Audi A8 L Security (2015)
The 2015 Audi A8 L Security might be the perfect car for the paranoid. Audi made a few tweaks to the A8 full-size luxury sedan A8 lineup for 2015, but the A8 L Security has a few options you won’t find on other models. That’s because the Security is an armored car designed for protecting civilians in dangerous locales. Humorless to the end, Audi calls it the most exclusive A8 model.
The interior of the new Audi A8 L Security is an elegantly styled relaxation zone offering a bespoke-standard build quality. There are two electrically adjustable individual seats in the rear. The front comfort seats, with an equally wide range of adjustment options, can also be supplied with massage and ventilation functions.
The exterior is still mostly aluminum but a high-security occupant cell has been integrated into the body as a unitary element. It features extremely tough, highly resistant materials (heat-formed armor steel, aramide fabric, ceramic, a special aluminum alloy, and multi-laminated glass), most of which is made by hand in a secure production zone. It takes specially trained workers about 450 hours to fit them, before the body is sent back to the A8’s plant for final assembly.
The new Audi A8 L Security provides luxuriously smooth ride comfort. Its chassis, brakes and electronic control systems have been specially developed to handle the increased weight; the strength, materials and wall thicknesses of the control arms, for example, have been redefined. The adaptive air suspension complete with controlled damping is incorporated into the driving dynamics system Audi drive select, with which the driver can vary the way a whole range of technical modules operate. As an alternative to hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering there is dynamic steering, where the ratio is adapted to the road speed.
he engines in the latest A8 L Security are the same as those found in the regular A8, though only two options are available: the 4.0-liter V-8 TFSI and 6.3-liter W-12. Audi is currently taking orders for its 2015 A8 L Security and offers special training for drivers and vehicle owners.