Porsche Building Authoritarian V12 for Putin's Limo

800 horsepower fit for a president.

As we reported several months ago, Russian president-turned-prime-minister-turned-president-again, Vladimir Putin, is in the midst of carrying out a project of utmost national importance: crafting himself a new limo. And while numerous Western companies have been spawning financial relations with Russia due its role in the Ukrainian conflict, Porsche Engineering has been taking part in this automotive Project Cortege, developed by several Russian automakers with the German firm's oversight.

According to a recent report, Porsche is now in the midst of developing a special engine for Putin's limo, a turbocharged V12 unit that will make approximately 800 horsepower with a displacement of 6.0 or 6.5 liters. The motorcade project will also reportedly include a minivan and SUV, though it isn't clear if these will benefit from the same engine.

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