Audi Sport is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and it has finally debuted the fastest and the most powerful SUV of its range, the Audi RS Q8. The full-fledged performance-focused version of Audi’s flagship SUV has already earned the crown of the fastest SUV at the Nürburgring with a 7:42.253 lap time. The RS Q8 uses the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engine found in the recently introduced RS6 Avant and RS7 Sportback. The engine has been tuned to produce 592 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, which helps the performance-SUV rocket to 62 mph from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds – that’s only two-tenths of a second slower than the Lamborghini Urus. The RS Q8 has an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph, which can be pushed to 189.5 mph (same as the Urus) with the optional dynamic package. The engine is also assisted by a 48-volt hybrid system that uses a lithium-ion battery to boost efficiency when decelerating and in low-load situations.
The regular Audi Q8 already features a very sporty design with a coupe-like swooping roofline and a muscular stance. The RS version takes things a notch higher with its oval tailpipes and roof edge spoiler along with other aggressive design elements. The standard RS Q8 rides on 22-inch wheels fitted with the largest tires ever fitted as standard on a production Audi, measuring 295/40. Also available as an option are 23-inch, five-spoke rotor design aluminum wheels in a variety of colors exclusive to the RS Q8. The high-performance flagship SUV will go on sale in European countries in the first quarter of 2020 and should arrive in the U.S. shortly after that. The US pricing is yet to be announced but it is expected to be close to $120,000.