If you’re the kind of person who thinks, “Ya know what, I love my Audi A8 but it just isn’t big enough.” than the Audi A8L Extended is for you. What the A8L Extended is, is a one-off limousine built on the A8 platform that has seating for six and supreme luxury.
I know what you may be saying, “Seating for six, shouldn’t there be more in a limo?” Well, yes but Audi has done this differently. Instead of having the rear passengers face each other, like in a traditional limousine, all three rows of passengers will face forward, like in a 3-row SUV. There are also six doors, two for each row, making this the strangest limo we’ve ever seen but one we certainly want to sample.
The Audi A8L Extended will be built-to-order and will come with a variety of different colors, but this Moonlight Blue Metallic color looks great and discreet. The interior will also have its options, but the seats will all be adorned in “extra-supple” Valcona leather and the model we see here is colored Velvet Beige. And there will be a infotainment screen in between the two middle seats, facing rearward, for the third row passengers. Personally, we’d go black on black for a sweet six-door Audi A8 limo, but this will do.
The Audi A8L Extended is still built on the Audi Space Frame platform that underpins the current Audi A8 and was stretched out and elongated to accommodate the extra row. Aluminum tubing and brace was added to the roof and floor of the car to increase structural rigidity as the wheelbase and frame grew. There are also aluminum cross-braces throughout the roof to continue the added rigidity.
Powering this massive beast will be Audi’s familiar 3.0 liter TFSI engine, which produces 310 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque, and it will be mated to the same ZF-sourced eight-speed auto as the standard A8 which will send power to all four wheels via Quattro. We see a missed opportunity to go with the 4.0 liter TFSI V8 or the 6.3 liter twin-turbocharged W12, here. If Audi is going to go bigger with the A8, why go smaller with the engine? Anyway, the 3.0 liter V6 is fine, as it will supposedly get the big A8L Extended from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds, which is brisk enough for a limo.
The Audi A8L Extended will be a rare, one-off limousine for the ultra-rich who want something a little bigger and more luxurious than a standard A8. Audi hasn’t released pricing for the A8L Extended but, as the old saying goes, if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it.