Audi Malaysia adds the RS Q8 to its model lineup

PHS Automotive Malaysia (PHSAM) recently introduced the all-powerful, super-SUV Audi RS Q8 to its model offering. The first ever full-size Audi SUV to bear the RS badge, the RS Q8 pushes the boundaries of performance in its class.

Boasting exceptional intelligence and ingenuity, the RS Q8 incorporates advanced Audi features and combines them with outstanding flexibility and maximum everyday usability to redefine the traditional performance car genre. The impressive technical specification includes highlights such as RS-specific adaptive air suspension, all-wheel steering, sport differential and active roll stabilisation.

Maximum power and high efficiency: the engine
Drawing on 600PS and 800 Nm of torque between 2,200 and 4,500 rpm, the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 TFSI accelerates the RS Q8 to 100km/h from rest in just 3.8 seconds – figures that put it on a par with some of the most focused sports cars. It can achieve a top speed of 305km/h.

Its 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8 ignition sequence also guarantees a voluminous sound further enhanced by the RS sport exhaust system with black oval tailpipes. The engine sound can be modified via the Audi drive select system.

The power of the V8 TFSI flows to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via the standard eight-speed tiptronic, and wheel-selective torque control perfects the safe and agile handling of the RS Q8. During dynamic cornering, the quattro sport differential distributes drive torque between the rear wheels as required. This active torque vectoring improves traction, stability and dynamics.

Ready for anything: the drive
The RS-specific adaptive air suspension sport with controlled damping means the RS Q8 is equally at home on the road, track or an offroad trail. Its RS-specific damper tuning allows for a particularly broad spread between a setup biased toward comfort and an extremely sporty setup. Body roll during fast cornering is minimised, thanks to the electromechanical active roll stabilisation (EAWS) system.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system allows the driver to control engine and transmission management, steering boost, the air suspension, all-wheel steering, engine sound and the characteristic of the automatic air conditioning. Eight profiles are available: comfort, auto, dynamic, efficiency, allroad, offroad, and the individually configurable RS-specific modes RS1 and RS2, directly accessible via the “RS-MODE” button on the steering wheel.

The RS Q8 comes standard with 23-inch aluminium wheels in a 5 Y-spoke rotor design. Behind the large wheels is an RS brake system with internally vented composite discs (420 mm) up front, 370 mm at the rear, with ceramic brakes in red as standard.

Self-confident: the exterior
With its imposing octagonal Singleframe, the RS-specific radiator in carbon and honeycomb grille in high gloss black, the RS Q8 sports a strikingly self-confident face.

The sloping roofline flows into the forward-canted D-pillars and rests against the quattro blisters above the wheel arches. RS-specific trim strips in the body colour widen the body by 10 mm up front and 5 mm in the rear, providing space for the more generous track. An RS roof edge spoiler provides a striking finish at the top and provides downforce on the rear axle for even balance at high speeds. Black Audi rings and RS logos at the front and rear complete the imposing design.

The tinted RS HD Matrix LED headlights come with three-dimensional daytime running lights signature with a digital character, similar to the LED tail lights. A light strip backed by a high-gloss black surface joins the rear lights, further emphasizing the wide stance. The RS Matrix LED headlights and the rear lights include dynamic turn signals and are showcased by an expressive RS-specific animation when the car is locked or unlocked.

Spacious sportiness: the interior
The interior of the RS Q8 features a deliberately clean design, while a slim instrument panel and strongly horizontal line design convey a feeling of spaciousness. The central element in the cockpit is the top MMI touch response display.

Special RS displays in the Audi virtual cockpit and MMI display provide information on tyre pressure, torque, output, temperature, lap times and g-forces. The head-up display also offers several RS-specific graphics.

The RS sports seats come in perforated Valcona leather with honeycomb stitching with ventilation and massage function, while other RS interior elements include grey contrasting stitching on the knee pads, steering wheel rim, floor mats, and the edges of the seat belts. Completing the look are strategically placed RS logos on the steering wheel and illuminated front door sill trim. Fine Nappa leather wraps the SUV’s selector lever knob and door armrest.
The RS Q8 also demonstrates its uncompromised everyday usability in the rear. With the seat backrests folded, the luggage compartment under the power rear hatch holds up to 1,755 litres.
Connected for safety 
The comprehensive range of assist systems in the RS Q8 include adaptive cruise assist, efficiency assist, intersection assist, lane change warning and 360-degree cameras.

The Audi RS Q8 is available in a choice of nine colours: one solid paint finish and eight metallic or pearl effect shades, with carbon exterior mirror housing, and eleven Audi Exclusive colours.

The Audi RS Q8 retails from RM1,699,990 and is offered with 3 years free maintenance, 5 years unlimited mileage warranty and 5 years roadside assistance. Bookings can be made at all Audi Centres at Setia Alam, Glenmarie and Juru.

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