Tested: 2020 Audi RS Q8 Delivers Wicked Performance, No Regrets


Tested: 2020 Audi RS Q8 Delivers Wicked Performance, No Regrets

Optimizing a vehicle for the racetrack is typically at odds with everything you’d want in a daily driver. Ride quality, noise suppression, sometimes even the windows themselves go out the window in the name of going quicker.

But that’s not the case with the 591-hp Audi RS Q8. Although Audi’s super SUV is stuffed with all the performance potential you’d expect for something that once nabbed the Nürburgring lap record for production SUVs—the newer Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT has since one-upped it—the ride quality on RS Q8’s optional 23-inch wheels and summer tires is extremely comfortable. Another typical drawback of performance cars is the rolling noise generated by rubber this wide and grippy, but this Audi sails along at 70 mph with just a 67-decibel whisper of background noise, one more than a Lexus LS sedan.

Audi’s new mega SUV is the first non-car for the RS brand, and the product amounts to much more than sticking RS badges on a Q8. Built on the same MLB platform as the Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne, and Bentley Bentayga, it out-sleeks them all. No fighter-jet cues, no ridiculous chrome grilles, no 911 affectations. Compared to the Q8, there are subtle exterior changes to the grille and rear bumper, a longer spoiler coming off the roof, and those available 23-inch wheels. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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