Audi RS Q8

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High-performance SUVs with coupe-like rooflines are definitely a fully fledged class of their own, with the BMW X6 M Competition, Mercedes-AMG GLE63 and Porsche Cayenne Turbo available today. All boast a dash of additional style over traditionally shaped SUVs, not to mention heaps of power and punched-up handling capabilities. The newcomer in this class is the Audi RS Q8, a performance CUV so well-honed it now holds the production SUV lap record of 7 minutes, 42.2 seconds around Germany's Nürburgring. 

Lower-key performer

What does the Audi's Nürburgring lap record mean? To car dorks it means bragging rights. For everyone else, not much. But this basic tale of the tape is something people of all automotive knowledge bases will likely understand. The heart and soul of this achievement is the RS Q8's engine: a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 shoving out 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque with the latter having your back from 2,200 to 4,500 rpm. 

Channeling power to all of the RS Q8's wheels is an eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing this SUV to reach 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 190 mph. (Note: This top speed is only unlocked if you spring for the upgraded carbon ceramic brakes.) All things considered, those are bonkers stats. But you know what? The BMW, Mercedes and Porsche all replicate that 0-to-60-mph time.

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The Good ~ Big performance and daily comfort ~ Sleek looks inside and out ~ Excellent cabin tech

The Bad ~ Lacks drama ~ Light steering ~ Can get real pricey fast

The Bottom Line Audi's RS Q8 is a deceptively quick and attractive family hauler.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 9.5
  • Design 8.5
  • Media 10

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