Audi’s SUV line-up has grown dramatically over the years, with the recent Q8 filling the gap of a large crossover 4x4 in order to compete with the likes of the BMW X6 and Mercedes GLE Coupe. Being part of the Volkswagen group alongside Lamborghini, the Q8 also shares its platform with the Urus, proving to be a popular formula for a sporty-yet-spacious luxury family car.
Following Audi’s usual hierarchy for each of their models, the RS Q8 is the most powerful and capable variant of the Q8. Its 4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine produces a whopping 592bhp, propelling the car to 62mph in 3.8 seconds, which equals the first generation V10 R8’s acceleration. Being the flagship Audi SUV, the RS Q8 is brimming with the latest technology and driver conveniences throughout the interior, as well as four-wheel steering to allow for better handling and performance. Not only is the RS Q8 an exhilarating and blisteringly quick SUV, but it also makes for a fantastic commuter car. It harnesses the ability to shut off four of its eight cylinders to improve fuel economy and achieve an impressive 21.1mpg.
An aggressive front grille and headlight combination, along with a coupe-style roofline and sharp lines throughout the exterior of the RS Q8 inspire confidence in its capabilities. The much-loved Audi design language is clearly visible, with the RS treatment being applied to make it a sporty, yet beautiful vehicle inside and out. This truly is a real contender in the performance SUV market, with potential customers being hard pushed to pick an alternative that presents such a well-rounded package at this price point.