Audi introduces A8 L Extended one-off limousine

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 19, 2016

Audi has always put their customers first and has prioritized their needs, whether the purpose is for safety or comfort. The brand is even known for sometimes giving in to what can be considered as bizarre requests. One such example is a European customer’s request for a king-sized version of the Audi A8 L. Yes, cars also go in the same sizes as beds but what’s interesting is why this particular customer wanted a larger Audi A8 L.

Of course, Audi conceded and created the six-door Audi A8 L Extended. The Audi A8 L Extended is Audi’s very first version of a king-sized sedan. With a length of 6.36 meters and weight of 2,418 kilograms, this six-seater king-sized sedan offers top-class comfort in every aspect.

It took almost a year for Audi’s engineers to develop this exceptionally long sedan. Most of the challenges came from safety and rigidity as well as the styling of its extra-large body. An Audi Space Frame design made of aluminum was used for the production model’s body, resulting to a low weight.

Extruded aluminum sections were used to extend the side sills and center tunnel of the built-to-order version as well as assist air routing inside the extra-large sedan. The passenger and luggage compartment are separated using a double rear bulkhead and additional aluminum profiled tubes and cross-braces were incorporated to the roof to provide “torsional and flexural rigidity” similar to the A8 L.

A8 L Extended has a wheelbase of 4.22 meters, around 1.09 meters more wheelbase and overall length compared to the Audi A8. Its 15-spoke design on its 19-inch wheels conceals the brake system which comes from the Audi S8 and which helps in the excellent deceleration of this luxury sedan.

The entire body from the A-pillar to the back of the extra-large sedan has been reworked to maintain a harmonious roof line. A 2.40 meter glass panel in the roof skin was installed to enhance the sense of spaciousness inside the extended sedan. There are sun blinds for each row of seats to prevent the interior from overheating because of sunlight.

As prescribed by the law, vehicles of the same length as the Audi A8 L Extended have installed small side marker lights on its headlights and rear lights. The passenger seats are facing forward towards the direction of travel. They’re all upholstered in flexible Valcona leather in velvet beige.

Rows two and three have electrically adjustable individual seats while the third row features a continuous center console, a Rear Seat Entertainment display and a cool box.

The A8 L Extended comes with a 3.0 TFSI engine that can offer a 310 horsepower output and delivers up to 324.5 lb.-ft. of torque. It can propel the extra-large sedan from 0 to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and to reach a top speed of 155.3 mph.

Audi's A8 L Extended has an eight-speed tiptronic that transfers engine power into the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The Audi A8 L Extended might not be as appealing at first glance as the other Audi models but it sure packs a punch.

Topics: audi, audi a8, limousine

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