That's right - Audi's super SUV now has more power than a Bugatti Veyron.
With its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 generating 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, the Audi RS Q8 is hardly underpowered. However, it didn't take long for Audi's hardcore SUV to catch the attention of aftermarket tuners, which have extracted absurd amounts of extra power from Audi's twin-turbo V8. Last month, Manhart boosted the Audi RS Q8's output to 900 hp. Just one month later, Wheelsandmore has built the most powerful Audi RS Q8 yet dubbed the 'Goliath'.
With the tuner's most powerful Stage 5 kit installed, the Audi RS Q8 produces a colossal 1,010 horsepower and 921 lb-ft of torque. Yes, that makes this Audi RS Q8 more powerful than a Bugatti Veyron. Wheelsandmore also offers the same upgrade for the Audi RS6 Avant if you ever wanted to own a 1,000-hp super wagon.
This performance increase was achieved by remapping the ECU, modifying the intake manifolds, and upgrading the turbochargers with larger turbine shafts, a modified compressor unit, reinforced axle bearings, and larger inputs. The upgrade costs 49,000 euros ($55,566) including installation, plus the cost of the Audi RS Q8, which starts at $113,000, bringing the total to around $168,000.
Wheelsandmore hasn't provided a sprint time for the Stage 5 kit, but the stock Audi Q8 RS will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds. However, the tuner also offers a Tec-Tronic tuning box upgrade for 3,999 euros that adds an extra 103 hp and 73 lb-ft of torque, reducing the 0-62 mph time by 0.2 seconds down to 3.6 seconds.
If the Stage 5 kit adds too much power for you to handle, the tuner's Stage 4 kit produces "only" 951 hp and 921 lb-ft of torque. It costs 39,900 euros ($44,191) to install. Costing 14,900 euros ($16,883), the Stage 3 kit upgrades the RS Q8 to 775 hp and 781 lb-ft of torque.
With the Stage 2 kit installed, the Audi RS Q8's output increases to 715 hp and 685 lb-ft of torque. This upgrade costs 9,149 euros ($10,369). Finally, the entry-level Stage 1 kit is available for 2,499 euros (2,832) and increases the output to 700 horsepower and 678 lb-ft of torque.