The new presidential limousine was spotted earlier this Monday in New York City. President Donald Trump’s car, also referred to as “The Beast,” is a heavily armoured Cadillac CT6 created by General Motors.
Even though the Secret Service is mainly in-charge of designing the car and equipping it with all the necessary specialized features, there are additional interior features that GM takes care of. GM won a $15,8 million contract to build the presidential limousines back in 2014.
General Motors did not comment much on the presidential limousine due to security reasons, but said the following in an emailed statement to TechCrunch: “It’s GM’s honor to develop and build the presidential limousine, a great American tradition.”
The spokesperson continues, “Continuing a rich history of Cadillac limousines that have served many U.S. presidents, the new car embodies Cadillac’s style and craftsmanship. The limousine, which was designed and built in Detroit, proudly resembles the Cadillac CT6 sedan. This being a secure project, we cannot discuss further details.”
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) September 24, 2018
Most of the details that went into making “The Beast” are kept secret, however, according to the auto magazine Car and Driver, “the new Beast is, like its predecessor, a heavily armored stretch limousine that, despite looking like a stretched CT6 or XTS sedan, is actually built on a heavy-duty GMC TopKick truck platform and supposedly weighs upward of 15,000 pounds”
“Its somewhat conventional styling attempts to mask the sedan’s imposing footprint, but in reality it is far larger than any full-size truck or SUV on the road today. We don’t know what is under the hood, but it’s surely a stout powertrain to be able to move around something so massive.”