Following the premiere of the Q8 Concept in January, Audi has finally registered the Q8 at the EUIPO. The automaker from Ingolstadt has recently also filed a trademark application for an RS model. Registered under vehicles and means of transport, Audi appears to be focused on increasing its SUV portfolio even after the Q2’s recent launch. EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) officials are now examining the RS Q8 application.
To those who still could not believe that a new RS badged-SUV is already brewing, it can be recalled that Stephan Winkelmann, Audi Sport’s chief has previously confirmed that more SUVs will be receiving the RS badge in the coming years. Concerning the future of Audi Sport, Winkelmann had also said that the SUVs should have other important aspects as well such as safety, quality and comfort.
Due to the growing market for high performance SUVs, Audi it seems is only doing what is reasonable and that is by fulfilling the demands of their consumers, regardless if the R8 Supercar is more in demand according to their own studies.
Because of this, it is very likely that the range topping big SUV will be taking advantage of all the perks that come with an RS badge including a gas engine. This is definitely something true Audi fans will be eagerly waiting for. Furthermore, expect the Q8 RS to feature a 600hp 4.0-liter biturbo V8. That is also to say, we can’t imagine a diesel variety to come by since Audi said the car is intended to be a “world car”. Bearing the RS badge also means that it will be adopting a number of bespoke performance features such as sport bucket seats, high performance brakes, Quattro tuned all-wheel drive system, sports suspension and so on.
So far, there is no confirmation yet regarding the timeframe for production but it is estimated that the new Audi RS SUV should hit the assembly lines by 2019. Beyond plans of expanding the RS range, Audi has been busy putting things together for the upcoming release of the Q4, which is due before 2020. It is also anticipating the release of two E-Tron crossovers before the end of the decade.
As for the regular Q8, production is slated to begin in 2018 at Audi’s Slovakian manufacturing facility in Bratislava and it should reach the showrooms sometime in the same year. If you ask us, its closest rivals so far are Mercedes Benz’s GLE Coupe and BMW’s X6.