Sick of driving? Audi’s Japanese division launches A8 L Chauffeur Edition

Audi’s Japanese division has introduced a limited-edition version of the long-wheelbase A8 L called Chauffeur Edition.

As you might have guessed by reading the name, the bulk of the upgrades made to the A8 L are found inside. The Chauffeur Edition comes standard with a minibar neatly integrated between the rear seats, a cabinet built into the center console that’s designed to store Audi Exclusive-branded glasses, huge screens mounted on the front seatbacks and individual reading LED lights.

All Chauffeur Editions feature Marble Gray trim. Of course, the rear seats are power-adjustable, heated, and cooled, and the rear occupants benefit from their own climate control system.

The visual modifications are minor and largely limited to 20-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels with a Y-spoke design. That’s intentional, since the A8 L is largely aimed at buyers who are looking to keep a low profile.

Audi has not made any mechanical modifications to the limited-edition A8, meaning the behemoth will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine that makes 435 horsepower and 406 foot-pounds of torque. The eight-cylinder mill sends power to all four wheels via a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel drive system.

Want one? We hope you live in Japan, have a lot of money to spare, and can head down to your local Audi dealer in the next few minutes because just five examples of the A8 L Chauffeur Edition will be built. Each one will cost ¥16,280,000 before options are factored in, a sum that converts to nearly $133,000. To put that figure into perspective, Japanese buyers have to shell out ¥15,640,000 (roughly $127,500) for a stock A8 L.

At the time of writing, Audi is not planning on selling the A8 L Chauffeur Edition in the United States. Surprisingly, the sedan won’t be available in China, either.

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