Audi A8 L extended Is Close, but No Cigar

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At 20.9 feet (6.36 meters) long, the Audi A8 L extended isn’t quite on par with the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman. But then again, who would say no to the most opulent sedan to come out of Ingolstadt? I certainly wouldn’t.
In terms of wheelbase, the A8 L extended prides itself with 13.8 feet (4.22 meters). Yes, that’s less than the 14.49 feet (4.41 meters) offered by the S 600. What about performance credentials? Is the Audi A8 L extended a more potent limousine than the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman? Erm, I’m afraid it isn’t.

The land yacht with the three-pointed star is motivated by a 530 HP twin-turbo V12, a supremely quiet and muscular mill that is related to the AMG-ified engine that equips the S 65. Compared to the gentle giant obscured by the long hood of the Mercedes, the Audi makes do with a 3.0 TFSI V6 that churns out a pedestrian 310 HP. That is rather disappointing for a car that is fit for a king. Speaking of which, a member of the royalty has ordered this Audi.

According to a report published by, the Audi A8 L extended is a one-off commissioned by Harald V of Norway for the king’s 25th anniversary as monarch. As you can see from the photo gallery below, it is easy to tell that all six seats face the direction of travel. Of course, rows two and three are power adjustable. Be that as it may, only the third row benefits from a continuous center console, a cool box, and rear seat entertainment (as in an infotainment system).

These being said, care to guess how long it takes for the Audi A8 L extended to hit 62 mph (100 km/h)? Bear in mind that it weighs 5,330 pounds (2,418 kilograms) and it is powered by a V6 engine. The answer is 7.1 seconds. To put that figure into perspective, the Lexus NX 200t can accelerate to 62 miles per hour just as fast.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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