For years, the association of Bollywood celebrities with luxury cars has thrived, with them opting for the latest cars and SUVs in their collection. While some celebrities usually purchase these luxury cars with their own money, many celebrities are rewarded with luxury cars by carmakers or people for their contribution to society or stardom. Bollywood’s ace director and producer Karan Johar is one such celebrity, who was rewarded with an Audi A8L in 2021 by Audi India as a gift. Since then, Johar has been using the A8L as his daily driver.
A recent YouTube video from Cars For You shows Karan Johar arriving at the home of Bollywood couple Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in his silver-coloured Audi A8L. Johar is seen being chauffeured in his A8L while being swarmed by paparazzi who were waiting outside the gates of Ranbir and Alia’s home. While the paparazzi were busy clicking the pictures, Karan Johar was seated inside the car, while keeping the windows of the car closed.
Gifted by Audi India
Karan Johar received this Audi A8L in 2021 by Audi A8L and was delivered the car by Audi India’s head Balbir Singh Dhillon himself. The car was given as a gift to Johar, with it being registered in the name of Skoda Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd, the parent company of Audi India. Since then, the ace director has been using this car as his daily driver. Karan Johar also owns a few other luxury cars like the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, Range Rover Vogue and a BMW 7-Series.
The Audi A8L presented to Karan Johar by Audi India is the pre-facelifted version of the fourth-generation Audi A8. This luxury saloon was launched in 2020 and was positioned as a range-topping luxury saloon as a direct rival to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7-Series. This version of the Audi A8L is the long-wheelbase version, which came to India as a petrol-only car.
The fourth-generation Audi A8L which came to India is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which produces a maximum power output of 335 bhp and a peak torque output of 500 Nm. This engine is available with an 8-speed automatic gearbox as the standard transmission. The pre-facelift version of the Audi A8L owned by Karan Johar is not the only vehicle gifted by Audi to any Bollywood celebrity, as renowned actress Kiara Advani also received the same car as a gift in 2021.
Also owns a Maybach
Karan Johar also owns a previous generation of Mercedes Maybach S500. It is powered by a bi-turbo, 4.7-litre V8 that produces 455 bhp of max power and 700 Nm of peak torque. The Maybach is finished in a subtle white colour. Back then the S500 had a price tag of around Rs. 1.85 crores, ex-showroom. However, you could opt plethora of options but that would also increase the price significantly. The upholstery is wrapped in premium Nappa leather and open-pore wood inserts.