At the request of one very special European customer, Audi engineers have taken the flagship A8 model and created a one-off 6-seater limousine.
The Audi A8 L extended uses an Audi Space Frame design made almost entirely from aluminium. For the built-to-order version, the engineers extended the side sills and centre tunnel using extruded aluminium sections. Inside the tunnel, these also assist with the air routing. 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 regular long wheelbase A8 L.
The extended A8 measures in at 6.36m long with a wheelbase of 4.22m. To maintain the harmonious roof line, the entire body from the A-pillar back has been reworked.
The engineers embedded a 2.4-metre glass panel in the roof skin to enhance the sense of spaciousness.
The sun blinds – one for each row of seats – prevent overheating of the interior in strong sunlight. The headlights and rear lights incorporate small side marker lights, as is prescribed by law for vehicles of this length.
Audi upholstered all six seats in velvet beige Valcona leather. 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 limo is powered by the same 3.0 TFSI engine developing 228 kW and delivering up to 440 Nm of torque. The super sedan can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.1 seconds, with an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. An eight-speed tiptronic transfers engine power to the Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The 19-inch wheels in 15-spoke design conceal the brake system of the Audi S8, which assures outstanding deceleration of the over six-metre-long luxury sedan, with its unladen weight of 2,418 kilograms.