Gasoline particulate filters are a love/hate affair. On the one hand, they’re good at trapping harmful particles as the exhaust gases are sent through a filter where unwanted particles are trapped. They’re warmed up and turned into small amounts of carbon dioxide, water, and nitrogen. On the other hand, a GPF has a negative impact on the engine’s soundtrack, be it a V8 or any other type of powetrain.
The Audi RS Q8 is a relevant example of how basically the same V8 engine can generate different noises depending on where the vehicle is sold. Outside of Europe where there are less stringent emissions regulations, Audi Sport’s flagship SUV has a significantly more aggressive engine note. This particular Orca Black Metallic example shot by Auditography was built for a customer in the Middle East, and it sounds absolutely amazing.
The murdered-out look suits the RS Q8 quite nicely, and we’ve learned from the man who filmed it that the V8 super SUV has basically every possible option. We’ll just mention the ceramic brakes and the RS Sport exhaust system with the black tailpipe trim delivering a more powerful soundtrack. As with every RS model out there, those oval exhaust tips are functional, but the diesel S models sold in Europe have started to gain those rather ghastly fake exhaust tips.
Auditography also experienced the SUV’s V8 power firsthand, with the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) taking just 3.6 seconds and 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in 11.85 seconds. With this one being a fully loaded model, it also has the optional dynamic package unlocking a top speed of 189.5 mph (305 km/h).
The range-topping SUV from the Four Rings rides on gargantuan 23-inch wheels, the optional cast aluminum set in a five Y-spoke rotor design. These are actually the largest ever installed by Audi. Speaking of which, the company’s design chief Marc Lichte has said going above this size “makes no sense” since he argues cars aren’t getting any bigger.