There have been rumors swirling about many of Audi Sport’s upcoming cars, such as the RS7 and, more recently, the Audi RS Q8. The latter is the latest Audi Sport product to be rumored about but now we’re getting some pretty specific, likely very accurate, information. According to Autocar, the Audi RS Q8 will be a 670 hp plug-in hybrid.
It’s claimed that it will pack the same plug-in hybrid powertrain as the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid, which uses a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 in-joint with an electric motor to combine for 670 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. That’s a ton of power and enough to make the big Porsche one of the very fastest sedans on the planet.
If that’s the case for the RS Q8, it will be the most power production Audi road car ever. Though, that doesn’t mean it will be the fastest. Thanks to its massive size and considerable heft, the Audi RS Q8 will likely be able to sprint from 0-60 mph in about four seconds, which is slower even than the lowly (relatively) Audi RS4 Avant. However, thanks to its hybrid nature, it’s said to be capable of doing 27 miles on electric power alone. So it’s not just a one-trick pony.
Thanks to the RS Q8 sharing a similar platform to the SQ7 and Bentley Bentayga, it will also get a 48-volt electric system. Though, it won’t get the trick active anti-roll bars those cars have, as the RS Q8’s relatively low roof line allows it to be low enough to not need such active suspension trickery.
Four-wheel steering and a limited-slip rear differential will be available as well, so it should handle about as well as such a heavy car can. But handling won’t be its main party trick. The Audi RS Q8 will focus on being a super luxurious, stylish and brutally fast SUV.
We also think going the hybrid route is a good move for Audi and the RS Q8. Now that the Q8 is the brand’s new luxury flagship, the Audi RS Q8 will be its luxury performance flagship and likely its most expensive car. So making its most expensive, possibly most exclusive, car a hybrid will help turn the brand’s somewhat ‘dirty’ image, the one attained from the ongoing diesel scandal, around. Also, it will be cool to line up next to a Corvette in a plug-in hybrid SUV and smoke it off the line at a set of stop lights.