Audi RS Q8 (2020–)
Audi RS Q8 revealed
The first ever full-size Audi SUV to bear the RS badge, the RS Q8 is powered by a 600PS twin-turbo V8 petrol engine.
Drawing on 600PS and 800Nm of torque between 2200 and 4500 rpm, the 4.0-litre V8 TFSI accelerates the new RS Q8 to 62mph from rest in just 3.8 seconds and to 124mph in 13.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 155mph.
Mild-hybrid technology enables the RS Q8 to recover up to 12kW of power during deceleration and braking, while cylinder on demand tech also helps to improve fuel economy.
Power from the petrol engine is transferred to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox. Power is typically divided 40:60 between the front and rear axles, with torque automatically sent to the axle with better traction when required.
The RS-specific adaptive air suspension varies the body's ride height by up to 90mm, while the electromechanical active roll stabilisation reduces body roll during coernering. Standard all-wheel steering turns the rear wheels by up to five degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels at low speeds, while at high speeds they turn up to 1.5 degrees in the same direction as the front wheels.
The RS Q8 comes as standard with 22-inch alloy wheels, while 23-inch wheels are available as an option.
The new Audi RS Q8 is available in a choice of nine colours: one solid paint finish and eight metallic or pearl effect shades.
Inside, the virtual cockpit features special RS displays with information on things like tyre pressure, temperature, lap times and g-forces.
Luxurious RS sport seats in Valcona leather with a honeycomb pattern and RS embossing are fitted as standard. Ventilation and a massage function are also added to the Vorsprung specification.
The RS design package – standard on Carbon Black and Vorsprung, and available in red or grey – include red or grey contrasting stitching on the knee pads, steering wheel rim, floor mats, gear selector lever and the edges of the seat belts. With both packages, the centre console, selector lever and steering wheel are covered in Alcantara.
There is an RS logo on the steering wheel. The illuminated front door sill trims sport an RS Q8 logo. The fully perforated RS sport leather steering wheel flattened at the bottom with shift paddles also includes multifunction buttons. The driver can directly select the new Audi drive select modes RS1 and RS2 via the RS-Mode button. RS-specific displays then open automatically in the Audi virtual cockpit.
A sliding three-seat rear bench is standard. With the seat backrests folded down, the luggage compartment under the power rear hatch holds up to 1755 litres.