Audi creates one-off A8 L extended
Audi has created a one-off A8 limousine for one lucky European customer. The so-called A8 L extended is the first king-sized A8 that the Audi factory has ever built.
Stretching a total of 20.9 feet, the A8 L extended is 3.6 feet longer than the standard issue A8 L. The frame of the A8 L extended is so long that it accommodates two extra doors.
In order to support the added length of the A8, Audi engineers used extruded aluminum for the sedan’s side sills and center tunnel. The A8 L extended also features a double rear bulkhead and extra roof braces to support the sedan’s added heft. All in the A8 L extended tips the scales at a heavy but not terribly obese 5,330 pounds.
In order to maintain the A8’s proportions, Audi redesigned the A8 L extended roof from the A-pillars back. The sedan also features unique side lights comply with oversized vehicle rules.
Inside the A8 L extended is typical A8, save for an extra row of seats. All rows feature power-adjustable seats, but third row occupants benefit from a continuous center console, rear seat entertainment and a cool box. All three rows of seats are upholstered in velvet beige Valcona leather.
In order to keep the cabin bright, the A8 L extended features an appropriately over-sized glass roof that’s nearly eight-feet long. Sun blinds are available for each row of seats to prevent overheating from the sun.
The A8 L extended is powered by Audi’s 3.0 TFSI engine, generating 310 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The A8 L extended uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and retains Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.
Despite having only 310 horsepower on tap, the A8 L extended can accelerate from 0-60 in a respectable 7.1 seconds. Give it enough road and the limo will hit 155mph. In order to haul that much weight down from speed, Audi has equipped the A8 L extended with upgraded brakes from the S8 sedan.
Audi didn’t reveal pricing for the A8 L extended, but it was likely a multiple or two of the A8 L’s base price of $81,500.