Wednesday 16 February 2011

Audi launches A8 L Security

Audi has unveiled an all-new A8 L variant, called Security that has been designed to meet the strictest guidelines in force for civilian vehicles.

At 5,270mm (207”/17.29ft), the A8 L Security was deliberately styled to look like a regular A8 L and possesses polycarbonate-coated multilayer glass, hot-formed armoured steel, reinforced side sills, and loads of aramide fabric. Combined, the interior armouring weighs around 720kg (1,587lbs), while the door and window alterations add a further 660kg (1,455lbs). 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 300kg (661.39lbs).

All the revisions means the A8 L Security is certified for VR 7 class ballistic protection. That means it can cope with AK-47s to military hand grenades, and everything in between. On the options list, apart from the electromechanical window openers are a fire extinguishing system (drenches underbody, wheels, fuel tank, and in flame retardant foam), emergency exit system (uses a pyrotechnic charges to blast open the doors), LED signalling system (for fleet travel), siren w/flashing lights, flag holder, permanently integrated telephone, accident data recorder, additional rear-view camera and a heated windscreen w/partially heated side windows, two-way communication system, and a emergency fresh-air system (uses pressured oxygen to guarantee passengers can escape chemical and gas attacks).

Standard equipment includes BOSE sound system, four-zone climate control, electric rear sunblinds, electrically adjustable individual rear seats, and a TV tuner. At extra cost, customers can order a full-length centre console, refrigerator, rear seat entertainment system, telephone headsets, and a "relaxation seat" w/heating & massage, and electrically adjustable rear footrests.

Powering the car will be one engine, at launch anyway, a 6.3 litre W12 powerplant developing 495bhp (500PS/368kW) and 625Nm (461lb-ft) of torque. With an electronically limited top speed of 130mph (210km/h), the car can sprint of 0mph – 62mph (100km/h) in 7.3 seconds. The 6.3 W12 petrol engine returns 20.9mpg (13.5l/100km/17.4mpg US), which is an 18% improvement over the outgoing model.

Next year will see the introduction of an unnamed engine, possibly a 4.0 litre V8 petrol that will return around 25.6mpg – 28.2mpg (10l – 11l/100km/21mpg – 24mpg US).

All engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic w/tiptronic. Sales start in Summer, however, pricing is yet to be announced. Audi supports its customers with an extensive range of services and a special training course for drivers and owners.

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