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Old 11-06-2019, 07:11 AM   #1
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Audi RS Q8 Officially Claims Fastest SUV Title At The NŁrburgring

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S has been dethroned.

The rumors were true Ė say hello to the Lord of the Ring among SUVs. With an official time of 7 minutes and 42.2 seconds, the Audi RS Q8 has established a new record for the fastest production SUVs at the NŁrburgring by dethroning the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S. The high-riding model from Affalterbach established the now fallen record nearly a year ago when it lapped the Nordschleife in 7 minutes and 49.3 seconds.

The RS Q8 hasnít even been properly unveiled yet, but itís already setting records by shaving off a little over seven seconds compared to the fastest SUV before it. Itís been a busy year for Audi Sport taking into account the release of the RS Q3, RS Q3 Sportback, RS6 Avant, and RS7 Sportback, but thereís one more RS to come as the flagship version of the Q8 is going to be released later this month.

The sporty luxobarge will inherit the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 from the aforementioned super wagon, meaning itís going to pack 592 horsepower and 590 pound-feet (800 Newton-meters) of torque. Itíll do 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.8 seconds and top out at 190 mph (306 km/h), which isnít half bad considering the RS Q8 will weigh just about as much as the moon.

Autocar had the opportunity to learn more about Audiís largest and sportiest SUV to date, which will carry over the air suspension and the 48V anti-roll bars from the warm SQ8 released earlier this year with a diesel engine in Europe. Wheels as large as 23 inches will be available with 295/35 ZR23 Pirelli P Zero rubbers, as will be a torque-vectoring rear differential and all-wheel steering. Compared to the SQ8, Audi Sportís engineers are going to stiffen up the suspension to make the RS Q8 more agile when going around the corners.

Spy shots have already revealed the styling changes will be subtle compared to the lesser Q8 versions, with only a discreet body kit and the typical oval exhausts to set the RS version apart from the others. Thereís also going to be some carbon fiber trim around the lightly updated front grille, while at the back the RS version will boast a sporty diffuser. Inside, the driverís display has some RS-specific screens and a few other niceties reserved for the cream of the crop.

With Audi confirming a November debut for the RS Q8, we might see the fastest SUV ever created by the Four Rings at the Los Angeles Auto Show in the latter half of the month.

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Old 11-06-2019, 11:26 AM   #2
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fast suv is fast. honestly, it's pretty impressive what they can pull out of a 2-1/2 ton SUV.
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Old 12-17-2019, 06:06 AM   #3
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Default 2020 Audi RS Q8 is Like a Lamborghini Urus, Minus the Bull

Audi's RS performance group might be fashionably late to the party with its first hyper SUV, but it was worth the wait.

The 2020 Audi RS Q8 is Like a Lamborghini Urus, Minus the Bull

Ask marketers what***8217;s in a name and you***8217;ll suddenly find yourself in a meeting where you***8217;ll be informed that the future-proofing of a product***8217;s rationalization cycle as it pertains branding is at its core a consumer call-to-action activation and a mission-focused key-performance indicator factoring SEO key words from the global research of the monetization structure critical to ROI. Sit near the door, walk out like you***8217;re going to the bathroom, don***8217;t come back.

We writers have long understood a name isn***8217;t that important, it***8217;s the product that will come to define the name. Recalling who C3PO and R2D2 is easy, but now try to imagine an XT4 or a G50. If they***8217;d been in anyway interesting, you***8217;d know instantly what they are.

We***8217;ve just spend a day with a 591-hp SUV good enough to be named Sue, but Audi will call it the the 2020 Audi RS Q8 when it arrives this summer. We like Q8 RS better, like the TT RS and not like the RS 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Maybe we***8217;ll get used to it, but RS Q8 doesn***8217;t ring right. [Announcer] Watch RESCUE 8, this spring, only on Fox.

HIGHS: Nearly 600 horsepower, a chassis that can handle the power, looks better than its platform siblings.

Our preference aside, it***8217;s the product that matters, and this is a hell of a product. The RS version of Audi's Q8 mid-size luxury ute is a hard-charging, 591-hp beast. Think Lamborghini Urus for the buyer whose investment portfolio is a little less yacht heavy.

