This Is The 2021 Audi RS Q8 Optioned To The Max

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All the extras cost nearly the same as a new Audi Q3.

A brace of new Audi high-performance RS models has given fans of the four rings plenty to salivate over. And, with the online configurators gradually rolling out, yesterday we got to see what a fully loaded RS7 looks like. Today, it's the turn of the Audi RS Q8, which carries a starting price of $114,500. In terms of price, that's right between the BMW X6 M and the X6 M Competition.

Of course, few customers who can afford the hot RS Q8 will be paying the base price, so we decided to go wild speccing Audi's 591-horsepower SUV to see where we end up. Outside, we started with Dragon Orange metallic paint, which seems appropriately named for this beast. That adds $595, but it's only the beginning.

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Moving onto the Packages and Options section of the configurator is where it really gets tasty. We started off with one of the most expensive options, namely, ceramic brakes with blue calipers, which also comes with a top speed limiter that you'll only meet at 190 mph. This added $9,000 to the price. The $4,500 Carbon Optic Package includes a carbon Singleframe grille, while at $3,250, the Black Optic Package darkens much of the exterior trim while adding massive 23-inch wheels.

For a combined $5,150, the Executive and Luxury packages add features like power-closing doors, heated rear seats, extended leather, and front-seat massage. Although the RS Q8 has many driver aids fitted as standard, the $1,750 Driver Assistance Package adds adaptive cruise control, intersection assist, and more. At $4,900, the 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system box was ticked as well.

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After adding a few accessories, such as the Audi Beam Rings that shine the four rings onto the ground at night, we assessed the damage. The total cost of all the optional extras came to $32,695, which is nearly the price of a base Audi Q3. Together with a destination charge of $995, our fully-loaded Audi RS Q8 carried a price of $148,190, nearly matching the Audi RS7 we specced yesterday.

That's a lot of money, but then again, its rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz can be similarly specced. For less money, you could drive away in a Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe, but it won't be nearly as well-equipped as this Audi. If this is the kind of SUV you're shopping for, you may as well take the plunge.

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