Russia's ZIL unveils 7,700-pound limousine

The ZIL 4112-R is powered by a 400-horsepower 7.7-liter V8 engine.

Once considered the Rolls Royce of the Soviet Union, Russian automaker ZIL has unveiled a thinly-disguised prototype that previews its upcoming 4112-R limousine.

Aesthetically the 4112-R is essentially the same as the limousine that ZIL built in the 1970s and the 1980s. The design has been updated for the 21st century with plastic body-colored bumpers, a chrome grille and modern-looking tail lamps.

The car's rear end gets a similar treatment. Gone are the Mercedes w126-like tail lamps that were found on ZIL limousines of yore, the 4112-R is equipped with upright units that are reminiscent of the ones found on certain Oldsmobile sedans during the 1980s.

With seating for up to six passengers, the 4112-R's list of standard equipment includes a television, a minibar and four independent climate control systems. The passengers riding in the back are treated to several square feet of real wood trim, curtains, and lavish leather upholstery.

In the cavernous engine bay lies a 400-horsepower 7.7-liter V8 engine that propels the car to a top speed of over 124 miles per hour, no small task considering it weighs just shy of 8,000 pounds. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed automatic transmission built by Allison.

Production of the ZIL 4112-R is scheduled to start in the next couple of months. Pricing information was not released but it will vary greatly depending on how the car's interior is configured.