When the Audi Q8 Concept was unveiled at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show, it immediately became one of the stars of the event thanks to its eye-catching coupe-like design and roomy interior. This concept got many people looking forward to its eventual production and launch in 2018. Nonetheless, a sportier and more dynamic version of the Audi Q8 may soon make its arrival.
Just recently, rumors have started saying that Audi Sport is planning to create a high-performance RS version of the Audi Q8. According to a report by AutoCar, Audi Sport will be previewing the Audi RS Q8 at the upcoming 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March. Most likely, a concept version Audi RS Q8 would make an appearance on the show.
As a vehicle with high-performance capabilities, Audi RS Q8 boasts of a power level that should significantly outdo the Audi Q8 unveiled in Detroit. The Audi Q8 Concept is basically a plug-in hybrid SUV that carefully fuses sporty performance with high efficiency.
Its powertrain is composed of a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, an electric motor and 8-speed automatic gearbox for a total system output and torque of 330 kW (442 hp) of max output and 700 Nm (516.3 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. With this power level, the Audi Q8 Concept could sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 5.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). But with the Audi RS Q8, the power levels should be a lot better than this.
There has been a speculation that Audi Sport would employ a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that is already doing service underneath the hood of the Audi S8 Plus. In this luxury vehicle, this 4.0-liter V8 engine is tuned to deliver up to 605 hp of output and up to 516 lb.-ft. of torque. Whether this will be the same power output and torque levels when this V8 engine is fitted in the RS Q8, only Audi knows. However, should this speculation be true, then the new Audi RS Q8 would be in the perfect position to jockey against the new 600-hp BMW X6 M and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe.
On the S8 Plus, the engine sends power to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox with torque converter, and there is enough reason to believe that this transmission would find its way to the rumored Audi RS Q8.
According to AutoCar, the Audi RS Q8 would be able to sprint from nil to 62 mph in under 5.0 seconds – quicker than the X6 M (4.2 seconds) and the AMG GLE 63 (4.3 seconds). The Audi RS Q8 would also be faster than its would-be rivals, with top speed of over 186 mph against 174 mph of the BMW X6 M and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe.