With its engine and supercar performance, the Audi RS Q8 impresses. So much so that he could even play wrong with his cousin Lamborghini Urus. But always the same question arises, can an SUV, however radical it be, really be sporty?
So many questions in this essay. Why put a 600 horsepower V8 under the hood of a huge 5 meter, 2.3 ton SUV? Why persist in wanting to make a machine sporty, which in essence, and by the laws of physics, does not have this vocation? Not to mention the endless questioning about SUV coupe fashion.
Why ? Just because customers are very fond of this type of vehicle, it does not matter if its intrinsic qualities are inferior to those of more classic models such as sedans or station wagons.
The builders therefore logically surfed the wave, achieving the feat of offer truly impressive SUV coupes, appealing to the most skeptical (like me). Latest example, undoubtedly the Audi RS Q8!
Good to know: anticipate the purchase and resale.
It is possible to know the resale or trade-in value of your vehicle thanks to the auto Turbo rating of your Audi RS Q8, the alternative to the Argus rating.
A 600 horsepower V8
Realize, the buffalo with the Rings is none other than the cousin of a certain fighting bull, the Lamborghini Urus, with whom he even allows himself to share the same platform and above all, the same “deflated” V8 4.0 biturbo with 600 horsepower, against 650 horses for the Italian.
Obviously, the German could not afford to risk castrating the bull and he also had to ensure the family side. Because after all, even moms and dads in a hurry may need a lot of onboard space and cargo space. Rest assured, the RS Q8 is as spacious in the rear seats as in the trunk (605 liters), exactly as in the classic Q8.
Be careful, however, to attach and block the luggage, the acceleration of the RS Q8 is simply breathtaking: 3.8 s to literally swallow up the 0 to 100 km / h, and a vigorous push up to 305 km / h of maximum speed. The performance of this big baby of 2.3 tons would almost scare sportsmen of the same power!
But the most hallucinating remains its approval in sporty driving: quite simply bluffing! Dynamic mode engaged, the suspension lowers to make the RS Q8 even nastier. The V8 awakens, releasing vocalizations that have nothing to envy to those of the V8 AMG or 6-cylinder Motorsport.
An elevated sportswoman
Perfectly installed in a cockpit as high-tech as it is well finished, but paradoxically not really sporty, the driver will quickly forget that he is at the wheel of a pachyderm. Right pedal brutally crushed and here it is catapulted into the attack of a first wide turn. A formality! Second curve tighter, a real breeze too.
The RS Q8 swallows twisty tracks at immoral speeds and literally turns flat. For this, it can obviously count on a chassis equipped with all the latest technologies such as rear drive and steering wheels, all-wheel steering or active anti-roll. And of course, to stop the beast, optional carbon-ceramic brakes are available.
Rather useful equipment since the main fault attributed to RS Q8 is none other than … overconfidence ! Yes, it's easy to believe you're behind the wheel of a lighter, lower sports car. Especially since the steering not really informative and the brake pedal a little spongy can lead to the most reckless mistakes
What remains for his cousin Lamborghini Urus? Apart from the prestige and the much more spicy price (223.00 against 159.900 €), not much so much the Audi RS Q8 already does things very well. The Italian adding a small dose of sportiness and exclusivity.
On the other hand, for € 29,000 less (€ 130,950), another model with the Rings is even more interesting than the RS Q8. Its name, RS6. Because with its superior performance, its more interesting size and size ratio and its history, the hunting station wagon could well be its main competitor.