Audi had done it, taken down the Nurburgring SUV lap record and replaced it with its own. The upcoming Audi RS Q8 is now the fastest SUV to ever lap the ‘Ring with a time of 7:42.253. Not only that but it’s a whopping 12 seconds faster than the previous record holder, the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S. Considering the RS Q8 is both bigger and heavier, that’s seriously impressive.
To achieve those numbers, the RS Q8 relies on the same 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 found in the latest RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback. This means the RS Q8 should pack, at a minimum, 592 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic and rear-biased all-wheel-drive system also form part of the package.
The RS Q8 hasn’t even been properly unveiled yet, but it’s already setting records by shaving off a little over seven seconds compared to the fastest SUV before it. It’s been a busy year for Audi Sport taking into account the release of the RS Q3, RS Q3 Sportback, RS6 Avant, and RS7 Sportback, but there’s one more RS to come as the flagship version of the Q8 is going to be released later this month.
Autocar also revealed that Audi’s largest and sportiest SUV to date, which will carry over the air suspension and the 48V anti-roll bars from the warm SQ8 released earlier this year with a diesel engine in Europe. Wheels as large as 23 inches will be available with 295/35 ZR23 Pirelli P Zero rubbers, as will be a torque-vectoring rear differential and all-wheel steering.
Spy shots have shown that Audi’s new flagship performance SUV will feature new side skirts, larger intakes, and a restyled front grille. At the back, the RS Q8 will also sport a large diffuser and Audi Sport’s signature oval exhaust tips seen on other RS models. Stiffer suspension, beefier brakes, and unique wheels will improve the SUV’s driving dynamics.