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2019 Audi RS9 Coupe

2019 Audi RS9 Coupe

Audi’s answer to the upcoming BMW M8

While it currently competes with BMW and Mercedes-Benz for supremacy on the premium market, Audi was nowhere near as fancy as a brand some three decades ago. But the Ingolstadt-based firm evolved quite dramatically in the 1990s and 2000s, and it’s now selling a handful of highly appreciated premium vehicles, including the A4, A6, A8, and Q7. However, while Audi joined several new niches in recent years, it still doesn’t have a competitor for the relatively new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. But this will change soon, as Audi is already working on the A9, a two-door version of the new A8 and its largest, most luxurious coupe yet. Alongisde the A9, Audi is also rumored to have an RS9 model in the works. The latter will compete against the Mercedes-AMG S63 and the recently confirmed BMW M8.

There’s no official word as to when the A9 will arrive, but it will be heavily based on the Prologue Concept that Audi launched back in 2014. The show car has already inspired the design of the new A8, but its coupe configuration might make it into production with very few changes. As with all RS-badged models, the RS9 will be a beefed-up version of the A9, with revised aerodynamics, bespoke features inside, and a more powerful engine under the hood. The RS9 will enable Audi to compete in the still fresh performance, luxury coupe market that will soon include both Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Ingolstadt’s most important rivals. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table.

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2020 Audi A9 E-tron

2020 Audi A9 E-tron

Audi’s competitor for the Tesla Model S is set to arrive by 2020

Rumors that Audi is planning to launch an A9 model have been flying around for quite a few years now. Come 2016 and the German brand has confirmed that a brand-new model to use this nameplate is indeed underway and will hit the market by 2020. However, while the plans were to create the A9 as a larger, coupe-styled four-door, Audi decided to go with an electric sedan that would compete against the popular Tesla Model S.

Set to be introduced "as high up as possible in the A8 segment," the upcoming A9 was previewed by the E-tron Quattro concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It is believed that the exterior design will be similar, while motivation will be provided by an evolution of the concept car’s drivetrain. The A9 E-tron will also share technology with the upcoming Q6 E-tron SUV.

Both vehicles are part of Audi’s recent strategy to increase the number of electric vehicles in its lineup. The company wants to have three EVs by 2020, which it will achieve with the A3, A9, and Q6 E-trons, and extend it to 25 percent of its lineup by 2025. Most details as to what the new A9 E-tron will bring to the market are not yet available, but we have the E-Tron Quattro concept to look at for certain hints. Check out our speculative review and rendering for more information and stay tuned for updates.

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Porsche Hints That its MSB Platform Could Underpin Panamera Coupe and Audi A9 Coupe

Porsche Hints That its MSB Platform Could Underpin Panamera Coupe and Audi A9 Coupe

The A9 could be a badge-engineered Panamera or it could be so much more...

Porsche nearly broke the internet when the second-gen Panamera made its long-awaited debut. Outside of fresh styling inside and out, it was also supported by Porsche’s new MSB platform. This platform will go on to provide the basic skeleton for the upcoming Panamera Wagon (currently dubbed “Sport Turismo”) and a Panamera Coupe that is set to arrive as a spiritual successor to the Porsche 928. But, that’s not all. The Panamera coupe should eventually spawn a Panamera Convertible that will also use the MSB platform. The Coupe and Convertible will be big sellers here in the U.S. since we love our fast, two-door and convertible models. The plot is still thickening, though, as Michael Steiner – a Member of the Executive Board of Research and Development for Porsche – told Car Advice that the MSB platform will be used in a model outside of Porsches lineup.

Speaking to Car Advice at the Paris Motor Show, Steiner didn’t release too many details at all, but when asked about the Audi A9, he did say “At least one additional brand from the Volkswagen Group will use this MSB platform for their models, so if you would like to know more about their plans, you could ask them.” He continued, “I don’t think it’s fair to talk too much about your brother.”

So, while it has yet to be officially confirmed, this subtle hint tells us that the A9 will likely use the same MSB platform found in the Panamera. It will obviously sit above the A8 and should be offered in Coupe and Sedan forms. Of course, he may not be talking about the Audi at all, considering Bentley is said to be working on a production variant of the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept that will also use the MSB platform. That vehicle hasn’t been given the green light for production, but If it does, it will also share the MSB DNA with the A9 and Panamera Coupes.

