Can you speak of a hyper SUV?
If you get behind the wheel of the Audi RS Q8, you can also understand why such a car looks fascinating to the viewer. The vehicle is very spacious. The high seating position, which many buyers of SUVs love so much, gives you an excellent overview. The people in the back seat also have enough space and plenty of leg room. At around 600 liters, the loading volume even exceeds that of the Audi A6 Avant. There is simply no lack of space.
The record car with which Audi set the lap record for SUVs on the Nordschleife is also on the road in Tenerife.
The RS Q8 doesn’t lack performance either
With 600 HP, he has 50 horses less than his corporate brother, the Lamborghini Urus. He was still faster on the Nordschleife. The performance is also noticeable in the car. Every step on the accelerator pedal is converted directly into propulsion. The picturesque landscape of Tenerife, in which we are on our test drive, just misses us. The test track leads from the sea up into the mountains and over a huge plain lined with volcanic rocks. And the RS Q8 not only masters the straight sections with flying colors, it also masters the winding switchbacks that lead to the plateau with astonishing ease.
Audi has packed some technology into the RS Q8 for this excellent lateral dynamics. With the optional Audi Quattro sport differential, for example, the drive torque can be dynamically distributed between the rear wheels in the corners. The also optional electromechanical roll stabilization, EAWS for short, serves to counteract lateral movements of the body with the help of electric motors. Both systems were of course installed in the test car. With the standard all–wheel steering, the rear wheels of the Audi either steer in the same direction or opposite to the front wheels, depending on the speed.
Questions arise when it comes to consumption
At the end of the day, the Audi always acknowledges a strong gas foot with a full fuel bill. Physics cannot be completely undermined. We measure around 25 liters per 100 kilometers in a rather dedicated test run.
The RS Q8 is not only fast, it also looks like it. Even the normal Q8, which Audi calls an SUV Coupé, is comparatively sporty. Accordingly, not much has been changed on the exterior. A new feature is the single–frame radiator grille that is specific to the RS models. There is also a revolving RS sill and a roof edge spoiler. Even in the interior, the RS differs only slightly from the production model.
The sports seats are standard and can also be equipped with the same Alcantara, which can be found on the steering wheel, if desired.
Sports seats and plenty of Alcantara
The already known Audi MMI system is standard and has been enhanced with R–pecific graphics. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are of course on board. The MMI is controlled almost exclusively via two touch screens arranged one above the other. With the help of slight vibrations, users are given a subtle feedback after a touch.
Although the interior looks tidier due to the few buttons, the operation is more distracting when driving than conventional buttons. All in all, the Audi RS Q8 is a completely successful car. Because CO2 emissions from cars only make up a comparatively small proportion of our greenhouse gases, we want to forgive him for his thirst. The customers for whom the Audi was created will definitely love it.
The purchase price of at least 127,000 euros is probably not a problem for this target group.