06/07/2020

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A Class Of Its Own

Audi crowns the RS Q8 with six-digit starting price

The RS Q8 is Audi’s best-of-the-line fuel-fed performance crossover, and the just-announced commencing cost displays...

The RS Q8 is Audi’s best-of-the-line fuel-fed performance crossover, and the just-announced commencing cost displays that position. The RS Q8 is the only Audi crossover, like the all-electric e-tron, with a 6-digit commencing cost at $113,995, like destination expenses. 

The news will come about a week just after Audi announced pricing for the RS Q8’s small sibling, the SQ8, which is obtainable in two trims. The SQ8 Top quality Additionally starts at $89,995, though the SQ8 Prestige starts at $ninety four,495. Some basic math tells us that usually means the RS Q8 is $24,000 extra expensive than the Top quality Additionally and $19,five hundred extra expensive than the Prestige. The commencing cost on the baseline Q8 Top quality is $sixty nine,195.

The RS Q8 has a bevy of performance-minded technologies and capabilities. As standard, it has adaptive air suspension, all-wheel steering, active roll stabilization, and quattro all-wheel push. Below the hood is a twin-turbocharged 4.-liter V8 that Audi suggests would make 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with an 8-velocity automated transmission, the RS Q8 can hustle from zero to sixty mph in 3.seven seconds, and at one point in time, the RS Q8 claimed the speediest Nürburgring SUV lap time at seven:42.two. In comparison, the SQ8 also employs a twin-turbocharged 4.-liter V8, but it would make five hundred horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque.

The pricing for the RS Q8 is proper exactly where it needs to be in phrases of competitor choices. The 577-horsepower Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe starts at $113,995, the 617-horsepower BMW X6M Level of competition starts at $118,595 (the 600-horsepower X6M starts at $109,595), and the 575-horsepower Vary Rover Activity SVR starts at $a hundred and fifteen,795. The 541-horsepower Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe is in its possess globe and starts at $131,450. 

For extra facts, browse Autoblog‘s impressions from the RS Q8 to start with push.

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