An eagle-eyed Audi fan spotted this Audi A8 prototype out testing with little more than a few patches of black tape masking the lights and logos and managed to grab some quick cellphone shots.

We’ve seen various previews of the upcoming A8 (and A9) in the Prologue series, and it’s been spied on the Nurburgring and testing in the snow, but we’ve yet to see it so exposed.

The Audi A8, redesigned under the mandate of new Audi design boss Marc Lichte, will make its official debut this summer, then go on sale late this year or early next year as a 2018 model. The proportions and size don’t stray far from the current A8, but we can now clearly see the wider single frame grille up front, giving the luxury sedan a wider, lower, more purposeful appearance.
Read more about the 2018 Audi A8 Spied in Production Skin at AutoGuide.com.