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2021 Audi RS Q8 review: Fast, fashionable and practical

Audi's RS Q8 is a radical 591-horsepower family hauler.

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The RS Q8 sits at the top of Audi's SUV spectrum. 

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Powering matters is a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 churning out 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.

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The V8 engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission that routes power to all four wheels.

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The rear-biased all-wheel drive system is capable of sending 85% torque to the rear wheels. 

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Audi says the RS Q8 hits 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and when equipped with the optional carbon ceramic brakes can hit a top speed of 190 mph. 

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To up handling, the RS Q8 comes standard with all-wheel steering, air suspension, sport rear differential and active anti-roll bars.

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A set of 22-inch wheels and tires come standard on the RS Q8, but customers can upgraded to even bigger 23-inchers as seen on this test car.

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Setting the RS Q8 apart from base Q8 models are specific bumpers, honeycomb front grille inserts and the aforementioned wheels.

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Inside, the RS Q8 features more supportive sport seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel and Alcantara headliner.

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The 2021 Audi RS Q8 begins at $115,595, including $1,095 for destination charges.

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