VIDEO: Audi RS Q8 looks surprisingly fast at the Nurburgring

We just gave our 2019 Audi Q8 55 TFSI (3.0T) back and came away impressed with the big brute. However, one of the things we did notice was that it’s not exactly the fastest car we’ve ever driven. In fact, its speed, or lack thereof, is one of its few faults. Thanks to a relatively laggy engine and a hefty curb weight, the Audi Q8 isn’t very quick. It seems as if the folks in Ingolstadt have remedied that with a stonking V8, as evidenced by this Audi RS Q8 seen lapping the Nurburgring.

In this new spy video, we can see the upcoming Audi RS Q8 doing some hot laps at the ‘Ring. There’s not much to see, in terms of styling or design, as the RS Q8 is going to look similar-ish to the standard Q8. Sure, it will get larger wheels, a lower suspension, massive exhausts and some angrier aero. But, in typical Audi Sport fashion, it won’t be too different looking.

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Where it will differ from the standard car will be under the hood. Rather than the 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 that powers the regular Q8 with 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, the Audi RS Q8 should make around 600-plus horsepower, thanks to a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8. In fact, it’s likely to be a version of the same V8 found in the Lamborghini Urus, which makes 640 hp. So it should be very fast.

It sure looks it, based on this new spy video. We can see the RS Q8 flat-out fly through corners, tires howling in protest. Those tires have good reason to want to throw in the towel, too. Despite how fast and grippy the RS Q8 will be, it’s still going to be a porker, likely pushing 5,000 lbs. Trying to keep that much weight in check at those speeds is enough to make any tire want to call it quits. Still, we can’t wait see what the Audi RS Q8 is like and get our paws on one.

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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.