That’s not the name, but that’s definitely the idea:
The Russian government plans to launch production of new limousines and premium cars in 2017 as part of the Cortege project at NAMI, the country’s central automobile and engine R&D institute in Moscow.
The RR33 billion ($500 million) project envisions production of 30,000 vehicles a year.
Development will not necessarily be entirely in-house:
The project may involve the participation of global automakers such as Porsche, which may provide engines for the new vehicles. Global manufacturers also may contribute design expertise.
As one might expect, these cars are not designed to worship at the altar of Fuel Economy:
NAMI staff have completed the design of a single platform for the Cortege limousines and cars. The vehicles will have four different types of gasoline engines, the most powerful of which is a 7.0L V-12 generating 800-850 hp.
What, no diesels? And we know where that V-12 is going:
NAMI director Maxim Nagaitsev says the limousine to be built for [President Vladimir] Putin will be the world’s largest passenger vehicle.
Cadillac had better get to work on an escalated Escalade.
(Via Ed Niedermeyer.)