12/17/2019 DPCcars Videos
Thanks to the family’s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 and eight-speed automatic combo, the 591-hp RS Q8 should run a 60 time of 3.6 seconds and hit up to 190 mph, according to Audi’s tests. That’s 50 horses up on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and 50 short of the Urus. Punch the accelerator and the RS Q8’s turbochargers wake in an instant, the thrust hits, and the standard air suspension squats hard onto its hind quarters, the nose lifts, and hang on kids we’re going places. All-wheel drive assures the repeatability of this exercise and that the Q8’s horses turn to speed. It’s silly fun, a little ridiculous too. Size, mass, power, and the danger inherent in that cocktail are always crowd pleasers. If you go to the circus without the hope that the elephants will trample their handlers, I don’t want to go to the circus with you. Audi’s new super SUV is the first non-car for the RS brand and the product is much more than sticking RS badges on a Q8. Built on the same MLB platform as the Urus, Porsche Cayenne, and Bentley Bentayga it out-sleeks them all. No fighter-jet cues, no ridiculous chrome grilles, no 911 affectations. Compared to the Q8, there are subtle exterior changes to the grille, the rear bumper, a longer spoiler coming off the roof, and available 23-inch wheels.
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