Mr Putin, Your New Car Is Ready For You

Russian-developed Aurus Senat is intended as a Rolls-Royce rival

New Russian ultra-luxury car brand Aurus is aiming to take on Rolls-Royce with its first model, the Senat, which was launched at the Moscow motor show.

The brand has been developed by NAMI, Russia’s state automobile and engine research centre, after Russian president Vladimir Putin called for a national state vehicle. The Senat will also be offered in armoured Limousine form, offering an “uncompromising” level of ballistic and explosive protection. It’s powered by a 590bhp 4.4-litre V8 petrol hybrid co-developed with Porsche, with a 6.6-litre V12 also available. The car is built on a modular platform that will also be used for a future minivan and SUV.

The Senat includes a number of luxury features for rear passengers, including rear seats that recline up to 45deg, fold-out tables with leather trim and a built-in refrigerator with Aurus-branded crystal glasses.

The Senat will go on sale in Russia early next year before appearing at the Geneva motor show in March.