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Audi Green Lights A9 e-Tron, Poised To Become Rival To Tesla Model S

Audi Green Lights A9 e-Tron, Poised To Become Rival To Tesla Model S

The German automaker is entering the luxury EV sedan market in the biggest way possible

Audi’s plan to beef up its lineup with all-electric models will be thrown into the spotlight when the German automaker launches the A9 e-tron luxury sedan. No specific timetable has been set for when the A9 e-tron arrives, but all signs point to 2020 as the year it hits the market. Audi CEO Rupert Stadler made the proclamation to Autocar, touting the A9 e-tron as the company’s new flagship model for its new range of EV.

The arrival of the A9 e-tron positions Audi as a legitimate competitor in the luxury EV sedan market that’s currently occupied by the likes of the Tesla Model S. That wasn’t the case in the past as the A9 was initially being developed as a conventionally powered four-door coupe that would rival the Bentley Continental GT and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. But with the growing popularity of electric vehicles, coupled with Audi’s own plans to ramp up its EV lineup, the shift was made to make the A9 all-electric.

Details about the A9 e-tron are still scarce, but the same Autocar report indicates that it will carry a “unique styling” that would be fit for its segment. The luxury EV sedan will also share much of its technology with the Q6 e-tron SUV and that the A9’s electric motors would be capable of a full range of 311 miles between recharging.

The model will also have a more advanced version of Audi’s autonomous driving technology compared to what will be used in the next-generation Audi A8 that’s scheduled to hit the market in 2017. Audi’s head of electric development Ricky Hudi described the more advanced autonomous driving tech – level four in the company’s lingo – as being a “big leap” from the “level three automation” that the A8 will be using, including the ability to drive itself outside of highways.

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2014 Audi Prologue Concept

2014 Audi Prologue Concept

Audi has just pulled the sheet of its latest concept at the L.A. Auto Show, a car that we tentatively called the A9, and it is nothing like what we expected. Dubbed the Prologue Concept, this new two-door is the most radical machine that Audi has released in memory. It has been created by Audi’s new Head of Design, Marc Lichte to paint the way forward for the future of the brand. The name Prologue was chosen as this large luxury model has been created to make a new design start for the German brand. Audi has long been chided for its boring and iterative visual updates, so the Prologue Concept is going to pave a way forward for more interesting and dynamic designs across the range.

With a shape that is leaner, crisper and more dramatic than anything else Audi has in its lineup, the Prologue concept is stunning to look at. I am not sure I would call it pretty in a traditional sense, but is certainly new and different, which is what Audi really needs. With a size similar to the big A8, this Audi has lots of room of subtle touches and changes, and Audi says there are plenty. Keep reading to learn about all the cool new details used to create this new super-sized coupe.

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Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 037 LIVE

Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 037 LIVE

Hard to believe it is already Thursday again. My how time flies when you are having fun. I hope you enjoyed the experience that was Episode 037 of the TopSpeed Podcast and the experience of the madness that is this year’s LA Auto Show.

We start out with Weekly Wheels; Mark is in the Chrysler 200 S, and I spent a week with the Volvo S60, and once again Justin is sitting this segment out.

From there we jump straight into news as there is a lot to cover thanks to L.A. Ford finally unveiled the new GT350, Cadillac made the ATS-V official, there are a bunch of new Jaguar F-Types for sale, Volkswagen proved the existence of a Golf R Wagon, and Toyota went nuts with a hydrogen powered car. There is also the new Mazda CX-3, the Audi Prologue concept and the “concept” Bentley Grand Convertible. We also have spy shots of a basically undisguised Porsche Cayman GT4 as well.

Thanks to you guys, we have a nice collection of questions to answer about the LA show, about podcast guests and about Ken Block and his special brand of hoonage. We also have a new Own, Drive, Burn that features some Italian supercars and one American sports machine.

This week’s show was a blast, and we did really good about sticking to our 1-hour target on time. If there is a car from L.A. that we didn’t cover, and you want to hear our thoughts, make sure to drop it in those comments with your other questions. We will be sure to answer it on next week’s show. Now have a great weekend, and we will see you next Thursday.

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Audi Will Preview its New Design Language and the A9 Sedan in LA

Audi Will Preview its New Design Language and the A9 Sedan in LA

A number of automakers may be gearing up for the Paris Motor Show next month, but Audi’s looking ahead to the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2014 to preview its new design language through what’s being described as a large saloon-coupe concept.

Sources close to Autocar indicates that the new concept will be used as a springboard for a potential flagship, four-door model that will replace the A8 as the company’s top-of-the-line luxury sedan. Not surprisingly, the future model is going to be called the A9.

The concept will also be unveiled to showcase Audi’s new design direction developed under the stewardship of Marc Lichte, the same man who designed the current-generation Volkswagen Golf and Passat.

