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According to latest reports, Audi is set to introduce a concept at the upcoming 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November, this being a concept to showcase a future design-language, and also to preview the upcoming A9 flagship, which would be a 4-door coupe (perhaps like an enlarged and more upmarket A7). The A9 had been reported on, and has been touched upon in this thread, as well as in other blogs, but, for some time, there were no updates on the A9, where I, personally, even forgot about it, up until now, This is reminding me of a concept that Infiniti is set to introduce, a large flagship concept set to preview it's upcoming Q80 (perhaps also a Q90), at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in early October, which is another update in itself, and teasers have been released. Here is one of the reports on the Audi A9 concept: http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/mo...les-motor-show
Building on my previous post, and regarding the Bugatti C16 Galibier concept, now where the new/current CEO states that "the project is on ice", and not dead, I had thoughts that, because of the progress and man-hours on it, that it would either be converted or resurface as a range-topping Audi A9 or possibly a Bentley 4-door coupe of sorts, so it doesn't go to waste. Now, because of that latest report and quote, it gives some hope, and Wolfgang Dürheimer brought back the canceled Bentley Mulsanne Azure convertible project, and maybe even a new Brooklands coupe. To look at automotive history here, the original Buick Riviera was originally supposed to be a Cadillac, a new LaSalle model, but it was turned down by the wreath & crest division, hence it was given to Buick division. To get a little whimsical, the Batmobile for the famed 1960s TV series was made from a 1950s Lincoln Futura concept via George Barris.
Also, according to recent reports, the Bugatti Veyron successor may possibly be renamed the Chiron, taken from a late 1990s concept. Here's on of the reports on this: http://www.autoblog.com/2014/09/08/b...cement-report/
Here's another one that I'm wondering about, now at Cadillac - now that Johan De Nysschen, from Infiniti, and with a lot of time a Audi prior to that, is now the division-chief, and put a strong plan for Infiniti in place, which is reportedly taking hold, going up to Q80 and possibly also a Q90 flagship, I'm wondering if he'll even move Cadillac even more forward. It's given that the Omega-based large flagship sedan is moving forward, there are test-mules, and it's set for debut next year, possibly at the 2015 New York Auto Show. I'm now wondering if he's push for a projection Elmiraj Coupe, which is on the same chassis, and would be something of a lower-volume offering. Also, what I'm wondering is if an even larger, stretch Omega-based even larger sedan would be back on the table, one to compete more with the Rolls-Royce and Bentley offerings? It was reported some time ago that this part of the plan was canceled, but the regular flagship would more forward, which it is. I did speak with a rep/source at the Cadillac tent at the recent 2014 Greenwich, CT Concours d'Elegance, who couldn't reveal much (at GM, revealing proprietary information is grounds for dismissal, I'm told), but the source did state that the Omega chassis is designed to be stretched to a 226" overall-length. Also, the test-mule of the upcoming "LTS" Omega-sedan flagship, itself, appears quite large, even more so than an S-Class and 7-Series LWB, looking sized more to a regular-wheelbase Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan, at least. That's how I view it, taking proportions into account.
Cadillac has a lot going on, and will have high-performance ATS-V as well as a CTS-V, the latter likely with an LT4 supercharged 6.2L V8. I can see at least a Vsport variant of the upcoming "LTS" flagship with a potent V8 mill. Even though it's stated that Cadillac's "future is in rear-wheel-drive", I'm kind of hoping that the XTS remains around. It's sharp, and it's one not to alienate the loyalists, or older-demographic, being front-drive bias, and you have a sweet XTS Vsport. The XTS to Cadillac can be like the ES to Lexus. The next SRX will remain front-drive bias, too/ Also, latest reports say that a large crossover is back on the table, one to bridge between the SRX and Escalade. If the future at the Crest (wreath is gone on latest logo) is RWD, I would wonder, as well as some others, if a larger crossover is also to be Omega-based, to recoup investment on the platform. I'm also wondering, and hoping, that more would be based on the Omega, to further justify investment and costs, such as not only "LTS" variants, but, maybe a large RWD flagship for Buick division? This is my take, plus hope and speculation.
Going on to Chrysler now, or shall we say, FCA - Reports have stated that the (now again) Dodge Viper, not to be outdone by the new Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats (now with 707HP from the supercharged 6.2L Hemi, which appears to place these in hypercar territory), is reported to eventually get a supercharged V10, either as a variant or a successor. It's said that the supercharged V10 would produce some 800HP, for much engineering would have to be done to the chassis and components to accommodate 1000HP. The Hellcat 6.2L blown Hemi V8 would not fit into the current Viper without costly and extensive modifications, so the V10 would have to be force-fed. If that's the case, that would be right, for the Viper would again trump the Charger and Challenger Hellcats, and is more of an exotic and exclusive offering, which is the advantage for the Viper.
Also, at Chrysler division, the 300 line is up for revisions and a facelift like it's Dodge Charger and Challenger cousins. Now that SRT is folded into Dodge division as a high-performance, tuning-arm, it's reported that the SRT of the Chrysler 300 will not be a part of the revision, even though the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is continuing. What I'm wondering, and this was touched on by several reports, is that even though there won't be, according to reports, a 300 SRT, that some or much of the SRT equipment will still be offered as an option on the updated 300. Now, what I'm wondering is, and it was even mentioned in at least one report, that the 6.4L Hemi V8, uprated to 485HP, will still be offered in the 300 as a performance option, even if not an SRT? That, I would hope, and it still would be the next best thing. I can believe that for in the 2015 non-SRT Dodge Challengers, the 6.4L "392" can now be had. I'm wondering and hoping, and we'll soon find out.