Putin wants to replace S-Class sedans with new ZiL limo


Going patriotic.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has decided to replace current Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans with a new ZiL limousine. However, a problem immediately occurs as ZiL has not made a passenger vehicle for approximately eight years (they only make trucks) and they don't have any modern armoured vehicle know-how.

The limo in these photos was built six years ago and only one unit exists. During an initial test drive, the doors did not close correctly while the wipers broke.

This six-door limousine is allegedly powered by a 7.7-liter fuel-injection gasoline engine connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission. It outputs 400 hp (298 kW) and returns only 3.61 mpg US (4.34 mpg UK or 65 liters / 100 km).

Needless to say, this isn’t the limo that Putin wants since he’ll be spending a lot of time at gas stations, while holding the door tightly shut.

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RocketMan87 RocketMan87
This cars where livered to its owners in two units due to the horrible reliability, so it can be changed before beginning of a random communist show)))).
Dec 3rd, 2014 6:15pm
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AlikMalix AlikMalix
I live in the US. But I have to defend. This article is pitiful attempt at an easy to ridicule car manufacturer. And all you folks are eating it up as real facts. Part of it is true, Putin does want to use a "Russian" manufacturer for the "Russian" President. But these photos are not of that, and do not even cross reference the process. This is a small detail shop somewhere in Russia that purchased all soviet's ZiL's. They restore and modify these for nostalgic fans that could afford it. Some of the designs for the new ZiL Limo can be found on-line: ZiL Concept. I think it's a project put off for later time. But I'm pretty sure they will not use a run down shop to build a Presidential Limo.
Nov 2nd, 2012 7:58pm
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TomitaBogdan TomitaBogdan
well, the outer shell doesn't look to great, but i bet the tech behind it is 10 years in the future. and they cold be using some sort of rugged-ass russian immortal truck platform.
Nov 2nd, 2012 1:16pm
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RocketMan87 RocketMan87
yeahh, 10 years in the future from the '60s
Dec 3rd, 2014 6:22pm
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ramkumar1308 ramkumar1308
......Hmmmm.....interesting looking....but this ain't no S-Class.....
Nov 2nd, 2012 9:09am
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Putin will probably regret his choice once he will be freezed in his car unable to shut the door.
Nov 2nd, 2012 12:37am
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make it diesel hahaha
Nov 1st, 2012 8:26pm
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PawL PawL
I would like to see a crash test of that thing! :)) I think you have better chances in a wooden box :))
Nov 1st, 2012 8:02pm
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EvanBarsy EvanBarsy
7.7l and only 400hp? That's pitiful before you see 3.61 mpg, this is 6 years ago? Sounds like technology from the 50s
Nov 1st, 2012 6:52pm
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Russians don't think about fuel economy and ecology
Nov 3rd, 2012 5:11pm
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SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
Putin is try to get Soviet Union back to business. And he is going to fail.
Nov 1st, 2012 5:43pm
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You're still afraid of USSR?
Nov 3rd, 2012 5:10pm
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autoficianado autoficianado
Sad but funny. I wouldn't be surprised if they put a Zil limousine body over another automakers platform.
Nov 1st, 2012 5:34pm
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NYyanks NYyanks
Nov 1st, 2012 5:09pm
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