Audi revealed today the first photo and details of its new A8 L Security, a long-wheelbase high-security version of the A8 flagship sedan, which promises to offer special security features available in addition to its heavy armoring. As expected, the Audi A8 L Security will be available with the W12 engine when it will be launched, but later in 2012 the car will receive a new engine.
The impressive 6.3-liter W12 engine delivers an impressive 368 kW (500 hp) and 625 Nm (460.98 lb-ft) of torque. This engine can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.3 seconds and to a top speed limited to 210 km/h (130.49 mph) due to the special tires installed. The high-security sedan consumes just 13.5 liters of fuel on average per 100 km (17.42 US mpg) and compared with its predecessor, the fuel consumption has dropped by 3.0 liters per 100 kilometers.
Audi promises that the new engine, which will be offered for the Audi A8 L Security in 2012, will offer a fuel consumption of 10 to 11 liters per 100 km (23.52 to 21.38 US mpg). The engines will be mated to an eight-speed tiptronic featuring a large overall gear spread. Furthermore, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system will conduct the power from the engine to all four wheels.
The vehicle will come as standard with 19-inch forged wheels featuring a semipolished, two-tone finish and wrapped in specially sized 255/720 tires that have a high load index of 117. Moreover, the synthetic rings on the rims allow the vehicle to continue traveling at speeds up to 80 km/h (49.71 mph) even after a malfunction has occurred.
A tire pressure monitoring system will also be offered, while a full-size spare tire will be offered as an option. Regarding the security modifications, these are performed by hand in a small, well-guarded workshop where the use of cellular phones is strictly prohibited. The side windows, windshield and rear window are all made of special glass with a polycarbonate coating in the inside to prevent spalling.
The A8 L Security has been officially certified by a German-government ballistics testing facility in Munich for compliance with the class VR 7 ballistic protection standard (tested as per BRV 2009 guidelines). The car’s resistance to explosions was tested as per ERV 2010 guidelines (ERV = Explosion Resistant Vehicles). Class VR 7 ballistic protection imposes the strictest standards on civilian high-security sedans. The interior armoring weighs approximately 720 kilograms (1,587.33 lb).
For A8 L Security customers, a multitude of special options are available for enhanced security. Among these is the emergency exit system, a technology patented by Audi. When the driver or rear passenger presses a tamperproof switch and pulls one of the inside door handles, pyrotechnical separating screws in the hinges detach the door from the body. The door can then be knocked out with a slight push.