Over the centuries, the politicians/leaders across the globe have become more powerful. While these leaders command a great respect, and have the authority to change the way the world works, there is a sense of style that they entail, which inspires many. Unlike the bygone days when world leaders and politicians relied on slow and dated means of transport, these new-age heads drive in style. The best of luxury vehicles that carmakers have ever crafted are a part of the official state fleet, that carry these leaders safely. These luxury vehicles are heavily customized and are equipped with a raft of safety measures to protect the world’s most powerful leaders. Here’s a list of these bespoke mean machines used by some of the most renowned world leaders and their cars.
Donald Trump - Cadillac One: The newly elected US President, Donald Trump’s official state car (one of them) is the Cadillac. While nothing much is known about this mean machine due to the security protocol, the vehicle reportedly brims with high-end security features like tear gas cannons, emergency blood supply, armoured body panels,bullet-proof glass, oxygen supply etc. The 18-feet long beast is worth $1500,000.
Queen Elizabeth II- Rolls Royce Phantom VI: Queen’s love for high-end luxury vehicles is known by all. Among the various high-end vehicles that she owns, Rolls Royce Phantom VI graces her desirable fleet of cars. Just so you, the Queen has two units of the exquisite custom-made Phantom VI in her garage. The customized vehicle features St George Statuette (with a dragon) instead of the “Spirit of Ecstasy”.
Theresa May, Prime Minister, UK - Jaguar XJ Sentinel: Built from high-strength components, this mammoth gets a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine underneath, claimed to offer top speed of 195kmph. What makes it special is the customized underfloor with grenade protection, B7 ballistic protection and blast protection for explosives (15kg of TNT), oxygen supply, 13mm steel plate under the chassis etc.
Pope Francis-Renault 4: Unlike his predecessors, Pope Francis choose the 1984 vintage Renualt 4, instead of the luxury vehicles used by his forerunners.The 1984 Renault 4 is used during the Vatican precincts. Although, he still has access to Mercedes-Benz M-Class ‘Popemobile’ that boasts of plethora of security measures.
Mercedes-Benz S600 (W221) Pullman Guard-President of India: India’s highest authority, the President, travels in style, in a bespoke Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard. Stuffed with the highest safety measures, the armoured vehicle is built to bear up against grenade attacks. The thick armouring, rear surveillance camera and a large bespoke cabin make it one desirable vehicle.
Brazillian Official State Car-Rolls Royce Silver Wraith: The car, which date back to 1953, is the ceremonial state car of Brazil. It was bought in the early 1950s by President Getulio Vargas. The car is however used occasionally, during the Independence Day, state visits or other state celebrations.
Xi Jinping, President of China-Hongqi L5 Y: The President of China, Xi Jinping, rides in the most expensive car in China. Inspired by the humongous limousines manufactured by Hongqi, the car takes design cues from the models crafted for senior communists. The 18-feet long Limo sources power from a massive 6.0-litre, V12 engine tuned to put out 400bhp. Image Courtesy - Car News China
Akihito, Emperor of Japan-Toyota Century Royal: The Emperor of Japan, has four heavily customized limousines. In 2006, the Imperial House of Japan bought the 18-feet long limo for ¥52,500,000. What makes it special is the granite entry steps and Japanese rice paper bits inside the cabin. Powered by the meaty 5.0-litre, V12 engines, these cars are earmarked for the Imperial Family.