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RICH TASTES: Normal A8 not enough for you? How about asking Audi to build you a bespoke limo and name it the A8L Extended? It's not for poor people.
RICH TASTES: Normal A8 not enough for you? How about asking Audi to build you a bespoke limo and name it the A8L Extended? It's not for poor people.

CAN you imagine wielding so much power you can influence a car giant like Audi to build you a one-off model?

At the request of a European customer (there are no details about who, but we're guessing a Russian, an oil company and a decent bank balance are involved), a 6.36 metres limo they've named the A8L Extended has been built, offering 1.09 metres more wheelbase and overall length than the commoners' Audi A8.

Audi A8 L Extended. Photo: Contributed
Audi A8 L Extended. Photo: Contributed

The bespoke built limo offers rather salubrious seating for six and is powered by Audi's 228kW/440Nm 3.0 TFSI engine, propelling the XXL sedan from 0-100kmh in 7.1 seconds, despite weighing 2418kg.

Audi said the major challenges during the year-long develop and build phase for the A8L Extended concerned the safety and rigidity of the larger body, as well as the styling. However, the German company said the one-off managed to meet the same standards as the production model.

Audi A8 L Extended. Photo: Contributed
Audi A8 L Extended. Photo: Contributed

Little treats for the owner of this six-door include a 2.4-metre glass panel in the roof skin, extra-supple Valcona leather in velvet beige, electric individual seats for rows two and three, rear seat entertainment and a cool box for the VB and XXXX Gold.

Audi A8 L Extended. Photo: Contributed
Audi A8 L Extended. Photo: Contributed

Audi said it had already had further requests for the custom product, so we'd fancy there'll be an Audi S8 L Extended Plus S-Line special edition model in showrooms some time next year. Then look out for the SUV version...

Audi A8 L Extended. Photo: Contributed
Audi A8 L Extended. Photo: Contributed

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