BHS Automotive Malaysia, the official distributor of Audi cars in Malaysia, has added the Audi RS Q8 to its portfolio. Pricing for the first full-size Audi SUV to wear the RS badge starts at RM1,699,990 and is offered with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five years of roadside assistance and three years of free maintenance. The standard Q8 S-Line was reintroduced in July of this year and is about half the price at RM867k.
Under the hood of the RS Q8 is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that delivers 600 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 800 Nm of torque between 2200 and 4500 rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is completed in 3.8 seconds – making it the first Audi SUV to break the four-second barrier – with a top speed of 305 km/h. For some perspective, the RS Q8’s cousin, the Lamborghini Urus, is a little faster from 0-100 km/h at 3.6 seconds.
The V8 is powered by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that features an alternator belt attached to the crankshaft. Up to 12 kW of power can be recovered from deceleration and braking, and is stored in a built-in lithium-ion battery. The system enables up to 40 seconds of sprinting with the engine off, saving up to 0.8 l/100 km.
If you’ve wanted a twin-turbo V8 RS Q8 but also somehow worried about emissions and consumption numbers, you’ll be happy to know that the engine features Audi on Demand (COD). At lower speeds, cylinders 2, 3, 5 and 8 are closed to improve fuel efficiency. The cylinders are reactivated when the driver depresses the accelerator pedal.
The V8 is acoustically enhanced by the RS sport exhaust, and it’s paired with an eight-speed automatic to drive all four wheels via Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. The locking center differential sends power primarily to the rear wheels (40:60). If slippage is detected, up to 70% of its force can be sent to the front wheels.
A quattro sport differential with Active Torque Vectoring splits power between the rear wheels, while Active Roll Control helps reduce body roll when cornering at high speeds. The RS Q8 is equipped with adaptive air suspension that reduces ride height by 90 mm compared to the standard Q8, and all-wheel steering is standard.
As you can tell, the RS Q8 doesn’t look like the standard Q8. It wears more aggressive front and rear fenders, a single-frame front grille with RS-specific honeycomb inserts, larger ports, a rear diffuser and a set of massive 23-inch Y-shaped wheels. The wheels are wrapped in 295/35 Pirelli P Zero tires—the largest Absolutely for an Audi production car.
Behind them are red 10-pot calipers with 420 mm (front) and 370 mm (rear) carbon-ceramic discs. Aside from the Matrix LED tinted headlights, the RS Q8 also comes with an RS rear spoiler. The Matrix LED headlights come with sequential turn signals, and they match the Project RS’s animation of locking and unlocking.
The unique body cladding expands the body by 10 mm in the front and 5 mm in the rear. The Audi RS Q8 is available in nine colors, including the cool green metallic you see here and 11 exclusive Audi colors.
Moving inside, the RS Q8 is fitted with RS screens in the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI touch infotainment display, a head-up display also with RS graphics, and RS sport seats in Valcona leather. Drivers can monitor factors such as tire pressure, lap times, and G-forces on the virtual cockpit, with a built-in gearshift indicator.
Eight driving modes are available including Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Efficiency and Off-road, and two individually configurable RS modes – RS1 and RS2. Switching through Audi drive select driving modes allows drivers to control engine response, transmission, air suspension and steering settings for all wheels while also changing the exhaust sound.
The seats come with ventilation and massage functions, while other RS influences include gray contrast stitching on the knee pads, steering wheel, floor mats, shift knob and nappa leather seat belts.
Nappa leather has also been placed on the door armrests, while Alcantara is glued across the headliner. Notable onboard features include a panoramic sunroof, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, electric rear window awnings, and 12-way power front seats with lumbar support and a driver memory function.
For safety and driver assistance, the RS Q8 offers eight airbags, adaptive cruise control, lane change warning, lane departure warning, junction assist, forward cross-traffic assist and a 360-degree surround display.