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Space, speed & refinement: The all-new Audi RS Q8

By Lisa Curtiss  |  March 29, 2020

Introducing the first ever full-size Audi SUV to bear the RS badge. Space meets undeniable sports performance as the RS Q8 is the first ever production Audi SUV capable of a blistering sub-four-second 0-62mph sprint.

Brimming with the most technologically advanced Audi features ever available, and marrying them with maximum everyday usability, this model really does mean the discerning customer can have it all. Spec highlights include RS-specific adaptive air suspension, all-wheel steering, sport differential and active roll stabilisation, and there’s the option to upgrade even further to Carbon Black and Vorsprung versions which unleash even more sporting potential.

“For the first time in the 25-year history of Audi RS models, we are putting a large SUV coupe with the genes of a true high-performance sports car on the road,” said Oliver Hoffmann, managing director of Audi Sport GmbH. “With its bi-turbo V8 petrol engine, the Audi RS Q8 is the prestigious spearhead of the RS model family.”

Guaranteed to appeal to SUV and sportscar enthusiasts alike, this powerful new model is capable of an incredible 3.8 second 0-62mph sprint, thanks to its 600PS, twin-turbo V8 TFSI engine delivering a hefty 800Nm of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm. It can hit 124mph in just 13.7 seconds too – aligning it with some of the world’s most famous sports cars. The bi-turbo plant draws on a mild-hybrid system (MHEV) which can recover up to 12 kW of power and store it in the compact lithium-ion battery, and also has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 0.8 liters per 100 kilometers.

This exciting model’s power is delivered with a delicious roar thanks to its 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8 ignition sequence enhanced by the RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe trims fitted as standard to Carbon Black and Vorsprung models. The driver can choose to amp up the engine’s sound even more via the Audi drive select system.

The RS Q8 promises an exceptional dynamic drive too, thanks to an impressive tech-spec which includes highlights such as RS-specific adaptive air suspension, all-wheel steering, sport differential and active roll stabilisation. Customers have the option to upgrade even further to Carbon Black and Vorsprung versions which unleash even more sporting prowess.

Capable on and off road, with variable ground clearance, short overhangs, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and hill descent control, this new Audi can carry on calmly and confidently when paved roads end. By using the Audi drive select dynamic handling system the driver can choose their choice of eight profiles – comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, allroad, offroad, as well as individually configurable RS-specific modes RS1 and RS2, which can be activated directly via the “RS-MODE” button on the steering wheel. The Audi drive select system affects such things as engine and transmission management, steering boost, the air suspension, all-wheel steering, engine sound and the characteristic of the automatic air conditioning.

It’s not all about the performance though – this large and super-stylish SUV is a practical and versatile family ferry too. Its handsome, muscular exterior covers a spacious and comfortable cabin furnished with top quality materials and state-of-the-art gadgetry throughout.

Highlights include a comprehensive range of over 30 assist systems includes such things as the adaptive cruise assist, efficiency assist, intersection assist, lane change warning and 360 degree cameras. The RS Q8 features an excellent infotainment system, MMI navigation plus. It includes the Audi connect data transfer module with the LTE Advanced standard and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The navigation system learns the driver’s preferences from the routes driven and can therefore make intelligent suggestions. The online services from Audi connect add predictive features to the route planning process.

For those wanting a handsome, top quality, versatile and performance-honed SUV, this new Audi RS QA has to be a top choice.