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If you believe the old adage that where there’s smoke there’s fire, then continued rumors of a new A9 model by Audi are a strong indication that the range-topping super coupe is on its way.
According to the latest info the A9 will be the crowning glory of Audi’s goal to be the world’s number one premium car brand, a target it hopes to achieve by 2015. Likely to be based on the current A8 platform, look for similar engine options, including the 500-hp 6.3-liter W12 engine available in the A8 L.
But that’s not all, no, the A9 could also spawn a convertible version to go bumper-to-bumper with a planed S-Class drop-top.
Rumors of a new uber sedan from Audi have been circulating for quite some time, badged as the A9 and slotting in above the brand’s current flagship model, the A8. According to a new report by Auto Bild, the A9 is getting the go-ahead, but it won’t be a 4-door. Instead, plans are to build an A9 Coupe, rivaling the likes of the Mercedes CL.
Similar power plants to those found in the A8 could be used, as could a new turbocharged V8 that Audi is working on.
Previous reports had suggested the A9 would be more of a CLS rival and retain 4-doors, with coupe-like styling, but this new info suggests and exciting direction for Audi, offering a vehicle that sits as a stepping-stone to the Bentley Continental GT.
If it does get the go-ahead, look for an A9 Coupe some time around 2014.