When it comes to do-it-all performance SUVs, the Audi RS Q8 is one of my favorites. It might not be as sharp as something like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, not as luxurious as the BMW X6 M, nor as brash as the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe. However, its combination of incredible performance, comfy ride, quiet cabin, and agile handling is among the best in the business. In this new video from Savagegeese, we get a very comprehensive review of Audi’s fastest SUV.
From a mechanical point of view, which is the Savagegeese specialty, the Audi RS Q8 is an incredible piece of kit. Sure, it’s expensive, at $115,000 to start, but the engineering and technology you get in return is nothing short of top-notch. All of its underpinnings; chassis, suspension system, 48-volt electrical system, active anti-roll bars, and even its engine and transmission; are shared with cars like the Bentley Bentayga, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and even the Lamborghini Urus.
It’s also shockingly fast to drive. The Audi RS Q8 uses its 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 — which makes 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque — to get from 0-60 mph in the low three second range. In a straight line, the RS Q8 will outrun a Ferrari 458 Italia, while being able to haul five people and luggage.
Though, there are some drawbacks. For starters, it’s a bit heavy, weighing it at over 5,000 lbs, which can be felt through corners. It’s also compromised for space in the back seat and the trunk, due to its stylish, low-sloping roofline. Though, that’s an intentional trade-off for customers, as coupe-like SUVs are quite popular with customers.
Savagegeese feels like the Audi RS Q8 is a bit too compromised for its price, though. Despite costing a lot more, it’s not that much faster or more exciting to drive than the SQ8, which comes with a similar twin-turbo V8 and still packs the same active anti-roll bars and 48-volt tech. Or you can get an Audi RS6 Avant, which has the exact same powertrain and suspension technology, in a more practical, more dynamic, and better looking package.