2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
Do you need something like that? An SUV with a V8 and an output of 600 hp? In times when the sense of these vehicles is being discussed, not really.
For Audi, however, such a question does not arise. The SUV coupe should find enough customers despite its price of at least 127,000 euros. Those who hope for a full hut in view of the impressive price will be disappointed. If you leaf through the varied list of surcharges, you will find extras worth roughly 80,000 euros, with which even a top model like the RS Q8 can be upgraded.
The offer ranges from the dynamic package (including a ceramic brake system) for almost 14,000 euros, to the 6,450 euros Bang & Olufsen stereo system, to the wheel bolts with theft protection for 35 euros, which are supposed to prevent someone from moping the noble 23-inch model.
Design carefully modified
But why does someone occasionally spend around 200,000 euros on the Audi RS Q8? Certainly not just because of the design. The responsible Audi Sport GmbH, the Quattro's successor, has only worked discreetly on the body. Of course, there is a more aggressive front apron, of course the cheeks are a bit wider, and the rear with its distinctive spoiler and thick tailpipes also looks good - but that would have been much cheaper in the accessories trade.
No: Some of them will definitely strike because they can afford it and RS does better than Nur-S at the regulars' table. The others, however, because they will succumb to the fascination of the sheer impossible that the engineers - once again - have achieved. Regardless of whether you look around at Mercedes, BMW or Audi, it is simply impressive what agility and dynamism, with the right technology, can be taught to even an empty 2.4-tonne tin colossus that is not exactly streamlined.
Shiny driving characteristics
The bon mot of the "apparently decommissioned natural laws" may be overused, but it is just as apt in the case of the RS Q8. As if Sir Newton had never been, the Audi arrows through curve after curve without even batting an eyelid and at a speed that some sleeker sports cars would not trust.
This is made possible by the seamless cooperation of all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, sport differential and 48-volt roll stabilization, as well as the revised chassis and steering coordination - and of course optimally trained control systems. It is practically impossible to wiggle the Rubens rear end, and if it does get too much for the Audi, it only announces its displeasure with a well-controllable push over the front wheels.
Apart from the price, is it even possible to criticize such a car? The current, thoroughly digitized cockpit gives just as little cause for criticism as the perfect sports seats or the space available, and even those who want to be less sporty can glide comfortably with the RS Q8 thanks to the adaptive air suspension.
But of all things, the heart of every sports car, the engine, proves to be a weak point - at least if you want to complain at a very high level. The turbocharged four-liter V8 provides the said 600 hp and puts an even more impressive 800 Nm of torque on the crankshaft. In any case, you don't need more, because the power is enough for a standard sprint in 3.8 seconds and a maximum of 305 km / h. However, the engine should react a bit more snappy and depend more directly on the gas.
12 liters consumption
This is especially the case in comfort mode, where the eight-man usually strolls around well below the two-thousand-tour mark and, for spontaneous overtaking maneuvers, for example, the eight-speed automatic and turbocharger must first be set to readiness before it really gets down to business. Probably this hint of turbo lag is hardly measurable, at least with the knowledge of the 600 horses under the hood and the RS insignia it is noticeable.
The delay is shortened by the dynamic mode, but after a long period of rolling, all systems have to be brought back into position when suddenly stepping out of the gas. After all, the V8 doesn't always purr at 4,000 tours or more, even in Sport mode. In terms of sound, that might be a pleasure, but certainly not in terms of consumption. Despite the mild hybrid system, more than twelve liters per 100 kilometers flow through the gasoline line, and in practice it is certainly much more. The RS Q8 could also be accused of that. (SP-X)
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