Unveiling its most powerful SUV coupe, the new Audi RS Q8 at the 2019 LA Auto Show, Audi has for first time in the history of RS models, put the genes of a high-performance sports car in a large SUV coupe.
“With its biturbo V8 gasoline engine, the Audi RS Q8 is the prestigious spearhead of the RS model family.” said Oliver Hoffmann, Managing Director of Audi GmbH.
The RS Q8 churns out 600 Bhp of power and 800 Nm of torque from its 4.0-litre V8 and is capable of going from 0 to 100kmph in 3.8 seconds and keep on going to a electronically limited top speed of 250kmph. With the optional dynamic package this limit is removed and it can reach up to a top speed 305kmph.
Its 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8 ignition sequence gives the RS Q8 a sportily voluminous sound. The driver can influence the engine’s sound via the Audi drive select system. The optional RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe trims offers an even sportier sound.
The biturbo V8 in the new RS Q8 combines maximum performance and high efficiency. Its mild-hybrid system (MHEV) is based on a 48-volt main electrical system. The core of the MHEV is a belt alternator-starter connected to the crankshaft. During deceleration and braking, it can recover up to 12 kW of power and store it in the compact lithium-ion battery.MHEV technology allows for start/stop operation at a speed of up to 22 kmph. The mild-hybrid system is connected to the camera sensors. When stopped, the engine starts up while the brake pedal is still depressed as soon as the front camera detects that the vehicle in front of it starts to move.
The interplay of the MHEV components improves ride comfort and also has the potential to reduce fuel consumption in everyday driving by as much as 0.8 liters per 100 kilometers, claims Audi.Another efficiency module on board is the cylinder on demand (COD) system. At low to intermediate load and rpm in the upper gears, it deactivates cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 by switching off fuel injection and ignition and closing the intake and exhaust valves. The switching process takes just milliseconds, and is virtually imperceptible in the car. During four-cylinder operation, the operating points of the active cylinders shift to higher loads and map points with high efficiency, while the deactivated cylinders run largely loss-free as gas springs. They are reactivated immediately when the driver presses the accelerator.
The power of the 4.0 TFSI flows to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via the standard eight-speed tiptronic. The center differential, which is purely mechanical, typically distributes the drive power in a 40:60 ratio to the front and rear axles. In the event of slip, more drive torque automatically goes to the axle with the better traction. Up to 70 percent can be directed to the front wheels and up to 85 percent to the rear wheels.
The standard adaptive air suspension sport with controlled damping allows the car to perform with excellence whether its off-road or on the track.Its RS-specific damper tuning allows for a particularly broad spread between a setup biased toward comfort and an extremely sporty setup.The optional electromechanical active roll stabilization (EAWS) minimize body roll during fast cornering.
The optional dynamic package plus gets the electromechanical active roll stabilization, the quattro sport differential and the RS ceramic brake system.The electromechanical active roll stabilization is integrated in the 48-volt main electrical system and serves as a recuperating system. It can even recover power via the electric motors and thereby feed electrical energy back to the battery.
The driver can precisely influence the character of the RS Q8** via the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. There are eight profiles from which to choose: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, allroad, offroad and the individually configurable RS-specific modes RS1 and RS2, which can be activated directly via the “RS-MODE” button on the steering wheel. Audi drive select affects such things as engine and transmission management, steering boost, the air suspension, all-wheel steering, engine sound and the characteristic of the automatic air conditioning.
The new RS Q8 has a self-confident face with its RS-specific radiator grill and the RS honeycomb grill, both in high gloss black.The sloping roofline flows into the forward-canted D-pillars and rests against the quattro blisters above the wheel arches.
The new Audi RS Q8 will be available in a choice of nine colors, one solid paint finish and eight metallic or pearl effect shades.The RS Matrix LED headlights and the rear lights include dynamic turn signals and are showcased by an expressive RS-specific animation when the car is locked or unlocked.
On the inside, the slim instrument panel and the strongly horizontal lines convey a feeling of spaciousness. The central element in the cockpit is the top MMI touch response display. With its black-panel look, it almost dissolves into a large, black surface when switched off.Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit and MMI display provide information on such things as tire pressure, torque, output, temperature, lap times and g-forces. The shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the rev limit is reached. The optional head-up display also offers several RS-specific graphics.
The sport seats in black pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara with RS embossing fit perfectly into the athletic ambiance of the large SUV coupe. An even more luxurious option is the RS sport seats in Valcona leather with a honeycomb pattern and RS embossing. In addition to a massage function, the RS sport seats are perforated to also provide ventilation.
The fully perforated RS sport leather steering wheel flattened at the bottom with shift paddles also includes multifunction buttons. The driver can directly select the new Audi drive select modes RS1 and RS2 via the RS-Mode button. RS-specific displays then open automatically in the Audi virtual cockpit.
The new RS Q8 will arrive at dealerships in Germany and other European countries during the first quarter of 2020, starting at 127,000 euros.
If the SUV coupe would be coming to the Indian market, is yet to be seen.