Audi launches the RS Q8 at the 2019 LA Auto Show
This is the German premium automaker’s sixth and last RS vehicle to come into the spotlight this year. Sales of the coupe/SUV will begin sometime in the first half of 2020, and prices will start from €127,000.
The Audi RS Q8 borrows the powertrain from the latest RS6 Avant estate/wagon, which is actually a good thing given how ridiculously overpowered that one is. The four-liter, twin-turbo V8 churns out a massive 600 hp (447 kW) along with 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque, assisted by a torque-y 48V starter-generator and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The AWD system has a racing-spec rear differential, and you may pay extra to get carbon-ceramic brakes.
Going from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 3.8 seconds, and hitting 200 km/h (124 mph) is a matter of 13.7 s. The top speed is clamped at 250 km/h (155 mph), but you may upgrade to 305 km/h (189.5 mph).
The SUV boasts an air suspension kit, which is adjustable in a 90-millimeter range and supports several selectable modes ranging from Comfort to Sport. The on-board electronic system has eight fixed drive presets and two used-defined ones on top of that, called the RS1 and RS2. The car boasts a purpose-designed exhaust system, and you can opt for an even sportier version of it if you have the money.
You will be able to tell the RS Q8 from its regular coupe counterpart by the body kit and giant wheels (22 or 23 inches). Inside, the steering wheel is new, and the sport seats are trimmed with a combination of leather and Alcantara.
Editor Andrew Raspopov