Back in 2010 Audi was releasing a highly futuristic concept of a car. This was called the A9 and featured things like self-repairing skin and a self-driving mode. Three years ago the Prologue was being released. This was a large two-door coupe which looked a lot more like a car ready for production. Well, it seems that it might actually be released sometime in the future. Rumors suggest that the 2017 Audi A9 will be revealed as a production-ready prototype at the end of 2017. A production version of the same car could also be released in 2018.
Like with the original concept, the A9 would be the two-door version of the A8. Mercedes did the same move with the S-Class Coupe and it wouldn’t make sense for Audi not to follow them. Because it will be an Audi, the car will feature the same modular MLB Evo architecture as most of their other cars. This will have a longitudinal front engine and it will provide a highly modular chassis. There is still no word on the actual size of the car. Rumors suggest for a wheelbase similar to the regular A8. On top of that, the length might be shorter in order to create a more balanced design. We do expect the Audi A8 and the Audi A9 to be quite similar at the front.
The two will likely share the same grille design, headlights, and even bumpers. However, the A9 will likely get a slightly more aggressive lip. At the back, the two-door 2017 Audi A9 should receive an all new styling. This could borrow cues from the current A7, so expect a more aggressive take on the two-door luxury car. Even though at this point not much is known about it, we do expect at least an S version. An RS model would also make a lot of sense considering Mercedes’ AMG version of the S-Class Coupe.
2017 Audi A9 Interior
Unfortunately, inside the cabin, the future Audi A9 will be pretty much identical to the A8. This is not really a bad thing but we did hope the car to get something unique. The two will share the same design of the dashboard, an identical instrument cluster and also the same equipment level. The differences will be seen on the S and RS models. Also, the seats will be different throughout the range in order to allow the rear passengers to board the car. The RS model could receive a two-seats model with the rear seats being replaced by a storage shelf.
2017 Audi A9 Specs
The most basic model of the future 2017 Audi A9 may use a rather large 3-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. This would offer between 300 and 400 horsepower and up to 380 lb-ft of torque. It would basically be the same unit found in the upcoming S4. A future S9 model of the A9 would get to use a 4 liter twin-turbocharged V8. This engine is known for being able to offer well over 600 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque which is more than enough for any car. The rumored top of the range RS model, on the other hand, is still a well-guarded secret. However, it seems that it may use a newly developed V10 engine. This would be a destroyed version of what can be found in the R8. It would then be turbocharged or even supercharged in order to develop close to 700 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque.
This would easily make the future Audi A9 one of the most powerful, and likely fastest, two-door luxury cars ever made. Like with most other Audi cars, an 8 speed automatic and their trademark Quattro all-wheel drive system will most definitely be used.