Advertisement
the beast limo Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Following his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States, Joe Biden inherited former President Donald Trump’s presidential limousine. At 22,000 pounds, it’s no wonder they call this thing The Beast.

While it took a few laps around the track at the 2020 Daytona 500, The Beast is most commonly seen in presidential motorcades surrounded by Secret Service agents. And, while, at first glance, it may look like just a slightly fancier version of your average limo, this thing is stocked with all the bells and whistles you could possibly imagine.

Here’s everything you need to know about the rolling fortress.

The Presidential limousine carrying US President Joe Biden passes protesters in Howell, Michigan on October 5, 2021. – Biden visits Howell to speak about his infrastructure bill and Build Back Better agenda. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

The Beast: History and Specs of the Presidential Limousine

Commissioned by the U.S. Secret Service in 2014, the current Beast limo made its debut in September 2018 in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly. The new Beast (the name has been around since 2001) is designed to look like a Cadillac CT6 like previous presidential limos, which is where the “Cadillac One” nickname comes from. However, the chassis, Duramax diesel engine, which churns out 214 horsepower, and transmission on The Beast all come from General Motors heavy-duty vehicles. The headlamps, tail lamps and grille design still give it that classic Caddy styling.

Specs wise, The Beast, which costs $1.5 million, is built like a rolling bunker. With eight-inch thick plating made of aluminum, ceramic, and steel and five-inch thick bulletproof windows, its doors alone weigh as much as those on a Boeing 757 aircraft. The seven-passenger limo is also equipped with Kevlar-reinforced, run-flat tires from Goodyear, so flat tires won’t slow it down.

Not surprisingly, The Beast is completely stocked with security features. It has an interior that seals off in case of a chemical attack, as well as a special foam that insulates the fuel tank in case of impact. Tear gas canisters, shotguns, and grenade launchers all apparently come as deterrents, along with firefighting equipment, oxygen supply tanks, and even a special suite equipped with a supply of the president’s blood type. The president’s limo, a.k.a. glorified James Bond vehicle, also comes with smokescreen and oil slick capabilities.

Advertisement
US president Joe Biden arrives in his limousine on his way to board Air Force One Boeing 747 after the US – Russia summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Geneva Airport Cointrin, on June 16, 2021. (Photo by MARTIAL TREZZINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARTIAL TREZZINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Read More: Joe Biden Rips Burnout in His ‘

joe biden limousine
US president Joe Biden arrives in his limousine on his way to board Air Force One Boeing 747 after the US – Russia summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Geneva Airport Cointrin, on June 16, 2021. (Photo by MARTIAL TREZZINI / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MARTIAL TREZZINI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
joe biden limousine
The Presidential limousine carrying US President Joe Biden passes protesters in Howell, Michigan on October 5, 2021. – Biden visits Howell to speak about his infrastructure bill and Build Back Better agenda. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images)

67 Corvette Stingray

Oh, and did we mention The Beast also has its own plane? While the president travels in Air Force One, a C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft hauls the president’s Cadillac limo, a second limo, and an armored Chevrolet Suburban communications vehicle, nicknamed Roadrunner, anywhere that the president is traveling, whether it’s too or from the White House.

The Beast isn’t the only one of its kind. As it turns out, the Secret Service commissioned GM to make around 12 of the armored limos under a $15.8 million contract. These other limos are used for foreign officials and other important visitors.

Advertisement

When he’s on land, President Joe Biden won’t always travel in The Beast. Sometimes, he’ll cruise around in a heavily-armored Suburban SUV, or a modified Prevost bus called Ground Force One. Hey, when you’re the leader of the free world, you get options.

Products featured on Alt_driver are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission.

This post was originally published on February 18, 2020.

Related Videos

Author placeholder image About the author:

Stories You Might Like