Is it testing a diesel or a gasoline engine?

Audi’s future Q8 flagship SUV was back at the Nurburgring the other day stretching its legs with some high-speed tests. The prototype is still wearing tons of camouflage, but it’s not able to hide the obvious – the vehicle will be slightly wider than the Q7 and will sit lower to the ground. The German brand’s first entry into the large coupe-SUV segment will have a muscular profile and sharp design lines, that’s for sure, but we will have to wait at least a couple of months more to find out more about its look.

In fact, this is the exact same prototype that our photographers spied earlier this week – just take a look at its registration plate. It’s extremely hard to say what engine is powering the car, but our theory is this Q8 mule runs on turbocharged gasoline power without any help from electric motors. Of course, there’s also the possibility of a diesel mill, but that’s hardly the most important thing about the SUV now.

Audi Q8 spied at the Nurburgring
Audi Q8 spied at the Nurburgring
aAudi Q8 spied at the Nurburgring

What really matters is when we will get to see the car debuting officially. Targeting the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe, the Q8 coupe-SUV will probably become one of Audi’s most expensive production cars in history when it arrives in showrooms in 2018, so look for a premiere in Frankfurt this autumn or in Detroit early next year.

Standard internal combustion engine-powered variants, as well as a hybrid, are expected to be offered. A hot SQ8 configuration could receive SQ7’s 900-Newton-meter 4.0-liter V8 TDI engine and this option could hit the €100,000 (approximately $106,000) price tag.

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If you want to have a basic idea of what the production Q8 will look like, take a look at the Q8 concept from the Detroit show from earlier this year. The study gives a pretty good idea at what the overall conception is – a sexy coupe-SUV with futuristic design and sporty stance.

Source: Automotive Mike

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