Details of Audi’s most armored sedan, the Audi A8 L Security, have been released. The car meets the class VR 9 ballistic protection standard, currently the highest standard for civilian high-security sedans, and will be shown at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show next week.
Audi has fortified the A8 L Security’s safety cell with more robust materials including aramide fabric, special aluminum alloys, and a lightweight hot-formed steel armor. These materials also help the Audi A8 L Security resist explosive charges meeting ERV 2010 guidelines.
The Audi A8 L Security is built in conjunction with the automaker’s Neckarsulm plant and “a secure, top-secret factory.” Additional bits include an armored communication box mounted in the trunk, an intercom/PA system, and selective door unlocking. Optional features include an emergency exit system, fire extinguisher system, and emergency fresh air system. Custom features are also available.
Engine choices include a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 making 435 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque or a naturally aspirated 6.0-liter W-12 rated 500 hp and 461 lb-ft. Top speed is limited to 131 mph (211 km/h) due to the run-flat tires. Audi notes the A8 L Security is the only high-security sedan with standard all-wheel drive. Despite the added weight, max payload is rated at 1,323 pounds (600 kg).
Land Rover recently shared details on the armor-plated Range Rover Sentinel, which is based on the Range Rover Autobiography model. That model also meets high standards for security. The Audi A8 L Security is available for order with deliveries beginning spring 2016.