Audi A8L Extended Special Edition
The Audi A8 is already a superb executive saloon thanks to its extended wheelbase which gives the driver and passengers lots of room to drive or be driven around in.
This wasn't enough though for one European customer, who commissioned Audi to build them a unique A8 for their own needs.
This one-off A8L Extended adds an extra metre to the A8L’s already extensive wheelbase, adding an extra row of seats, and making this bespoke model almost 20 feet long.
With a 2.4-metre glass panel in the roof, superbly tailored Valcona leather seats in velvet beige, rear entertainment system and cool box, the passenger is in mind with this model, with supreme comfort guaranteed and a great experience ensured.
For the Audi engineers to create this model, the side sill aluminium supports had to be extruded to extend the wheelbase and maintain the structural integrity. A double rear bulkhead now separates the passenger from the luggage compartment, whilst the roof now includes additional aluminium profiled tubes cross-braces, which help to provide the torsional and flexural rigidity similar to the A8L.
The roofline has also been remodelled back from the A-pillar to continue that of the base A8L, allowing for smooth lines on the exterior and maintain the stylish look.
The added section and interior features make this car almost 2.5 tonnes, but it is an excellently detailed machine with great styling and body shape.
Under the bonnet is a 3-litre TFSI engine with over 300hp paired to an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox. This takes the A8L Extended from 0-60 in 7.1 seconds and to a limited top speed of 155mph, but as that may affect the occupants' comfort it's not a level of performance that the car will often see.
For more information on the Audi A8L or any other models in the Audi range, contact your nearest Inchcape Audi dealership.