Donald Trump will officially become President of the United States of American on January 20, 2017. Love or hate him, he’ll be living in the White House and riding around in Cadillac’s latest version of the Beast.
Trump’s new ride hasn’t officially been debuted or even confirmed, but spy photographers sleuthing around GM’s Milford proving grounds this past summer captured the world’s first look at the all-new Caddy.
The car’s overall design is clearly visible through the camouflage. Cadillac’s current designs are used, including the front clip reminiscent of the new CT-6 sedan. It features a grille with three horizontal bars and Caddy’s new crest. Vertical LED headlights and flared front fenders further solidify the look. The car’s long wheelbase is an obvious change from a conventional CT-6, as is the oddly square windows and roof. The rear of the car features more Cadillac cues, including the vertical taillights.
Despite all the Cadillac detailing, this isn’t a Cadillac. If this presidential limo is anything like President Obama’s 2009 Cadillac, Trump’s car will ride on a medium-duty GM frame and might be powered by GM’s 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8. Then again, the car could be riding on a modified version of the Silverado HD’s fully boxed steel frame, since GM doesn’t currently make a medium-duty truck like the TopKick of the late 2000s.
Either ways, the car will surely be filled with James Bond-like gadgets and technology, including life support to thwart bio-weapons, secure telecommunications, countermeasures for protection, and a cabin secure enough to absorb a direct impact from explosives. It’s even rumored cases of the President’s blood are carried aboard should he need an emergency transfusion. All this adds a tremendous amount of weight, hence the need for a medium-duty chassis and super huge tires. It’s no wonder Obama’s limo earned its nickname of “The Beast.”
Cadillac’s reign of providing presidential limousines dates back to 1984 when Ronald Reagan broke the long tradition of using Lincolns. The 1983 Cadillac Fleetwood featured a 17-inch stretch and a raised roof three inches taller than stock. Bulletproof glass and the extra length necessitated heavy-duty brakes, oversized tires, and an air-ride suspension system. Otherwise, the car was mostly stock.
We’d expect Trump’s ride to feature all the modern luxuries the billionaire is accustomed to. Perhaps he’ll even help pay for any personalized upgrades he’s requesting. Just don’t count on knowing anything about it – the Secret Service keep details about the president’s limo classified as top secret.
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2017 Audi A8L Extended
In early 2016 our paparazzi spotted a longer-than-usual Audi A8 somewhere in snowy Sweden. The limousine had six doors instead of four and looked awfully similar to the vehicle that was delivered to Harald V, the King of Norway, earlier last month, but the German license plate suggested the car in question was a test vehicle. Three months have passed since then and Audi confirmed that it has began producing a six-door variant of its full-size sedan.
Dubbed A8L Extended, the ultra-long, luxury model was conceived as a special one-off for an unnamed "European customer" and development took almost a year. Having received further requests for the custom sedan, Audi is launching the A8L Extended as a bespoke, limited-edition model that will rival offerings from Mercedes-Maybach.
Details about the six-door A8 and its availability are still scant, but Audi has provided just enough details and photos to learn more about the brand’s first venture into the ultra-luxury market. Have a look at our in-depth review below and stay tuned for information on pricing and options that will be made available for the XXL sedan.
Updated 04/11/2016: Audi dropped the official details on the A8L Extended.
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Presidents Day Special – Getting To Know "The Beast"
Ever since U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated inside a 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible, the U.S. government has made it a top priority to build presidential cars that effectively resembled heavily fortified citadels on four wheels. Over the years, presidential cars have been designed strictly for the purpose of keeping the president safe.
Such has been the case during the administration of President Barack Obama. Ever since becoming the 44th president of the United States, President Obama has relied on a limousine often referred to as “Cadillac One,” or as it’s more popularly known, “The Beast.”
The Beast is the latest in a long line of limousines that have been put into service for the Commander-in-Chief. Each presidential car typically has a four-year lifespan, although some presidents who have served multiple terms, including Obama, have opted to stick with their first presidential car. That’s why the Beast, which was delivered to the White House in 2009, is still in use today. That said, the president did take delivery of another presidential car in 2011, an armored Prevost bus that has been nicknamed “Ground Force One.”
So seeing as today is the last President’s Day the Obama administration will have, let’s take a look at the presidential car that has served him faithfully since 2009 and try looking ahead to the next presidential car for the next administration.
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Jaguar first pulled the sheets on its XF mid-size luxury sedan in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Since then, the lithe four-door has collected a good deal of critical praise, not to mention more than its fair share of sales. The second generation was introduced just last year, bringing significant updates like a lightweight aluminum body and higher levels of performance. Customers loved it, and the XF contributed nearly 29 percent of Jaguar’s total global fleet volume for the first 6 months of the year. Now, Jag is looking to keep the ball rolling, and it added new diesel power paired with AWD traction in order to do so.
