Audi has recently launched the high-security version of its A8 flagship model which meets the class VR7 ballistic protection standard.
Based on the recently facelifted 2014 A8 in the long wheelbase variant, the model will come equipped with a V8 4.0-liter TFSI engine delivering 435 HP (320 kW) and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque which enables the armored executive German sedan to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 kmph) in 7.5 seconds while fuel consumption stands at 10.9 liters / 100 km (21.5 mpg US or 25.8 mpg UK).
Audi is also offering a larger W12 FSI naturally-aspirated engine rated at 500 HP (368 kW) and 625 Nm (461 lb-ft) of torque and this will enable the model to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 kmph) in 7.1 seconds and will come with an electronically-capped top speed of 130 mph (210 kmph). The fuel consumption stands at 13.5 liters / 100 km (17.4 mpg US or 20.8 mpg UK).
The model has also been certified by the German Ballistics Testing Center in Munich and it complies with the VR 7 ballistic protection standard requirements as specified in the BRV (Bullet Resistant Vehicles) 2009 guideline. The company claims that in some of the areas, the vehicle’s armor plating even complies with VR 9 and VR 10 criteria.