EXCLUSIVE! Next-Gen “Beast” Presidential Limousine Testing
Next-Generation Limo Looks Like Frankenlade
Few vehicles on the face of the planet are enshrouded in such secrecy as the presidential limousine. Outwardly, most have some passing resemblance to production models, and most of them over the past half-century have been loosely based on either a Lincoln Town Car or Cadillac Fleetwood. The most recent one, known internally as “the Beast,” is believed to be based on a GM Top Kick/Kodiak medium-duty truck platform, and be diesel-powered, either by a 6.5L or Duramax 6.6L V-8. Only an elite few know for sure, and they aren’t talking. With the imminent arrival of a new commander in chief comes a new executive ride. Our crack spy photographer managed to get through the notoriously tight security surrounding these models to nab the next-generation presidential limousine testing at a GM test track.
We only have one slightly grainy frontal shot, but it’s apparent the second-generation Beast has a sleeker front visage showing a resemblance to the current-generation Escalade. The tires have a high sidewall, suggesting a heavy-duty platform like the current model. Naturally, to show the POTUS is hip with the times, there are LED headlights.
Because of tactical and security issues, we’re inclined to believe it will still be diesel powered (the U.S. military and NATO nations have had a common fuel standard for the last few years that effectively mandates diesel fuel). To ensure survival through an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack, there’s probably minimal powertrain electrification, with strong shielding of electric powertrain and communications equipment.