The Audi RS Q8 is the world’s quickest manufacturing SUV to go across the Nurburgring. It boasts of some implausible efficiency figures. It can problem supercars with its sheer energy whereas the mammoth measurement makes it a sensible every day automobile. We preferred driving the German providing in Tenerife in Spain final 12 months. Remember we went throughout two continents to let you know the distinction between the usual Q8 and the ₹ And now, the efficiency SUV is on sale in India and its time to place that V8 turbocharged engine via its paces on Indian roads.
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To handle the bull within the room, the Audi RS Q8 is a sibling of the Lamborghini Urus. While the engine and underpinnings are shared, the RS Q8 has a personality of its personal. It’s extra curved than the Italian whereas sporting razor-sharp strains. It packs extra muscle than the usual Q8 and that makes for a particular understated stance. There is the RS therapy prolonged to the grille, bumper and a splitter, all of that are new, whereas the gothic look replaces the chrome with a gloss black end to the outside.
India will get the large 23-inch alloy wheels operating on 295/35 part tyres which can be arduous to disregard even on this stealth look. Globally, the RS Q8 comes with 22-inches as customary, that are bigger than the 21-inch wheels provided on the Urus. The skinny sidewalls due to this fact are susceptible to wreck and you’ll have to be extraordinarily mild although otherwise you’ll threat scratching them on a nasty part of the highway. We would definitely not advocate them when going off-highway however if you happen to do really feel adventurous, tread fastidiously. Despite being a coupe-SUV, Audi has not gone overboard with the roofline. The mild curve helps masks the large proportions however not at the price of headroom. It additionally blends extra seamlessly with the sharply styled rear with the large LED brake gentle operating from aspect-to-aspect. Don’t be fooled by the twin gloss black exhaust ideas, the RS Q8 really will get quad exhausts hiding beneath these.
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Much of the cabin and options have been carried over from the Q8, however it does get the RS therapy with the gloss black end on the dashboard and a touch of carbon fibre in addition to brushed aluminium. There’s a brand new RS multi-practical, flat-backside steering wheel for extra responsive efficiency. The steering and gearshift knob get the perforated leather-based therapy whereas the seats are coated in Alcantara. Audi presents a large number of optionally available extras on the RS Q8 together with the Matrix LED headlamps, whereas our check automobile additionally acquired the Bang & Olufsen audio system, panoramic sunroof, and mushy-shut doorways. The sports activities seats are optionally available too and we extremely advocate them for the consolation it presents together with options like air flow, therapeutic massage operate and extra bolstering on the sides.
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The RS Q8’s cabin will get no less than three large screens together with the Virtual Cockpit and the twin infotainment show. The Virtual Cockpit works flawlessly and is simply sensible in placing down all the data with out having to look elsewhere. The twin touchscreens are large that exchange many of the buttons and dials on the centre console. While it does get the haptic contact to really feel extra button-like, it takes some time getting used to. That stated, we do miss the dials and switches for sure features. The RS Q8 comes with the 360-degree digicam and has as many as eight driving modes. Thankfully, there’s a fast-entry ‘RS’ button on the steering wheel that saves you quite a lot of time and shortly places you into the sportiest setting.
Despite its efficiency credentials, the RS Q8 may be very a lot sensible and area is aplenty within the second row. The seats are comfy and adjustable for extra legroom. The tall journey presents a superb view of the skin world and also you get 4-zone local weather management that enables particular person settings for every passenger. To make ingress and egress simple, the RS Q8 can decrease itself by 65 mm.
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Mind-boggling! Slot the efficiency SUV within the RS mode and the automobile units itself up within the sportiest setting Tap on the accelerator and off you go taking pictures into the celebs. The optionally available head-up show ensures a distraction-free drive and you’ll see the tachometer change to pink. Thankfully, the sports activities seats are bolstered effectively and maintain you in place because the G-forces push you again as you step on the pedal. Your heartbeat and the speedometer are doing triple-digit numbers very quickly and also you wish to come again to that adrenaline-inducing feeling once more, and time and again. But there is a reassuring security web with the excessive driving place and the large proportions, to not neglect the slew of entrance, aspect and rear airbags and a number of other digital security aids.
