You have seen luxury trucks and you are familiar with what a limousine is. Now, meet the unlikely marriage between the two: PALLADIUM from Italian coachbuilder AZNOM. AZNOM PALLADIUM is not a truck and it is not quite the kind of limousine you may have in mind.
It seats four. Has an unusually long wheelbase for a car and it has a front end that reminds us of a Bentley. It is kind of a mix bag of automobiles. AZNOM is calling it a hyperlimousine.
From the side, it looks like a truck without the bed, but you can see the spirit of the truck lingering. Even more strangely, the trunk is not a traditional pop-up hood; it is enormous drawer:
Weird, but I gotta admit, its novel. The folks over at AZNOM is thinking out of the box. I know how it looks like. By the virtue of the design choices (taller body and tall ride height, overall), the PALLADIUM looks short.
On contrary, it is anything but short. This thing stretches 5960 mm and the wheel base is a healthy 3670 mm. To put things in perspective, the Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase Edition is 5825 mm long and has a wheelbase of 3516 mm. So, yeah, this thing is long and has a spacious interior.
Speaking of interior, it is leather covered and rocks a rear bench sit for two, plus all the creature comforts and luxurious appointment, including a Harman Kardon sound system and a pair of Microsoft Surface X PRO, expected of a limousine. We really dig the interior.
Though the front dash does look a little chunky. Not something I could call sleek. It is still pretty neat, nevertheless.
The inside is loaded with tech, too. The driver’s door panel has a touch display for complete control of the interior lights, air conditioning, on-board refrigerator, the opening and closing of all drawers (yup, drawers!) and compartments, the truck as well as the windows and doors.
There is another display on the other door too, allowing door locking, window, light and accessories related to the respective side.
Under the hood, it has a RAM’s biturbo 5.7L HEMI V8 engine that has been tuned by Monza Garage to deliver 710 horsepower and turns out 950 Nm (701 lb-ft) of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The powertrain can run on 4 cylinders only to save on fuel (called Fuel Saver mode). The drivetrain affords a quoted century sprint of 4.5 seconds before topping out at 210 km/h (130 mph).
AZNOM PALLADIUM is both a rear-drive and four-wheel drive vehicle. So, yeah, it has a part-time four-wheel drive vehicle. It rolls on 22-inch wheels paired to Yokohama Advan Sport 285/45ZR22 tires and has Brembo GT calipers (6-pod front and 4-pod rear) and ventilated discs for pulling the stops.
Only ten AZNOM PALLADIUM “hyperlimousine” have been planned and as expected of hyper luxury car, each car will be tailor-made for the client. However, availability and pricing have not been disclosed yet.
Images: AZNOM Automotive.