Audi's most-powerful SUV launched in India at Rs. 2.07 crore
German auto giant Audi has launched its most-powerful SUV in the Indian market. Dubbed as the RS Q8, the flagship tourer comes with a bold and striking design, a luxurious cabin with hi-tech features, and a mighty 4.0-liter twin-turbo petrol engine. It is the fastest production SUV around the 20.83km Nurburgring Nordschleife track with a lap time of 7.7 minutes.
The Audi RS Q8 has true SUV proportions but looks fairly sportier and not boxy, thanks to its fluidic character lines and edgy design. It features a glossy black mesh grille, sleek Matrix LED headlights, revamped bumpers, and a muscular bonnet. The SUV gets blacked-out B-pillars, 23-inch alloy wheels, a rear diffuser, RS-specific oval tailpipes, an RS-branded spoiler, and a full-width LED taillight setup.
The RS Q8 offers a luxurious five-seater cabin with premium upholstery, leather seats, four-zone automatic climate control, air ionizer, and a RS-specific flat-bottom steering wheel. The SUV also sports a 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit, dual center displays (10.1-inch upper and 8.6-inch lower), and an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system. On the safety front, it provides multiple airbags, ABS with ESC, and 360-degree cameras.
Under the hood, the RS Q8 packs a BS6-compliant 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 petrol engine that produces 600hp of maximum power and 800Nm of peak torque. The motor comes mated to an 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission gearbox and Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The SUV can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds and has an electronically-limited top-speed of 250km/h, which can be increased to up to 305km/h.
The Audi RS Q8 carries a price-tag of Rs. 2.07 crore (ex-showroom) and can be booked online for a token amount of Rs. 10 lakh. In India, it takes on rivals like Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo S and Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 Coupe.