Audi is world renowned for its luxury, comfort, and engineering excellence. The Audi A8 is no exception. The handcrafted leather seats ensure comfort, and a great sense of style. Every piece is engineered with precision and function in mind, such as the innovative LED headlights that provide illumination at night similar to the daylight. They include all-weather functions that can reduce glare in icy or wet conditions, with a heads up display projecting important information within your field of vision. This all-wheel Audi is certainly something to marvel about. However, to some mystery buyer, this car was simply not enough.
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Audi has spent the last year custom designing a modified limo version of the A8 that incorporates six seats , and 6 doors, all crafted to the high standard Audi has to promise. The wheelbase was stretched by 3.6 ft, extending the sedan from 17.3 to 20.9 feet– allowing two more doors and pillars to the frame. The body panels and aluminium frame sections had to be completely re-engineered.
Audi claims the redesigned A8 limousine preserves the torsional rigidity similar to the A8L sedan. All this engineered metal is powered by a 3.0 TFSI engine producing 310 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. This XXL-car can accomplish 0-62mph in 7.1sec, despite the 2418kg weight. The operating max speed is limited electronically to 155 mph, a respectable speed for this extravagant build.
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The original design could not support the overhaul, leading to the redesign of the Audi Space Frame structure which was reinforced and redesigned, with added aluminium incorporated with cross-bracing. The limo utilizes the S8 braking system to slow the massive car to a halt. Audi has made marginal comments about the build, only saying that the limo has been constructed at the request of a European customer. Although the buyer remains a mystery, this re-engineered Audi is an impressive, expensive, luxury build.
**April 14th Update**
The Audi A8 limo has been confirmed to have been purchased by King Harold of Norway for $2.7 million.