VIDEO: Mat Watson tests the Audi RS Q8 in new Carwow video

As genuine car enthusiasts, we aren’t big fans of fast SUVs. A “performance” SUV is sort of a rolling contradiction, being that they’re not as fast as performance cars, nor are they as good at being utility vehicles as proper SUVs. However, some of them we can’t help but like and the Audi RS Q8 is one of them.


In this new video from Carwow, we get to see the all-new RS Q8 and all of its hulking power. It’s a pretty absurd car but a surprisingly likable one.


Powering the Audi RS Q8 is a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, the same as is RS6 sibling. Straight away, Carwow’s Mat Watson test out Audi’s claimed 0-60 mph rating of 3.8 seconds, which is very fast for an SUV. Was it actually able to actually do that, though? Actually, it did better, nailing 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Damn.


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To be honest, as fast as that is, making a big SUV fast isn’t exactly unheard of. The BMW X6 M, Lamborghini Urus, Aston Martin DBX and Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S are all more powerful. However, the Audi RS Q8 is also quite the athlete. Not only did it break the Nurburgring lap record for SUVs but Watson has a surprising amount of fun in it.


First, he gets it to slide around a bit, which is very uncommon for a big Audi SUV. Then he puts it through its paces on a handling course and genuinely laughs and smiles as he pushes it hard. It’s not easy for a big SUV to be fun and playful while also feeling safe and secure but, somehow, the RS Q8 pulls it off.


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It isn’t perfect, of course. It’s extremely expensive, at well over six-figures regardless of currency, extremely thirsty at the fuel pump and has some annoying features. However, as far as performance SUVs go, it’s mightily impressive and a shocking amount of fun. So as much as we don’t love its kind much, the Audi RS Q8 is hard to dislike.


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.