Audi Unveils the 590 HP RS Q8

Earlier this month, Audi revealed that the RS Q8 was capable of rounding the Nurburgring in 7:42.2 and now we know why. Audi Sport’s latest model is powered by the brand’s stalwart 4.0-liter V8 making 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque.

That sizeable serving of power allows it to hit 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph. If you opt for RS Ceramic brakes, though, the top speed moves up to 189 mph.

As you’d expect, the RS Q8 sends its 590 hp to all four wheels via a Quattro AWD system. As has also become usual with Audi’s hot models, wheel-selective torque control allows for some vectoring to get you around corners faster.

Keeping everything firmly tied to the road is an adaptive air suspension. The system allows the damping to be adjusted for comfort on the autobahn or stiffness on the Nurburgring. You can also adjust the height to avoid whatever’s in your way.

The RS Q8 is also fitted with electromechanical active roll stabilization to minimize body-roll.

Outside, the blacked-out grille immediately lets people know that the RS Q8 means business. The wheel arches are also widened and a spoiler over the back end of the roof helps with stability at high speeds.

All black and red inside, the RS Q8 leaves no doubt that it’s a performance model. RS badges all over the interior should also help ensure that no one confuses this for anything less than an RS model.

Finally, the infotainment system has been optimized for Audi Sport, with special g-force, lap time, temperature, torque, and tire pressure displays to ensure you’re ready for the track.

The RS Q8 will be in US dealerships in 2020, but Audi plans to open order books even before that (though probably also in 2020).