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Is the Audi RS Q8 Capable of Taking Down the Porsche Cayenne Turbo

For ages, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo has been the gold-standard of performance SUVs. Thanks to its monster performance, shockingly good handling for such a big car and a distinct Porsche feel, the Cayenne Turbo is always considered to be the best go-fast utility vehicle on the market. So can the all-new Audi RS Q8 really take down the king? Auto Express recently found out.

 

On paper, the RS Q8 has a real shot at taking down its VW Group cousin. Its 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 makes 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft, which is more than the Porsche’s 542 horsepower and 567 lb-ft from its own 4.0 twin-turbo V8. It’s also faster to 60 mph by a tenth of a second, 3.8 seconds versus the Cayenne’s 3.9 seconds. For roughly the same money, the RS Q8 is more powerful and faster.

 

But what about on the road, in the real world? Can the more powerful, faster Audi RS Q8 really compete with the legendary Porsche?

 

The answer, predictably, is — no. While the Audi RS Q8 is a great performance SUV, the Cayenne Turbo is the sweeter of the two to drive and it’s not even close. As with all things Porsche, there’s just something special about the way it drives, steers, brakes and moves that makes it better than everything else. If you’ve ever driven a Porsche of any kind, you’d understand and Porsche, amazingly, is capable of transplanting its magic into a high-riding SUV. Sure, the RS Q8 is faster on paper but, in the real world, there’s barely a difference on the road, if any difference at all.

 

There’s no question that the Audi is a capable machine. The Audi RS Q8 does hold the lap record for SUVs at the Nurburgring, after all. However, when it comes to real-world performance driving, it’s the Porsche Cayenne Turbo that you want.

 

[Source: Auto Express]
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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.