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Audi Plans A9 Flagship For 2014

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On: Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 6:11PM | By: Chris Weiss

Audi Plans A9 Flagship For 2014

Mercedes CL, Porsche Panamera, and BMW 6 Series, watch out, there's a new Audi in town. Or at least there will be in a couple of years. An Audi A9 has been rumored for a while now, and Britain's Car magazine has some new details on the top dog. While the final form(s) (four-door coupe, 2 + 2) that the A9 will take is still undecided, it looks to be all but a sure thing.

Whether it comes in the form of a four-door or two-door, the A9 will be a sportier four-seater that is based on the A8's construction. Expect to see the same aluminum space frame build . Engine choices will include a whole range of initial options, from the 211-hp 3.0-liter V-6 TFSI to the 520-hp 4.0-liter V-8 TFSI, the latter of which will be offered in the high-performance S9 version only. The A9 will also get quattro all-wheel drive and an 8-speed transmission standard.

Car's report points to a traditional two-door build, but past rumors have indicated Audi plans a sporty four-door. The styling is described only as "eye-catching." Audi will launch the hard-top in 2014 and follow-up with a convertible version the following year. The A9 will be priced between the BMW 6 Series and the Mercedes CL. It will be built at Audi's Neckarsulm plant, along with the A8 and the R8 sports car.

The A9 should also have an interesting effect on Volkswagen sibling Lamborghini. Lamborghini is known to be building an "everyday" model, and it's expected to be in the form of the sedan. Past rumors of a four-door, coupe-style A9 indicated that the Lamborghini sedan would be built on the same platform.


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