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Russo-Baltique Impression

Wed, 03 May 2006 00:00:00 -0700

One hundred years since its conception, the Russo-Baltique brand has been resurrected for a show car at Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance. Once the maker of cars for Russia's Royal Court, the country's Revolution suspended Russo-Baltique's activities after the First World War, only restored in 2003 when work on the new Impression began.

The car aims to demonstrate a high level of quality, using materials such as Zebrano, an African wood, to trim the interior. The four-seat cabin is accessed via two large reverse-opening doors that sit halfway along a 5.2m profile. While the exterior owes much to the Thirties, under the hood is a more contemporary bi-turbo V12 producing 555PS borrowed from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

The Russo-Baltique Impression will cost around $1.8million, and with production not exceeding three units each year, exclusivity is guaranteed. Construction will take place in Munich, Germany.