Audi is introducing a new model; the A8 L Security. The long-wheelbase high-security version of the A8 has a host of special security features available in addition to its heavy armoring. At sales launch Audi will offer the W12 engine, with another unit to follow in 2012.
At 5.27 meters in length, the Audi A8 L Security is a large, representative luxury sedan. The A8 L Security has been officially certified by a German-government ballistics testing facility in Munich for compliance with the class VR 7 ballistic protection standard. The car’s resistance to explosions was tested as per ERV 2010 guidelines. The sheet metal and glazing in the passenger cell must withstand firing with NATO hard-core ammunition. In certain areas, the armoring on the Audi A8 L Security even complies with the criteria for class VR 9 and VR 10.
The interior armoring weighs approximately 720 kilograms. The aluminum side sills have solid steel sections built in. These provide increased protection against explosive weapons. 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. Optional electromechanical window openers operate the side windows, allowing them to be lowered nearly all the way. The excess weight of the windows amounts to just over 300 kilograms.
A standard two-way communication system allows passengers in the A8 L Security to communicate with the outside world when the windows are closed. The system makes use of a speaker in the single-frame grille as well as microphones for the cabin and exterior.
The 6.3 liter W12 pumps out 500hp of power and 625Nm of torque, with the latter readily available at 4,750rpm. It accelerates the A8 L Security from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. In consideration of the tires, top speed is limited to 210km/h. Outfitted with the W12 engine, the A8 L Security is the lightest vehicle among its peers.
The Audi A8 L Security W12 will be ready for delivery in late summer. Audi supports its customers with an extensive range of services and a special training course for drivers and owners.