God news! The Pope now has a Dacia Duster Popemobile
He's Dustern off his best driving shoes
Praise be – Pope Francis has taken delivery of a holy Dacia Duster.
The leader of the Catholic church can now roll around the cobbled streets of the Vatican in a 4x4 Duster specially modified with a viewing bubble so his followers can get a better look at his Holiness during his parades, and so the Pope can look over his subjects. That's how the Holy See, after all. Sorry.
The Pontifex's reasonably priced whip was modded by Dacia Romania's 'Special Needs team' and Romanian coachbuilder Romturingia, who were responsible for adding a larger sunroof, that (removable) viewing bubble and various strengthening measures. It's worth noting that the new Popemobile rides 30mm lower than a standard Duster 4x4 so it's easier to get in and out of – but we'd prefer to believe that the Pontiff just loves the low life.
They see me rollin', they prayin'
As you'd expect, the Duster's been painted in purest white, has wing-mounted flag holders for the Pope's pennants and has a cool beige interior. It has a specially made and "particularly comfortable" rear bench seat, so the world's most religious buttocks can be cosseted regardless of the terrain.
But don't go thinking that the Pope's been keeping an eye on his outgoings by buying a Dacia – the car was gifted to him by Groupe Renault, parent company of Dacia. General Manager of Groupe Renault Italy, Xavier Martinet, said: "With this gift to His Holiness, Groupe Renault renews its strong and continuous commitment to putting Man at the centre of its priorities”.
We're just glad it wasn't a Sandero – because we know someone at DriveTribe who'd quite fancy a modified one of those. Maymobile, anyone?