Heavily camouflaged Audi Q8 spotted on test track at the Nurburgring

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A possible production version of the Audi Q8 was spotted being tested at the Nurburgring circuit indicating that the automaker could be ready to commence production of the car this year itself.

Audi gave us glimpse of the Audi Q8 Sport concept at 2017 Geneva Motor Show giving us a fair indication of what might be in store when it launches the consumer version of the SUV. The new photos that have emerged on the web are those of a highly camouflaged Audi Q8, but the silhouette and the profile of the test mule does reveal the true identity of the upcoming coupe-SUV.

The Audi A8 is based on the automaker’s new-generation Audi Q7 SUV. The front of the Audi Q8 features that butch SUV look with a larger hexagonal grille, new sharp headlamps most possibly featuring Audi’s signature Matrix LED lamps.

The design of the front bumper and bonnet has been efficiently disguised but you can still make out the similarities with the concept model shown early this year. The front bumper also houses large air intakes on either side.

It is the profile of the test mule that truly shows how different the Audi Q8 will look compared to the Q7 SUV. The sloping coupe roofline is extended up to the edge of the boot lid while there is also a roof-mounted spoiler. The black alloys look nice but it is possible that the production version might come with different ones. Compared to the Audi Q8 Sport concept, the design of the actual model has been toned down a little. Even the ground clearance seems to have been lowered a little.

3.0 TFSI six-cylinder engine that comes with a mild hybrid setup and an electric powered compressor. Audi says the motor is capable of churning out 469 bhp of power and a whopping 700 Nm of torque. The powertrain comes mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and it is said to have an electric-only range of about 60 km.

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