Starting with the regular Audi A8 L luxury sedan, a “top-secret factory” then upgrades the sedan to meet “VR 9” armoring requirements, meaning the car can resist tougher explosive charges, as well as high-powered bullets. That’s an upgrade over the existing armored Audi A8 L Security, which manages only a VR 7 rating. Modifications to keep shrapnel outside of the passenger compartment include aramide fabrics, aluminum alloys, and a new hot-formed steel shell that is said to provide better protection than before while still reducing weight. In other words, the A8 L is safer than ever before when set upon by a mob of highly armed bad guys.
Other enhancements that keep Audi A8 L Security occupants safe from angry outsiders include a built-in fire extinguisher, a fresh-air supply system, and an intercom for communicating with the outside world. Run-flat tires are also fitted so the A8 L can stay mobile even if its rubber is compromised, and both the suspension and Quattro all-wheel-drive system have been upgraded to handle the additional weight and high-performance requirements of an armored A8. Inside, customers can still opt for all the luxury goodies that make even the non-armored A8 a sublime place to be, including a reclining rear seat.
Audi A8 L Security buyers can pick between a 435-hp, 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine and a 500-hp, 6.0-liter W-12 engine, although both models have their maximum velocities limited to 130 mph due to the fitment of the run-flat tires. Dealers are taking orders for the bullet-resistance Audi now, with the first deliveries scheduled for spring.