When the Audi RS Q8 first hit the scene at the LA Auto Show just a couple of months ago, it was immediately considered one of the coolest performance SUVs on the market. Admittedly, the idea of a performance SUV as a whole is a bit cringe-worthy but the RS Q8 lapped the Nurburgring faster than any other SUV in history. Anything that can lap the ‘Ring as quickly as it can is alright in our book. However, it’s going to be getting some very fierce company in the form of the upcoming Porsche Cayenne Coupe GT.
Some new spy photos of the Porsche Cayenne Coupe GT have surfaced (we don’t own them but you can see them here) and some speculative performance specs have been swirling. According to Car Magazine, the upcoming Cayenne Coupe GT will have a hybrid powertrain, likely using the new 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8, seen in all new Audis and Porsche, paired with at least one electric motor. It’s said that powertrain could make up to 800 hp, which is absurd.
The Audi RS Q8 is the fastest SUV to lap the ‘Ring and it only has 591 hp. Imagine what an SUV with 800 hp can do? Of course, if the Porsche Cayenne Coupe GT is indeed a hybrid, it will carry a large weight penalty to go along with its power. Those batteries and electric motor(s) add a lot of extra weight to lug around, so it likely won’t be the athlete than the standard Cayenne Turbo is.
Having said that, the Porsche Cayenne Coupe GT will offer very interesting competition for the Audi RS Q8. Not only will it be monstrously fast but it will carry a green badge of honor for being a hybrid. While the RS Q8 is a dinosaur that still runs solely on fossil fuels. So if they’re priced similarly, which they likely won’t be due to Porsche’s brand prestige tax, who would buy the RS Q8 if they can get an 800 hp hybrid Porsche instead? Let the sibling rivalry begin.
[Source: Car Magazine]