Audi’s making their first move of trying to inch their way towards producing a limousine version of the A8 L to compete with the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman. Though they’re not 100% quite there just yet, but they do have the A8 L extended, a one-off creation that basically hints at the concept.
As you can obviously see from the pictures and the implied name, this is just an extended version of the Audi A8 L to make a limo. And it’s from the factory, so there’s no shady chop-shop doing the chop, somewhere in Bayonne, NJ.
The new A8 L extended grows in length to a stunning 20.9 feet long, with all of the extra-ness going to the wheelbase by 13.8 feet. This allows for an increase of occupancy to seating for six in the rear, with the additional driver and front passenger seat.
Options can be equipped to further cosset the rear quarters, such as a Rear Seat Entertainment system and even a cool box for the champagne, caviar and crackers. But it doesn’t seem suave enough for some Grey Poupon since it really just looks like a basic A8 that’s been extended, while the S600 Pullman looks so much more posh.
The powerplant is modest too in comparison to the S600’s bi-turbo V12. The A8 L extended has to make do with the company’s 3.0L supercharged TFSI V6 with 310hp and 324.5 lb-ft of torque and an eight-speed automatic. Unloaded, the A8 L extended can hit 62 MPH in just 7.1 seconds. It’d probably be a lot slower with six people in the back.
Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic. It also gets the big-brake kit from the S8 to assist with stopping power and the increased mass.
I mean, they could’ve at least put the A8 L W12’s motor in it…
– By: Chris Chin