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 |  Feb 16 2011, 12:07 PM


Specifically designed for VIPs with good taste, Audi has announced an armored version of their lengthened luxury sedan. Dubbed the Audi A8 L Security, the strengthened sedan offers state-of-the-art modifications to protect against virtually any attack.

The A8 L Security is powered by a 6.3L W12 powerplant, pushing out 494-hp and 461 ft-lbs of torque which helps just a tad to combat against the added weight of the armoring. On the outside, the Security has received hot-formed armored steel, multilayer glass that has been polycarbonate-coated, reinforced side sills and tons of aramide fabric. All the interior armoring adds an additional 1,587 lbs while the window modifications bring on another 1,455 lbs. But hey, it’s a small price to pay to protect yourself against AK-47s and hand grenades.

Options to the A8 L Security range from the obvious to the ridiculous. An emergency exit system can be added, using pyrotechnic charges to blast open the doors, while fire protection system can be aimed the wheels, underbody, fuel tank and engine if needed. While those seem to be fairly acceptable precautions, an emergency fresh-air system is a bit startling. The system utilizes pressurized oxygen to ensure passengers can save themselves during chemical or gas attacks.

Not enough for you? Well, an LED signaling system, a siren and two-way communication (to talk to people outside the vehicle without lowering the windows) will also be available.

Naturally the A8 L sedan is still a luxury vehicle, so its interior options are plentiful ranging from a refrigerator to a relaxation seat equipped with heating, massage and power-adjustable footrest.

No pricing has been announced for the A8 L Security yet, but honestly can you put a price tag on peace of mind?

Official press release available after the break.

GALLERY: Audi A8 L Security

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