• The Audi RS Q8 is the fastest SUV in the German automaker's stable.
• The bi-turbo V8 engine produces 441kW and an impressive 800Nm.
• The RS Q8 is priced from R2.4 million.
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Dieter Losskarn is a 'South Africanised' Bavarian, living in Cape Town since 1994. He loves driving exciting cars on scenic back roads, visiting beautiful places where you can stay in enchanting surroundings and enjoy great food, while interacting with inspiring people. He recently drove the Audi RS Q8, and shares his thoughts in the video above.
Is that for real? A mighty SUV with supercar performance? A bi-turbo V8 with 600hp (441kW)? Audi, I acknowledge your E-tron electrification activities, but this is Sparta.
Up until now, I didn't even know that you could have 23-inch wheels on an SUV, with 10-inch red callipers, weighing about 50kg each. Guess how much those optional RS ceramic brakes with blue brake callipers are? R202 000.
In food terms, this Bavarian Urus is very much a crispy pork knuckle, also known as Eisbein in South Africa. Not only is it the staple diet in Audi's homeland, but it also appears as if you won't be able to cope with it.
Considering the purchase price, most RS Q8 customers will be a little bit older and might encounter a bit of a struggle getting into Audi's fastest car, the R8 or even second fastest, the RS6 Avant. Then this easily accessible monster SUV with super sportscar performance is the sensible choice.
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Audi RS Q8
Engine: 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8
Gears and Drive: Eight-speed tiptronic, all-wheel
Power: 441kW & 800Nm
0-100km/h: 3.8 seconds
Top speed: 280km//h
Price: From R2 401 500
In a recent Wheels24 article on the RS Q8, we said: "When one thinks of the word 'performance', it's unlikely that thoughts of comfort and ease of driving will sneak into your mind. And why would it, because 'performance' is associated with brute force and speed. And while this may be true to some extent, we reached out to Audi South Africa and requested the latest performance SUV to have joined their portfolio: the monstrous RS Q8.
"The RS Q8 is the most powerful and fastest SUV Audi has produced yet, with stats that will make your eyes bleed in disbelief. To put it in perspective, the brawny SUV can clear 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds while running an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. These are serious numbers we're talking about, especially considering that the beast from Ingolstadt weighs in at 2 315kg."