It may be long, but this Audi is lacking in another area.
A few automakers have decided to build six-door, stretched luxury limousines. Mercedes-Benz has the wonderful S-Class Maybach Pullman and even Bentley will build you a six-seater version of the opulent Mulsanne. Now Audi has taken a step into the stretched limo segment with the new Audi A8L extended. This new A8 has and overall length of 20.9 ft. and a massive wheelbase spanning 13.8 ft. Audi says that development of this car took over one year to get perfect. The car was engineered with lots of aluminum to keep the base car's rigidity.
The A8L extended features three rows of seating each with its own set of sun blinds. All of the seats are covered in "extra-supple" Valcona leather and feature electrical adjustment. The third row is separated by a full-length center console featuring a screen and a cool box. This large sedan tips the scales at 5,330 pounds and rides on 19-inch wheels featuring a 15-spoke design sourced from the S8. What is not sourced from the S8, however, is the engine. You will not find a 12-cylinder or even a V8. The A8L extended comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine producing 310 horsepower. Not that it matters in a limo, but this engine will get the car from 0-60 mph in 7.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph.
Compared to the Maybach's 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12, which is rated at 530 hp and 612 lb-ft, this seems a little on the tame side. The Audi will probably cost much less than its V12 competitors, but those in need of the ultimate luxury limo may want to look elsewhere. However, Audi fans wanting a luxury limo bigger than the already enormous A8L won't be disappointed.