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Porsche Engineering Reportedly Developing 800HP V12 Engine for Putin’s Limo
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by Dan Mihalascu
October 23, 2014



It’s no secret that Russia’s president (and sometimes prime minister) Vladimir Putin wants a bespoke limousine to be driven in, after ZIL failed to impress him with their ZIL-4112P prototype.

While the main goal of the “Motorcade” project is to develop the presidential limo by 2017, it also includes an SUV and a minibus for the president’s escort. All these models will be built on a modular platform with longitudinal engine and all-wheel drive and will later spawn more affordable sedans and sport-utility vehicles for sale to Russian customers.

The contract to build the engines for the Motorcade project has been awarded to Porsche Engineering Group (PEG), a subsidiary of Porsche AG, with the German company being preferred over AVL (Austria), Ricardo (Great Britain) and FEV (Germany). The first engine Porsche Engineering Group will build is a V12 turbo engine with a capacity from 6.0 to 6.6 liters, said to deliver approximately 800 horsepower.
 

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I wonder if the V12 will be a pair of VW V6's coupled together - Porsche have history there, having built the 917 with a flat-12 made from two flat-6's coupled together.

Armoured limousines are a difficult design brief - the armouring makes them very heavy so a lot of power is needed for the swift getaways needed in emergency - snag is they then look so different to other limousines they become the target - sometimes better to use a more lightly armoured version of a premium car.
 
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