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Audi A8 L Security Meets Strictest Armored Vehicle Requirements

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/9/2015 Jason Udy

Details of Audi’s most armored sedan, the Audi A8 L Security, have been released. The car meets the class VR 9 ballistic protection standard, currently the highest standard for civilian high-security sedans, and will be shown at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show next week.

Audi has fortified the A8 L Security’s safety cell with more robust materials including aramide fabric, special aluminum alloys, and a lightweight hot-formed steel armor. These materials also help the Audi A8 L Security resist explosive charges meeting ERV 2010 guidelines.

Audi A8 L Security Interior© Provided by MotorTrend Audi A8 L Security Interior The Audi A8 L Security is built in conjunction with the automaker’s Neckarsulm plant and “a secure, top-secret factory.” Additional bits include an armored communication box mounted in the trunk, an intercom/PA system, and selective door unlocking. Optional features include an emergency exit system, fire extinguisher system, and emergency fresh air system. Custom features are also available.

Engine choices include a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 making 435 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque or a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter W-12 rated 500 hp and 461 lb-ft. Top speed is limited to 131 mph due to the run-flat tires. Audi notes the A8 L Security is the only high-security sedan with standard all-wheel drive. Despite the added weight, max payload is rated at 1,323 pounds.

Land Rover recently shared details on the armor-plated Range Rover Sentinel, which is based on the Range Rover Autobiography model. That model also meets high standards for security. The Audi A8 L Security is available for order with deliveries beginning spring 2016.

Audi A8 L Security Meets Strictest Armored Vehicle Requirements

Source: Audi

Audi A8 L Security Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend Audi A8 L Security Front Three Quarter
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