Last week we brought you confirmation that Audi is plotting a hot diesel-powered SQ7 model, and now we have first photos of that very car testing. Audi’s head of technical development, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, told us on our recent final sign off drive of the new Q7 that an SQ7 will launch some time next year, powered by a V8 diesel engine featuring ‘e-boost’ electric turbochargers.

Audi hasn’t been so obvious as to add any ‘S’ badging to this prototype, but the giveaways are there nonetheless. The front foglights are bracketed by two chrome blades rather than simple black plastic, as on the standard model, and the front and rear underbody protection is bare metal, not body-coloured. At the back four large exhaust pipes replace the twin pipes on the entry-level six-cylinder model.

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Audi's High Performance Twin Electric Turbocharged Diesel V8 SQ7 Caught Testing In The Wild

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