With the recent emergence of Sports SUV’s onto the scene, we take a look at Audi’s RS Q8 to see how it performs.
The RS Q8, a beefed up version of the recent Q8, packs a 4.0L Twin-turbo V8 – the same engine as the RS6 & RS7. With such a powerhouse under the bonnet, its no wonder the 600bhp engine can blast to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds. The RS Q8 is limited to the industry standard 155mph. You can of course opt for the dynamic package which raises the top speed to 190mph.
Dubbed “the most sporty Q”, its also the most expensive, although, the RS Q8 has a variety of configurations from the factory. Following on in RS fashion, the base model begins at just over £103,000. Then there are the Black Edition and the Vorsprung models, with the latter starting just short of £118,000.
Many features are included as standard with the RS models. To include RS Design LED Matrix Headlights, RS Super Sport seats and Quattro all-wheel-drive. The iconic twin oval exhausts also make an appearance in the RS Q8. The 10 spoke aluminium wheels are 22 inch as standard with the option to upgrade to 23 inch rims should you desire.
The Luxury SUV utilises a Mild-Hybrid (MHEV) system which allows for longer start-stop usage whereby the engine will kick-in at just under 14mph. This allows for a marginal saving on fuel consumption. Audi quote that it can save 0.7L/100km.
From the figures, this is one impressive beast. With the ability to perform as a functioning family auto, and still dominate most road going vehicles, the RS Q8 will be highly regarded, although, for a similar level of practicality and a saving of over £10,000, you could take the new RS6. Whatever the case, you wont be disappointed.
The RS Q8 is due to be released in the UK in the first quarter of 2020.