Audi could have probably pulled off the father of all customisations with its recent project. Upon receiving a request from a European customer, the brand with four rings has built a first one-off version of the Audi A8 sedan in king-size format, informed a press release. Furthermore, Audi already has more requests for the concept.
The new Audi A8 L extended offers top-class comfort across its 6.36m length and the wheelbase spanning 4.22m. The representative XXL sedan offers 1.09m more wheelbase and overall length than the Audi A8. To maintain a harmonious roof line, the entire body from the A-pillar back has been reworked.
All passengers face the direction of travel in the Audi A8 L extended. The six seats are upholstered in extra-supple Valcona leather, in the colour velvet beige. Rows two and three feature electrically adjustable individual seats. The third row has a continuous centre console, a Rear Seat Entertainment display and a cool box.
During almost a year of developing and building this extraordinarily long sedan, the major challenges concerned the safety and rigidity of its extra-large body. The Audi A8 L extended benefits from the low weight of the production model’s body, which uses an Audi Space Frame design and is made almost entirely from aluminium.
For the built-to-order version the engineers extended the side sills and centre tunnel using extruded aluminium sections. Inside the tunnel, these also assist with the air routing. A double rear bulkhead separates the passenger compartment from the luggage compartment; the roof incorporates additional aluminium profiled tubes and cross-braces, the release added.
Under the hood, the one-off A8 version is powered by a 3.0 TFSI engine that is good for 314.3PS of power and 440 Nm of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic that transfers engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.