As Audi’s lineup gets ever more diverse it becomes harder and harder to guess which niche they’re going to try and fill next. The company’s current flagship saloon is the A8/S8, but Russian designer Vasiliy Markin thinks they can go one better so he’s come up with his own luxury saloon concept called the R9.
The Audi R9 concept draws on several of Audi’s past and current vehicles for inspiration. Its angular lines were inspired by both the original Ur-Quattro coupe and the 2010 Quattro concept. The R9′s sloping roofline is modeled on that of the A5 and A7 Sportback models.
In terms of competition the Audi R9 concept is designed to go head-to-head with the likes of the Porsche Panamera and the Maserati Quattroporte.
To make sure the R9 concept would have performance to support both its chiseled good looks and role as Audi’s most expensive saloon, Vasiliy envisages a front mounted V8 engine coupled to a quattro AWD system.