Drawing on 600PS and 800 Nm (590.0 lb-ft) of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm, the 4.0-litre V8 TFSI accelerates the new RS Q8 to 62mph from rest in just 3.8 seconds and to 124mph in 13.7 seconds. The RS Q8 has a biturbo V8 which draws on a mild-hybrid system (MHEV) that uses a 48-volt main electrical system as its basis.
During deceleration and braking, it can recover up to 12 kW of power and store it in the compact lithium-ion battery. If the driver takes their foot off the accelerator at a speed between 34mph and 99mph, the drive management selects one of two solutions depending on the driving situation and the current setting of the Audi drive select dynamic handling system: The new RS Q8 recuperates or coasts for up to 40 seconds with the engine off.
The new Audi RS Q8 supports the driver in many situations with an abundance of technology. Within this Audi SUV there is a range of over 30 assist systems including adaptive cruise assist, efficiency assist, intersection assist, lane change warning and 360 degree cameras.
The new RS Q8 comes standard with the top-of-the-line infotainment system, MMI navigation plus. It includes the Audi connect data transfer module with the LTE Advanced standard and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The navigation system learns the driver’s preferences from the routes driven and can therefore make intelligent suggestions. The online services from Audi connect add predictive features to the route planning process.
The interior of the new RS Q8 is very sleek and spacious. It is home to a slim instrument panel and the strongly horizontal lines convey a spacious feeling. A main focus of the cockpit is the top MMI touch response display.
Inside the RS Q8 there are luxurious RS sport seats in Valcona leather with a honeycomb pattern and RS embossing are which are fitted as standard. In addition to this you can upgrade to ventilation and a massage function which are added to the Vorsprung specification.
Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit and MMI display provide information on such things as tyre pressure, torque, output, temperature, lap times and g-forces. The shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the rev limit is reached. The head-up display, exclusively available on Vorsprung versions, also offers several RS-specific graphics.
The driver can directly select the new Audi drive select modes RS1 and RS2 via the RS-Mode button. RS-specific displays then open automatically in the Audi virtual cockpit.
With the seat backrests folded down, the luggage compartment under the power rear hatch holds up to 1,755 litres.
The new Audi RS Q8 sports a striking exterior, with its imposing octagonal Singleframe and the RS-specific radiator grille in high gloss black as well as the gloss black RS honeycomb grille.
The RS sills come standard in Manhattan grey, which makes the body appear even more athletic. The RS roof edge spoiler provides a striking finish at the top; design highlights closer to the road are the RS-specific rear skirt with a diffuser clip in high gloss black and the RS-typical oval tailpipes. The RS roof edge spoiler provides downforce on the rear axle for even balance at high speeds.
The new Audi RS Q8 is available in a choice of nine colours: one solid paint finish and eight metallic or pearl effect shades. The Audi exclusive programme also offers numerous additional exterior colour options.
The tinted RS HD Matrix LED headlights have a three-dimensional daytime running lights signature with a digital character, similar to the LED tail lights. The RS Matrix LED headlights and the rear lights include dynamic turn signals and are showcased by an expressive RS-specific animation when the car is locked or unlocked.
*At the end of the agreement there are three options: i) pay the optional final payment and own the vehicle; ii) return the vehicle: subject to excess mileage and fair wear and tear, charges may apply; or iii) replace: part exchange the vehicle.
With Solutions Personal Contract Plan. ^Can consist of a contribution towards the cash price and a contribution towards the deposit (Please see Audi Centre for details). 18s+. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Offer available when ordered by 30/09/2020 and delivered by 31/12/2020 from participating Centres. 36 to 49 month agreements only. Agreements with a term less than 46 months may receive a contribution less than the equivalent of 3 monthly payments however you will not be required to make a monthly payment for the first 3 months. Excludes RS, R8, e-tron and PHEV models. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at time of publication [July 2020]. Freepost Audi Financial Services.