After Audi A3 Sedan, welcome to the Audi RS Q8. The time has come to say hello and goodbye to its rear seat. Now it’s roomy. It’s comfy and a place to see three awestruck passengers. But the seat of power that’s this one upfront. The Audi RS Q8 is Audi’s most powerful SUV yet it’s a brother from another mother to the Lamborghini Urus. At this moment, it is the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring. But is it really fast? Let’s see.
Audi RS Q8 Engine Specification:
As per the driving experience of the experts, the Audi RS Q8 can accelerate from 0 to 100 in 3.8 seconds and can charge on to a 250 kph top speed. You could even ask Audi to unlock a 305 kph top speed for you. The figures are fit for a supercar but this is a 5 meter long, 2.3-ton grizzly bear of an SUV making that performance possible is a 4-liter twin-turbo v8 petrol engine that makes 600 horsepower and 800-newton meters of torque.
The engine has a cylinder on-demand tech 2 and can shut off 4 cylinders at light loads to aid efficiency. But you may not give any of the 8 cylinders the day off. And right on cue Murphy enters the picture. The RS Q8 is an all-weather all-season performance SUV. In fact, the rainiest day of the season, inclement weather also can not stop you to enjoy your drive. On all performance, Audis Quattro all-wheel-drive has the back and also true to other performance. Audis the learning curve is short the Audi RS Q8 doesn’t intimidate and soon enough the initial exploratory prods on the accelerator evolved into longer weight ear presses. And it’s the sound that gets the owner/driver first. That soundtrack from those oval exhausts at the back. Now at all times, there’s this bubble in the background but when you press a bit harder than bubble changes into a growl, and at full chat, it goes into a guttural roar. And you will be tempted to open it up at every given chance. Kick down acceleration is hilarious and even elevation changes just go by unnoticed.
The push back onto your seat is addictive. It’s like someone’s lit the afterburners. Performance is mega. This is supercar quick. Now to visualize it, just imagine the big show pulling off and Usain Bolt. You just can’t get your head around how fast this thing is.
But the performance isn’t even the most remarkable thing about the Audi RS Q8, handling is making an SUV go fast in a straight line is one thing. Making an SUV go fast around corners requires a whole different level of sorcery.
The Audi RS Q8 has standard rear-wheel steering, active anti-roll bars and this car also has the optional sport differential. Let’s go one by one starting with all-wheel steering. Rear-wheel steer is standard on the Audi RS Q8. So what that does is, at low speeds to aid maneuverability, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction as the front ones by up to 5 degrees when you’re going faster they turn in the same direction as the front wheels up to 1.5 degrees to aid stability. Now you can’t feel the system at work but a driver will definitely say that this SUV feels a whole lot smaller in the corners than you’d expect it to.
The steering is velveted and quick and offers a great degree of connection. Then there are the active anti-roll bars disconnecting on straight roads to improve comfort. The system recouples in milliseconds to counteract body roll in bends. The system does its job so well. You’d expect an SUV as tall as the Audi RS Q8 to be like the leaning tower of Pisa in the corners. But thanks to that active anti-roll bar. It just stays flat. It drives like a low slung sports car. It’s mind-boggling.
The Audi RS Q8 stays so eerily flat you’ll suspect the calibration of your internal gyroscope is off. And since weight transfer is kept in check so effectively mechanical grip is just at another level. The grip is something at the next level. In fact, on rainy days you will get so much confidence from the whole package. And with that sport differential at the back it just claws and claws and claws and rewards you the harder you drive in a corner. It’s just unreal what a sophisticated and clever suspension can make a big and heavy SUV like this too.
The Audi RS Q8 is just as intense on the brakes. Of course, you need some mega brakes in something like the Audi RS Q8. The front discs, the standard steel discs are 16.5 inches in diameter. That’s larger than most car wheels. Carbon-ceramic brakes are an option too. You might just need them because you really need a racetrack to reach the Audi RS Q8‘s performance and handling limits. The good thing is that the roads on route won’t pose much of a challenge to the Audi RS Q8. The 23-inch tires have enough sidewall to take the initial impact and the air suspension just softens the blow further. For all its performance the RS Q8 is as comfy as a standard Q8.
And when you’re done with a day of chasing supercars, you can actually take the Audi RS Q8 off the beaten track. So, you select the drive, then select off-road mode. The height goes up by 3.5 inches and that’s about it. You just turn in. Find yourself a nice spot and you’ll like what you see of the Audi RS Q8 both inside and out. The screen heavy cabin looks cutting edge quality as you’d expect is brilliant and the seats are fantastic. There are loads and loads of ways to spec the SUV to your liking and it’ll be a crime not to opt for the carbon fiber addenda.
The broad shoulder Q8 is the most attractive of the German SUV coupes. The RSQ8 badging is more special still. The large intakes and blacked out grill make it look the business and as a sucker for sexy wheels. You will be flattered on the ginormous 23-inch rims too.
Before ending we have to bring in the Lamborghini Urus. The Lambo is more extroverted outside and inside and feels and sounds more dramatic to drive to. But what the Lambo isn’t is as friendly as an everyday car. There’s also the small matter that the Vruzend costs a crore more. So back to the 2.07 crore Audi RS Q8 in a word is brilliant. It’s got all the trappings of an Audi luxury car. It’s as entertaining to drive as a supercar and by virtue of being an SUV, it also fits into the India scheme of things like few other performance models can.
Drive once and you just won’t forget it. The term super SUV does justice to it.