Now that Audi has a new flagship SUV, the Audi Q8, it’s time for a new flagship performance SUV, the upcoming Audi RS Q8. The RS Q8 will immediately become the most powerful car in the Audi Sport lineup the moment it debuts, whenever that ends up being. And that beast of a vehicle has just been caught testing on the Nurburgring in this new video.
Seen here, the Audi RS Q8 seems beastly. It’s still a Q8, so it’s massive and imposing. However, it clearly sits a lot lower than the standard car, clearly forgoing any thoughts of ground clearance or off-roading. To be honest, it looks much better this way, as the Q8’s design has always been sportier than it was luxurious.
We can tell this is the Audi RS Q8, and not something lesser, due to two things; its exhaust note and its exhaust pipes. The exhaust note we get to hear is deep and burbly but clearly that of a V8 petrol engine, not the tri-turbo V8 diesel that will power the SQ8 TDI. It’s subdued, though, and isn’t as aggressive as we had expected. Then there’s the exhaust pipes themselves, which are dual massive ovals, in typical Audi Sport fashion.
There’s been no official word on which engine will power the Audi RS Q8 but we can take a guestimate. It’s likely to use the same 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo S and the Lamborghini Urus. That means it will make well over 600 hp, likely closer to 650 hp, and will be the most powerful car in Audi’s lineup.
There’s also a possibility that it uses a hybrid setup with that very same engine, which would give it a similar powertrain to the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E Hybrid. In the Porsche, that hybrid powertrain makes closer to 700 hp and is immensely powerful. Which one it uses is yet to be seen but expect a V8, expect a ton of power and expect some noise.