The Audi RS Q8 looks meaner than ever but there are rumors that the RS Q8 could use the 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine from the Urus with 600 bhp on tap.
Audi had planned to release six new RS models by the end of 2019 and in that regard, had even released a teaser image hinting at those cars. They recently took the wraps off the RS6 Avant that is slated for its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, we are expecting the second model to be the Audi RS Q8, as the same was spied testing recently in an almost undisguised form.
The Audi Q8 by itself, already looked mean and a brute. The RS Q8 takes it to a whole new level now. The face continues to be dominated by the large hexagonal grille but it gets new honeycomb mesh detailing inside the grille. The grille is flanked by the LED headlamps from the Q8 but the bumper has been completely redesigned and they now feature air dams large enough to fit your face in it. They are also much sharper and more chiseled than before.
The side profile remains quite the same but the SUV sits much closer to the ground now. It also gets newly designed alloy wheels which look stunning and also allow a sneak on the hot red brake callipers inside. At the rear, the Audi RS Q8 gets a reprofiled bumper with a diffuser and dual-exhaust tips.
There are however no images of how the inside of the new RS Q8 could look like. Still, following typical Audi fashion, it will be largely dominated by the three big screen found in all newer Audis. Also, this being a RS model, the interiors could be garnished in trims of carbon fiber and alcantara upholstery. You can also expect the presence of Recaro seats in the RS Q8.
The biggest news about the Audi RS Q8 has to be of what’s under the hood. Rumors are that the RS Q8 could use the 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine from the Urus. It will churn out something around 600 bhp and will also come with a 48V mild-hybrid system for additional torque boost. In comparison, the same engine in the Urus puts out 650 bhp. To put down all that power on the ground well, the RS Q8 will most certainly have Audis Quattro system.
The Audi RS Q8 is also expected to be unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. The RS Q8 will most likely not make it to our shores here in India but Audi will launch the standard Q8 here in India which is expected to be by the end of this year. It will be then be Audi’s flagship SUV in India and is expected to be priced upwards of Rs. 90 lakhs, ex-showroom and will rival the likes of the BMW X7 and the Mercedes-Benz GLS.