Ever since its launch, the Audi Q8 has impressed with its well equipped cabin, beautifully spacious interior and of course, its ride quality. Its terrific road presence is another point to be noted. While the Q7 remains hugely popular among the well-heeled, the Q8 will have its share of exclusive buyers as well. And with the launch of its high-performance version – the RS Q8, things are expected to only get better. The new RS Q8 can be yours at ₹ 2.07 crore.
The Audi Q8 is a perfect example of what an SUV-coupe should look like. And with the RS Q8, it only gets more interesting and attractive to look at. It can be differentiated from the regular Q8 by its huge air intakes, massive wheel arches and RS oval exhausts. The massive 23-inch rims look gorgeous but you can opt for smaller 21 and 22-inch wheels too. If you opt for the Black Package, you get blacked-out details all over. The cabin too, receives lots of RS-spec touches like the sports seats, RS-specific drive modes, RS steering wheel and RS-specific graphics on the infotainment and digital instrument cluster. The dual touchscreen layout is from the regular Q8.
The RS Q8 is powered by a 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 petrol engine that also powers the RS7 Sportback. It produces 591bhp and 800Nm of torque and comes equipped with a 48V mild hybrid system and cylinder deactivation technology. Mated to the engine is an 8-speed automatic transmission with power being channeled to all four wheels through Audi cars Quattro all-wheel-drive system. This massive SUV can sprint from 0-100kph in 3.8 seconds. Updates have been made to the suspension and brakes too.
The RS Q8 comes equipped with a host of features like two configurable RS drive modes, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument screen, all-wheel steering, powered tailgate, hands-free parking, 360-degree cameras, sports adaptive air suspension, four-zone climate control, heads-up display, panoramic sunroof, B&O Advanced sound system, RS Sports exhaust and Matrix LED headlamps. An additional option includes the RS Dynamic Package Plus that increases the top speed to 305kph.
The all-wheel-drive system gives you the confidence to push it hard. Launch control is unbelievable to say the least. Kick-down acceleration is very impressive and the V8 simply rumbles. The handling is very impressive and stays sure-footed in a straight line. Thanks to all-wheel steering, the levels of grip around corners is really good. It is surprisingly very poised around corners. The ride quality is very comfortable, thanks to the air suspension. Also, grab the latest info on the new cars, only at autoX.