Audi RS Q8 Review

The Audi RS Q8 sits at the top of the Q8 range. It’s powered by a monstrous V8 petrol engine and benefits from steering and suspension changes to help it corner more quickly. 

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Audi RS Q8 Review

The Audi RS Q8 sits at the top of the Q8 range. It’s powered by a monstrous V8 petrol engine and benefits from steering and suspension changes to help it corner more quickly. 

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Overall verdict

The Audi RS Q8 sits at the top of the Q8 range and is Audi’s flagship coupe luxury large SUV.

You only have to look at the Audi RS Q8 to know it’s the extrovert of the Audi SUV range. From its honeycomb grille to its blistered wheel arches and huge RS-specific oval exhaust pipes, everything about this Q8 screams performance. And if you visit the options list you can swap the standard 22-inch alloy wheels for 23-inch items and add aluminium or carbon fibre trim pieces.

At the heart of the Audi RS Q8 is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, which is the same engine as in the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga. In the Audi, it produces 600hp and a whopping 800Nm of torque.

It does have a sensible side, though. At a cruise, it can revert to four cylinders to save fuel and its 48V power supply helps do the same, regenerating energy when coasting on the motorway and under braking. Nevertheless, you’ll still be lucky to get more than 25mpg on a run.

The chunky Audi RS Q8 gets from 0-60 in just 3.8 seconds – nearly half a second quicker than a svelte Porsche 992 Carrera sports car. Keep going and the RS Q8 nails 125mph in 13.7 seconds on the way to its limited top speed of 155mph. That said, send some cash Audi’s way for the optional dynamic package and that limit can be lifted to 190mph.

The RS Q8 will be an absolute brute in the bends, but if it's anything like the standard Q8, it should be calm and quiet when needed, too.

Mat Watson
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The RS Q8 gets comfy air suspension as standard but if you want to drive it as its maker intended, you’ll want to upgrade to the optional electromechanical active roll stabilisation system. On bumpy roads, it can decouple the Audi’s anti-roll bars to give you a butter-smooth ride. In bends though, the opposite happens, the roll bars stay linked and small electric motors counteract the cornering forces going through the car.

All-wheel steering means the huge Audi RS Q8 is much better at tight manoeuvres than you’d ever think. In town, it turns the back wheels in the opposite direction to the front to swing the rear end around tight corners. At higher speeds, though, it does the opposite, turning the back wheels in the same direction as the fronts – virtually shortening the wheelbase, making the lumbering Audi feel more like a slightly porky hot hatch.

Inside, the RS Q8 gets sports seats as standard and they can be upgraded to RS-seats that are finished in soft Valcona leather and also heated and cooled. The RS Design packs, meanwhile, finish the interior in red or grey contrast stitching, while the steering wheel and gear gaiter are covered in Alcantara.

Even the infotainment gets the RS treatment. Its graphics correctly illustrate the car and add unique gauges measuring things like tyre temps and G forces which… you’ll never, ever use.

We’ll have a full review on the Audi RS Q8 once we’ve driven it. For now, head to our news story for full details.

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