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2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Audi RS Q8

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$124,912 — $158,807 NEW and USED
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5 Seats
15 MPG
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2020 Audi RS Q8 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Jennifer Geiger

Competes with: BMW X6 M, Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes-AMG GLE53

Looks like: The most badass SUV in your school’s drop-off lane

Powertrain: A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 591 horsepower and 590 pounds-feet of torque; all-wheel drive; eight-speed automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: 2020

For years, Audi’s given plenty of coupes and sedans the RS treatment — amping the models with go-fast looks and the goods to back them up. Now for something a little different: At the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the automaker just unveiled an RS version of its new-for-2019 Q8 SUV — the first time Audi has given an SUV the RS treatment in the U.S.

Related: More 2019 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

Exterior

With its sleek profile and fastback roofline, the Q8 has already earned a lot of style points, but the RS version builds on its already athletic design with extras like an RS-specific octagonal grille, gloss-black front air inlets and matte-aluminum exterior trim pieces. In back, it wears an RS roof-edge spoiler, which Audi says is not just cosmetic; it also provides downforce on the rear axle for improved balance at high speeds.

Interior

Inside, the five-seat SUV is dressed in black with red accents and wears plenty of badges. It has RS-specific seats and features extra RS displays in the Audi Virtual Cockpit and MMI screens that display information like output, G-forces, lap times, temperature, torque and tire pressure. A head-up display is optional and features several RS-specific gr...

Competes with: BMW X6 M, Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes-AMG GLE53

Looks like: The most badass SUV in your school’s drop-off lane

Powertrain: A twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 591 horsepower and 590 pounds-feet of torque; all-wheel drive; eight-speed automatic transmission

Hits dealerships: 2020

For years, Audi’s given plenty of coupes and sedans the RS treatment — amping the models with go-fast looks and the goods to back them up. Now for something a little different: At the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, the automaker just unveiled an RS version of its new-for-2019 Q8 SUV — the first time Audi has given an SUV the RS treatment in the U.S.

Related: More 2019 L.A. Auto Show Coverage

Exterior

With its sleek profile and fastback roofline, the Q8 has already earned a lot of style points, but the RS version builds on its already athletic design with extras like an RS-specific octagonal grille, gloss-black front air inlets and matte-aluminum exterior trim pieces. In back, it wears an RS roof-edge spoiler, which Audi says is not just cosmetic; it also provides downforce on the rear axle for improved balance at high speeds.

Interior

Inside, the five-seat SUV is dressed in black with red accents and wears plenty of badges. It has RS-specific seats and features extra RS displays in the Audi Virtual Cockpit and MMI screens that display information like output, G-forces, lap times, temperature, torque and tire pressure. A head-up display is optional and features several RS-specific graphics.

Engine and Transmission

Power comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine that makes 591 horsepower and 590 pounds-feet of torque, up from the regular model’s turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6. It pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive is standard, and Audi’s Quattro sport rear differential can distribute torque between the rear wheels as required to enhance traction and improve handling.

The automaker says the RS Q8 sprints from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155.3 mph. It’s the fastest production SUV to lap the Nurburgring racetrack, Audi claims, with an official time of 7 minutes, 42.2 seconds.

Drivers can customize the ride in many ways. An adaptive air suspension and RS-specific damper tuning can alter ride height and comfort levels, and the standard Audi Drive Select system allows drivers to choose between seven different drive mode settings, including  Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Allroad, Offroad and the individually configurable RS-specific modes, RS1 and RS2, which can be activated directly via the “‘RS-Mode” button on the steering wheel.

The 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show opens its doors to the public from Nov. 22 through Dec. 1.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

I loved how it drove and looked

by Yvonne Robinson from Philadelphia Pennsylvania on December 16, 2020

This car met my needs it has everything I want The car was clean Roomie and fast very low mileage I love to travel with a nice clean car Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Audi RS Q8 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Audi RS Q8 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The RS Q8 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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