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Published on April 11th, 2016 | by Subhash Nair

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Audi Made this One-off 6-door, 6-seater A8 L Extended for a Customer

Audi puts the customer first, however out of the ordinary their requirements may be. An example of this is the Audi A8 L extended: at the request of a European customer the premium brand has built a first one-off version of the sedan in king-size format. Measuring 6.36 meters in length and with a wheelbase of 4.22 meters, the Audi A8 L extended affords top-class comfort for passengers occupying all of its six seats. A concept that generates customer: Audi has further requests for the custom product already.

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Experts invested almost a year in developing and building the exceptionally long luxury sedan. The result was an exclusive one-off specimen that meets the high standards of the production model in every domain. The major challenges concerned the safety and rigidity of the extra-large body, as well as the styling of the silhouette.

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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.

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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.

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The representative XXL sedan in discreet moonlight blue, metallic offers 1.09 meters more wheelbase and overall length than the Audi A8. To maintain a harmonious roof line, the entire body from the A-pillar back has been reworked.

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The experts embedded a 2.40-meter glass panel in the roof skin to enhance the sense of spaciousness. The sun blinds – one for each row of seats – prevent overheating of the interior in strong sunlight. The headlights and rear lights incorporate small side marker lights, as is prescribed by law for vehicles of this length.

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All passengers face the direction of travel in the Audi A8 L extended. The six seats are upholstered in extra-supple Valcona leather, in the color velvet beige. Rows two and three feature electrically adjustable individual seats. The third row has a continuous center console, a Rear Seat Entertainment display and a cool box.

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The one-off A8 version is powered by a 3.0 TFSI engine developing 310 hp, delivering up to 440 Nm of torque. This propels the sedan from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds and up to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h. An eight-speed tiptronic transfers engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

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The 19‑inch wheels in 15‑spoke design conceal the brake system of the Audi S8, which assures outstanding deceleration of the over six-meter-long luxury sedan, with its unladen weight of 2,418 kilograms.

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