Audi's performance claims are put to the test.
Welcome to the insane world of the super SUV, where the likes of the Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga Speed can hit top speeds approaching 200 mph, which is typically supercar territory. It also happens to be that these two six-figure family haulers are part of the Volkswagen Automotive Group, as is Audi. So it makes sense that the latest member of the super SUV segment wears four rings on its front grille.
The Audi RS Q8 is based on the flagship Q8, and currently carries the title of the fastest and most powerful Audi SUV ever made. Under the hood is a potent 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 with a mild hybrid system that produces 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.
Audi claims this setup enables the RS Q8 to rocket from 0-62 mph in just 3.8 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155.3 mph. When equipped with RS ceramic brakes, the top speed increases to 189.5 mph. And to put Audi's performance claims to the test, one owner decided to take the RS Q8 for a top speed run on the German autobahn.
The speed run was uploaded by YouTube channel hartvoorautosNL, and the RS Q8's rapid acceleration is clear to see. Wisely, other traffic cars don't hesitate to move out of the way. You would too if you saw an SUV that looks as aggressive as the RS Q8 fast approaching your rear-view mirror.
On an unrestricted stretch of autobahn with no speed limits to worry about, the driver is able to unleash the full potential of the RS Q8, reaching a recorded top speed of 303 km/h effortlessly. That's around 188 mph, which is very close to its claimed top speed and seriously impressive for a large SUV. Its growling twin-turbo V8 also sounds glorious.
Pricing details for the Audi RS Q8 haven't been announced for the US yet, but expect it to cost more than the standard Audi Q8, which starts at $67,400. Deliveries are due to start sometime in 2020.