Because we all want absurdly powerful SUVs these days.
If you've seen Faszination on the Nurburgring, you'll know the Germans can cook up some wild stuff in their free time. Some of the most consistently absurd automotive creations have come out of Germany. Remember that time German tuners Manhart built a 550-hp BMW M2? Or the time it tuned an SL63 to over 800 hp? Even outside the world of OEM-adjacent or owned tuners like BMW's M, Mercedes-AMG, and RUF, the Germans have a passion for batshit automotive tuning.
This Audi RS Q8 is just another example of that, though it wasn't Manhart who built it. Instead, this blacked-out luxury super SUV is brought to us courtesy of OCT Tuning. This is the Audi RS Q8 O.CT 800. As the name suggests, this is a lot more than your standard 591 hp "base" RS Q8.
Let's get the headline specs out of the way first. OCT was able to push Audi's fastest SUV to a lofty 802 hp and 760 lb-ft of torque. Clearly, Audi's 4.0L twin-turbo V8, the same that powers the Lamborghini Urus, has a lot more power left in it. This is true of many modern engines that require nothing more than some bolt-on parts and an ECU flash to unlock more hidden horses. And that's pretty much all OCT has to do to your RS Q8 should you want the extra oomph.
The tuning company's "Stage 3 Power Enhancement" package adds starts with a simple ECU flash. From there, the intake is modified with new pipes and filters, and a turbo-back exhaust is fitted to help the big V8 breathe a bit better. Of course, all that extra power comes at the cost of grip, but OCT has customers covered here, too.
OCT's own 23-inch forged wheels measure a massive 11 inches wide and are 17 lbs lighter than the factory Audi RS Q8 wheel.
Should you want to avoid cutting up your $114,500 super SUV too much, OCT also offers some more chilled-out upgrades for Audi's largest SUV. A simple ECU flash ups power from 591 to 700 hp or an upgraded intake can be added to gain another 35 hp on top of that. In spite of all this speed, the OCT RS Q8 doesn't look as crazy as it is, and is nearly identical to a factory model aesthetically. Despite the RS Q8's hefty six-figure price tag, it's hard to argue with an SUV that's faster than a Urus for roughly half the money.