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)

Exterior and Interior

The future Audi A9 will be the most luxurious model ever built. It will combine design elements from the latest Audi models, like the A7 Sportback. The 2009 Sportback Concept is, of course, the direction Audi’s design language is headed, but the A9 will take it to a new level.

The biggest surprise will be offered by the interior. Expect to get the highest quality material, leather, wood insertions and Alcantara. Of course all the latest technologies will also find their way in there.

The Engine

For the engine line-up expect to see a 3.0 TFSI engine with around 300 HP for the base version, and a V8 with 500 HP for the top version. The hybrid, which is also a possibility, will combine a gasoline engine with an electric motor for a total of 500 HP.

The future Audi A9 will be built on Volkswagen’s new modular building block (MSB) platform that will be used for different models from Audi, Porsche, Bentley, and Lamborghini. This platform was already successfully used with the new Panamera, so Audi should be able to make a statement with it as well. The platform will give Audi the chance to build both rear-and four-wheel drive models.

The Competition

If Audi wanted to enter the high-end luxury market, the A9 is the model that will do it. Models like theAston Martin Rapide, Porsche Panamera Turbo, or even the future Lamborghini sedan will have lots of reasons to worry.

When Can I Buy One?

The Audi A9 will go on sale around 2015 with a price tag of about $140,0000 so be prepared to dole out the cash for this rockstar.

Source: Autozeitung

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13 comments:

  (474) posted on 02.14.2012

This futuristic car will be the most luxurious and the most expensive model Audi has ever offered. But is that really the Audi’s final look? Because I wonder how can anyone drive this car with no transparent front window, how can the driver see the road?

  (397) posted on 01.2.2012

According to the article, it will be the most luxurious and expensive that Audi will offer, well looking at this car it is so obvious that what the article said is really true.

  (692) posted on 01.1.2012

It looks very futuristic on that design! Well, I bet this one will have a too huge market price on its production. Anyway, I’m really wondered if what’s the interior of this?

  (498) posted on 12.7.2011

The combination of designs from Audis’ latest model sounds really great and cool. Well looking at this Audi A9 they really never disappoint themselves even the prospective buyers.

  (530) posted on 10.28.2011

Audi A9 is absolutely looks so futuristic on its platform and styling. Well, I wonder if what will be the interior of this one will look like? Anyway, I must say that, I will surely wait for this one.

  (399) posted on 10.6.2011

It’s very futuristic car, well its my first time to see cars like this. The platform are so unique, I must say that I’m really impressed with the looks of it.

  (337) posted on 08.4.2011

The combination of designs from Audis’ latest modest sounds really great and cool. Well looking at this Audi A9 they really never disappoint themselves even the prospective buyers.

  (592) posted on 08.3.2011

I’m sure it will be an expensive as it looks. By the way, I like the designs of the car which is very cool, but I wonder how the driver will see the road. If it has a built in ESP, that’s not a problem anymore.

  (287) posted on 08.2.2011

According to the article, it will be the most luxurious and expensive that Audi will offer, well looking at this car it is so obvious that what the article said is really true.

  (666) posted on 07.12.2011

Wow! It is the coolest car I have ever seen. Good news that it will release in 2015, for sure many car lovers would be so eager to afford this A9. This latest Audi A9 is really an eye catcher!

  (119) posted on 03.7.2011

This is the best looking audi I ever seen. I wonder how you drive with white glass.

  (859) posted on 11.21.2010

What a wonderful car. No transparent front window. How can anyone drive this car?

  (677) posted on 11.17.2010

Some people want a car that will look good in 20 years. This is one of them

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