If you thought that car shopping was fun, then just wait until you get a load of these official state vehicles from all around the world. The Kings, Queens, Presidents, and Sultans of the globe sure do know how to cruise in style! These are the 20 Most Expensive Presidential Cars in the World, and they will totally blow you away!
There is a lot to think about when it comes to car shopping. You want something that is stylish and will make a statement on the road. You also want to know that you will be safe and secure as you round bends, cruise at high speeds, and tackle tricky terrain. And what about being entertained and in-the-know during your drive? Infotainment and media centers have become commonplace in automobiles nowadays, but these twenty vehicles bring it to the next level and beyond! Heck, we could practically move into one of these cars and call it our new mobile home. From wine chillers to refrigerators, high-def televisions, and enough passenger room for ourselves and our closest friends, these automobiles have it all.
We hope that you enjoy reading about these executive state limousines and sedans. Inspiring? Yes. Envy-inducing? Heck yes!
20 Kenya - Mercedes-Benz Pullman S600 $50,000
You may not think of Kenya when you imagine super-expensive executive vehicles, but prepare to be amazed. The Mercedes-Benz love extends to Africa, where the Kenyan government is cruising around in the Pullman S600. This limousine is driven by the elite and powerful in Kenya and bears the coat of arms of the country as well as an armored exterior that is ready for action. A 6.3-liter V8 engine and double wishbone front suspension allows for easy navigation and smooth cruising. The maximum speed for this beast is 220 kilometers per hour and it comes in two models: the short wheelbase and the long wheelbase.
19 Italy - Lancia Thesis $65,709
You can bet that Italy does it right when it comes to their executive cars. The Lancia Thesis revs loud and proud with turbocharged engines and 6-speed overdrive. It can reach a maximum speed of 222 kilometers per hour and boasts 240 pounds-feet of torque. It would be pretty easy for us to just live in this car. It has got a refrigerator and minibar (come on, Italians need to have their wine) as well as a GPS and satellite system, Internet connectivity, a fax machine, DVD player, and plush comfy leather seating. Cruise around the country in style and the ultimate comfort, not to mention the highest level of safety Italy can buy! Actually, in 2014, the Italian Prime Minister put this baby up for sale.
18 Japan - Toyota Century Royal $85,500
The Japanese government doesn’t play around. When they need to transport themselves on the roads, they hop into the Toyota Century Royal. This executive vehicle is equipped with a bulletproof exterior, a cozy cockpit, and is ready to go at full throttle. With its V12, 48-valve engine, you can bet that everyone is salivating over this luxury car. There is a trap door in the front passenger seatback while the car zooms through the island nation nice and easy. It is a dream to ride in and probably even more awesome to drive. The Toyota Century Royal is used by the executive government as well as members of the Yakuza, another governmental entity in Japan.
17 Singapore - Mercedes-Benz S350L $85,995
Singapore is one of the hotspots of luxury and class in the world, and its official state car does not disappoint. The Mercedes-Benz S350L is an amazing machine, and the President of Singapore uses the 2010 model to get around. In classy white paint, the model upped the ante from previous versions with a quarter more power and envy-worthy upgrades. Those include a column-mounted shifter, Night View Assist, collision sensors and wider fender arcs for a new and modern look. Armor protects the vehicle from various kinds of attacks and daytime LED running lights as well as bi-xenon lighting is a unique twist.
16 Uzbekistan - Range Rover Supercharged $103,195
Uzbekistan does not play around with its Range Rover Supercharged. The head of the country called in this custom-designed vehicle, complete with enough armor and protection to withstand bullets and other shots. The Range Rover Supercharged can navigate essentially any type of terrain and will give the driver and riders a smooth and cozy ride each and every time. A sleek yet curvaceous exterior transcends reality and morphs into a comfortable interior that is soft, sophisticated, and sexy. This is a machine that is powerful yet purrs like a kitten. The long wheelbase and front wheel arch helps to get this bad boy anywhere you want to go. The latest entertainment and GPS/satellite technology rounds out the impressive interior.
15 Morocco - Mercedes 600 Pullman $120,384
In Morocco, King Hassan II ordered this king of vehicles: the Mercedes 600 Pullman. You can bet that this is an executive limousine that is dressed to impress. With a 6.3-liter V8 engine, overhead camshafts, and Bosch mechanical fuel injection, this car practically springs into action. The ride is easy breezy and high-tech hydraulics, powered seating, doors, and windows, as well as luxury safety features make this a car fit for royalty. It comes in two versions: the short wheelbase and the long wheelbase. With 6 doors, and forward-facing jump seats, you will be discovering new things about this car for days!
