These are no ordinary spy shots, with our photographers capturing the new race version of the Volkswagen Touareg testing in the European mountains.
Destined to compete on some of the most gruelling terrain on the planet, the sight of the bright blue race-spec Volkswagen Touareg certainly came as a surprise when it arrived in the CarAdvice inbox early this morning.
No need to camouflage this prototype as it is highly unlikely we will ever see it available for general consumption, so instead the VW engineers even obliged by posing the car for our photographers against the brilliant backdrop of the snow-capped mountain ranges.
In order to tackle the roughest terrain on offer the race-spec Volkswagen Touareg features a raft of modifications lifted straight from the Dakar rule book.
It features enormous all-terrain tyres and accompanying mud flaps, along with scoops, bonnets and vents galore to keep both the car and passengers cool.
Inside it is a myriad of toggles and switches, with the usual race enhancements such as a Motec display, roll cage and carbon-Kevlar bucket seats.