Israeli government orders $685,000 armored A8 model for prime minister

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 5, 2010

The Israeli government wants its prime minister to have a high level of protection and has ordered the $685,000 armored A8 model that’s slated to be the most expensive car to ever be brought into the country. But because of taxes, the A8 Security is expected to cost much more. Audi launched the A8 Security version of the car sometime in 2007.

Based on the A8 L W12 quattro, the A8 features an armored passenger cell made from steel, glass and aramide fabric, which cannot be seen by the naked eye.

The Prime Minister's Office told Globes that the security forces chose this vehicle because of its capability to carry the required protection level and that the prime minister didn’t take part in the decision-making process.

The vehicle is powered by the W12 petrol engine that delivers 450 hp, enabling the heavier-than usual car to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in an unspecified time of “a few seconds.”

There are various communications devices on board, such as the fax and the telephone, which would come in handy during emergencies. For more comfort, the vehicle offers a cooler box, a bar, a humidor and a DVD player.

Consumers may opt to be fitted with rotating beacon on the roof and the flashing LED lights in the wing mirrors or a PAX run-flat system, enabling the car to still run on a flat tire.

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