A high-performance version of Audi’s second-generation Q7 that's to be badged an SQ7 suffered a crash recently while undergoing high-speed testing on Germany’s Nürburgring. This video from YouTube user cvdzijden shows a barely-disguised SQ7 prototype exiting the famous Karussell hairpin turn and then crashing into a barrier. The damage doesn’t appear too severe but the impact was hard enough to get the vehicle bouncing off the ground.
The SQ7, as its name suggests, is a high-performance version of the Q7 along the lines of the smaller SQ5. What isn’t clear is the choice of engine Audi has selected for the vehicle. Last year, Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg hinted that the engine might be a diesel V-8, which would make this an SQ7 TDI. However, a gasoline-powered SQ7 may also be planned for markets where diesel remains unpopular, such as the U.S. and China. Recall that the smaller SQ5 comes in both gasoline and diesel flavors, although we only get the former here in the U.S.
Look for the SQ7 to debut sometime in 2016. For more details, including our own spy shots, read our previous post.