At a little bit over 2300 kg, this efficiency SUV is hardly light-weight however there are almost 600 thoroughbred horses and a whopping 800 Nm of peak torque underneath that muscular bonnet from the 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8. Torque kicks in from as little as 2200 rpm and the motor growls, rumbles and is able to roar.
Audi says that 0-100 kmph comes up in 3.Eight seconds, and the optionally available rear sport differential outfitted on our check automobile did carry us near that determine. To provide you with perspective, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo with the Sport Chrono bundle hits the 0-100 kmph dash in 3.9 seconds, whereas the BMW X6 M does the identical in 4.2 seconds. The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S does an an identical 3.Eight seconds (Four seconds on the usual model). The high velocity is electronically restricted to 250 kmph however add that RS dynamic bundle and the engine unlocks a high velocity of 305 kmph.
Power on the RS Q8 is transferred to the wheels from the 8-velocity torque convertor by way of the Quattro drivetrain. The transmission is a stunning selection contemplating that is Audi’s flagship SUV however manages to do the job it’s designed for. However, there’s a slight delay in shifting cogs than you’d need. That’s extra obvious if you find yourself driving it within the consolation or effectivity mode when the delay, solely by a millisecond, is most felt when making an attempt to overhaul. Of course, the shifts are for extra speedy within the dynamic and RS mode, when you can take issues into your personal fingers with the paddle shifters. The first six gears are quick-spaced for extra responsive acceleration and the engine simply loves being revved at excessive rpms.
That being stated, the Audi RS Q8 is equally civilised while you need half of the facility obtainable. More than its outrageous efficiency at excessive speeds, it’s the ease to drive it inside metropolis limits that stunned me probably the most. The SUV will really feel proper at residence on an workplace commute, particularly within the consolation or effectivity mode and you may take it to a race observe over the weekend. In reality, a little bit of sedate driving coupled with a 48-volt delicate-hybrid and cylinder deactivation expertise will assist you obtain nearly 9 kmpl; if effectivity issues you that’s.
Ride and Handling
The RS Q8 is massive and there is no means you’ll be able to downplay this at 5 metres in size and two metres broad. However, what surprises you is how nimble it truly is. The SUV cocoons itself across the driver and that’s confidence-impressed permitting you to push more durable. The flat-backside steering wheel weighs up excellently and is extraordinarily attentive to suggestions. This is not only a straight-line king, the RS Q8 is equally enjoyable across the corners and the optionally available energetic anti-roll bars assist preserve agility. The sport differential additionally optimises energy to the rear wheels to get you out and in of the bend with out a lot drama. Due have to be given to the rear-wheel steering that steers the wheels as much as 5 levels, complemented by the broad low-profile tyres that supply unimaginable grip.
Despite the massive, low-profile rubber, the RS Q8 is a reasonably comfy automobile to be in. Of course, you simply cannot go flat-out over a pothole-ridden highway until you wish to harm these tremendous-costly wheels, however on the entire, the air suspension works arduous with the remainder of the electronics to minimise highway undulations creeping into the cabin. The SUV additionally will get a few of the largest brakes we have seen on vehicles from Audi with a 440 mm unit on the entrance and a 370 mm disc on the rear. The brakes are extraordinarily attentive to the enter and the SUV simply stops in its tracks very quickly. It enables you to brake later and more durable than you’d initially anticipate.
Price and Verdict
The Audi RS Q8 carries a price ticket of ₹ 2.07 crore (ex-showroom) and that is only for the usual model. There are loads of optionally available extras just like the RS dynamic bundle, ceramic brakes, rear sport differential, sports activities seats and plenty extra that we predict you’d wish to spend on. It actually provides a lot extra to the driving expertise and even at an on-highway value effectively over the ₹ Three crore mark, it’s cash effectively spent. Compared to the Urus, Audi’s flagship is extra reasonably priced by ₹ 1 crore and fewer ostentatious too. The RS Q8 is elegant, suave, outrageously quick and each bit fascinating. It is on par with the fashionable-day supercars however pushes the envelope with its practicality. It is likely one of the greatest issues to reach on Indian shores from overseas soil and fairly the silver lining in 2020. Are Super SUVs the brand new regular? If sure, then signal us up, please!