The first Audi RS Q8 lands in Oz

2020 Audi RS Q8

AUDI Australia strengthens its legendary Q family with the arrival of the first RS Q8 Performance SUV. The most powerful SUV in the Audi series combines crushing performance with expressive design, space and comfort for all-round functionality.

The Audi RS Q8 is the prestigious spearhead of the Audi RS model series with phenomenal performance features. It is powered by a monumental 4.0-liter twin-turbo TFSI V8 engine that develops an immense output of 441 kW and a torque of 800 Nm.

This relentless engine power catapults the RS Q8 to sprint from rest to 100 km / h in just 3.8 seconds and to 200 km / h in just 13.7 seconds before it reaches a limited top speed of 250 km / h. The drone of the drive train is just as loud as the engine itself.

The acoustic ignition sequence 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8 is reinforced by the standard RS sports exhaust, which can be easily activated using the Audi drive select function on the RS-specific virtual cockpit display.

Visually, the twin exhaust system is elegant with an oval tailpipe on each side and black decorations that create a polite yet sporty appearance.

Progressive efficiency technologies with their 48-volt mild hybrid system (MHEV) also improve the incredible properties of the engine. The start / stop system also uses the 48 V electrical system and works at a speed of up to 22 km / h, which saves fuel.

In addition, the CoD technology (cylinder-on-demand) can switch off four cylinders under light throttle valve load and restart them within milliseconds if necessary. All of this is imperceptible to the driver and passengers.

In order to fully utilize the power of the engine, the RS Q8 is equipped with a fast-shifting eight-speed Tiptronic transmission that directs the power to the road via the legendary Audi quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

Under normal driving conditions, the torque is distributed asymmetrically (40:60), from front to rear. This offers the perfect platform for dynamic handling with optimal traction.

For particularly sporty handling, however, up to 85 percent of the torque can be transferred to the rear wheels. The quattro sport differential can enable a further setting and direct almost the entire torque of the rear axle to both wheels during particularly dynamic driving.

The RS Q8 also benefits as standard from dynamic all-wheel steering to ensure complete stability on the road despite unpredictable driving situations.

The rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels at low speeds, reducing the turning circle by up to a meter and turning in the same direction as the front wheels at speed, providing dynamic handling with unshakable stability.

The RS-specific adaptive air suspension, which has a very wide range of capabilities, is also equipped. The system can adjust the ride height up to 90mm and adjust the balance between suppleness and strength depending on the riding conditions.

All these dynamic systems, the electronic stabilization control (ESC) and the standard RS sports exhaust are integrated via the Audi drive select, including two new RS 1 and RS 2 modes that can be quickly accessed via the steering wheel.

The new face of the Audi Q family exudes confidence with an imposing exterior design that offers all the physical characteristics of a luxury SUV, but embodies the genes of a high-performance sports car.

The wide single-frame grille combines a glossy black finish with the RS-specific honeycomb structure, which is framed by enclosing air inlets under the standard dark-tinted HD Matrix LED headlights and creates sheer dominance on the road.

For the first time in an Audi production vehicle, 23-inch light-alloy wheels come as standard along with a number of other features, including anti-theft wheel bolts with loose wheel detection, an electric tailgate and an electrically assisted door lock.

Privacy glass, a panoramic sliding roof made of glass, a convenience key, metallic paint and exterior mirrors that are electrically adjustable, heated, collapsible, automatically dimmed with a memory function and curb function on the passenger side are also available.

Inside, the cabin is padded with high-quality Valcona leather with honeycomb seams, together with RS sports seats with ventilation and full electrical adjustability to further improve the sporty ambience of the RS Q8.

Other standard highlights are the 4-way lumbar support, heated front and rear seats, 4-zone air conditioning with air conditioning, a 3-spoke RS leather steering wheel with several functions and an electric sun visor for the rear side windows.

The RS Q8 also has manual sun protection for the rear window, an air quality package (including 2 fragrances and air ionization), an extended aluminum look and illuminated door sills with aluminum inlay and RS logo.

Intuitive technology and the latest infotainment systems define the RS Q8 and ensure a truly connected driving experience. The MMI Touch Response System offers countless controls and switches for a clean, minimalist layout.

It has a 10.1-inch touchscreen (above) and an 8.6-inch touchscreen (below), which are supported by the virtual Audi cockpit and the Audi smartphone interface, which supports Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay , have been further improved.

Other functions include a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system (17 loudspeakers, 730 watts), charging the mobile phone, the Audi music interface with two rear USB ports and Audi Connect Plus for a range of infotainment, security and support services.

The RS Q8 is equipped with all available Audi driver assistance systems as standard, including adaptive cruise assist with stop / go and traffic jam assist, parking sensors front and rear, Audi Pre-Sense front and rear and active lane assist.

Side assistant with cross traffic assistant, collision avoidance, turning aid and 360-degree cameras with curb view. In addition, tire pressure monitoring, alarm and head-up display round off the safety technology.

The Audi RS Q8 offers various equipment option packages with further interior adjustments, including a sensor package, two exterior styling packages, the RS design package and the RS Dynamic Package Plus.

Eight exterior colors and three interior panels are available for the Audi RS Q8. The 2020 Audi RS Q8 starts at $ 208,000 (plus road costs).

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