We recently saw the Audi Q8 doing some pre-production testing and the test mule we saw was almost completely exposed. From different spy photos and concepts, we already basically know what the Q8 is going to look like. Still, it was interesting to see a real-life version of it without camouflage. Now, though, another test mule has been spotted and it’s wearing even less camo. In fact, it’s basically uncovered. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
This Audi Q8 tester can be seen in all of its glory and we’re actually pretty impressed. It’s certainly sportier looking than any other SUV in Audi’s lineup, even the youthful Q2. Thanks to its boxy fender flares and fat C-pillar, it actually has some of the O.G. Audi Quattro to it. We know that’s intentional, though, as Audi designed it to have styling cue reminiscent of the classic Quattro. That’s most true in the rear half of the car, where its rear fenders are extremely flared out and so boxy.
At the back, the taillights are partially covered in camouflage but it’s useless, as we can basically see them anyway. The big find at the back is lower, though, where we see fake exhausts (grrrrrrr). It’s infuriating that Audi puts those cheap plastic rectangles where exhaust tips should be. I guess we’ll be complaining about that forever because it doesn’t seem as if Audi is going to change that hideous design any time soon.
Powering the Audi Q8 will likely be a suite of typical Audi powertrains, beginning with the 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine seen in the Audi S4. That engine makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and will likely serve as the entry-level engine. There will also be a version of Audi’s new 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, the same one used in the Audi A8 and Porsche Panamera. That engine might be in a potential Audi SQ8 but we have no official info for that. However, we have heard that there will be an Audi RS Q8 that will likely also use that twin-turbo V8 only with more muscle. Maybe that car will have real exhaust tips…
It’s encouraging to see that the Audi Q8 is so similar to its concept car. Audi says it wants to get more unique with its styling and make each model more distinct from one another. This Q8 seems to be the beginning of that trend.