Audi’s Q8 is a mid-size luxury SUV that shares a platform with distinguished company such as the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. It should, being Audi’s flagship SUV product, sitting above the Q7 and offering a sportier value proposition. Competing with the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, and BMW X6, the Q8 is a fine option for those who don’t want a Mercedes-Benz or BMW, but still want the best German quality and luxury. At the top of the pecking order sits the RS Q8 with ample power and performance, which is exactly the spec of this 2021 Audi RS Q8, that bears just 11,200 miles on its odometer. Will you take a chance on it? It’s a chance worth taking!
This 2021 Audi RS Q8 presents itself in a Night Black exterior and is further blackened by the Black Optic Package and black alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires that are, naturally, black. The badges and Audi rings are blacked out as well, and the only significant splashes of color come from the head and tail lamps. Gray ceramic brakes are present behind the wheels. The Towing Package has been specified in case you need to tow something behind your RS Q8. However, the black theme doesn’t continue into the interior, which sports a Cognac with Granite Gray theme, and uses Valcona leather on the seats and surfaces. You’ve got ample packages and tech toys, including the Luxury Package, Executive Package and Driver Assistance Package to name a few. Heated and electrically adjustable driver and passenger seats are present, as is the Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, plus two more screens in the center console, which act as control and display surfaces for the multi-zone climate control, infotainment system and vehicle settings. A Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system does justice to any music played through it, and there are ample charging ports for smart devices. There’s also ample boot space behind the rear seats, making this low-flying missile a true family transportation option as well.
You can drive this 2021 Audi RS Q8 in a docile as a kitten fashion, but properly step on the throttle and the beast within is unleashed, courtesy of the 4.0L twin turbocharged V8 that puts out 592hp and 590lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a capable ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s trademark Quattro all wheel drive system. The beast is capable of doing zero to sixty in 3.8 seconds and slamming into its 155mph limiter, which can be raised to 190mph with the adding of the Dynamic Package. Adaptive air suspension and the aforementioned ceramic brakes ensure that handling and braking are suitably matched to the power under the hood.
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