Say Hello To The 740-HP Audi RS Q8-S

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ABT has also worked its tuning magic on the RS6 Avant.

Without any modifications, the Audi RS Q8 is already one of the most powerful SUVs on the planet and once held the record for the fastest SUV to ever lap the Nurburgring. Just when you didn't think there was any room for improvement, last year renowned tuner ABT Sportsline presented the limited-edition RS Q8-R, an even more extreme version of Audi's super SUV.

Limited to just 125 examples to celebrate the tuner's 125th anniversary, the RS Q8-R was tuned to produce a whopping 740 hp and 678 lb-ft of torque. Despite costing around $235,000 more than the regular RS Q8, ABT's hardcore SUV sold out fast. If you missed out, ABT has revealed its replacement: say hello to the RS Q8-S, which is also joined by the RS6-6 Avant. In stock form, both models are powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

ABT Sportsline
ABT Sportsline
ABT Sportsline
ABT Sportsline

By installing an ABT Engine Control Unit, the output increases to an insane 700 hp and 649 lb-ft of torque. If that's still not enough power for you, ABT can also increase the output to 740 hp and 678 lb-ft, matching the RS Q8-R. Both models also get a carbon fiber body kit for a more aggressive appearance. At the front is a front splitter with red RS6-S or RSQ8-S lettering. Side skirt add-ons are fitted to the front and rear of the RS Q8, while the RS6 Avant sports front side skirts and sideblades at the rear. Dominating the rear on both models is a two-piece rear spoiler along with a stainless steel exhaust system with quad tailpipes.

Using the ABT Level Control to tune the air suspension, the RS Q8's ride height is lowered by 0.9 inches in Comfort mode and 0.5 inches in Dynamic mode.

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ABT Sportsline
ABT Sportsline
ABT Sportsline
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The RS6-S, on the other hand, is upgraded with height adjustable suspension springs that can lower the ride height by up to 0.9 inches at the front and 1.1 inches at the rear axle. The custom RS Q8 rides on 23-inch wheels while the RS6 Avant is fitted with 22-inch wheels. Inside, both models feature custom door sills with RS Q8-S or RS6-S lettering, a shift knob cover in glossy visible carbon, and ABT logos applied to the start-stop switch cap and steering wheel badge. Both models are also available with carbon-fiber trim for the dashboard and seat frame covers, while the RS6 can be ordered with carbon gearshift paddles.

Deliveries for ABT's RS Q8-S and RS6-S Avant are due to start in January 2022, with pricing for the package starting at 42,900 euros ($48,518) plus installation.

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ABT Sportsline
ABT Sportsline
ABT Sportsline
ABT Sportsline
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