Audi has debuted its new RS version of the Q8.
And its looks to be a closer competitor to the Lamborghini Urus than we’re sure Urus owners hoped.
With almost identical performance figures, the same top speed, and a cheaper price tag, Audi’s fastest ever SUV looks to be a relative bargain.
Power is courtesy of the now-familiar twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine recently announced for the new model RS6 and RS7.
Its mild-hybrid system helps it develop 592 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. That’s 58 fewer horses and 37 fewer pound-feet of torque than the Urus, but Lamborghini buyers have to justify the extra price tag somewhere right?
The acceleration figures in the RSQ8, therefore, are a tickle behind the performance to its Supercar Badged brother.
0-62 for the new Audi RSQ8, comes in at 3.8 seconds, just two-tenths of a second behind its stablemate.
0-124 mph is just under a second slower at 13.7 seconds from a standstill. The top speed for both vehicles though is identical and electronically limited to 189.5 mph.
We’re already are big fans of the Q8 coupe-esk styling, especially in Vorsprung specification but the RS version is on another level with giant air intakes, huge oval exhausts and a set of 23-inch alloys only available on this model.
The body is 10 mm (0.4 inches) wider at the front and 5 mm (0.2 inches) at the rear compared to the standard Q8, and the roof-mounted spoiler provides for increased stability at high speeds.
High-gloss black exterior details further separate the RS model from the regular Q8, something else that’s an expensive option on a Lamborghini that gets bare grained plastic in its bumper inserts. Optional you can also get aluminium or carbon to enhance the looks further, depending on which exterior colour you choose.
Technology and Handling
Standard ceramic brakes with massive 440-mm (17.3-inch) discs upfront and 370 mm (14.6 inches) at the rear provide the stopping power.
Suspension set up is similar to the Urus with all-wheel steering system and active roll control.
Familiar looking leather and Alcantara seats with an embossed RS logo welcome you upon opening a door.
The ones we have here in the official launch photos are the optional RS sport seats covered in Valcona leather and with a honeycomb pattern, but the Alcantara is in honestly, nicer to sit on.
Audi RSQ8 Pricing
Audi will have the RS Q8 on sale from the first quarter of 2020 with an expected starting price of around £110,000.
Expect that to be much higher with options, however, that’s still a massive chunk of change cheaper than a Urus.
Choose the RSQ8 over the Urus and with what you save you could buy an electric Audi E-Tron to offset your carbon footprint.
We look forward to getting to drive the RSQ8 in due course and will report back how it compares in everyday use compared to the Urus.
Thanks for reading; hope to see you next time.