Audi's hot Q8 has its sights on the BMW X6 M and Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe.
It's no secret that Audi is preparing to unleash a hardcore RS version of the flagship Q8 SUV to take on the BMW X6 M and Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe. Spy shots of prototypes have already previewed the hot Q8, but Audi hasn't confirmed when we can expect it to debut. Back in August, however, the German automaker confirmed six RS models will debut before the end of this year, one of which will be the RS Q8. But now we may know exactly when the RS Q8 will break cover.
According to a report by Spain's AutoBild, the Audi RS Q8 will be unveiled on November 20, which is just over a month away. If this is true, there's a very good chance the hardcore Q8 will make its public debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show, which kicks off on November 18 for the media and opens to the public on November 22.
Compared to the regular Q8, the RS version will look more aggressive thanks to new side skirts, larger intakes, and a restyled front grille. At the back, we can expect the RS Q8 to feature a large diffuser and Audi Sport's signature oval exhaust tips that distinguish RS models. It will also have stiffer suspension, beefier brakes, and unique wheels.
Under the hood, the RS Q8 will get a significant power bump. Whereas the standard Q8 uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that sends 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels, reports suggest the RS Q8 will utilize the same 4.8 twin-turbocharged V8 gasoline engine as the Lamborghini Urus tuned to produce around 600 hp.
Alternatively, the RS Q8 could use the same hybrid system as the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid producing 670 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque, which would make the hardcore SUV Audi's most powerful production model yet.