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2025 Audi RS Q8 and RS Q8 Performance

Audi has not only given its RS Q8 SUV a facelift for 2025 but also introduced the most powerful Audi engine ever built, surpassing even the V10 R8 supercar. This power-packed SUV is a must-see, so let’s dive into the fascinating details.

Design update

The humongous SUV has new bumpers, new grilles with distinctive honeycomb patterns and hexagonal housing, more oversized intakes, new exhaust tips, and revised matrix LED headlights. Buyers can also choose Audi laser light as an optional feature with unique lighting signatures, which includes a checkered flag. At the rear, Audi has equipped the car with a more excellent diffuser with a vertical reflector in the middle. There are recognisable changes in colours used on the apron and side view mirror caps between RS Q8 and RS Q8 Performance. Both the RS SUVs come with lighter 22-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels as standard, reducing unsprung mass. On top of that, performance buyers are offered the option of a carbon fibre package and 23-inch 6-spoke Y-design alloy wheels. 

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What Else?

Under the hood lies Audi’s beloved 4.0-litre twin turbo V8. However, the horsepower is bumped up to 631 hp for the RS Q8 Performance and 592 hp for the standard RS Q8. The RS Q8 Performance and RS Q8 have 850 Nm and 800 Nm of torque, respectively. Both the SUVs have the prowess of Quattro, driving all four wheels with an automatic 8-speed gearbox with quicker shift times and a mechanical centre differential that can distribute power at 40:60 between the front and rear axles. This also means we can get the tail out of these SUVs. 

Speaking of what all this does, the RS Q8 Performance accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in a blistering 3.6 seconds, and the RS Q8 accelerates in 3.8 seconds—not too shy. The Audi RS Q8 Performance is the fastest SUV in Nürburgring Nordschleife. The family SUV battle encroaches onto the Lamborghini Urus (non-hybrid), which has 657 hp of power. 

Audi Sport has standardised RS Q8 Performance with ceramic brakes to stop the behemoth. Moreover, the lighter and blaring exhaust system is an exclusive option for just the RS Q8 Performance. Folks in Ingolstadt have specced both SUVs with adaptive air suspensions. However, if that's not enough, you can choose Dynamic Pack. Technically speaking, the Dynamic pack adds active roll stabilisation, which works with the help of two electric motors and a 48V battery, a Quattro sport diff, and a ceramic brake setup.

We will have to wait for the Indian prices and more information on the specs that Audi Sport is bringing to the country. 

TopGear Magazine July 2024