Audi’s top-of-the-line RS model, the RS Q8 is just around the corner as the Ingolstadt-based carmaker has commenced bookings at a token amount of Rs 15 lakh. Bookings can be made online or at authorised dealerships. The RS Q8 is powered by a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine that produces 600hp and 800Nm. Power is channelled to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic gearbox and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. It also gets a host of other mechanical upgrades to its brakes and suspension. Official figures put the RS Q8’s performance in supercar territory with a claimed 0-100kph time of 3.8sec and a limited top speed of 250kph (304kph with the optional dynamic package). The RS Q8 does uphold the claimed numbers by being the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.
On the outside, it is spicier than the standard Q8 with a blacked-out single-frame front grille, bigger air dams on the front bumper, dark-tinted Matrix LED headlights, 22-inch dual tone alloy wheels and dual exhausts at the rear. It also features a wider track width than the standard Q8. The cabin receives sports seats and an RS theme for its three screens. The virtual cockpit features driver-focused information such as lap time, G-force meter and shift lights.
Expect the Audi RS Q8 to be priced at around Rs 2 crore (ex-showroom). Rivals include the the Lamborghini Urus and Porsche Cayenne Turbo.