Exclusive: Audi A9 not ruled out, new R8 gets detailed image

A future production model called the Audi A9 is not ruled out at this time, according to a company representative.

Ever since Audi has introduced the Prologue Concept a few months back, rumors have stated that this will be transformed into a production model. The vehicle was said to be named the A9 and to be a new flagship model, placed above the A8, or even the two-door variant of the A8, a future rival for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. According to a company representative, the production version of the A9 hasn’t been ruled out yet which means that chances of it hitting the assembly line are still real.

“The A9 is not an approved carline as of yet, but never say never”, said the Audi representative contacted by inautonews.com.

Besides the new A9, the company official went on speaking about the upcoming R8 generation. The supercar will one offered with the all-wheel drive because this is the “only way” to get power to the asphalt and the rear-wheel drive variant will be maintained for the R8 LMS. The V10 engine found on the new R8 will be connected to an S tronic double clutch control and no manual version will be offered.

“The R8 will be S tronic double clutch only and the RWD version of the R8 will only be available on the R8 LMS. With upwards of 570 hp of power, a rear wheel drive car will do nothing more than burnouts. You need quattro to get the grip to get the power down which allows the car to be faster off the line and in turns. There is a reason why quattro was banned from racing… because it was deemed an unfair advantage”, added the Audi official.

The 2016 Audi R8 will be using the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan, along with the same 5.2 liter V10 engine, which is rated at 602 HP (449 kW) and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque on the Italian vehicle. The 4.2 liter V8 unit will be dropped from the lineup. The new R8 will be officially presented to the public on the 3rd of March, during the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.