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Audi SQ7 prototype crashed by test driver on the ‘Ring

An undisguised prototype of the upcoming 2016 Audi SQ7 was involved in an accident earlier this week on the Nurburgring. The crash occurred at the famous carousel corner after the driver miscalculated and entered the corner at a higher than recommended speed and as a consequence he lost control and hit the right-side crash barrier.

Shortly after the impact, he went airborne with the front wheels and then came to a stop on the left side of the track. We don’t get to see what happened after that but the impact wasn’t so powerful so most likely the driver got out safe and sound.

This higher specification second-gen Q7 is bound to show up in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show and will sit on top of the model’s range thanks to a powerful V8 turbodiesel engine which will benefit from e-turbo technology. It will have a 4.0 or 4.2 liter displacement and is expected to develop in excess of 400 bhp.

Latest word on the street indicates the 2016 Audi SQ7 will run the 0-100 km/h journey in just five and a half seconds and top out at 300 km/h, not too shabby taking into consideration the vehicle will tip the scales at more than 2,000 kg.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.