Upon assuming office on September 12, 2023, President William Ruto was driven in a ceremonial Land Rover around Kasarani Stadium.
After the lap of honour, Ruto departed in a Toyota Lan Cruiser V8, the designated official vehicle for the President of the Republic of Kenya.
The unique Land Cruiser bears the national coat of arms, symbolizing the highest level of authority in the country.
Ruto inherited this armored Land Cruiser 200 series from former President Uhuru Kenyatta which he was driven in for a significant part of 2022.
Presidential Toyota Land Cruiser 300 series VX-R
The land cruiser weighs a massive 2.7 tonnes and is enviable off-road. It has an engine capability of 4.5 litres with eight cylinders.
Furthermore, it has a run guard system on its wheels that allows the vehicle to move even when it’s punctured.
Purchased before the 2020 pandemic, the vehicle was approximated to have cost the government around Ksh14 million without specifications.
Soon after, Ruto dumped the armoured vehicle for his Lexus LX 570 on January 12, 2023, which he had used for parts of his 2022 campaign.
So popular is the vehicle that the registration plate number trended on Twitter on the day he was sworn into office as Kenya’s fifth president.
William Ruto’s Lexus LX 570 KCU 192H
The car comprises an eight-cylinder, 5,700 cc petrol engine and is capable of producing up to 362 horsepower.
Furthermore, the car weighs up to 2,600 kilograms and is thus stable when driven across bends and hilly terrains.
During Jamhuri celebrations Ruto unveiled a new Mercedes S560.
The car retails at Ksh21 million and boasts of a Premium Unleaded V8, 4.0L engine.
Unlike his previous rides, the Mercedes-Benz Maybach is a paragon of automotive excellence and lavish comfort.
State Owned Mercedes S560