Recent reports from Ingolstadt suggest that Audi is working on an ultra-lux sporty four-door coupe Gran Turismo model called A9 to rival cars like Porsche Panamera, Aston Rapide, and the forthcoming BMW GranCoupe. Those reports also suggest that Audi A9 could share its underpinnings with the yet to be confirmed Lamborghini Estoque.
That actually make sense, sharing the platforms to keep the costs low for both parties. But we’re kinda skeptical about a super-lux Audi given the position of the A8 in the market. It is not as widely popular as its rivals form BMW and Mercedes, and that could be the case for its bigger brother.
“The project isn’t officially confirmed for production, but work is progressing on the business case, both at an accountancy and engineering level,” an Audi insider revealed. Adding further intrigue to the new car is news that Audi bosses are considering an aluminium spaceframe structure and key components of the MLB (Modularen Längsbaukasten, modular longitudinal architecture) driveline architecture earmarked for the A9 to provide a suitable basis for a production version of Lamborghini’s spectacular Estoque concept car.