Of course, being an A8, this is still a full-size luxury sedan of the highest caliber. That means that customers get a powerful V8 borrowed from the S8 with 563 horsepower, although it does have to contend with much more heft. The A8 L Security has a curb weight starting at a titanic 8,708 pounds. It can still reach 62 mph in a respectable 6.3 seconds, though, somehow. The luxurious cabin is nearly indistinguishable from the regular A8 L, with fine leather/wood trim, power-adjustable seats with massage, and a rather appropriately named Bang & Olufsen sound system to drown out pesky grenade blasts.
Because anonymity is the name of the game for an armored vehicle, it’s impossible to tell the A8 L Security apart from the A8 L, and that’s absolutely intentional. While Audi sedans are often criticized for blending into the background too much, the stealthy look works a charm in this application. Of course, if you want your life to be saved with a bit more bling, you can always get an armored Lincoln Navigator.
Protection from man-made elements doesn’t come cheaply, though – in Russia, the Audi A8 L Security costs the equivalent of $750,000.