Audi recently debuted its Q8 Concept and Q8 Sport Concept at the Detroit and Geneva Motor Shows, respectively. The upcoming Audi Q8 will be one of the cars that the four-ringed brand is releasing in the coming years to launch its electric offensive. However, we’ve only seen concepts of this new SUV and never any real photos of it. Now, though, there are photos of the real Q8 doing some testing on the famed Nurburgring. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
It’s telling that Audi took the Q8 to the ‘Ring, as typically hybrids aren’t tested on such race tracks. Typically, you’ll see hybrids and SUVs testing on normal urban streets, the sort of places where they’re most likely to be driven once they’re on sale. However, the Audi Q8 clearly something that’s meant to be fun to drive, hence the testing on the world’s most difficult race track.
There’s also the possibility that there will be an Audi Q8 that’s conventionally powered, maybe a performance variant, and that’s what this could be. Something like an SQ8 could be powered by the brand’s twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V8. This sort of goes along with some rumors that there will be a hot Audi Q8 variant that shares its powertrain with the upcoming Lamborghini Urus.
We obviously don’t have much information on this car and what it is, exactly. However, we can say that it looks damn good already. The aggressive face, sporty roofline, sharp taillights and fat C-Pillar all give it a sort of big Audi Quattro look. It also sits quite low and on big wheels, further cementing the fact that this is a more performance-oriented car.
Check out Autoblog for the spy photos and see for yourself.