Since the new Audi Q8 has already been revealed in full, there’s no reason for the hot RS Q8 test car to continue wearing a full swirly body wrap, thus giving us a first proper look at its muscular bodywork.
Compared to the standard version, the upcoming Audi RS Q8 will feature slightly wider bodywork, sharper-looking bumpers with bigger air inlets, large oval exhaust pipes and a set of massive wheels. Behind these will sit massive composite brakes with six-piston calipers in a bid to keep this beast of an SUV in check.
The German cousin of the Lamborghini Urus will most likely use the same twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine and eight-speed automatic ‘box combo, which in the case of the Urus produces 650 PS (641 HP) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque.
We still don’t know what kind of power the Audi RS Q8 will offer but it will not be far behind the loud Italian SUV. If we had to guess, we’d say that Audi’s upcoming RS SUV Coupe will offer around 600hp.
As a result, the new Audi RS Q8 is expected to offer a sub-4 sec time for the classic 0-62mph (100km/h) as well as a proper meaty soundtrack from its V8 engine. The Quattro all-wheel drive system is already rear-biased in the normal Q8, featuring a 40:60 torque split, and the same is expected to happen in the range-topping RS version.
The interior will feature the same high-tech features with the standard Audi Q8, including the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display along with a pair of touchscreens that control the latest MMI infotainment. The RS Q8 will spice things up with more heavily bolstered seats, more vivid color combos and a range of driving modes, including RS-specific ones.
The most powerful SUV in its class?
The new 2020 RS Q8 will go against models like the BMW X6 M and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 and if our hunch is right, the hot Audi will easily beat its rivals in terms of straight-line performance and power figures.
*Article updated with new spy shots