I’ll tell you what customer service is: it’s when one of your buyers says “Hey, make me that car!” and then you say “Heck yeah, sure!” That’s what Audi did for one unnamed (and no doubt deep-pocketed) European buyer who requested an Audi A8 extended limousine. It’s surprisingly quick, too!
Yes, this big A8—a jarring sight to behold at first, but a surprisingly elegant one upon closer inspection—is a one-off for a single buyer. But the 19.7-foot long, 5,331 pound, six seat, six door luxobarge doesn’t look like any cheap hack job.
Here’s how Audi says they did it:
The Audi A8 L extended benefits from the low weight of the production model’s body, which uses an Audi Space Frame design and is made almost entirely from aluminum. For the built-to-order version the engineers extended the side sills and center tunnel using extruded aluminum sections.
Inside the tunnel, these also assist with the air routing. A double rear bulkhead separates the passenger compartment from the luggage compartment; the roof incorporates additional aluminum profiled tubes and cross-braces. These measures provide torsional and flexural rigidity almost on a par with the A8 L.
Still, you’d think with that extra heft Audi would have gone with a V8 for this A8. But no! It has the 3.0-liter supercharged TFSI V6 with 310 horsepower. And Audi says it propels this big limo from zero to 62 mph in just 7.1...