Audi’s A9 flagship coupe that’s currently in development will be a 2-door coupe based on the A8 and will feature a "modern design,” according to German car magazine Auto Bild. The A9 will measure more than 5 meters long and will feature a highly-refined interior. It will arrive in the market by 2014 and it will also feature a cabriolet variant.
The coupe has a starting price of about €80,000. In early 2011, a report came out that Audi was developing an A9 that would share a platform with a production Lamborghini Estoque (since both are VW Group brands.)
However, this report put the A9 as a four-door coupe to rival the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Porsche Panamera. It’s not yet known what body style Audi will eventually choose but it’s likely that the A9 will come with an aluminum space-frame (such as the A8) and source its main components from the MLB architecture (Modularen Längsbaukasten, or 'modular longitudinal architecture' in English).
It’s also expected that it will share the air-sprung chassis architecture and the assembly line at Audi's Neckarsulm plant with the A8. However, an A9 will probably feature a new engine being developed by Audi -- a 4.0 liter V8. It’s also expected that it will borrow the V6 and V8's of the A8 range. Another option could be VW Group's 6.3 liter W12 engine.
Still, if you can't wait for the new A9, you can get the A8! Fans welcome the latest next generation of the Audi A8, now featuring an aluminum body with Audi Space Frame (ASF). Aside from being superbly luxurious, this new model is also the sportiest in its class. Its sporty nature is easily attributed to the fact that it features powerful and highly efficient engines, a power transmission and dynamic running gear.
Moreover, the new Audi A8 comes with an interior laden with generous yet luxurious equipment including the control system MMI. In terms of design, the new Audi A8 features proportions that are not only elegant but also dynamic. With dimensions of 5,137 mm (16.85 ft) in length, 1,949 mm (6.39 ft) in width, and 1460 mm (4.79 ft) in height, with 2,992 mm (9.82 ft) in wheelbase, the Audi A8 is longer and wider than its predecessor and its rivals.
It is also lower than its immediate rivals in Germany. Moreover, the new Audi A8 has an exterior that exudes homogeneity. It features a coupé-like roof line as well as sculptured surfaces exuding calmness and sharp lines conveying precision. Up front, the new Audi A8 parades a single-frame radiator grille. Appearing like a coat of arms, the radiator grille features new sculptured 3D design that is rich in details.
This grille -- framed by a chrome edge and features angular upper corners – is neatly integrated in the front section, with horizontal chrome braces underscoring the A8’s width. The front end of the new Audi A8 is well-marked by newly designed headlight, featuring xenon plus units as well as full LED headlights. Supporting the illuminating capability of the xenon plus units is an adaptive light system that could control the swiveling modules to allow ideal lighting for city, country roads, intersections and highways.
Fog lights are nowhere to be found since they have been replaced by new all-weather light integrated into the headlights. The place where fog lights were supposed to be is now taken up by radar sensors of the optionally available adaptive cruise control with stop & go function.
Interestingly, Audi was able to link the headlight control unit with the optional MMI navigation plus. This system could analyze the route ahead and then send the data to the light computer. It could activate highway lighting with its extended range before entering a highway or the cornering light before arriving at an intersection.