The RS Q8 prototype in question was recently filmed on the Nurburgring and through some of the roads near the famed German circuit. Camouflage can be seen covering much of the front and rear fascias with some additional camouflage found running along both sides.
Despite Audi’s best attempts to hide some of the styling alterations made to the SUV, we know that it will benefit from pumped-up bumpers, larger air intakes, and oval tailpipes. Audi will also reduce the ride height of its performance-focused Q8.
We may have a relatively good idea of what the RS Q8 will look like but it remains a bit of a mystery as to what will power the SUV.
The most logical engine from the VW Group to drive the SUV would be its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 used in vehicles like the Audi RS6 and, of course, the Lamborghini Urus. In the Urus, this engine churns out 641 hp and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque so we would be shocked if the Audi had more grunt than that.
Curiously, there are reports that the RS Q8 could feature the same hybrid assisted, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 powertrain of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid complete with 671 hp. It is reported that the upcoming hybrid version of the Urus could also use this same powertrain.