A mystery customer with a taste for the exorbitant looked at an Audi A8 L and thought, “Why so small?” Audi was there to allay those concerns with a one-off Audi A8 L Extended, a limousine-style behemoth that adds 3.6 feet to the car’s wheelbase for a total length of nearly 21 feet. Because what good is a business-class train car if it doesn’t leave on your schedule?
The Audi A8 L extended is a distinctive monster indeed, specially engineered over the course of nearly a year to make sure it was up to par with the standard A8 L sedan. Audi says the biggest challenge in developing the extra-long beast was maintaining the safety and rigidity of the platform, as well as the styling.
There’s seating for six inside the Audi A8 L extended, thanks to a new second row created by extending the side sills and center tunnel with lots of aluminum, also employed for tubes and cross-braces to strengthen the roof. The new middle section necessitated some restyling as well, so everything from the A-pillar backward has been tweaked to give the A8 L Extended its trademark elegance and simplicity.
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To make sure passengers have a sense of openness inside the cabin, engineers inserted nearly 8 feet of glass to create a massive panoramic roof. Each of the passengers in the second and third rows are treated to individually adjustable power seats all decked out in beige Valcona leather. The unknown owner made sure the back row gets an extra touch of class, with its beverage cooler and completely independent infotainment system and console controller.
The standard model already tips the scales at 4,464 pounds, but the Extended beefs up to a massive 5,331 pounds. That’s what makes the limo’s 0-60 mph sprint of 7.1 seconds all the more impressive, using Audi’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 no less, with just 310 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque on board. The A8L Extended does need stronger brakes to cope with the added mass, so it cribs its larger brakes from the S8 (15.7 inches up front compared to 15.0 inches in the standard A8 L).
It’s not clear just yet who convinced Audi to build this kingly specimen, but the cat is officially out of the bag. Audi says it’s already dealing with requests for more, and we can understand the appeal of something unique and under the radar.