14 South Korea - Hyundai Equus VL500 (550) Limousine $122,180
South Korea has some pretty scary neighbors up North, so you can bet that the South Korean Hyundai Equus VL500 Limousine is ready to tackle whatever is thrown at it. This is the first armored stretch limo built on South Korean soil, and it is armed and protected to keep the Asian leader safe and sound. That includes enough strength and durability to withstand a 15 kilo blast of TNT! This model is larger than its predecessors, and it is actually quite a mammoth compared to the entire fleet of Hyundai models. It was used at the G20 Summit in South Korea and did not fail to impress. The car was originally constructed for South Korean President Cheong Wa Dae.
13 Norway - Binz Limousine $128,351
The Binz limousine was first spotted in Norway at the end of 2012, during the holiday celebrations. As King Harald V showed off his automotive play-toy, everyone marveled at this stunning machine. The Binz Limousine includes comfort seating for long road trips, as well as an entertainment/media and infotainment system for both business and leisure. Automatic Start-Stop features, and fuel efficiency mean that the Norwegians can admire the King for his sense of style and his commitment to going green (somewhat.) The Mercedes-Benz inspiration comes through in the Binz, with top-quality security and an interior layout that is functional and fabulous.
12 Brunei - Rolls Royce Phantom VI $148,645
The Sultan of Brunei travels around in the Rolls Royce Phantom VI. What a very fine choice, we must say. This automobile is not only powerful, but it is absolutely gorgeous. It was the last of the Rolls Royce line of cars to flaunt a separate chassis, with coiled springs at the front and in the back, leaf springs. SU carburetors, a V8 engine, and a 4-speed automatic gearbox helped catapult the machine to speed and top-notch style. Other world leaders who have used this vehicle include Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and even Kate Middleton (when she married Prince William!)
11 Germany - Mercedes-Benz S600L $174,890
The German executive vehicles are categorized under the name Sonderklasse, meaning “special class.” These cars are certainly in a league of their own. Currently, they’re using the Mercedes-Benz S-Class series, which are sleeker and of course, highly sophisticated. Some awesome features include LED lighting, a sculpted exterior for less wind resistance, and two widescreen displays complete with high-tech graphics and animations. Touch screens, a head-up display, and Magic Body Control means that the driver can manipulate the car with just the simplest of navigations and movements. The car can also use its Road Surface Scan to literally look at the road conditions and surface and adjust its safety settings accordingly.
10 India - Mercedes-Benz S600 (W221) Pullman Guard $180,000
In India, Narendra Modi is riding around in the stunning Mercedes-Benz S600. This limousine is outfitted with fluffy plush seating and classic design, but with a contemporary twist. A separation divider allows Pranab to have privacy and partition his area of the limousine off from others. A leader has got to have some down time to himself, after all. Moreover, this car is super safe, with heavy armor and protection, the strength and durability to withstand a grenade and an AK 47, and of course, the typical GPS and satellite navigation. Forget about riding in a tuk-tuk or on an elephant!
9 Philippines - Mercedes-Benz W221 $250,547
Are you ready for the specs for the Mercedes-Benz W221, which is driven by the elite in the Philippines? Well, here we go! 17-inch original S-Class wheels from the iconic automotive brand; automatic transmission, and five-star engine performance. Presidents past and present-day have looked to Mercedes-Benz to help them get around the country and beyond. Only someone with a lot of power and a whole lot of money will ever get behind the wheel of this vehicle. The 4-door car is outfitted with Brake Assist Plus, power brake boost, collision sensors, Electronic Stability Program, and Night View Assist, among several other safety and luxury features. Airmatic DC air suspension and radar systems, as well as enough entertainment to make Hollywood jealous, round out the exciting stats.
8 Russia - Mercedes S-Class Limousine $251,417
Russian President Vladmir Putin does not play around when it comes to his car. His Mercedes S-Class Limousine is like the next generation of space-race competition, this time in the automotive market. Putin pulled out all the stops to get his own custom-designed limousine, and the results are absolutely astounding. First of all, the steering wheel features a double eagle in gold. There is the highest level of armored protection, high beltline, low roofline, plush leather interiors on the seats, steering wheel, and more. If you want to see the finest that Russian money can buy, here it is. The custom vehicle was part of Putin’s pet project which was put into place at the beginning of 2014.
