Audi RS Q8 high-performance SUV has a 4.0-litre V8 engine with twin turbochargers, and develops 590hp (441kW) of power and 800Nm of torque. I can sprint to 100 km/h from rest in just 3.8 seconds, to 200 km/h in just 13.7 seconds before reaching a limited top speed of 250 km/h.

An ultra high tech engine it has a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. During deceleration and braking, the RS Q8 can recover up to 12 kW of power. The start/stop system then draws on the 48V electrical system and functions at speeds up to 22 km/h

The RS Q8 is equipped with a quick-shifting eight-speed tiptronic transmission and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Under normal driving conditions, torque is distributed asymmetrically: 40:60, front to rear respectively. However up to 85 percent of engine torque can be directed to the rear wheels for especially sporty handling. The quattro sport differential can provide further adjustment, directing almost all of the rear axle’s torque to either wheel during particularly dynamic driving.

The standard braking system uses steel brakes, with red 10-piston calipers and 420mm front discs, with 370mm at the rear. The optional RS ceramic braking system saves 34 kilograms in unsprung weight, and comprises even larger front discs, at 440mm. There’s even a choice of colour for the calipers – grey, red or blue.

The RS Q8 has dynamic all-wheel steering. The rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels at low speeds, reducing the turning circle by up to one metre. They turn the same direction as the front wheels at speed.

Audi RS-specific adaptive air suspension can adjust ride height by up to 90mm. They can also balance between suppleness and firmness depending on the driving conditions.

The wide single frame grille combines a black gloss finish with the RS-specific honeycomb structure. For the first time ever on an Audi production vehicle, 23-inch alloy wheels are standard

All-new Audi RS Q8 has voluminous interior room for occupants. The luggage capacity can store up to 1,755 litres, when the backrests are folded down. The rear seat can be split 40:20:40, and slides fore and aft to create additional legroom.

Inside, the cabin is upholstered in premium Valcona leather with honeycomb stitching. The RS sport front seats are ventilated, they have that feature full electric adjustability.

The MMI touch response system offers countless controls and switches for a clean, minimalist layout with 10.1-inch (lower) and 8.6-inch (lower) touch screen. There’s Audi Smartphone Interface with the integration of approved apps (Android auto, wireless Apple CarPlay).

A Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System (17 speakers, 730 watts). Audi music interface with 2 rear USB outlets and Audi connect plus for a range of infotainment, security and assistance services.

Driver assistance systems include adaptive cruise assist with Stop&Go and traffic jam assist, front and rear parking sensors, Audi pre-sense front and rear, active lane assist and side assist with cross traffic assist, collision avoidance and turn assist and 360-degree cameras with kerb view.

Eight exterior colours are available, as well as three interior trims.

The all-new Audi RS Q8 is on-sale now in Audi Sport Australian dealerships. It is also available to order through the new Audi online purchase platform, at

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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