Donald Trump’s own Cadillac Presidential Limo has entered service at long last, after a series of false starts and delays kept pushing the vehicle’s start-of-service date back. The car, also known as “Cadillac One” or “The Beast 2.0”, was originally supposed to be ready in time for President Trump’s inauguration in 2017, but obviously, it wasn’t ready.
President Donald Trump rode through New York City recently in the new Cadillac Presidential Limo ahead of the United Nations General Assembly. General Motors was awarded nearly $16 million in construction contracts back in 2013 to deliver the new plush armored ride, and the vehicle that came out of the program is a long, sleek stretch limousine with a sedan profile like that on the production 2019 Cadillac CT6, underpinned by a ladder frame borrowed from GM’s medium-duty work trucks.
You can see “The Beast 2.0” yourself in this Tweet from White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr.:
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) September 23, 2018
Cadillac has been the automotive brand of choice to transport the President of the United States since the 1980s, although Presidential Limousines like the one just pressed into service are quite unlike the production Cadillacs available to ordinary consumers. The Secret Service keeps specific details about each new Cadillac One limo secret, but the last one, which was rolled out in 2009, featured safety precautions like reinforced doors, bulletproof windows, Kevlar-reinforced run-flat tires, Halon fire-suppression system, an advanced air-filtration system (to safeguard against biological attack), and a trunk full of weapons and protective gear.
It even featured equipment to keep the car safe from the effects of an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) blast, and an onboard oxygen supply to defend against airborne chemical agents.
While you can’t buy the new Cadillac Presidential Limo yourself at your local Cadillac dealer, there is at least one Cadillac One replica in existence, based on a 1999 Cadillac DeVille, which sold for a not-unreasonable $45,650 at RM Sotheby’s Autumn Auction in Auburn.
(Source: Motor Authority)