Over the years, Audi has shown that it is not afraid to venture into new categories as evidenced by cars like the Ur-Quattro, the V8 / A8, and more recently, the R8 and the A5 and A7 Sportback.
The reason why we mentioned these models is that a Russian design student of the Moscow State Technical University "MAMI" (MSTU "MAMI") came up with the idea of combining elements from all cars to create a flagships sports saloon for his final thesis project.
The design study is named the R9 and it was imagined to be something in the likes of Audi's version of the Lamborghini Estoque.
The car's styling encompasses many ideas, from the front end of the 2010 Quattro Concept, itself inspired by the original Ur-Quattro coupe, to the coupe-ish roofline of the A5 and A7 Sportback models.
The R9 was designed to be fitted with a front-mounted engine and, of course, Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive system.
Take a peek at the rest of the photos after the break, and then head over to the comments to voice your thoughts on the design.
Design Credits: Vasiliy Markin via Cardesign