Audi preparing A9 coupe based on A8, to replace A8 as its flagship car

     German luxury automobile manufacturer Audi is preparing an all new A9 coupe based on the A8 limousine. The company will replace the A8 limousine with A9 as the flagship car brand of the company.

     The A9 will come with a four-seat coupe configuration. It will be placed above BMW 6 Series but below Mercedes Benz CL. A convertible is also expected later on.

     The A9 is expected by 2015 and will be built on the A8 platform. It will be manufacted alongside the A8 and R8 supercar at Audi’s Neckarsulm factory.

     Unlike the A8 which is powered by a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6, the A9 is expected to get a more powerful 4.4 liter V8 with twin turbochargers. A 3.0 liter V6 TDI and a 4.2 liter V8 TDI could be offered as the diesel option. Quattro will be standard and so do the 8 speed automatic transmission.

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