Audi says it is already planning to create a luxury two-door coupe that will provide the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer a rival for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and upcoming BMW 8-Series grand tourer.
“I love the shape of a two-door coupe but it is also true that the (sales) volumes (for them) are much lower than for four-doors,” Audi head of design, Marc Lichte, recently told British publication Autocar.
“In the future, who knows? We have many ideas in this direction.”
Lichte already designed such a vehicle when he penned the Audi Prologue Concept coupe for the 2014 Los Angeles motor show that was powered by a 90-degree 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 445kW of power and 700Nm of torque. The drivable, low-slung vehicle led the way to design and technology features used on Audi’s latest luxury flagship A8, but that car will only see light of day as a sedan, keeping the door open for a grand touring two-door to go up against its German competitors.
Recent reports also suggest Audi’s ageing R8 performance car is set to be killed off in 2020 due to slow sales, opening up the purse to build a better selling luxury two-door that sits above the A8. Such a vehicle would also provide the potential for an RS model that could take on BMW’s confirmed M8 performance variant.
When the A8-sized Prologue was revealed in LA, the German car maker's then research and development director Ulrich Hackenberg suggested the car’s dimensions would be retained for a production version of the A9, however, it will be some time before we see a production A9 model revealed as Lichte says there are many new models to launch before then.
“First we must launch the A6, then we have the Q8 next year, A1 and Q3. We won’t do anything before this. It’s step by step,” he said.
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