Due to Audi’s positioning in the hierarchy of the Volkswagen Group, the RS Q8 is not allowed to fully compete with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, let alone the Lamborghini Urus. That doesn’t make Ingolstadt’s flagship SUV any less desirable, especially if it has a nice spec like it does with this one-off version. It is known as the “1 of 1 Qatar Edition” and we are told that the owner had to wait a year for delivery.
The unique RS Q8 was ordered in a flashy Austin yellow color scheme, an expensive Audi Exclusive paintwork complemented inside with an identical shade for the contrast stitching, which is also part of the upgrades available in the Audi Exclusive catalog. Our friend Auditography spent some quality time with the special SUV in Doha, Qatar and learned that it has several other extras.
Audi Sport’s premium SUV has already received an ECU tuning for the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 courtesy of ABT Sportsline. Not only that, but the RS Q8 now also has a custom Akrapovic exhaust system delivering a raucous soundtrack that you would typically expect from a proper supercar rather than a big, heavy SUV.
With the mods in place, the engine now produces 740 horsepower (551 kilowatts) and 679 pound-feet (920 Newton-meters) of torque. Just send the Audi RS Q8 to 62 mph (100 km / h) in about three seconds before it hits 205 mph (330 km / h). Considering the performance and design, you could argue that it now has what it takes to weaken even the most die-hard anti-SUVs.
Getting behind the wheel of such a top-of-the-line RS Q8 certainly doesn’t come cheap, especially since the base version already starts at $ 115,400 in the US. An Audi Exclusive paint alone costs $ 4,800 more, while those 23-inch wheels with a 5-spoke Y rotor will set you back $ 3,250 more. Considering the Black Optic package ($ 3,250) and ceramic brakes ($ 8,500), this is an expensive SUV, and that’s before the Audi Exclusive interior upgrades.
As exorbitant as the price tag may be, let’s remember that the mechanically linked Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT starts at $ 182,150 while the Lamborghini Urus costs well over $ 200,000 before ticking the boxes on the options list.