Audi working on the A9 saloon, planning to take on Porsche Panamera

Article by Christian A., on January 6, 2011

Audi is working on a technologically advanced, luxuriously equipped coupé-like saloon that’s dubbed as the A9. It is expected to be positioned at the top of Audi’s lineup to rival the Mercedes-Benz CL, the Porsche Panamera, and the upcoming production version of the BMW GranCoupé concept, which will be released in early 2012.

The new four-door will be the centerpiece of a new model program that seeks to give Audi a visibly sporty sister model to the third-generation A8.

This move was also used by Audi in its lineup with the four-door A7 and seventh-generation A6. According to an Audi insider who spoke with Autocar, the project has yet to be officially confirmed to go into production but that when it comes to the business aspects such as accountancy and engineering, work is already progressing.

Enthusiasts became more interested upon hearing reports that Audi is considering an aluminum spaceframe structure and key components of the MLB (Modularen Längsbaukasten, modular longitudinal architecture) driveline architecture for the A9 to come up with a suitable basis for a production version of Lamborghini’s spectacular Estoque concept car.

The lightweight structure and the air-sprung chassis it supports are based on those already used by high-end A8s, which is built on its dedicated production line at Audi’s Neckarsulm factory.

Audi hopes that by using a common platform architecture for all three cars, it will receive added synergies for purchasing and production activities.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

The Chevrolet Corvette will be turning 65 years old in 2018, and as part of the celebrations, the brand is introducing a special edition C7 – the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon...
by - November 19, 2017
Tesla revealed that with its new Semi, truck drivers can expect better experience especially with heightened safety and the lower cost of transporting cargo. Indeed, the cabin of the new...
by - November 19, 2017
November 17 is considered a very special day for Tesla, as this is the day that they revealed the highly anticipated Tesla Semi. But Elon Musk did not think the...
by - November 17, 2017
More details have emerged about the new sixth generation of the BMW M3 just as the German premium practically announced the end of the current-gen 3 Series with the unveiling...
by - November 17, 2017
All is set for Volkswagen’s plans to enter the electric vehicle game, as prompted by the so-called Dieselgate scandal. In fact, the German carmaker has already made a commitment to...
by - November 17, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries