Back at the 2019 LA Auto Show, Audi unveiled the all-new RS Q8, its most powerful, highest-performing SUV yet. Even enthusiasts that mock big, fast SUVs seemed to like the RS Q8’s butch looks and impressive specs. Not only is it powerful on paper but it also proved its mettle on track, as it broke the SUV lap record at the Nurburgring prior to its official launch. That makes its $113,000 starting price seem pretty reasonable, actually.
Powering the Audi RS Q8 is a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, which helps it rocket form 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.7 seconds. Its factory top speed is limited to 155 mph, unless you equip its carbon ceramic brake option which bumps it up to 190 mph.
So the RS Q8 has the performance to back up its numbers and is easily one of the most exciting SUVs on the market.
What else comes with that high starting price tag? Well, 22-inch wheels, HD Matrix LED headlights, ventilated Valcona leather seats with ‘RS’ embossing and contrast stitching and a 17-speaker, 1,920 watt, 16-channel Bang & Olufsen sound system, to name a few items. Oh, and did I mention a 591 hp twin-turbo V8? Because that’s all that really matters.
Sure, $113,000 is a lot of money but the Audi RS Q8 is a lot of car. We spent several hundreds of miles in the standard Q8 and felt it was more than enough luxury SUV for any customer. Factor in nearly 600 hp, a Nurburgring lap record and some extra styling and the RS Q8 becomes all the performance/luxury car anyone could ever actually need in the real world.
There are a lot of performance SUVs on the market to compete, such as the BMW X6 M, Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Coupe and even the Lamborghini Urus. However, the Audi RS Q8 might be the best combination of performance, looks, practicality and price.