These cars are scary fast.
The world has gone mad. Not only are we sitting with Covid-19 and a cold war with China, but now we have to deal with oddly-shaped sports SUVs that are neither here nor there when it comes to styling and off-road capability. Apparently all they're good for is making ridiculous power and bombing down the Autobahn at stupid speeds, as this Audi RS Q8 clearly shows in the video below.
The 2020 Audi RS Q8 is a beastly thing: it's the fastest SUV on offer by the German manufacturer and has recently set a lap record around the Nurburgring for performance SUVs, taking the record away from the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S with a time of seven minutes and 42.2 seconds. We think that this car's styling is questionable at best, but it sure knows how to fly.
So what is the secret behind the RS Q8's insane performance potential? It's a fire breathing 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing a massive 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque which it shares with the RS7 Sportback. That allows it to sprint to sixty in only 3.8 seconds, and with the Dynamic Package Plus equipped, it will storm on to a top speed of 189.5 mph.
The SUV by definition is not a svelte sports car, but in recent years, manufacturers have done their very best to combine the practicality of an SUV with the driving appeal of a coupe. The end result is what you see before you: a bulky thing with sweeping lines and the looks only a mother could love. Still, the Audi RS Q8 is faster than many supercars of old, and as we can see in this video, it will effortlessly get up to the 186 mph mark.
The Audi featured in the video reaches 186 mph (300 km/h) according to the digital speedometer, but a more accurate GPS reading reveals that that number is actually 180.8 mph. That's still very impressive for such a brick of a car. On its way to that speed, the car completes the quarter-mile in a stunning 11.67 seconds, and the 62 to 124 mph run is destroyed in 9.72 seconds. Readers should be reminded that the RS Q8 weighs in at a hefty 5,269 pounds, or even more when it's fully optioned.
Interestingly, the RS Q8 could technically go even faster since it's mechanically related to the more powerful Lamborghini Urus, but leveling the power could see sales being cannibalized. Either way, this car is way faster than it should be.