Audi planning on BMW 8 Series Competitor

8-Series, News | January 2nd, 2018 by 5
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At the moment, BMW is on the verge of launching its new, second-generation 8 Series Coupe, a sexy two-door, sporty grand-touring car. It’s a car …

At the moment, BMW is on the verge of launching its new, second-generation 8 Series Coupe, a sexy two-door, sporty grand-touring car. It’s a car with a lot of prestige and will act as a flagship for the brand. BMW is developing this new 8 Series to take on the stunning, and highly-successful, Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. Now, Audi wants to jump into the mix and develop its own two-door, sport GT car to take on the new 8 Series and Mercedes S-Class.

According to Audi design boss Marc Lichte, there are currently ideas swirling around in Ingolstadt for such a car. “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. In the future, who knows? We have many ideas in this direction.” Lichte recently told Autocar.

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What’s interesting is that Lichte has already penned such a car. The Audi Prologue Concept featured a stunning coupe with Audi A8-levels of luxury and tech but in a sexier, two-door body. It would also sit atop Audi’s lineup as a flagship, much like the 8 Series is set to, and would be more of a sporty grand-touring car, rather than an all-out sports car.

Such a two-door GT car could be called the Audi A8 Coupe or maybe even the Audi A9. Though, it doesn’t really matter because it’s not a priority of Audi’s at the moment. While Lichte has shown interest in designing and developing a two-door GT car, he admits that the next-gen Audi A6 and Q8 must come first. “First we must launch the A6, then we have the Q8 next year, A1 and Q3.”

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So don’t expect an Audi A9, or whatever it could be called, any time soon. The volume sellers come first. “We won’t do anything before this. It’s step by step.”

[Source: QuattroDaily]
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