Audi unveils enormous 6-metre long, six-door A8 L

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Audi has taken the wraps off its latest limousine, a 6.36-metre long version of the A8, which has been specially designed for a European customer.

The bespoke A8 L (the 'L' standing for long wheelbase) has enough room inside for six occupants and took Audi a year to engineer and develop.
Those close to the project claim the lengthy Audi A8 L 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.

A double rear bulkhead separates the passenger compartment from the luggage compartment; the roof incorporates additional aluminium profiled tubes and cross-braces.

New Audi A8 L

New Audi A8 L


Interior niceties include individual sun visors, ensuring the occupants don't overheat, while seating 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.

The one-off vehicle is powered by a 3.0 TFSI engine, which develops 306bhp and up to 440 Nm of torque. This propels the saloon from 0 to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds and up to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

Autocar.co.uk claims the discerning customer is thought to have paid at least €350,000 (£280,000), which considering it took engineers a year to develop, seems pretty reasonable.