Audi India has launched the A8 L Security at a sticker price of Rs. 9.15 Crores (Ex. Showroom, New Delhi and Mumbai) in the country. Being termed as the most secure Audi ever, the A8 L Security fulfills the criteria of the class VR 9 ballistic protection standard, which is currently the most stringent requirements for civilian high-security sedans. Audi A8 L Security made its first public appearance in India at the media days of 2016 Auto Expo, while being globally unveiled in September 2015.
The A8 L Security sedan has been upgraded from VR 7 to the VR 9 and it is even more robust now. The safety cell of the new Audi A8 L Security integrates extremely resistant materials – aramide fabric, special aluminum alloys and a hot-formed steel armor - to offer more protection. The sedan has been tested for resistance to explosive charges in accordance with the ERV 2010 guideline. Just so you know, the company manufactures each order entirely under its own supervision in a partnership between the Neckarsulm plant and a secure, top-secret factory. Along with standard comfort features such as the relaxation seat at the rear, Audi can also satisfy individual requests.
As for features, the A8 L Security boasts of an armored communication box in the luggage compartment, an intercom for communication with the outside world and selective door unlocking as standard. However, the German luxury automaker is also providing special features like its patented emergency exit system, a fire extinguishing system and an emergency fresh air system on request. In addition, numerous safety solutions can be ordered, including LED signaling system for convoy driving, strobe lights, a siren, preparation and installation of analog and digital radio communications with public authorities, permanent telephone installation, accident data logger, additional rear camera and heated windshield with partially heated side windows.
Under the hood, the A8 L Security comes with two engine options. The high-security sedan is powered by the 4.0L V8 TFSI petrol motor, which unleashes 435bhp of mammoth power and 600Nm of massive torque. Also, the naturally aspirated W 12 FSI engine is available with A8 L Security which belts out 500bhp and 625Nm. The power is transferred to all the four wheels via Audi's quattro permanent all-wheel drive, while it has an electronically limited top speed of 210kmph - a limit set in consideration of the tires that possess exceptional emergency flat-running properties.
“We are proud to launch the most secure Audi ever in the form of the Audi A8 L Security here at the Auto Expo 2016. The Audi A8 L Security assumes a unique position in its segment. Its quattro® drive makes it the only luxury sedan with an all-wheel drive system that is offered directly from Audi as an armored high-security vehicle. Thanks to the high share of aluminum in the body, the vehicle’s weight is relatively low. Nonetheless, it can handle a maximum payload of 600 kg, which is the best figure in the competitive field,” said Mr. Joe King, Head, Audi India.