The Sleuth has been informed that Volkswagen’s up-market label is readying a top-of-the-line flagship model that will run in the same league as the Mercedes-Benz S-class as well as the upcoming BMW 8-series. The designated A9 will reportedly be based on the current A8, but with its own unique styling and an all-electric power system with an expected range of 300 miles derived from a 95-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack. Among the A9’s other features will be semi-autonomous driving capability. The A9 likely won’t be available until the 2019 model year, at the earliest.
The Audi A8, pictured, has always been the top model from the automaker, but rumors persist of a new A9 that would push up the price and content boundaries. (PHOTO: AUDI)