Audi RS Q8 Review, Specs & Performance

Brilliant handling to enjoy

The Audi RS Q8 is an excellent SUV that thinks it's a supercar. With its impressive design and great handling, the RS Q8 delivers fun and thrills. Available on a range of Audi RS Q8 lease deals.

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Overview of the Audi RS Q8

The phenomenal performance for the Audi RS Q8 comes from the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 under the bonnet.

This monster produces 592 bhp, which leads to a 0 to 62 mph time of just 3.8 seconds. That is supercar performance and really impressive for the size and weight of the vehicle.

The exhaust delivers an excellent sound whenever the engine is put under pressure. The downside is that fuel economy is just 20 mpg with emissions of 314g/km.

Audi RS Q8

Audi RS Q8 in a nutshell

The top speed is 155 mph, and the RS Q8 is certainly a high-performance flagship from a carmaker at the top of their game.

RS Q8 performance

The mild-hybrid 48V system allows for 'engine off coasting' and better stop/start performance.

There's also a very slick eight-speed automatic transmission delivering the power efficiently to all four wheels.

RS Q8 handling

As should be expected, the handling for the Audi RS Q8 is impressive with plenty of grip to ensure the car stays on the road.

The air suspension delivers a comfortable ride, and there some mild off-roading abilities available - in reality, most drivers will not be taking this super SUV to hard-to-reach places.

If you really want to put the RS Q8 through its paces, there are new RS mode buttons featuring on the steering wheel. Here, you select the relevant driving mode - and there are eight to choose from - with Comfort offering a relaxed performance.

RS Q8 Dynamic mode

Switch the mode into Dynamic, and the throttle and steering response becomes sharper, and the air suspension lowers to deliver a sportier level of performance.

It's an exhilarating car to drive when being put through its paces. Thankfully, there are very large 10-piston brakes fitted to help stop the car quickly when necessary.

On winding country roads, the RS Q8 remains composed and stable which helps with confidence when driving at speed.

RS Q8 Equipment

Inside, the Audi RS Q8 impresses with a lot of similar fittings from the standard version and with extra additions such as 'super sport' seats and RS badging to remind you this is a very special SUV.

The cabin offers an upmarket and high-tech feel with a 10.1-inch infotainment screen, and there's a separate 8.6-inch display for adjusting the ventilation and heating.

There's also a dazzling 12.3-inch display for the Virtual Cockpit's digital instrument cluster to show the car's important information.

The Audi RS Q8 is more than a supercar masquerading as an SUV

It's an excellent all-round vehicle with practicality at its core and an engine to thoroughly enjoy.

As should be expected, the RS Q8 is packed with safety equipment with lots of sensors around the car to keep the driver and occupant safe.

Why not have a look at the RS Q8 on the official Audi UK company website.

Or, if you would like to consider alternatives to the Audi RS Q8, why not look at some of these similar lease deals: the BMW X6M, the Porsche Cayenne Coupe turbo and the Range Rover Sport SVR