Long version of the long version

Ingolstadt, 11 April 2016

The currently longest major series car is the Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB with 6.09 meters. Audi presents a copy of almost 30 centimetres longer. On request of a customer, a single piece of the A8 L extended was a long version of the long version of the A8, so to speak. The six-seater Grand saloon is over one meter longer than an A8 L with 6.36 meters, the wheelbase is greater for the same amount. The concept is of interest: there are already more requests for the Special Edition.

Additional stiffeners

Experts spent nearly a year in development and construction of extra long car. The challenges were in safety and rigidity of the body as well as in the design of the silhouette. To ensure a harmonious course of the roof line, the entire body of the A-pillar is revised. While the engineers extended the side skirts and the central tunnel of the aluminium body. A double rear wall separates the passenger compartment from the luggage compartment, the roof got additional reinforcements. Through these measures, the torsional and bending stiffness is almost at the level of the A8 L, so Audi.

Large glass roof

In the roof, the technicians have employed a 2.40-metre glass should provide a better sense of space. A sun shade for each of the three rows of seats to prevent the Interior with sunlight heats up. The headlights and rear lights integrate small side marker lights, as they are mandatory for vehicles of this length. In the A8 L extended sitting all passengers in direction of travel. The six seats are covered with very soft leather in the shade of velvet beige. Series two and three come up with electrically adjustable individual seats. A continuous center console, a rear-seat entertainment screen and a cooler can be found in the third row, which is obviously intended for the Chief.

Only 310 HP

Quick progress apparently is not a priority for the customer. Because he not opted for the W12 500 BHP, but a downright modest six-cylinder petrol engine, otherwise do not exist in the A8. The 3.0 TFSI 310 horsepower and puts it on 440 Newton metres of torque. Thus, the limousine accelerates in 7.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. As usual, is electronically limited at 250 km/h. An eight speed automatic transmission transmits the forces on an all-wheel drive. Slowed down the 2.4-ton is S8 brakes from Audi. Audi will not give a price, but he might be substantially beyond of 100,000 euros. (sl)