A near-production prototype of the Audi SQ7 has been caught on camera without any sort of camouflage.

A near-production prototype of the Audi SQ7 has been caught on camera without any sort of camouflage.

It's a bit tricky to spot the differences, but upon closer inspection you will notice the lower portions of the front and rear bumpers have a modified layout and there's also a menacing quad exhaust setup. It also boasts beefier brakes, unique paint scheme and large black alloy wheels which aren't available for the regular second generation Q7. The interior cabin is virtually identical, with the exception of an "SQ7" logo added on the tachometer.

Likely to be introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the first ever Audi SQ7 will be powered by a V8 turbodiesel engine featuring e-turbo technology and linked to a quattro all-wheel drive system. The displacement of the engine is not known at this point but it will likely be a 4.0 or a 4.2 and should develop more than 400 bhp (298 kW). It will allegedly be enough electrified muscle to grant a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in only five and a half seconds before topping out at around 186 mph (300 km/h).

Sales of the Audi SQ7 should kick off towards the end of the year at a price tag significantly higher than the €60,900 3.0 TDI quattro so don't be too surprised if it will cost around €80,000 or even more.

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