Audi A8 L Security armored vehicle
The new Audi A8 L Security revealed today is a production model and will be available for sale this summer. It’s based around the long-wheelbase A8 L model and comes with a host of special security features, as well as heavy armoring.
When developing the basic design for the A8 model line, Audi engineers already had the high-security version in mind. The result is a totally integrated concept superior to any retrofit solution currently available on the market. Most of the modifications are made by hand in a small, well-guarded workshop--on a production floor with specially secured doors, where the use of mobile phones is strictly prohibited. The complete modification process takes some 450 hours to finish.
The A8 L Security has been officially certified for compliance with the class VR 7 ballistic protection standard, however, in certain areas the armoring even complies with the criteria for class VR 9 and VR 10.
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The aluminum side sills have solid steel sections built in.
These provide increased protection against explosive weapons--an area that has seen a marked stiffening of requirements in recent years.
Made of an innovative aluminum alloy, the car’s armored floor serves the same purpose. The Audi A8 L Security is capable of withstanding an attack with a military hand grenade.
The side windows, windshield and rear window are all made of special glass with a polycarbonate coating in the inside to prevent spalling. The excess weight of the windows amounts to just over 661 pounds. A window closing assist feature comes standard for the doors, which weigh an additional 793 pounds.
Audi is launching its armored A8 L with a single engine initially, a range-topping 6.3-liter W-12 with 500 horsepower and 461 pound-feet of torque. It accelerates the heavy hitter from 0-62 in 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. Fuel economy on average is 17.42 mpg for the European combined cycle.
In the coming year, Audi will offer a second engine version, which will return a fuel economy around the 21-23 mpg mark.