Hiring a driver to cart you to and from work is commonplace in China and Japan, which is why Audi has decided to produce the new A8 L Chauffeur Edition specifically for its Japanese customers. The ultra-luxurious version of the long wheelbase A8 offers an array of upgrades to buyers who feel the standard A8 L isn’t quite up to their standards.
Most of the major changes have happened within the A8 L’s cabin. The Chauffeur Edition will come standard with a minibar for the rear passenger seats, large infotainment screens mounted on the back of the front seats, a large center console cabinet and LED reading lights. The rear chairs are also power adjustable thanks to the rear center mounted seat controls and are also heated and cooled.
The A8 L Chauffeur Edition is available only in Marble Gray with 20-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels. Powertrain options are also limited, with a 4.0-liter twin turbocharged TFSI V8 and eight-speed automatic transmission serving as the only available choice. However with 435 horsepower and 406 foot-pounds of torque, the engine should be more than enough for those drivers hired to drive the car’s owner around town.
Audi is offering the A8 L Chauffeur Edition in Japan only at a cost of ¥16,280,000, or $133,000 USD. For comparison’s sake, a 4.0-liter TFSI powered Audi A8 L costs about $90,400 in the U.S. before options.