And it hasn’t even been released yet…
We found rumors that were previously circulating to be a reality today. The Audi RS Q8 has really broken a record for the fastest production SUVs at the ‘Green Hell’, toppling the previous record-holder, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, which itself set its record almost a year ago when it clocked 7 minutes and 49.3 seconds at the Nürburgring. The RS Q8 today, however, performs more wonderfully with a lap time of 7 minutes and 42.2 seconds, allowing it to snatch the record title.
The amazing fact is that the RS Q8 hasn’t even been appropriately revealed yet, but the SUV is already smashing records. Well, what could be a better way to boost its popularity than this? 2019 is a demanding year for Audi Sport considering the launch of the RS Q3, RS Q3 Sportback, RS6 Avant, and RS7 Sportback, although there’s another RS to arrive as the flagship variant of the Q8, which is scheduled for release at the end of this month.
The model will be powered by the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 as the aforesaid hot wagon, so will pump out 592 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, giving it the ability to run from zero to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph. Honestly, we think that’s pretty awesome performance given the RS Q8’s hefty kerb weight.
Autocar was lucky to find out more about the German company’s biggest and most aggressive SUV today. It will reportedly carry over the air suspension and the 48V anti-roll bars from the SQ8. The car will be offered with 23-inch wheels wrapped in 295/35 ZR23 Pirelli P Zero tires. There will also be a torque-vectoring rear differential and four-wheel steering.
The RS Q8 will feature stiffer suspension than the SQ8 to give it extra agility when driving around the bends. Audi has confirmed that its fastest SUV will be launched this month, so it could debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, who knows? Let’s wait and see.