We’ve already brought you the spy shots of the production-ready Audi Q8 early this year. Now, the German automaker’s largest SUV in the making has been spotted lapping the Nürburgring, presumably as part of the final honing of its dynamic abilities before production starts in 2018.

The vehicle is still covered in camouflage, but it’s still evident that the SUV will look much similar to the Q8 that was shown as a concept at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year and later in RS guise at the Geneva show. While its dimensions are expected to be pretty much the same as that of the Q7, with the sloping roofline and the coupé-ish rear the Q8 will go against coupé SUVs like the BMW X6 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé. The underpinnings will also be the same as that of the Audi Q7, which is the MLB Evo platform that many other Volkswagen Group vehicles like the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg are built on.

While powertrain options are also likely to be shared with the Q7, expect unconventional set-ups as well as the Detroit had a 442bhp and 700Nm PHEV drivetrain, and the Geneva concept had a 476bhp and 700Nm mild hybrid powertrain that combines a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 with an electric compressor.

Watch this section closely for more updates as they trickle in over the coming months.