Audi chasing more orders for extended A8L limousine
Audi has built a special one-off stretched version of the A8L for a European customer.
The Audi A8 L extended measures 6.36m in length with a wheelbase extended 1.09m to 4.22m. And Audi already has further requests for the six seater custom limo already.
It took almost a year to developing and build the extra-long saloon. The major challenges concerned the safety and rigidity of the extra-large body, as well as the styling of the silhouette.
The Audi A8 L extended uses Audi’s aluminium Space Frame design, which cuts weight. For the built-to-order version the engineers extended the side sills and centre tunnel using extruded aluminium sections.
A double rear bulkhead separates the passenger compartment from the luggage compartment; the roof incorporates additional aluminium profiled tubes and cross-braces. These measures provide torsional and flexural rigidity almost on a par with the A8 L.
The entire body from the A-pillar back has been reworked. Audi embedded a 2.40m glass panel in the roof skin to enhance the sense of spaciousness. Headlights and rear lights incorporate small side marker lights, as is prescribed by law for vehicles of this length.
All passengers face the direction of travel in the Audi A8 L extended. The six seats are upholstered in beige Valcona leather, and rows two and three feature electrically adjustable individual seats. The third row has a continuous centre console, a Rear Seat Entertainment display and a cool box.
The one-off A8 version is powered by a 3.0 TFSI engine developing 310PS, delivering up to 440Nm of torque. This gives a 0 to 62mph time of 7.1sec and an electronically governed top speed of 155mph.
An eight-speed tiptronic transfers engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The 19in wheels conceal the brake system of the Audi S8, which assures outstanding braking for the 2.4-tonne car.