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by Brett Davis

Audi has released details of its new heavily-armoured luxury vehicle, simply called the Audi A8L Security. The new vehicle offers 720kg of interior protection, added safety features and even an emergency escape system.

Over 450 hours of work is carried out in forming an Audi A8L Security to help it offer superior protection against almost any external attack. The vehicle has even been certified by the German government’s testing facility in Munich for class VR7 compliance in ballistic protection – which means the cabin can withstand firing from NATO-standard (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) rifle ammunition.

The interior, as mentioned, is kitted out in 720kg of armour protection, comprising ceramics, special alloyed aluminum, multilayer glass, hot-formed armored steel and something called aramide fabric (an extremely high heat resistant aerospace-grade synthetic fibre).

The floor and some of the sill panel areas are made of solid steel sections that allow the A8L Security to withstand military-standard hand grenade detonation beneath the car. Audi says that even during testing, explosive charges held no threat to test dummies inside the cabin.

Each window is made from special glass with a polycarbonate coating. The side windows are still electric, too, but the mechanical mechanism has been beefed up to allow the windows to be lowered almost all the way, and to cater for the extra weight of the glass. Overall, the new windows weigh 360kg altogether, with the additional electromechanical feature.

Other features include a fire extinguisher system, two-way communication system that allows communication to external forces even when the doors and windows are shut, an emergency fresh air system with two onboard oxygen tanks and an emergency escape function for the occupants – this escape function can be activated when an occupant presses a tamper-proof switch and pulls one of the inside door handles.This causes the door’s hinges to automatically self-destruct using pyrotechnics so the entire door can be pushed off the car – like something from a James Bond film.

With all of this added armour the car still offers excellent performance for hasty getaways with its 6.3-litre W12 engine. It’ll manage the 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds go on to a limited top speed of 210km/h, thanks to the 368kW of power and 625Nm of torque on tap. The car returns an average fuel consumption rate of 13.5L/100km.

The Audi A8L Security is also fitted with all of the luxury features one would typically expect from a top-shelf Audi A8L. Price? Audi hasn’t officially released pricing yet but will once the car makes its official debut halfway through this year.




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