Somehow, The Audi RS Q8 Costs Less Than The RS7 Sedan

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Granted, you're getting the fastest production SUV ever to lap the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The super-high-performance Audi RS Q8 is a collection of absurd numbers. For example, the luxuriously appointed brute weighs about 5,100 pounds without a driver. It measures about 197 inches - nearly 16-and-a-half feet - in length, with a roof that hovers five feet, seven inches above the ground. It's powered by a V8 with 4.0 liters of displacement and two turbochargers, tuned to spit out as much as 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.

And in the US, the Audi RS Q8 will carry an appropriately high starting MSRP of $113,000 before tax, title, destination, and other fees. That seems steep, but consider this: the RS Q8 is roughly half the price of a Lamborghini Urus, which has the same engine, and rides on the same MLB platform. Yet it's still several thousand above the similarly capable BMW X6 M.

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Of course, the X6 M didn't set a new production SUV lap record at the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife. The Audi Q8 RS did, rounding the treacherous race track in a blistering 7 minutes, 42.2 seconds.

And what's more, the 2020 Audi RS Q8 actually looks like a surprisingly good value next to the Audi RS6 Avant and Audi RS7, both of which were recently priced at $109,000 and $114,000, respectively, in the US market. Neither of those car models can hold a candle to the RS Q8 with regard to cabin space and overall versatility, and both pack the very same twin-turbo 4.0L V8 under the hood, with the same 591-horsepower peak output.

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Granted, yes, by virtue of its greater curb weight and larger frontal area, the RS Q8 is slower to 60 mph than either of those, but 3.7 seconds is plenty quick in the world of SUVs - and the world of production automobiles more broadly.

Still not having it? Then consider the 2020 Audi SQ8, which delivers 500 peak horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque for 0-to-60 performance on the order of 4.3 seconds, for up to $24,000 less than the RS Q8. We can hardly believe we're recommending an $89,000 SUV as the "budget" performance option, but here we are.

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