Audi's A8 L grows in length by 130mm and features an exclusive to 'L' 6.3-litre W12 engine

Audi has announced the long-wheel-base version of its A8 is coming to the UK.

The A8 L increases in length by 130mm compared with the standard car to ‘provide even more exceptional passenger accommodation,’ according to the firm.

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Five powertrain options will be available – a 3.0-litre TDI with 247bhp, 4.2-litre TDI with 345bhp, 3.0-litre TFSI with 286bhp, 4.2-litre FSI with 367bhp and the range topping and exclusive to A8 L 6.3-litre W12 FSI with an impressive 493bhp and 461lb ft of torque.

The range-topper will launch the A8 L to 60mph in just 4.7sec, all the way up to a limited 155mph. According to Audi, it will achieve 22.8mpg – an improvement of around nine per cent over the outgoing model – and emit 290g/km.

The L’s extra length accommodates wider doors for rear passengers, which feature ‘power assisted closure’ in the W12 version.

Inside, rear seats are heated – two adjustable individual seats for the W12 - and an upgraded climate control system is also included as well as electrically operated window blinds.

Prices for the A8 L start from £60,010 for the entry-level model climbing to £94,460 for the range topping, double-glazed, W12.

The first examples are now reaching UK showrooms.

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