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Can't Afford A New Audi RS Q8? Here Are 6 Cheaper Super SUVs

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A blisteringly fast SUV is much cheaper when you buy used.

Audi showed up to the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show with a ton of new vehicles, three of which bear the company's heralded RS badge. For the first time in the US, Audi will now sell an RS-branded SUV called the RS Q8, which shares its fire-breathing V8 engine with the RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, motivating the performance SUV to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It can also lap the Nurburgring in seven minutes and 42.253 seconds, which is a record for SUVs.

Pricing has yet to be revealed but we expect the RS Q8 to cost at least $100,000 when it arrives in 2020. This is a ton of money to spend on a fast family hauler, which is why we have come up with six cheaper used alternatives.

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2015-2019 BMW X6 M

The RS Q8 will rival the all-new BMW X6 M, which will also cost nearly $120,000 in Competition guise. But if you are willing to buy the last-generation X6 M, which was built between 2015 to 2019, prices now start below $40,000. The previous-generation X6 M features a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 567 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Though this isn't quite as much as the new RS Q8, it is enough to motivate the X6 M up to 60 mph in under four seconds. This being a used BMW, we recommend spending a bit more to get one Certified Pre-Owned - we found CPO examples starting around $55,000.

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BMW
BMW

2017-2019 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

While we await the latest-generation GLE 63 Coupe, the last-generation model has now become a huge bargain. We much prefer the styling of the standard GLE 63 compared to the Coupe, but Mercedes only offered the more potent S trim on the bulbous Coupe body style. The S trim packs the same 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the non-S but it produces 577 hp and 561 lb-ft of torque, up from 550 hp and 516 lb-ft. In S guise, the GLE 63 Coupe can hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. Used prices start at around $60,000 with most CPO examples costing above $70,000.

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Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz

2015-2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR is the most performance-oriented vehicle in the Range Rover lineup. It is powered by a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 producing between 550 and 575 hp depending on the year, resulting in a 0-60 mph run in the mid-four-second range. JLR products have a reputation for depreciation and the SVR has now dipped into the low $50,000 range. A CPO example will cost around $70,000 and is highly recommended based on the associated running costs of a Range Rover. Of the SUVs on the list, the SVR likely offers the best off-road performance if you plan to do any dirt driving in your performance family vehicle.

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Land Rover
Land Rover

2016-2018 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S

The RS Q8 is based on the Volkswagen Group's MLB Evo platform, meaning it is the same platform used by the Porsche Cayenne. If you prefer to have a Porsche over an Audi, you can now get a used Cayenne Turbo S, the most powerful model, for less than $70,000. The Cayenne Turbo S uses its own V8, a 4.8-liter twin-turbo unit, producing a healthy 570 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque resulting in a 0-60 time of just 3.8 seconds, which matched the new RS Q8.

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Porsche
Porsche

2017-2019 Maserati Levante

There's no getting around it, the Maserati Levante is the slowest SUV on this list for the price. You can find a GTS with the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 550 hp for under $110,000, but this isn't much less than a new RQ Q8. If you want to find the best bargain, the Levante S can be found starting around $45,000 and comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 424 hp.

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Maserati
Maserati

2018-2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is already a performance bargain with its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 producing 707 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque. This massive power, courtesy of a Hellcat engine, motivates the Trackhawk to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, making it the quickest SUV on this list. Used examples start in the low $60,000 range, which is around half of what you'll pay for a new RS Q8.

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Jeep
Jeep

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