It still manages to astonish me, just how fast performance SUVs have become. First, it was the Lamborghini Urus smashing SUV records and becoming the world’s fastest ‘utility’ vehicle. Then, it was the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S. Now, though, we’re learning that the upcoming Audi RS Q8 might actually be the fastest SUV in the world, as it may have just broken the Nurburgring lap record for SUVs.
To be perfectly honest, we can’t say if this is very accurate or not, because no timing gear was used by anyone outside of Audi (and Audi isn’t talking) to time this lap. However, YouTuber and frequent Nurburgring car-spotter Misha Charoudin recently claimed that the Audi RS Q8 lapped the ‘Ring in 7 minutes and 47 seconds.
That’s a whopping two seconds faster than the previous Nurburgring lap record holder, the aforementioned AMG. However, there’s a bit of a caveat.
Charoudin times these cars by timing the car through certain spots on the ‘Ring and then piecing it all together. Typically, Charoudin is within a second of the manufacturer’s claimed time. Audi has yet to comment or publicly claim a time but, according to Charoudin, the Audi RS Q8 is the fastest SUV in the world.
Which is surprising, actually. While there are no specs of the upcoming RS Q8, it’s likely that it will be powered by the same 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 from the Audi RS6 Avant. The V8 in the RS6 makes a whopping 592 hp and 590 lb-ft but it’s not as absolutely brutal as some other cars in its class. There’s a possibility, though, that the Audi RS Q8 gets the same version of that V8 as the Lamborghini Urus, which makes 640 hp.
Audi has yet to publicly claim a lap time around the Nurburgring but this is entirely possible. We’re hoping it ends up being true but only time will tell.