There aren’t a lot of details surrounding the concept at this point, but Autocar’s sources suggest that the concept will feature a number of never-before-seen design features, including a new Singleframe grille and laser headlamps. The concept’s interior will also be drastically different from anything we’ve seen Audi do in recent years. A new digital instrument cluster is expected to be one of the highlights of the concept’s interior, as well as new connectivity options Audi’s currently developing for the next-generation A8 and the A9.

A production version of the concept is expected to follow, although that model isn’t expected to arrive until 2017.

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Audi A9 Expected to Arrive in 2016

The long awaited Audi A9 has been in limbo for the past couple of years with Audi seemingly taking its time to unveil its new flagship sedan. And that’s after word spread out that the German automaker trademarked the A9 and S9 names last year.

But there appears to be a groundswell of movement in Ingolstadt these days and according to Auto Motor und Sport, the A9 is expected to be launched in 2016.

Circle those calendars, fellas.

The date of the A9’s launch has changed multiple times, but the latest timetable seems to point to a more concrete expectation as to when the luxury sedan finally comes out and smiles to the cameras.

Another interesting tidbit surrounding the A9 involves the platform it’s going to use, which apparently is the same one that will underpin the next-generation Q7. Now, that’s interesting, considering that the Q7 is a pretty large SUV.

Guess it’ll be interesting to see what the A9 is going to look like, but fortunately, we made a rendering of the luxury sedan (above). Read more about the A9 after the jump.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2015 Audi A9

A few days ago, Audi trademarked an impressive amount of names that we hope will join the lineup sooner rather than later. One of the most anticipated names from that list is the S9, which has brought out a new hope that the previously rumored Audi A9 will be launched sometime in the upcoming years. And, of course, whenever there is hope for a production version of a model, we automatically create a rendering that embodies our vision for it.

The Audi A9 has been churning up the rumor mill for a long time, but Audi hasn’t really confirmed or denied anything about it, leaving the general public with an empty feeling in regards to the vehicle. The S9 should evoke better feelings, as long as Audi doesn’t drag its feet through the mud with its details. As for the A9, rumors have lead us to believe that it will be a large sedan to be placed above the current Audi A8, and ready to take on models like the Porsche Panamera Turbo. In its base version. it will get a 3.0 TFSI engine with around 300 HP, while the top version will get a V8 with 500 HP.

The Audi A9 will go on sale around 2015 with a price tag of about $150K.

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Audi A9 will first be offered as a coupe and cabrio

Audi A9 will first be offered as a coupe and cabrio

It was only a few short months ago that we caught wind of a new Audi getting prepared to take on models such as the Porsche Panamera Turbo. Coming in sometime around 2015, the Audi A9 will be a luxury sedan that will take futuristic design to an attainable level, but not before coupe and cabrio versions of the car show up to steal the spotlight.

The Audi A9 coupe will come with fully retractable side windows, while the cabrio gets a soft top. It is rumored to be offered with a 3.0 TFSI engine producing around 300 HP for the base version and a V8 with 500 HP for the top version. The stylish exterior, luxurious interior, and power options will make the A9 an excellent competitor for models such as the Mercedes CL- and SL-Class.

Pricing for the different versions of the Audi A9 will start at 80,000 euros, or about $110,000 at the current exchange rates, for the Coupe and Cabrio versions compared to the $140,000 price tag on the Sedan.

Of course, these are all just rumors as of right now. With all of the different changes going on in the auto industry, we wouldn’t be surprised if this vehicle underwent many other changes - can we say hybrid? - before Audi finally rolls it out sometime in the next few years.

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2015 Audi A9

2015 Audi A9

The current Audi line-up starts with the A1 and goes all the way up to the A8, but things are about to change as Audi is planning on a new luxury four-door sedan to be called the A9. It will be placed above the currentA8 and will be the most luxurious and the most expensive model Audi has ever offered.

Next to the sport version of the A1 and the Q1, the luxury sports A9 comes as an attempt to allow Audi to become the "world’s premium brand, number one," as Audi said in a previous statement, and they are barreling forward with the new A9 as they target models like the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

However, with speed comes a high price tag. A car like this starts off at 100,000 euro (around $140,000 at the current exchange rates) so you better be packing some cash to deal with this heat.

Updated 05/17/2012: Today we have a new rendering of the upcoming Audi A9. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to see what makes the Audi A9 so special.

(Picture shown here is of an Audi A9 Concept designed by Spanish designer Daniel Garcia)

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