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2020 Audi RS Q8 

2020 Audi RS Q8


The biggest Audi of them all gets its sport treatment.

The Audi Q8 is a massive luxury SUV that gets all the bling factor and comfort that Audi could’ve possibly designed and engineered for their most premium SUV offering. Turns out, they felt the need to put out an all sport focused version of it to maybe cater to another segment of customer that has seen a brand new segment grow and is currently being dominated by a cousin of the big bad Q8, the Lamborghini Urus. 

A couple years ago, superSUV’s weren’t exactly a thing and was a segment where the Porsche Cayenne existed peacefully. Over the years, several luxury carmakers jumped in with their offerings such as the Bentley Bentayga, Rolls Royce Cullinan, Porsche with their Cayenne Turbo Coupe and many others. And so Audi came along with the new Audi RS Q8 that is supposed to put the argument to rest by being the ultimate superSUV as Audi would like to.
 
2020 Audi RS Q8 

To put it in context the RS Q8 has set a Nurburgring lap record and it was an astonishing 12 seconds faster than its supercar pedigree cousins, the Urus and Cayenne Turbo Coupe. Now like the popular saying goes, that anything that goes around the Nurburgring and setting lap records isn’t going to be practical, the RS Q8 is still very much a Q8 and is all the comfort you could possibly want from it. The engine makes fire breathing power and yet is so refined and smooth that at even low speeds, it isn’t violently grunting like an angry dog but is super silent and refined paired to the incredible ride of the car, give it the limo comfort that the Q8 excelled at.

In fact there’s nothing about this car that makes you think at a glance is aimed at performance on the interiors. It has bulky and comfortable leather seats and is loaded to the brim with all the fancy features, in fact with most cars that come out with a performance focus tend to take weight shedding so seriously that they skip on foot carpets and upholstery as much as they can, and the RS Q8 is nothing like that which might be disappointing for the enthusiast, but then again, pretty sure an enthusiast wouldn’t even consider the idea of setting lap records himself in an SUV. It’s really astonishing how the electronics on board and the no compromise policy on the luxury factor of the car have been implemented with performance that is truly phenomenal and shows the brilliance of the engineering that’s going on at Audi.

2020 Audi RS Q8 

The Audi RS Q8 is powered by a twin turbocharged 4.0L V8 engine that punches out a massive 590 horses and an enormous 801Nm of torque that make this a complete powerhouse of an engine which is important to push the performance that this car is capable of and pushes power all 4 wheels and is mated to an 8 speed automatic gearbox with flappy pedals which is sharp and precise.

In fact the torque distribution on the RS Q8 can push 80% off it to the rear wheels which give it phenomenal handling and make the throttle super responsive. It even gets the 4 wheel steering and a torque vectoring differential for even more responsive handling and performance. This is the kind of tech that is featured on top of the line supercars which shows the commitment to performance that Audi have for the RS Q8. For even enhanced handling performance through the tightest of corners, the RS Q8 gets the option for a 48V adaptive roll system even at the highest of entry speeds which it shares with its Lamborghini, Porsche and Bentley counterparts. The suspension on the car is on the lower side on the default setting to make it look more sporty and sharp, but this is an air suspension setup and is an adaptive one which absorbs the roughest potholes and bumps in a way that there’s no way you’d realize they were even there.

2020 Audi RS Q8 

The RS Q8 also gets massive 23inch alloy rims and get Pirelli P Zero Rubber with a 295/35 cross section which are super massive and while one might say these might make the ride noisy and with the P Zero rubber a sporty tire, Audi claims that they’re good to go in all weathers without issues and are well refined to keep the ride as smooth and silent as possible. The driver modes on the car also have well defined individual characteristics but as is the case with any superSUV, their is a certain lag that you’ll notice in the reaction times of the throttle to the car. There is no doubt that the car is extremely fast when pushed and the engine never seems to be strained in any situation, it simply doesn’t have the drama that you’d expect from a massive twin turbo V8. The RS Q8 gets carbon ceramic brakes which are very important for such a heavy and fast car as options but the standard iron discs are also well capable to the job.


The deal with this car is that it sits in a very polarizing territory. While it competes with the Lamborghini and Porsche and the Bentley, it gives you performance that’ll put any of those to shame and the fact that it undercuts the other 3 significantly, it makes it the most reasonable choice. However these cars are choices to be made with the mind but are a more emotional one. And that emotion is somewhat lacking in the big Audi. The Lamborghini simply has the drama and character that you’d expect from a car this big and powerful. The Porsche is similar to the Lamborghini in this regard as it gives you that Porsche character plentifully while hustling it through the corners and also the fact that this is one of the oldest players of the segment. The Bentley on the other hand is all about exuberance and drips of luxury. The Audi RS Q8 does all of this well, but doesn’t peak out any of these characteristics which somehow with all the advantages and cost benefit will make it feel lacking in that sheer satisfaction from the others. All in all the Audi RS Q8 is a great car worth all the money that it costs and if you’re not very concerned about the bling and the emotion part, this is the smartest choice in the market for superSUV’s.