Audi, the German luxury car manufacturer, showcased their high-security version of the Audi A8 L at the 11thAuto Expo in New Delhi. The Audi A8 L Security comes with a 6.3-litre W12 engine making 507PS of power and 625Nm of torque allowing it to blast from 0-100kmph in 7.3 seconds to an electronically limited top speed of 210kmph.
Integrated as a unitised component of the body, the high-security sedan’s safety cell features a convergence of extremely tough, resistant materials – hot-formed armoured steel, aramide fabric, ceramics, special alloyed aluminium and multilayer glass. Overlapping protective materials at the joints provide the utmost level of security throughout the occupant cell. The interior armouring weighs approximately 720 kilograms.
The A8 L Security has been officially certified by a German-government ballistics testing for compliance with the class VR 7 ballistic protection standard (tested as per Bullet Resistant Vehicles 2009 guidelines). The car’s resistance to explosions was tested as per Explosion Resistant Vehicles (ERV) 2010 guidelines (ERV =). Class VR 7 ballistic protection imposes the strictest standards on civilian high-security sedans. Additionally, customers can also request for special protection of the battery and fuel tank. All this while the passenger is still enveloped in typical Audi A8 luxury standards.