Audi presented today the 2014 A8 L Security, a high-security version of its flagship sedan that meets the highest level of criteria that applies to civilian vehicles. Just like the 2014 Audi A8 Facelift, the new A8 L Security Facelift comes with the singleframe grille, new Matrix LED headlights, as well as updated LED rear lights.
The exhaust system is terminated by two large trapezoidal tailpipe trims on both sides of the tail end. The new Audi A8 L Security has been officially certified by the German Ballistics Testing Center in Munich and complies with the requirements of the class VR 7 ballistic protection standard in accordance with the BRV 2009 guideline.
For those who don’t know, BRV stands for “Bullet Resistant Vehicles” and class VR 7 imposes the strictest criteria on civilian high-security sedans, as the body panels and glazing of the passenger cell must withstand firing with NATO sub-caliber ammunition. What’s more interesting is that the A8 L Security even complies with the criteria for the classes VR 9 and VR 10.
The aluminum side sills incorporate massive ballistic-proof profiles that afford increased protection against explosive weapons. Thanks to the armor-plated vehicle floor made from a special aluminum alloy, the Audi A8 L Security can withstand attack by military hand grenades. For the door windows, windshield and rear window, Audi used a special glass with a a splinter-inhibiting polycarbonate layer on the inside.
As an option, there are electromechanical side windows that almost fully open the panes. A doorstop function holds the door in any desired position. The A8 L Security comes as standard with the intercom system that the passengers can use to communicate with the outside world with the windows shut. Some of optional high-security equipment offered by the A8 L Security is the emergency exit system and fire extinguisher system.
Audi offers the A8 L Security with a choice of two high-performance engines: the 4.0 TFSI and the 6.3-liter W12 FSI. The eight-cylinder 4.0 TFSI engine is rated at 435 hp (320 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque and pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.5 seconds, while fuel consumption is only 10.9 liters/100 km (21.58 US mpg).
The twelve-cylinder W12 engine delivers 500 hp (368 kW) and 625 Nm (460 lb-ft) of torque, enough to push the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.1 seconds and to a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph). Fuel consumption of the W12 engine averages 13.5 liters/100 km (17.42 US mpg). Orders can already be placed for the new Audi A8 L Security W12, with deliveries starting in the third quarter of 2014.