Trump’s New ‘Beast’ Limousine has been spotted in New York City. President Trump arrived in New York City on Sunday to begin meeting with world leaders as the U.N. General Assembly convenes, and he’ll be riding in style with a brand new car.
The Secret Service picked up Trump at the Downtown Manhattan Heliport in a new “Beast” Cadillac limousine. It was the first major redesign of the presidential state car since 2009.
The Motor Masters reported in April that the car was with the U.S. Secret Service for final testing and scheduled to go “into operational use in late summer” — and it just made it.
Its public debut took place on the second day of fall, but the Cadillac-branded vehicle technically went into operation earlier in the week.
“On September 17, 2018, a new armored limousine made its debut within the U.S. Secret Service presidential limo fleet. This vehicle, a 2018 Cadillac, continues the Secret Service’s legacy of providing state-of-the-art technology and performance to its protective mission,” according to a U.S. Secret Service spokesman.
A minimum of two limos were seen in New York on Sunday, and they are the first of about 12 that are expected to be built by General Motors under $15.8 million in government contracts initiated in 2014.
Previously, the limo is designed to look like a sedan but is actually a heavily armored vehicle built on a truck chassis. Details are unknown for security reasons, but its large wheels tip their hubs to its heavy duty underpinnings.
Clearly an evolution of the Obama Limousine, the new model features a sleeker roofline and Cadillac’s latest styling perks, including what appears to be the same headlights as the current Escalade SUV.
A photo of Trump as he is entering the limo posted to Twitter by White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. shows its foot-thick rear doors and five-passenger rear compartment, which is reportedly equipped with its own oxygen supply in case of a chemical or biological attack. Additional rumored security features include protection against ballistics and explosives, built-in tear gas launchers and an emergency medical suite equipped with a supply of the president’s blood type.
The limo’s launch comes a few weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin took his first ride in a prototype for a new Russian-made state car called the Kortezh, which will be produced in numbers for government officials and for private sale, unlike Trump’s Executive Office exclusive.
President Trump has yet to comment on his new ride, but GM Executive Vice President and President, Global Product Group and Cadillac Mark Reuss told The Motor Masters that he’s “very proud of our team.”Categories: Auto News, Blog