• Oct 30, 2010

2011 Audi A8L – Click above for high-res image gallery

The President of the United States may be the highest target for assassination in the world – hence Cadillac One, his custom, leather-lined tank – but there's no shortage of people in the Middle East who'd bite that the opportunity to take a shot at the Prime Minister of Israel. (The recently commemorated assassination of late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is evidence enough.) It comes as no surprise that the Shin-Bet – Israel's national domestic preventative security force – has ordered a new armored limousine to transport the country's head of government.

The duties had been carried out until now by a motor pool of American and German vehicles, accompanied by Japanese SUVs in leapfrog formation (it's a wonder to behold if you're ever seen them in motion), but will soon be taken over by a specially-commissioned Audi A8 Security.

The car is reportedly based on the Audi A8 (likely the long-wheelbase version) with the 450-horsepower, 6-liter W-12 engine, Quattro all-wheel drive, B6+ and B7 ballistic protection, run-flat tires, an independent oxygen supply for the cabin, a fire-suppression system, explosive charges to free the doors in case of shockwaves, a DVD entertainment system, drinks fridge and humidor (Netanyahu's a known cigar aficionado). Those, of course, are just the features we know about, and given Israel's leading position in security equipment, we don't doubt there's plenty more that remains undisclosed. The car is said to cost around $700K from the factory, but add the country's incredibly high taxes – which the government still has to pay, but not on the security equipment – and you're looking at a cool million.


[Source: Globes]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Even if he buys tank he wont be able to protect himself. No one can escape from his last day on earth.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Graduated with Neytanyahu's deceased brother and not him, I am older. Point being I kinda hope he doesn't get blown up. I liked his brother way more than him.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Israel has a cool flag.
      • 4 Years Ago
      your amaerican tax dollars at work
      • 4 Years Ago
      the owner of the BMW dealership i worked at = jewish
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good for Israel. We should protect our leaders in the best way possible. Of course there is no fool proof way to build an automobile for protection. So then should we not even try? Mexico has a hard time with protecting thier politicians and the like. That's why many quit, (I don't blame them) .
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not trying to be racist, but rather just reminiscent of past events in history.

      Israel bought a German car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do know some Jewish people who avoid German vehicles, only buying non-Ford American cars (for those who don't know, Henry Ford was an outspoken antisemite, though he supposedly changed his ways later in life). But people like that are more the exception than the rule. I mean, it's not like most Asian people avoid Japanese cars. If everyone really held their grudges from WWII then Germany and Japan wouldn't be the export driven economic successes they are today. Nationalist Socialist Germany might have targeted Jewish people as scapegoats but they were at war with virtually the entirety of the Europe too-they'd have nobody sell their cars to if everyone held grudges.
        And anyways, it's rather silly to hold old grudges like that, it's not like the people building cars in Japan and Germany today were responsible for WWII.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes... Because Jewish people have been boycotting Mercedes, BMW, and Audi for decades... Erm no. Go visit your local temple, those marquees will dominate the parking lot
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Go visit your local temple, those marquees will dominate the parking lot"

        I did, and you are dead wrong. One or two maybe, but a disproportionately high number of American and Asian cars. And I don't blame them one bit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I watched a movie years ago, depicting life of Jewish community in London. One character said that they would never buy a German car, hence, all were driving Volvos - they were all tall and boxy back then. So a non-jewish character asked why not Saabs. Because the hat wouldn't fit in was the rabbi's answer :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why not Cadillac and Lincoln?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Up here in Canada the Jewish population who stick within the Jewish population most definitely only drive Japanese and American cars...plenty of people who just happen to be Jewish do not follow this but the ones who go to synagogue and donate to Israel, send their kids to Jewish schools are the ones who do not drive German vehicles...
        Speaking of this...the Germans still pay war reparations to Israel...amazing the power that Israel has in this world for such a tiny country with such a tiny population...funny I don't believe the Germans are paying any money to the slavics, romas, or other countries they ran over and destroyed...
      • 4 Years Ago
      And the Germans keep furnishing Israel, huh?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What exactly is the point of having a W-12 that only generates 450 HP? Does it generate a ton of torque, or what?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Most people don't know that is why they are surprised, Germany and Israel collaborated very closely in Cold War. Information of Soviet hardware specially tanks, ammo and missiles were sent to Germany then Western Germany. Israel and Germany collaborated developing ammunition for tanks, armor.
      For example currently Israel have German submarines and Germans have Israeli antitank missiles.
      Hitler must be turning in his grave and that puts a smile in my face.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cadillac One is such a cool car. I love seeing President Obama riding in that beast of a car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i think it sucks and looks bad.

        i'm sure Obama would prefer the A8.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Exboy


        The Cadillac CTS and CTS V. This has more than proven itself to be able to stand up to the best of the best of Europe and win. So it only makes for Cadillac One to be a Cadillac and to look like a CTS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @naturally

        I think what your getting at is that you wish there were an american super sedan
        that could be upgraded to these armored protection wips.

        there really isn't an american car in that class is there? So they made this
        badged it up Caddy because they're the american brand that could/should
        produce something to compete in that class.

        am I missing an american car that can step to the super sedans that europe is offering?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The writer of this story messed up. A 2011 Audi A8L is shown, but the A8 Security is based on the 2007 A8. Autoblog even wrote a story about it:

      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/03/05/a-685k-audi-a8-that-will-blow-its-own-doors-off/
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are right and a bit incorrect. The one in the story you posted is the last generation A8 Security. The President of Israel drives in one of these...I have seen it with my own eyes and have video of it when I was in Israel. The 3 that Bibi is getting is for the Prime Minister and his office is buying them. I checked the Audi worldwide site again and it still shows the previous generation A8 as the Security model that is sold. I have a hard time believing that Audi is selling the previous generation as the current Security model, but I may be wrong (they may have just not updated the Security page on their website)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Incorrect... That 2007 A8 is for a German official.
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