It’s often that we hear people
saying that there is no end to one’s imagination. At Audi, it seems that this
imagination really takes a definite shape. When one of its customers in Europe
asked them to further extend the Audi A8, they did not hesitate at all. At the
request of a European customer the premium brand has built a first one-off
version of the sedan A8 L in king-size format. Measuring 6.36 metres in length
and with a wheelbase of 4.22 metres, the A8 L extended affords top-class
comfort for passengers occupying all of its six seats.
Experts invested almost a year
in developing and building the exceptionally long luxury sedan. The result was
an exclusive one-off specimen that meets the high standards of the production
model in every domain. 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
benefits from the low weight of the production model’s body, which uses an Audi
Space Frame design and is 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 A8 L.
The representative XXL sedan
in discreet moonlight blue, metallic offers 1.09 metres more wheelbase and
overall length than the Audi A8. To maintain a harmonious roof line, the entire
body from the A-pillar back has been reworked.
The experts embedded a
2.40-metres 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.
All passengers face the direction
of travel in the Audi A8 L extended. The six seats are upholstered in
extra-supple Valcona leather, in the colour velvet beige. 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 310 hp, delivering up to 440 Nm of torque. This propels the sedan from 0 to 100 kmph in 7.1 seconds
and up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 kmph. 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.
Source: Audi / Motown India
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