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The hi-performance of the new coupe crossover is here and it looks very capable. Moreover, we can already say that this is one of the fastest crossovers on the market, given the Nurburgring result. Still, the numbers don’t even matter in this case, as we are talking about state-of-art design, which brings all kinds of the advanced technologies approachable to a much wider range of buyers, considering that the 2021 Audi RS Q8 will be almost two times cheaper than Lamborghini Urus, which shares a lot of things with the four-ring performer.
Of course, the engine isn’t the only upgrade on this model. There is a completely new suspension setup, as well as new brakes and many other chassis upgrades. Of course, you may count on some pretty exclusive styling details, which clearly accentuate the model’s performance character. The same can be said for the interior design, which also comes with loads of new features.
2021 Audi RS Q8 Engine
When it comes to 2021 Audi RS Q8 specs, we should start with the engine, of course. As you may presume, we are talking about VW’s well-known 4.0-liter V8, which comes coupled with twin turbochargers for this occasion. The total output goes up to 590 horsepower, which is only 50 horses less than Urus. Still, we are pretty sure that just a small number of drivers will notice the difference. After all, the estimated 0-60 time goes around 3.5 seconds, which is really impressive.
The engine also comes with a mild hybrid system, which boosts torque and also has a highly positive effect on fuel economy. Moreover, you may also count on the cylinder deactivation system, which works under 100 mpg. All in all, this crossover is capable of returning around 20 miles per gallon in a combined ride, which sounds impressive for this amount of power.
Of course, the engine isn’t the only big upgrade on this model. There are many more mechanical things we should mention, starting from a new suspension setup. While the company keeps details as secret, our test drivers have noticed a quite different ride quality compared to the Urus. Of course, there are some similarities with the rest of Audi’s RS lineup, which means you may count on a pretty refined daily ride as well. Besides the new suspension, there are also new brakes, as well as some other chassis upgrades.
While we don’t know the exact details about the suspension, we know it is an adjustable air suspension, which offers several drive modes and adjustability in a range of 3.5 inches. That sounds quite nice, while we should also mention the excellent all-wheel-drive system that normally splits power 40/60 front-to-rear, but can swing it anywhere between 70/30 and 20/80.
As you may presume, there are numerous styling upgrades as well. One of the first things you’ll probably notice is a new grille, with a new mesh pattern, which gives that aggressive stance to the new RS Q80. Of course, lots of parts have been blacked, while huge wheels clearly indicate that the track is the natural environment of this SUV. Speaking of the wheels, you can even get optional 23-inch units, with low-profile tires. Behind these aggressive rims, you can clearly see huge ceramic carbon brakes, which doesn’t just look great, but also has a huge impact on weight reduction.
Another standard part of this model is four-wheel steering, which has a high impact on handling as well. No matter if you want more or less equipped version of this performer, you will get things like roll stabilization, sport differential, all-wheel steering, RS air suspension and a panoramic sunroof as standard features anyway.
Of course, lots of exclusive interior features are here too. One of the things that come to mind first is the addition of exclusive trimming, while we can also talk about sport seats, with integrated headrests and excellent side support. Also, you can choose different types of leather upholstery. Naturally, there are also all kinds of tech goodies, starting from the company’s latest version of the excellent digital instrument cluster, known as Virtual Cockpit. Another interesting feature we should mention is 23-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.
2021 Audi RS Q8 Release Date and Price
This hi-performance crossover is about to hit the market this summer. It will come to Europe first, where the price tag should go around 130.000 Euro. On the other side, the 2021 Audi RS Q8 price in North America will be a little bit more affordable, as base models will go around 113.000 dollars. When it comes to competition, the key rivals will be models like BMW X6M and Mercedes-AMG GLE 63.