For quite a number of years now, a lot of rumors have been circulating regarding the introduction of a new member of the Audi “A” family. As we speak, Audi’s German automaker offers a number of models ranging from A1 up to A8. Though this line seems crowded, the automaker is making a place for a new model which will be known as the A9. Ever since this automaker protected the A9 and S9 nameplates, the rumors have even been more inflamed. Although the Audi A9 is currently a design study the upcoming LA Motor Show, this model could end up being a 2017 year production model.
AUDI A9: DESIGN AND FEATURES
The Audi A9 is a futuristic proposal for a luxury sport sedan among Audi’s fleet which will be positioned higher that the A8 flagship. This model is aimed targeted for the luxury sedan segment which features models such as Porsche Panamera and Lamborghini Estoque. Sketches of this new luxurious Audi A9 car have already resurfaced online ahead if its official unveiling. This outstanding design is the hard work of designer Daniel Garcia who says he was inspired by Santiago Calatrava building’s architectural design. This building is found in Valencia, the designer’s hometown. The building’s design depicts that of a house which comes from over a hundred years in the future. The same goes for the Audi A9 whose sketch shows some clean flowing lines with futuristic styling elements. According to leaked online sketches, the new sedan is showed in form of a two door coupe rather that the four door model first anticipated.
This anticipated model will get amazing features with yet to be known revolutionary elements. Its windscreen and the roof will be integrated in one piece. The two are expected to be made out of an advanced nano-technology material with self repairing system which will enable the new sedan to change its color and opacity. Its body work will feature an electronic painting system which will allow the user to modify Audi A9 color at the stroke of a button. This new coupe will measure 5.1 meters in length, 1.95 meters in width and 1.39 meters in height. The new concept is expected to be based on a larger MLB (Modular Longitudinal Architecture) platform which also underpins other Audi models like the A8 and A7. Outwards, the new model is expected to come with a wide mouth grille with sharp LED headlights and wide air vents.
Another fascinating feature with this Audi A9 structure is that it will be deformable, meaning that it will offer greater protection to its passengers than a glass windscreen in the event of a collision. Aluminum and high strength steel are expected to be used extensively in assembling the Audi A9. Its interior shall be a great work of art, with use of high quality materials like alcantara leather, wood inlays and brushed aluminum. It shall be equipped with a wide variety of technology additions with the most interesting one being a semi-automatic control system, which shall enable fully independent driving and parking on its own.
AUDI A9: ENGINE SPECS
It is anticipated to run on a hybrid set-up which will use internal combustion engine combined with four in wheel electric motors. The auto will also feature a 4.0 liter TFSI turbocharged petrol powertrain tuned to generate 597 horses and 720 lb-ft of torque. If produced, this sedan will be able to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in about 3.7 seconds.
Audi A9: Release Date, Price, Competitors
This is remarkable considering that it would outshine its rival the Mercedes S-Class which takes about 4.2 seconds to reach the same benchmark. This luxurious sedan Audi A9 will be a great threat to sedans like Mercedes Benz S-Class coupe, Aston Martin Rapide and Porsche Panamera. If it is produced, it is estimated to cost about $ 140 000.