealed gas tank.
The new Russian vehicle is just one of many ways Putin is using symbolism to boost his public image at the summit.
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