Russia’s New 10 Million Ruble ‘Aurus’ Luxury Sedan Debuts at Geneva Motor Show

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The new Aurus Senat L700 and Aurus Senat Sedan S600 made their international high-end debuts at the Geneva Motor Show this week. The Russian manufacturer presented its Aurus Senat Limousine L700, prominently featured during President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration in May 2018, and the Aurus Senat sedan S600. The L700 armored limousine, part of the ‘Kortezh’ (motorcade) line, measures 6.6 meters long and has a massive 4.3-meter wheelbase. The sedan, which is 5.6 meters long, boasts a wheelbase that spans 3.3 meters.

a2The vehicles are equipped with the same hybrid powertrain consisting of a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 engine and an electric motor, both linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The engine enables acceleration from 0 to 100kph in approximately six seconds, while the limousine can accomplish the same task in about nine seconds.

a3Aurus expects to start deliveries of its cars to Europe at the end of 2020, according to CEO Franz Gerhard Hilgert. Retail prices will reportedly start at 10 million rubles (US$152,000).

Hilgert commented, “I cannot say for sure when deliveries to Europe will start. It depends on customers, and we need to complete some technical aspects to obtain a certificate of compliance for the European market. We hope that we will be able to deliver the first cars to Europe at the end of next year.” Dealers in Russia have already begun taking pre-orders for its limo and sedan vehicles from February 15th, according to the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade.

a4Russian car dealers Avilion and Panavto, which are the official trade partners of the Aurus automobile line, initially developed for the presidential pool, will start taking pre-orders for the vehicles. Customers will be able to book the new Russian Aurus Senat Limousine L700, the same car owned by President Vladimir Putin, and its sedan version Aurus Senat S600. Initial deposits are expected to be US$25,000.

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