In the RS Q8, the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 puts out 591bhp and 800Nm of torque, the same as the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback.
Not too long ago, Audi presented to the world the SQ8 - a 435bhp version of their flagship Q8 SUV. In any scenario, 435bhp can't be termed as 'less', leading us to believe that the Q8 can't be, or rather, need not be bettered any further. But folks at Audi Sport seem to belong to a different school of thought, as the brand has unveiled an even more powerful version of the Q8 - RS Q8. Holding the crown of the fastest SUV on the Nürburgring (7:42.253), the RS Q8 is the most powerful 'Q' model from Ingolstadt. In fact. it's the most powerful and fastest SUV from the brand, to date. And, it's not a concept. It will be on sale in Europe from Q1 2020.
Sharing its power source with the RS6 Avant, RS7 Sportback and the SQ8, the RS Q8 is also powered by the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, with mild-hybrid assistance. The power & torque figures too remain the same as the Avant & the Sportback, at 591bhp & 800Nm. All this means that the RS Q8 can do its 0-100km/h dash in just 3.8 seconds, which is just 0.2 seconds slower than the mighty Urus. Fitted with 22-inch wheels as standard, the RS Q8 can also be ordered with optional 23-inch wheels. That's Range Rover territory. The 22-inch wheels already come shod with 295/40 tyres, the largest ever fitted as standard on a production Audi.
While the RS Q8 rides on Adaptive Air Suspension Sport as standard, customers can opt for the optional Electromechanical Active Roll Stabilisation (EAWS) system. Other bits that are standard fitment on the RS Q8 include the 48V mild-hybrid system, quattro All-Wheel-Drive (AWD), an 8-speed auto Steptronic transmission, Audi Drive Select, All-Wheel Steering and RS-specific high-performance brakes.