It took a year of research and work by Audi experts, but the German company has finally created a custom six-door, six-seat version of its A8 prestige sedan for one top European customer.
The Audi A8L Extended stretches 20.9 feet, two feet longer than a Chevrolet Suburban full-size SUV. But because the A8 is made from aluminum, at 5,330 pounds this luxury limo doesn't weigh as much as Chevy's ground-pounding behemoth (which tips the scales at 5,664 pounds).
Unlike in traditional converted limos, all the seats in the Audi face forward, so there is no motion sickness threat to half the occupants in the back. It also helps that the cabin is impressively airy, thanks to a giant 8-foot panoramic sunroof that lets in plenty of light.
All the seats are wrapped in extra-soft Valcona leather, but only the third row occupants get a center console with a cooler and controls for the entertainment systems. There are, however, sun shades for all the windows, protecting the anonymity of the middle-row passengers as well as the rear-seaters.
The car is powered by Audi's regular 310-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine using the company's signature quattro all-wheel drive system to accelerate to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
Which is still plenty fast for a stately limousine, if you ask us.