When we first saw the Audi RS Q8, we were quite shocked. In a good way. Just the idea of an RS Q8 seemed a bit absurd, as do all uber-fast SUVs, but it actually seemed a lot more interesting and exciting than that. In fact, we were surprisingly optimistic about it. However, we do have to remember that for all its brutish aggression and kick-ass design, it’s still a very heavy, tall SUV so it’s not going to light anyone’s hair on fire.
In this new review from CNET’s Roadshow, Alex Goy talks about the all-new Audi RS Q8 and why it’s a good car but inherently compromised.
Under the hood of the Audi RS Q8 is a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, making 591 hp and 590 lb-ft. According to Audi, it can hit 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and top out at 189 mph (with the Dynamic Package, 155 mph without). So it’s seriously fast. That makes it faster than a first-gen Audi R8.
It can also handle far better than an elephant of its size should. Its adaptive air suspension, active roll stabilization and rear-wheel steering help it carve corners with a competence that belies its size. However, there isn’t much joy there.
To make a car as big and as heavy as the Audi RS Q8 handle as well as it does, it needs a lot of engineering magic. Because of that, it’s highly electronic and quite numb. It lacks the tactile feedback that makes a performance car worth getting. Will customers care? Not in the slightest. But enthusiasts will.
Chasing small nimble sports cars just isn’t the way for automakers anymore. Customers want big, bloated and bulbous SUVs, so that’s what automakers give them, even if the overall package doesn’t make much sense in reality(a Q8 with R8 power)
[Source: CNET Roadshow]