05 AUDI RS Q8

WITH 600 HORSES

BY • GEORG KACHER

JUST LAUNCHED

Plain-clothes Urus at a $170K discount, almost

WITH 600 HORSES roaming the tight V8 corral and a whopping 800Nm of torque rattling its gates, our master stallion parts Tenerife’s herd of rental car ponies as if it had sailed across the Sea of Galilee. Even though the new RS Q8 is all muscle inside, though, it doesn’t strike onlookers as Hulk Hogan’s motorised alter ego.


Our test car is fitted with silver 23-inch wheels, plenty of brightwork, grey brake calipers, a body-colour aero kit and LED matrix headlights embedded in dark housings. Even with a huge Zorro mask and a laser sword to clear the notoriously jammed overtaking lane, the aggro element relayed by the new Audi is far from objectionable.

LIKE: Looks; performance; kind of an RS6 for those who still dare to buy an SUV