7 Malaysia - Maybach 62 $394,000
Now let’s head back over to Asia and go see the Maybach 62 in Malaysia. After a hiatus, the Maybach is back and ready to roll. The executive royalty of Malaysia can kick back and relax in fully-reclining business-class seats and keep their booze cool is a wine chiller. Picnic tables, safety features, and the latest technology that money can buy round out this luxury vehicle. You can bet that not everyone is riding around in this beautiful beast, but if you have nearly $400,000, you could be one of them. It may have only been a couple of years since the recurrence of the Maybach, but it is a force to be reckoned with.
6 UK - Jaguar XJ Sentinel $455,025
Hop aboard the Jaguar XJ Sentinel, the official vehicle for the Prime Minster of the United Kingdom. The Prime Ministerial Car is custom armored and outfitted with a supercharged 5-liter V8 engine. While a lot of the details and cool features are under wraps, we do know that the body of the car is made of titanium, Kevlar, and steel plate, with polycarbonate windows that can withstand bullet shots. There is an oxygen supply in case of disaster, and the vehicle is also able to withstand tear gas. Inside, it is a techie’s dream: high-def televisions, night vision abilities, and sound systems for important conference calls on the go. A Prime Minister always needs to be prepared!
5 Thailand - Maybach 62 Limousine $500,000
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand and his royal family only choose the best when it comes to their official vehicles. That is why they go around in the Maybach 62 Limousine. This powerhouse is a big bad boy, with a V12 engine and roomy interior. As far an entertainment is concerned, the vehicle includes a DVD and CD system, refrigerator and wine chiller, as well as a center console with all of the latest tech accoutrements. There is nothing ordinary about these limousines, and their high performance and luxury appearance is the best of both worlds. If you have a spare half a million dollars lying around, you should definitely check out the Maybach 62.
4 Vatican - Mercedes-Benz M-Class $524,990
You better believe that Pope Francis travels in style. The Vatican leader rides around in his Popemobile, waving to believers and kissing babies. The Pontiff continues to follow tradition with a Mercedes-Benz automobile, this one belonging to the M-Class. It seems a bit weird that Pope Francis, who insists on living a life of poverty, has a Popemobile worth over half a million dollars. But, we’ll let that slide. Anyway, the vehicle is custom-built, designed with a protective enclosure and barrier, and while normally ambles down the street at a snail’s pace, can break the speedometer at over 160 miles per hour.
3 China - Hongqi Limousine $801,624
The Hongqi Limousine is the most expensive car in China. Hongqi translates in English to “red flag,” which makes sense for a Communist country like China. Here are some specs on the Hongqi Limousine: and 8-speed transmission and four turbo-charged V8 engines with 530 pounds of torque and 381 horsepower. This baby will go from zero to one hundred kilometers in just over 8 seconds, and it can reach a maximum speed of 220 kilometers per hour. Thanks to its presence in China and its relationship to government leaders, the Hongqi fleet of vehicles has become a long sought-after luxury item in the Chinese market.
2 United States - Cadillac One $1,500,00
When the President of the United States of America wants to get around, he hops into the Cadillac One. This is the official state car, and is manufactured by General Motors. The United States has been using presidential vehicles for about 80 years, but this one is a beauty. The current model is a limousine-style Cadillac and is, of course, fully armored to protect the Commander in Chief, currently, President Barack Obama. Get this: the Cadillac One has a stash of blood in it to match the President’s blood type. There’s also an oxygen tank, just in case of emergency. And for those late-night, top-secret limousine cruises, the Cadillac One is equipped with night vision, too.
1 Queen of England - Bentley State Limousine $15,167,500
When the Queen of England wants to get around, you better believe that fashionable old lady does not settle for shabby chic. No, the leader of England rides around in a Bentley State Limousine. This baby is outfitted with everything a royal woman could need. Queen Elizabeth II can sit pretty in this vehicle, which was created as a 50th anniversary edition of the iconic automotive brand. Since the Queen is getting up there in age, the doors of the Bentley can swing open at a 90-degree angle, and a "panoramic glasshouse" means that she can get a nice easy view of her adoring fans and the common folk. Top-notch security features keep her safe and sound.