Overall, it’s a pretty minor update, especially when you consider the furious turnover that is the industry norm these days. Nevertheless, the addition of a diesel to the lineup could be seen as a rather bold move given the current public perception of oil burners. Will it take the XF to the next level, or will it end up falling flat?
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With a tradition that harks back to the 1930s, when special variants of the "Grosser Mercedes" were used by heads of state around the world, the longest and most luxurious version of the largest Mercedes-Benz model in its lineup has always been a special car. Since the second "Grosser Mercedes," aka the "600" or the "Dictator-mobile," entered production in 1964, every generation of the S-Class has also had at least one longer version sporting the "Pullman" moniker. With a wheelbase so long that it can accomodate 2+2 seats facing each other behind the two front passengers, not to mention the option of body armor, Pullman Mercedes’ have always been regarded as the cars of choice for heads of state, dignitaries and similar VIPs.
With the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class already filling a more luxurious niche above the "plebeian" 2015 S600, the German carmaker has unveiled an even longer and more luxurious version, bringing back the Pullman name. Since several pre-production prototypes of the new model have already been spied at or around Brabus’ headquarters in Bottrop, it seems that the ultra-long Mercedes-Maybach Pullman was developed and will probably be manufactured by the famed tuner.
Updated 03/03/2015: Mercedes unveiled the new Maybach S600 Pullman Limousine at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
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The new-generation Mercedes S-Class made its world debut on May 15th, in Hamburg, Germany and it comes with lots of good news. Along with the new S-Class, Mercedes is using this new sedan to revive the old Maybach brand. The new model and sub-brand, now known as the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, promises to be one of the most luxurious machines ever created.
The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sees a size increase of 8-inches in both overall length and wheelbase. This adds more interior space for the discerning passenger who demands nothing but the greatest in luxury. There is a range of models that scales from the S500 to the S600, with engine choices that include eight or twelve cylinders.
Mercedes officially unveiled the new car in both the USA and China nearly simultaneously at both the Los Angeles Auto Show here in the states and at Guangzhou in China.
Updated 01/16/2015: Mercedes announced that the all-new Maybach S600 will be put on sale in April 2015 at a starting price of $189,350, excluding $925 destination/delivery charge.
Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.
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Introduced in 2013 for the 2014 model year, the Infiniti Q50 replaced the G series as the company’s luxury compact sedan. Inspired by a series of concept cars launched over the last decade, the Q50 is mainly aimed at the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4. In the United States, the sedan is offered with two different drivetrains, and in either rear-wheel- or all-wheel-drive configurations. The base model is fitted with a potent, 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 328 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. The range-topping sedan, on the other hand, is motivated by a hybrid drivetrain consisting of a 3.5-liter V-6 and an electric motor. Combined output sits at 369 ponies and a whopping 403 pound-feet of twist. As we’re moving closer to the 2015 model year, Infiniti is expanding the Q50 lineup by adding a long-wheelbase version.
Dubbed Q50L, the elongated sedan will be sold exclusively in China, a market very fond of longer-than-usual vehicles that offer extra legroom in the back. The Japanese luxury sedan will compete against a host of other long-wheelbase compacts that have yet to be launched in the United States, including products from Audi, Mercedes-Benz and even Cadillac.
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Mercedes-Benz has a long and storied history as an armored vehicle manufacturer. Be it Adolf Hitler’s bulletproof 770K limousine or the early, army-spec G-Class SUVs, the Germans have provided the world with some of the best ironclad rigs. More recently, Stuttgart has been developing and selling armor-plated automobiles through its Guard program, which already includes a generous range of sedans and SUVs, such as the E-Class and the M-Class. Going into the 2015 model year, the Stuttgart crew expanded its flagship S-Class lineup by adding the S600 model to the Guard program. The result is astonishing, as the segments most luxurious and comfortable limousine has also become the safest vehicle in the world.
Surrounded by a two-inch-thick steel plate and bulletproof glass, the S600 Guard is certified for ballistic protection class VR9. That’s the highest ballistic protection class as of 2014 and makes the S-Class safe against anything from small fire arms to grenades. In fact, the S600 Guard is the first vehicle in the world to be fully certified as having VR9 levels of protection, a feat that’s likely to send it in the fleets of many heads of state.
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Former SNL cast member, 30 Rock star and one of my personal favorite comedians is in critical condition following a serious accident this past weekend. Tracy Morgan was riding in a Mercedes Sprinter converted into a limo as it traveled down the New Jersey Turnpike in Mercer County, NJ when it was struck by a Walmart semi truck.
According to the report, Morgan’s Mercedes was stuck in slow-moving traffic when the semi didn’t see the slower traffic and failed to avoid the limo. The semi struck the rear of the limo, spinning it around and flipping it on its side, critically injuring Morgan, harming three other passengers and killing Morgan’s long-time friend James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.
