Audi A9 To Rival Mercedes-Benz CL, Spawn Convertible: Report

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Audi is thought to be readying a brand new model positioned above its current A8 and designed to take on the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CL as well as a rumored coupe version of the next Jaguar XJ.

However, the mega Audi, which will likely be called the A9 if it makes production, is still in the very early design stages and could either be built as a four-door coupe or a regular two-door coupe and convertible.

We’ve already reported on the A9 being developed as a four-door coupe but a new report suggests that Audi will go the more traditional route of launching a coupe and soft-top convertible for its latest model.

The A9 is expected to share its underpinnings with the aluminum constructed A8 and be built alongside the flagship sedan, as well as the R8 supercar, at Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm, Germany by 2015--if it’s actually given the green light. Importantly, this release date roughly coincides with the launch date for the Mercedes CL-replacing S-Class Coupe.

The usual gamut of Audi engines should apply, starting with a 211 horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 in the base model and ranging all the way up to a 520 horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 in the sporty S9 variant. All models, of course, will come with quattro all-wheel drive as standard.

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