Audi A8 L extended

Remember the stretched Audi A8 limousine we sighted back in January? You know, the one that had six doors on it? Well, it has now been revealed that the unique one-off was actually made by Audi, and the carmaker has provided more information on what is now known as the Audi A8 L extended.

The most important question here is, just how big is this thing? According to Audi, the A8 L extended measures a whopping 6,360 mm long, with a wheelbase of 4,220 mm (1,090 mm more than the normal A8). However, it is still shy of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman’s 6,499 mm length and 4,418 mm wheelbase.

The limo uses an Audi Space Frame design and is made almost entirely from aluminium. To create the six-door behemoth, engineers extended the side sills and centre tunnel using extruded aluminium sections.

They also separated the passenger and luggage compartments and added strengthening tubes and braces in the roof for torsional and flexural rigidity. As a result, the A-pillar gets reworked to ensure the roofline appears uninterrupted.

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Inside, the passengers do not face each other as in the Pullman, but rather face the direction of travel. Of course, there’s loads for passengers to and do while their bottoms rest on seats that are upholstered in “extra-supple” Valcona leather in the colour of velvet beige.

If they are bored of the electrically adjustable individual seats, Audi has included a 2.4 m glass panel in the roof skin to peer out off. Those who prefer to stay away from the strong sunlight can put up the car’s blinds – one for each row of seats.

Meanwhile, third-row passengers have access to a continuous centre console that features controls for the car’s climate control as well as the Rear Seat Entertainment display. A cool box is also available here, should a refreshing drink be needed.

Under the hood of the elongated A8 lies a 3.0 TFSI V6 that delivers 310 hp and 440 Nm, and is mated to an eight-speed tiptronic that transfers the power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

Audi A8 L extended

Despite the rather small engine size, the 2,418 kg limo will hit 100 km/h from a standstill in 7.1 seconds (1.6 seconds slower than the normal car) and is capable of an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h. That should be more than enough to waft around town.

So, who is the owner of this one-off Audi? A European customer that approached the German carmaker for a “king-sized” A8 apparently. And because “Audi puts the customer first, however out of the ordinary their requirements may be”, this example rides on 19-inch wheels with a 15-spoke design, and is finished in a discreet moonlight blue body colour.

Price? Unknown, but it’s good to know that if you have a special Audi that you want made, it looks like the carmaker can come to your aid, for an undisclosed amount. What one-off Audi would you want to be made?