Audi has already confirmed a high performance version of its new Q7 full-size crossover, likely called SQ7, will arrive at some point. The model was recently spotted testing on the Nurburgring, but instead of dazzling spy photographers with its capability, it caught their attention by clipping the outside Armco barrier at the track’s famous Karussel section.
Not every car that gets tested on the Nurburgring is a six-figure supercar. The track, with its demanding corners and constant elevation change, is a good test bed for all models, but things can go wrong pretty quickly in some cars. The SQ7 seen here, while perfectly capable of tackling the ‘Ring, appears to have understeered slightly when exiting the carousel, forcing it towards the outside wall and probably ruining the test driver’s or engineer’s day who was driving it.
There’s rumors the SQ7 could be powered by a V8 diesel engine, however a gasoline model could be offered in markets where diesel vehicles are less popular, such as North America or China. The ‘S’ treatment may also add sportier bumpers and wheels, revised suspension, a flat-bottom steering wheel and more.
Additional information on the SQ7 will become available as its rumored 2016 debut approaches. For now, tune into the video below to see it in action.