It is no secret that the Lamborghini Urus and the Audi Q8 share the same platform and more than a few components.
But the Audi RS Q8 really blurs the lines between these two models. For the uninitiated, the Q8 is Audi’s range-topping SUV model – all variants come with no fewer than six cylinders.
The Audi RS Q8, then, is the top Q8 variant, for it is the highest-performing (and most expensive) Q model to date.
The RS Q8 is the fastest and most powerful Q model to date.
How fast and how powerful? Well, it can basically keep up with the aforementioned Lamborghini Urus. The RS Q8 rockets from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds, and also goes from rest to 200km/h in 13.7 seconds.
In comparison, the Urus does the century dash in 3.6 seconds and does zero to 200km/h in 12.8 seconds. When de-restricted, the Audi RS Q8 actually matches the Urus’ top speed of 305km/h.
This performance is down to the RS Q8’s drivetrain. Like the Lambo, it also has a twin-turbocharged 4-litre V8. The motor delivers 600hp and 800Nm, just 50hp and 50Nm less than the Urus.
GREEN AND MEAN
Green seems to be “performance colour” for Audi. The RS Q8 here comes in Java Green. The current Audi RS5 Sportback we tested came in Sonoma Green.
The Audi RS Q8 is set apart from its less-powerful siblings with its gloss black grille and side blades. The body is slightly wider (10mm up front, 5mm at the rear) to accommodate a slightly wider track.
Standard wheel/tyre size is 22 inches, which Audi says is the largest size they’ve ever fitted to a production model. If that’s not imposing enough, 23-inch wheels are available as an option.
Inside, the Audi RS Q8 comes with RS-specific features not found in other Audi models.
There’s an RS-specific Virtual Cockpit display, perforated leather steering wheel and sports seats. The latter is upholstered in a combination of Nappa leather and Alcantara.
Buyers can specify the Valcona leather option, which has a “racier” honeycomb pattern.
Audi has no ETA at this time, but if we had to guess, the RS Q8 would arrive here in 2H 2020.
In Europe, prices for the RS Q8 start at 127,000 euros.