If your daily commute is prone to triangulated crossfire, Audi has implemented a host of upgrades in the A8 L Security to make it one of the safest executive sedans on the market. In a press release issued earlier today, many details of its formidable armor are disclosed. While the formal release will be at the upcoming Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), the finer details are somewhat amazing.
In addition to higher strength aluminum alloys in the body, aramid fibers and hot formed steel are used to build a chassis in resistance class VR 9. This surpasses the previous A8 L Security’s VR 7 limits, as it is now capable of handling repeated fire from small arms up to .30 caliber rifles. An emergency oxygen system will engage if outside air is compromised, and all vehicle communications are housed in an armored box in the trunk.
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The only armored executive sedan built with the quattro AWD drivetrain can send all power to any corner, should the tires become compromised. Even with a built-in fire extinguishing system, it can still carry a payload of over 1,322 lbs; more than enough for your security team.
Fully loaded with more armor than you will need, fuel mileage is a very respectable 21.6 mpg. The 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 delivers 435 hp and 461 lb-ft of torque, but top speed is limited to 130 mph so as to preserve the ballistic tires. For more updates on armored Audis, stay tuned to Autofluence.
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(Source: Audi AG)