Audi's new super SUV is the first non-car for the RS brand and the product is much more than sticking RS badges on a Q8. Built on the same MLB platform as the Urus, Porsche Cayenne, and Bentley Bentayga it out-sleeks them all. No fighter-jet cues, no ridiculous chrome grilles, no 911 affectations. Compared to the Q8, there are subtle exterior changes to the grille, the rear bumper, a longer spoiler coming off the roof, and available 23-inch wheels.

A Proper Big Gun

Thanks to the family***8217;s 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 and eight-speed automatic combo, the 591-hp RS Q8 should run a 60 time of 3.6 seconds and hit up to 190 mph, according to Audi***8217;s tests. That***8217;s 50 horses up on the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and 50 short of the Urus. Punch the accelerator and the RS Q8***8217;s turbochargers wake in an instant, the thrust hits, and the standard air suspension squats hard onto its hind quarters, the nose lifts, and hang on kids we***8217;re going places. All-wheel drive assures the repeatability of this exercise and that the Q8***8217;s horses turn to speed. It***8217;s silly fun, a little ridiculous too. Size, mass, power, and the danger inherent in that cocktail are always crowd pleasers. If you go to the circus without the hope that the elephants will trample their handlers, I don***8217;t want to go to the circus with you.

Tech-Savvy Chassis

To keep this big cutey from trampling anything, Audi throws all of its most advanced chassis gear. Ride-height adjustable air suspension and rear-axle steering are standard. Options include obscenely large carbon-ceramic rotors shared with the Urus, a torque-vectoring rear differential, and electronically controlled 48-volt anti-roll bars that flattens the curves and makes you believe SUVs can handle.

There***8217;s a non-threatening attitude to the RS Q8 that makes speed easy. No untoward moves, no weirdness near the limit. We only found issue with the optional carbon-ceramics that are also available on the Urus and Cayenne. They***8217;re huge, 17.3-inches in front and pinched by 10-piston calipers. But a light move on the brake doesn***8217;t do much and if you***8217;re in stop-and-go traffic you***8217;ll creep alarmingly close to the car in front of you. Push on and you***8217;ll send yourself into the belts.


LOWS: Mushy pedal feel with optional carbon-ceramic brakes; it should be called the Q8 RS; you're not going to consider the RS6 Avant, are you?

A quick-ratio steering rack is nicely matched to the suspension***8217;s ability to react and it lulls you into the belief that an SUV can be a sports car. At higher speeds, the four-wheel steering stabilizes the handling, so that 190 mph doesn***8217;t seem like a bad idea at all. Those wide 295/35R23 tires keep hanging in there and test just how comfortable you are with approaching 1.00 g at SUV height. Audi pushed hard enough to make the RS Q8 the quickest production SUV to ever lap the daunting NŁrburgring Nordschleife.

Bits and Baubles

The interior doesn***8217;t stray too far from the Q8***8217;s. RS seats with an integrated headrest and puffier lateral bolsters are there to hold you in. The seats cushions are stitched in the characteristic RS lattice pattern that***8217;s also on the grille. A digital gauge cluster is standard and has an RS mode that gives you a digital tachometer whose shape reminded us of the strip tachometer on the 1984 Corvette. A head-up display shows the same information.


Even though the RS Q8 will only come with an automatic, the clear tachometer is a nice touch since we found that the transmission isn***8217;t as aggressive with downshifts as it is in the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Under braking for a corner, it often selects too high a gear despite being in Dynamic mode and the automatic in Sport mode. We reached for the paddles for better control and so the tachometer became relevant for upshifts since the power from the V-8 charges right into the redline and the engine never sounds like it***8217;s under any sort of duress.

No official pricing yet as the RS Q8 is about a half year away from dealers, but we***8217;d wager that the experience will start at about $125,000. That***8217;s about where the Porsche Cayenne Turbo starts too. The Audi is the prettier beast, but some shoppers might value the Porsche name more. But really, what***8217;s in a name?



2020 Audi RS Q8

front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback


twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
244 cu in, 3996 cc
591 hp @ 6000 rpm
590 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

8-speed automatic

Wheelbase: 118.0 in
Length: 197.3 in
Width: 78.7 in
Height: 67.2 in
Passenger volume: 105 cu ft
Cargo volume: 31 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 5300 lb

60 mph: 3.6 sec
100 mph: 9.1 sec
ľ-mile: 12.2 sec
Top speed: 155***8211;190 mph

Combined/city/highway: 17/15/19 mpg
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