Is the Audi RS Q8 the Best Audi You Shouldn’t Buy?

When the Audi RS Q8 first hit the scene at the LA Auto Show, it boggled the mind of enthusiasts. Its 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, delivered by a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, is capable of getting it to 60 mph in about the same time 997-gen Porsche 911 GT3. Its handling is also so impressive it broke the lap record for SUVs at the Nurburgring. But should you actually buy one?


According to this new review from Car Throttle, you actually shouldn’t.


See, to make a nearly three-ton SUV handle with such incredible capability, Audi needed to throw every technological and engineering advantage possible at it. Because of that, it’s a technological marvel but also a completely computerized and clinical device that isn’t actually enjoyable in the real world. Unless you live at the Nordschleife, the Audi RS Q8 isn’t going to be a great daily.


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There’s also the fact that its ride is bone-rattling. To help such a hefty SUV handle well, it gets suspension like granite. So while it’s capable, it’s almost too uncomfortable to live with on a daily basis. Even in Comfort mode, the Audi RS Q8 will skip over road imperfections and rattle the passengers. And doesn’t that sort of defeat the point of an SUV?


As Car Throttle points out, there are other performance SUVs that aren’t quite as capable but still a lot of fun and far more livable. Cars like the Jaguar F-Pace SVR and Porsche Cayenne Turbo do a much better job of balancing comfort and performance. Sure, it’s awesome that Audi tipped that scale all the way to performance and did a genuinely impressive job of making an elephant dance but no one wants to actually dance with an elephant on a daily basis.


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If you want a big, comfortable, practical and fast Audi, get an RS6 Avant. The Audi RS Q8 is cool but you don’t want to own it.


[Source: Car Throttle]
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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.