The Audi RS Q8 has yet to officially launch, but it’s already living up to its bonkers fast RS name. As of today, it’s the fastest production SUV to ever lap the infamous Nurburgring Nordschleife, laying down the same time as a Lamborghini Murcielago SuperVeloce.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Audi’s new mega SUV just laid down a 7 minute, 42.253 second lap time. That beats the smaller Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S by over 7 seconds. The Nurburgring’s official YouTube channel published a video of driver Frank Stippler’s run, which you can watch below. It just looks stupid fast, and also a bit scary when you consider that’s two-and-a-bit tons of SUV flying around the track.
Mind you, Audi has not published the official curb weight of the Audi RS Q8 yet. However, the standard Q8 tips the scales at 5,000 pounds and this should be heavier still. That comes down to its powertrain, which is reportedly a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 shared with the RS6 and RS7. It’s a mild-hybrid system that should produce around 591 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That powertrain in the Urus makes 641 horsepower and 626 lb-ft, so we’d expect the RS Q8 to be a bit less powerful than that.
Nonetheless, we now know that Audi’s fastest flagship crossover is crazy fast. It’s no bad thing that it sounds pretty awesome too, so we’re looking forward to seeing it in the near future.