Audi RS Q8 offers refined performance

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Audi has introduced the RS Q8 into North America, offering luxury with high performance.

The RS Q8 is the first RS SUV available in America, and the interior has a slim instrument panel and horizontal lines to make it feel spacious.

The MMI touch response system has a black-panel look, appearing to dissolve into a large, black surface when switched off.

RS displays in the standard virtual cockpit with a 12.3in display has information such as output, g-forces, lap times, drivetrain temperatures and torque and tire pressure.

The shift light display prompts the driver to upshift when the rev limit is reached. The optional head-up display also offers RS-specific graphics.

RS Q8s are equipped with ventilated RS sport Valcona leather seats with RS honeycomb stitching.

The heated RS sport leather steering wheel has RS aluminum shift paddles on either side of the wheel.

The optional Luxury package adds Alcantara headliner, Nappa leather accents on the center console, armrests and instrument panel, and power rear-window sunshades.

A 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System comes as standard, with a 3D Advanced Sound System featuring 23 speakers also being available.

The Audi RS Q8 has a 4.0-liter V8 producing 591bhp, offering 0-60mph times of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 155mph (250km/h) or 190mph (305km/h) when equipped with RS ceramic brakes.

It also holds the record of the fastest production SUV at the Nürburgring, with an official lap time of 7 minutes and 42 seconds.

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