Audi‘s armored A8 L gets even more ballistic protection
Audi has introduced an upgraded A8 L Security for better protection against gunfire and explosions.
The revamped armored sedan is now said to be compliant with the VR 9 ballistic protection standard, claimed to be the most stringent requirements for civilian high-security vehicles. Blast protection has also improved, meeting the ERV 2010 criteria for protection against 15 kg of TNT from a distance of just two meters. The previous edition met all requirements in the lesser VR 7 standard.
Aside from the bullet- and bomb-resistant windows and bodywork, the A8 L Security ships with an armored communication box in the trunk and an intercom for communication with the outside world. Customers can also add a unique emergency exit, a fire extinguishing system, or an emergency fresh-air system.
Audi claims to be the only automaker offering an all-wheel-drive armored vehicle directly from the manufacturer, with an alleged best-in-class payload rating of 1,323 lb despite the extra weight of the ballistic protection gear.
Buyers can choose from two different engines, starting with a 4.0-liter TFSI biturbo V8 with 435 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. A naturally-aspirated W12 mill steps up to 500 ponies and 461 lb-ft of twist. Both are limited to a top speed of 130.5 mph, due to properties of the sedan’s run-flat tires.
The company is currently accepting orders for delivery starting by spring 2016.