Audi’s topping Q8 SUV has been spied a few days ago high in the Alps. The testing was pretty interesting because the high-performance vehicle was moving like a wind over the high mountain. Though, that does not wonder at all since the latest reports suggest that the zesty version of the coupe-like crossover uses a powerful powertrain. Unofficially, the German automaker reconsiders two drivetrain options for the upcoming 2020 Audi RS Q8.
According to the aforementioned rumors, the 2020 RS Q8 will definitely use a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. Now, the biggest question is whether it’s going to be paired with an electric motor or no. We think that the carmaker won’t make the hybrid of the high-performance SUV. Instead, the awesome vehicle will strictly rely on the V8 which will most likely deliver around 600 horsepower. The mill can be even potent. We know because it produces 641 hp under the hood of the all-new Lamborghini Urus. In any way, the engine will be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission which will send power to all four wheels. The Quattro all-wheel-drive system will feature a 40:60 torque split. These 600+ ponies will make the 2020 Audi RS Q8 really fast. Some reports indicate that the SUV is going to be able to speed up from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds.
Exterior and Interior
Compared to the regular Q8, the RS-badged model will get several changes. The prototype reveals slightly wider and lower body, while the sharp front bumper definitely hosts larger air intakes. In the back, the hot coupe crossover will get a pair of big oval exhaust pipes and a totally new bumper. The prototype rides on larger wheels, which are coupled with beefier brakes. The brakes will likely get six-piston calipers.
The interior will essentially get pretty much the same treatment as the regular Q8. Though, it’s expected that the carmaker rise stake with a different, better, and more attractive upholstery treatment and with sports seats. RS badges will be all over the cabin of course, while the potential buyer will probably have more driving modes. Audi’s latest MMI infotainment system will definitely be a standard part of the SUV, as well as the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display that’s going to come in a pair of touchscreens.
The all-new 2020 Audi RS Q8 will have several big rivals. However, the biggest enemies will come from the same country as the topping Q8 needs to deal with the BMW X6 M and Mercedes-AMG GLE 63.