Do you have a ton of money and need protection from assault rifle or grenade attacks? What about a chemical gas attack? Well if you answered yes to those questions, Audi has just the vehicle for you, the Audi A8 L Security.
What started life as a standard Audi A8 L, the Security becomes one of the world’s most extreme armored luxury vehicles in the world. It looks just like a standard A8, but it’s far from standard. The Audi A8L Security is built out of aluminum, aramide fabric and high-strength hot-formed armor steel. This allows the Security to be resistant to assault rifle fire, even when using armor piercing NATO rounds, and even grenade blasts. The glass all the way around is multi-layered with splinter-inhibiting polycarbonate in between the layers. So you’ll some serious firepower to get through this Audi A8.
It’s also fitted with an emergency fresh-air system, which pressurizes the cabin with clean, breathable air. This prevent from a chemical attack or any toxic gases. Tesla recently announced a system like this in its production Model X, but as it turns out systems like this don’t actually work as well as advertised. Certain virus-based chemical gases are so fine that they could penetrate the cabin filters of the A8 L Security anyway.
However, it does have a fire extinguisher system, which will put out fires near the fuel tank, in the engine bay and even in the wheel wells, all on its own. The A8 L Security is also fitted with run-flats, so running over a nail or getting shot in the tire won’t slow this beast down.
Speaking of speed, the A8 L Security is available with two engine options. Audi’s typical 4.0 liter TFSI engine is optional, which makes 429 hp. However, in a car this heavy, that’s not enough power, so Audi gave it a W12 option. The 6.3 liter W12 option has 594 hp and can get the car from 0-60 in 7 seconds. While that sounds slow by today’s standards, it’s not bad for a luxurious tank. It’s also the only armored vehicle on the market to be available with full-time all-wheel drive.
Any way you slice it, this A8 L Security is awesome. Dictators and political figures the world over will be lining up for this armored beast. Let’s just hope the latter get more than the former.