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Audi RS Q8 Hits The Autobahn For A Top Speed Run, Reaches 186 MPH

Being larger, heavier, and with a worse drag coefficient than a regular car, SUVs are by definition slower. While that’s technically true, the high-performance ones are still faster in a straight line than supercars from not that long ago. If you don’t believe us, a new video from AutoTopNL shows the Audi RS Q8 at full tilt on an unrestricted section of the Autobahn.

Audi’s equivalent of the Lamborghini Urus did the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in an amazing 3.63 seconds, which is actually a little bit better than the 3.8-second time listed in the official specs sheet. Needless to say, the RS Q8 had the launch control activated for optimal performance off the line. We can see the large-and-in-charge SUV doing a few sprints on Germany’s glorious highway, culminating with a top speed run.

The Audi RS Q8 featured in the adjacent video had the optional dynamic package plus that loosens up the top speed limiter to 189.5 mph (305 km/h). It almost hit the limiter, reaching 186 mph (300 km/h) according to the digital speedometer. The GPS-verified velocity was obviously a tad lower, at a still very impressive 180.8 mph (291 km/h).

On its way to the top speed, the speedy SUV completed the quarter mile in a not-too-shabby 11.67 seconds and did the 62 to 124 mph (100 to 200 km/h) run in 9.72 seconds. There are plenty of sports cars out there faster than the RS Q8, but we have to keep in mind this is a large luxury SUV that weighs a whopping 2,390 kilograms (5,269 pounds).

We’re wondering whether the head honchos at the Volkswagen Group will allow Audi to unlock the vehicle’s full potential considering the mechanically related Lamborghini Urus has more power. That might not happen since it would cannibalize sales of the much more expensive Super SUV from Sant’Agata Bolognese. Nevertheless, the “regular” RS Q8 remains a force to be reckoned with.

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Adrian Padeanu

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