The new Audi RS Q8
The new Audi RS Q8

Audi has revealed the new Audi RS Q8, a new high performance SUV based on the Q8. It is expected in Ireland in the first half of 2020.

“For the first time in the 25-year history of Audi RS models, we are putting a large SUV coupe with the genes of a true high-performance sports car on the road,” said Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. “With its biturbo V8 engine, the Audi RS Q8 is the prestigious spearhead of the RS model family.”

The new Audi RS Q8 will be the top model in Audi’s Q range of SUVs. It’s powered by an eight-cylinder 4.0-litre twin-turbo TFSI with cylinder deactivation technology and mild hybrid (MHEV) drive based on a 48-volt main electrical system. As a result, it can “glide” for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off at speeds between 55 and 160 km/h.

The power output is a huge 600 hp and 800 Nm of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm. 0 to 100 km/h is just 3.8 seconds.

The standard adaptive air suspension sport with controlled damping means the new RS Q8 is equally at home on the racetrack or an off-road trail. Its RS-specific damper tuning allows for a particularly broad spread between a setup biased toward comfort and an extremely sporty setup. Depending on driving situation and the driver’s wishes, the body’s ride height varies by up to 90 millimetres (3.5 in).

Pricing to be confirmed closer to launch in 2020.