Morgan is currently in critical condition in the hospital, but is showing signs of improvement as of Monday afternoon. The complete rundown on Tracy’s condition is unknown at this point, but there are plenty of rumors running around.
The driver of the Walmart truck, Kevin Roper, was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Reports claim that he had been awake for 24 straight hours when the crash occurred.
We’ll stay on top of this news and update you as more information comes out.
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Did the 2015 A8 just eat something sour, or is the A8 pouting while the Panamera soaks up all the praise within the hyper-competitive VW Group? Whatever the reason, all is not well with the new Audi flagship’s facial expression.
The 2015 Audi A8 made its public debut at Frankfurt Auto Show this week, where the new A8 range benefits from a facelift, and detail tech refinements for safety and efficiency.
The latest A8 range is larger than ever, with a much broader range of models coming to American Audi dealers in spring 2014. The U.S.-market A8 range will add a Hybrid front-wheel-drive option for the 2015 model year, as well as the current V-6, V-8 and W-12 engine choices.
Audi’s potent 3.0-liter TDI also joined the A8 line for the 2014 model year, and is available now. The engines for 2015 all feature mild output and performance tweaks, which are aimed at improved acceleration stats as well as fuel economy.
The bulk of the A8 volume in America is expected to still be the firm’s advanced 3.0-liter and 4.0-liter gasoline V-8 engines, each paired with quattro AWD as standard equipment. Short and long wheelbase choices are available, with prices that are expected to range from $76,000 to $88,000, before options.
The A8’s facelift brings an even more serious and technical appearance to the nose, with scowling LED running lights that look meaner than a junkyard dog. Part of the advanced debut of the A8 is to allow time for NHTSA approval of the all-new Matrix LED forward lighting system. Bundled with the A8’s new active safety technology, the LED style statement can actually be a key selling point for some buyers.
This facelift for the A8 leaves a number of issues from the previous model unresolved, which is not great, considering the strength of the latest Jaguar XJ and the brand-new S-Class.
Updated 06/04/2014: Audi today announced prices for the newly redesigned 2015 A8 model line which will arrive at dealerships this month. Prices will range from $77,400 for the base version to $137,900 for the A8 L W12 version.
Click past the jump for a detailed review of the 2015 Audi A8, with all the latest specs and stats from Audi on the performance and equipment these models will offer executive limo buyers.
With a market that grows larger by the year, China is one of the most important automobile battlefields nowadays, and it’s no surprise that the 2014 Beijing Auto Show hosted so many important debuts, including Mercedes’ upcoming BMW X6 fighter, the Lexus NX or Lincoln’s MKX Concept crossover.
Likewise, BMW went to Beijing to showcase an array of vehicles, hoping to gain more leverage over its luxury competitors. But besides introducing already launched cars and a couple of special models, including the 7 Series Horse Edition, the Germans also debuted the Vision Future Luxury concept, which hints at the manufacturer’s next step in regard to large sedans.
As with most of its concepts, BMW declined to offer any information as to what to what kind of production model the Vision Future Luxury will spawn, but it makes a lot of sense for us to think about the next-generation 7 Series. Additionally, and based on previous reports, this study is also a forerunner for the upcoming 9 Series — the BMW-badged executive that will take on the Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman.
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The sales market of executive limousines has been slowly increasing over the last several years. These extra-long sedans provide unsurpassed comfort, technology and refinement. Formerly the sole domain of rear-wheel drive German sedans with huge cylinder counts, the market has seen quite a shakeup over the last few years. Hyundai is trying to steal sales with the Equus, and companies like Audi have released more fuel efficient, diesel-powered versions of its A8L, and nearly every competitor now offers an AWD variant.
BMW is looking to take eyes away from the competition with its own fuel-efficient, all-weather model. The newly announced 740Ld xDrive combines a fuel-sipping diesel engine with the xDrive AWD system and crams it all under the sheetmetal of BMW’s biggest car.
Is this the winning combination that BMW needs to keep from hemorrhaging buyers to competitors like Hyundai, Jaguar and Audi? We have all the details below to help you decide for yourself.
Even thought Daimler decided to drop the unsuccessful Maybach brand, tuners still show interest in the luxury limousine. Florida-based tuner Knight Luxury came up with a very cool "Sir Maybach 57S" tuning kit that shows that even now, the 57S still has strong potential.
As expected, the tuner decided to update the exterior and the interior look of the limousine, but it also made some important changes under the hood. This is where the tuner installed a four-pipe sports exhaust system with valve control and Rennkats that increases the final output up to 712 horsepower — an healthy increase over the 543 horsepower found in the standard model.
All the exterior additions were made from carbon fiber and they include new front and rear aprons with integrated LED daytime running lights, a new hood and trunk lid, rear diffuser and a new rear spoiler. For good measure, the tuner also swapped out the stock engine cover for a carbon-fiber one.
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