The Audi RS Q8 had an unusually short initial model year in the United States where the performance SUV was available as a 2020MY for only a few months. The 2021MY has already been embedded into the online configurator, confirming a recent report about a price hike of $1,500. It’s a rather unexpected decision considering Audi USA revealed pricing details for the 2020 RS Q8 a little over four months ago.
Factoring in the mandatory $995 destination charge, it’s going to cost you at least $115,495 to get behind the wheel of a base 2021 Audi RS Q8. Should you be willing to dig deeper into your bank account, you can spend as much as $32,495 on optional equipment or the equivalent of a base A3 Sedan. Want this striking Dragon Orange Metallic paint? That’ll be $595. Fancy those 23-inch Audi Sport wheels? They’re part of the $3,250 Black Optic Package, which also adds a sports exhaust system and a variety of dark design accents.
By far the most expensive option is represented by the ceramic brakes with blue calipers, available for an eye-watering $9,000. We maxed out the configurator by adding the $4,500 Carbon Optic Package and a $2,000 Executive Package encompassing heated rear seats, head-up display, dual-pane acoustic glass, and power soft-closing doors. The $3,150 Luxury Package throws massaging front seats into the mix, along with a black headliner wrapped in Alcantara, electric rear door sun blinds, and more leather surfaces.
The 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is a pricey $4,900 option, while the Night Vision Assistant will cost you an extra $2,250. Rounding off the list of packages is the $650 Towing Package and the $1,750 Driver Assistance Package with adaptive cruise control (with Traffic Jam assist), traffic sign recognition, active lane assist (with emergency assist) and intersection assistant.
The list of accessories available for the 2021 Audi RS Q8 is limited to a $190 roof-mounted fork bike rack, a $60 interior cargo box, and door-mounted LED projectors showing either the Four Rings or the Quattro logo every time you open the doors.
All in, you’re looking at $147,990, which should be in the same ballpark as the R8 V10 RWD expected to arrive soon in the United States based on a recent EPA listing. We know which of the two we’d rather have, and it wouldn’t be the turbocharged car.
Note: You can access the configurator at this link.