Audi A8 L Security: For When The Going Gets Way Past Tough
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The world can be a dangerous place, particularly so if you’re a high-value target like a diplomat, tycoon, or celebrity. So for the—hopefully small—percentage of clients who believe that there is quite literally someone gunning for them, Audi offers the A8 L Security.
The latest version of the new armored car will be on display later this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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Based on the company’s long-wheelbase version its ultra-luxurious A8, the sedan features all the trappings of a executive car, along with what James Bond’s Quartermaster might describe as some “optional extras.” Under the skin, hot-formed steel armor, aramide fabric—the type of material used in body armor—and special aluminum alloys are employed to provide occupants with VR 9 level of protection, the highest grade of ballistic certification for civilian vehicles.
The designation means the body and glass provide resistance to military-grade small-arms like M14 and FAL-FN rifles from ten meters, and at least three shots from squad-based heavy artillery like an M60 machine gun from a similar distance. The Audi A8 L Security also meets the stringent ERV 2010 standard, which mandates vehicles withstand a blast of 15 kilograms of TNT from two meters.
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Under the hood, customers can choose either a 435-horsepower, 4.0-liter biturbo V-8, or 500-hp W-12. Opting for the 12-pot mill means a top speed of 130 mph—an electronic limit to reflect the capabilities of the run-flat tires. No other performance specs are currently available.
Along with the trick rubber, there’s also an on-board fire suppression system, and the cabin even has provisions to deliver passengers fresh air. Of course, the nature of this niche vehicle means there are myriad custom possibilities. But a convertible probably isn’t on the menu.
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