We already reported about Audi’s new concept car that will be unveiled at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, which previews the upcoming A9 flagship sedan. The new Audi A9 will take on vehicles such as the Porsche Panamera, BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe, Aston Martin Rapide and the Mercedes-Benz CLS and will use an evolution of the MLB platform.
Audi will build its upcoming vehicle at its Neckarsulm factory, same place where the A8 is built. And speaking of the A8, the new Audi A9 is expected to use the same technology found on the current flagship sedan.
Due to the use of carbon fiber and aluminum, the A9’s kerb weight will be comparable to the A7, which weighs around 1,660 kg when powered by the 2.8-liter V6 engine. When it comes to engines, the A9 will receive a new twin-turbo V6 as well as a revised twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine.
What’s more interesting is that the high-performance Audi S9 will get the new twin-turbo that will develop up to 600 hp. Audi will also offer its popular 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine on the A9 as well as a brand new 4.0-liter V8 diesel which is currently developed by the VW Group.
An A9 e-Tron is also considered. As a result, the A9 will be capable to offer an all-electric range of up to 31 miles or 50 km while CO2 emissions will be less than 80 g/km.
Insiders revealed the fact that the final A9 design proposals show a highly technical look, a redesigned singleframe grille, laser headlights as well as an aluminum body structure. [source: autocar.co.uk]