The German luxury carmaker Audi, who is known to make enthusiast-friendly, comfortable yet powerful cars has launched its latest product which is a high-performance SUV, the Audi RS Q8 at the starting price of INR 2.07 Crores.
The “RS” moniker which stands for “Racing Sport” means that this humongous SUV is from the performance division of the German giant.
The turbocharged direct-injection V8 produces a full-bodied and sporty V8 growl, and Audi’s Drive Select Dynamic Handling System lets you adjust driving manners to your preference. The mild-hybrid system (MHEV) with a 48-volt main onboard electrical system, combines with the stonking V8 and ensures that you do not miss out on the efficiency, along with the sheer performance it offers.
The car uses a standard eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox that sends power to the legendary all-wheel-drive Audi-Quattro system. The new Audi RS Q8 successfully combines outstanding sportiness and maximum everyday usability.
The Audi RS Q8 also features cylinder on demand (COD) technology that turns off cylinders when power needed is lesser to save fuel. It is combined with the mild-hybrid system (MHEV) with a 48-volt main onboard electrical system, combines with the stonking V8, and ensures that you do not miss out on the efficiency, along with the sheer performance it offers.
To minimize body roll during high speed cornering, Audi India has added an optional electro-mechanical roll stabilization damper. A standard RS mode button is also given on the steering wheel and with just a flick of button, the character of the car from a daily driver to a proper race vehicle.
The interior feels upmarket with ultra-luxurious touches like –
● Clean design and spacious cabin
● Centrally positioned MMI touch response display
● Contour/ Ambient lighting package
● Air quality package is offered as standard
● Audi Virtual Cockpit is offered as standard
As standard, the Audi RS Q8 boasts All-wheel steering, RS roof spoiler, Audi’s Virtual cockpit, Quattro with self-locking differential, Sport Adaptive Air Suspension and 2 RS modes for personalized drive settings. The Audi RS Q8 also comes standard with massive 58.42 cms (23”) 5 Y Spoke Diamond Turned alloys. Air Quality Package with 4 Zone climate control is also standard.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Balbir Singh Dhillon who Heads Audi India, said, “We are thrilled to bring the record setting Audi RS Q8 to India. It’s an all-in-one model that is at home in the rough as it is on the racetrack. The Audi RS Q8 is an agile beast and is a true high-performance sports model under its aggressive exterior. It’s massive twin-turbo V8 with 600hp and 800 Nm of torque propels the car to 100kph from standstill in under four seconds. We are confident that the Audi RS Q8 will have a magnetic pull for luxury sports cars aficionados.”
The exterior design sports these unique characteristics –
● High-performance sports car genes with the practicality of an SUV
● Imposing octagonal Singleframe design with a black, glossy RS honeycomb grille
● Large side air inlets
● RS-specific strips in the body-color
● A striking RS roof edge spoiler
● Characteristic rear light strip and RS-specific rear apron
● RS oval-shaped tailpipes add a sporty touch for pure performance
● Standard LED headlights to illuminate the road with dark-tinted, RS Matrix LED
headlamps and LED rear combination lamps available as an option
● Digital three-dimensional signature daytime running lights
As optional extras, the Audi RS Q8 offers a Black styling package with logos in black, panoramic sunroof, Head-up display, Matrix LED headlights, RS Sports Exhaust, a sweet-sounding Bang & Olufsen Advanced surround sound system with 3D sound, and RS dynamic package plus (Top speed increased to 305kph).
Mr. Dhillon further added, “The recently launched Audi RS 7 and the Audi RS Q8 that debuts today are at the cutting edge of Audi Sport. This shows our commitment to offering the very best to our customers in India. We will add more exciting new models from the Audi global range to India this year and look forward to enhancing the celebrations of our customers during the festive season.”
Just FYI Information – The Audi RS Q8 is the fastest SUV in-terms of lap timing at the iconic German racetrack, Nurburgring. It shares the platform as well as a powertrain with its siblings like the Lamborghini Urus, Bentley Bentayega, and the Porsche Cayenne.
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