Given the price gap between the two, it’s understandable why the Audi RS Q8 “only” has 591 horsepower as opposed to the 641 hp available in the Lamborghini Urus. The same goes for torque (590 lb-ft vs 627 lb-ft), even though the two high-performance SUVs share the same platform and many of the bits and pieces. If your bank account can’t handle the jump from RS Q8 to Urus, the tuners at MTM have the solution as far as squeezing more power from Audi’s flagship SUV.
For just $2,599, they’ll take the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 to a massive 722 hp and 700 lb-ft, which translates into a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) time in a mere 3.4 seconds. That’s down by 0.4s compared to the stock model. As for the 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) run, the task is completed in 12.2 seconds or 1.5 seconds quicker than before.
While Audi installs an electronic top limiter that kicks in at an Urus-matching 189.5 mph (305 km/h), MTM will happily get rid of it. However, Motoren Technik Mayer doesn’t say how fast the RS Q8 goes after removing the factory top speed limiter.
MTM mentions the power boost is obtained through a bench flash rather than an OBD2 flash, adding it can be detected by manufacturer scan tools. Perhaps its best to wait for the warranty to expire, unless you really feel like 591 hp are somehow not enough…
Aside from the aftermarket scene, there might be another way to go regarding a beefier RS Q8. Last year, Audi hinted a hybrid version of the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback could be launched. Seeing as how all these three cars use the same engine, perhaps the Four Rings are interested in electrifying the RS Q8 as well.
If not, you might have to step up to the Urus, but we’ll warn you it costs roughly $87,000 more than Ingolstadt’s range-topping SUV.