Audi RS Q8 Coming As A Teutonic Version Of The Lambo Urus

Audi Sport is planning more performance crossovers. We told you that much just last month. But now we have an idea of what form the next such RS sport-ute will take.

To hear (or read) Auto Express tell it, Ingolstadt’s performance division is working on an RS Q8 to go up against the likes of the BMW X6 M and Mercedes-AMG GLE63.

“Today we have a product line-up which we are working on which will be expanded in more prestige segments and bodystyles which are sellable around the world,” Audi Sport chief Stephan Winkelmann told AE: “SUVs.”

Visually, we can expect the RS Q8 to follow the lead of the Q8 Sport concept (pictured) that Audi unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show a few months ago, and slot in performance-wise above the anticipated SQ8. But it’ll hardly be Audi Sport’s first crossover, following the smaller RS Q3 we already know.

Nor will it hardly be a huge surprise in either the context of Winkelmann’s track record or the direction in which the industry is heading. In his previous capacity as CEO of Lamborghini, he set the direction that is now leading the Italian marque towards the introduction of the Urus. And given that the Q8 is already set to share the same platform as the Lambo crossover, it could use the same twin-turbo V8 – which in turn could yet prove the same one found in the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

One thing’s for sure, and that’s that it won’t be a diesel like the SQ7 TDI. “Diesel is not compatible with a world car,” said Winkelmann, “there are countries where you cannot sell the diesel.”

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  • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

    The concept is much better looking than the X6 and GLE Coupe. Knowing Audi, the production version will be bland.

    • KenjiK

      Exactly.

  • Infinite1

    The angles of the front end reminds me of a Lexus minus the grille

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Audi will soon have a paragraph on the rear end, like Porsche. Removal of all but PORSCHE was the first thing I did. The Audi RS Q? would get the same treatment…

  • Bob

    They must pull an ur-R8 and make the production car look just like this.

  • Elmediterraneo

    Future Audi Sport SUV line-up :
    SQ2 : 4 cylinder 2.0 TFSI 250 hp
    SQ3 / SQ4 : 4 cylinder 2.0 TFSI 320 hp
    RSQ3 / RSQ4 : 5 cylinder 2.5 TFSI 400 hp
    SQ5 : V6 3.0 TFSI 354 hp
    RSQ5 : V6 2.9 TFSI 450 hp
    SQ7 / SQ8 : V6 2.9 TFSI 450 hp replacing the current V8 4.0 TDI 435 hp
    RSQ7 / RSQ8 : V8 4.0 TFSI 530 hp
    RSQ7 Plus e-tron / RSQ8 Plus e-tron : V8 4.0 TFSI e-tron hybrid 640 hp combined

  • MG force.

    Horrible proportions !. Also the Lamborghini SUV turns out to be ugly with a short hood !. General car platform for all car of the group, laugh the aesthetic result !!

  • Sjaak

    Don’t like this styling at all. Clearly it is made to impress, but than it does in an angry way. Audi forgets its own usp “Vorsprung durch Technik”. This is too heavy, too square and out of proportion. It reminds me of Tonka trucks

  • Enter Ranting

    Fake grilles are super sporty and great for off-roading!

  • Matthew Raworth

    Am I the only one that thinks Audi should leave the Urus as just a Lamborghini? Rather than making an Audi and whatever else out of it. Kinda takes the uniqueness away & makes it less desirable.

    • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

      Yes, you are the only one. SUVs are about making money for the brand, rather than desirability. SUVs are useless performance vehicles.

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