AUDI PHILIPPINES has brought in the all-new 2021 Audi RS Q8. The flagship SUV of the Ingolstadt-headquartered automaker has the distinction of being the fastest production SUV to lap the iconic Nürburgring’s North Loop at 7:42.253.

Each high-performance vehicle (be it sedan, coupe, crossover, or SUV) developed by Audi Sport is tested at the proving ground in Germany. Each logs at least 8,000 kilometers of evaluation and development work. Through this, Audi Sport determines how the RS models’ powertrain and suspension components perform under extreme conditions.

Audi Philippines offers the local market the opportunity to experience the capabilities of the all-new, 2021 RS Q8. “The SUV’s numerous technologies and features can even be presented to clients from the comfort of their homes through the Audi Live View. This fully digital luxury experience lets clients engage in real time, via a smartphone, with an Audi product expert who is at an Audi Philippines showroom,” said the company in a release.

The SUV is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged TFSI V8 engine that delivers 600hp and 800Nm of torque between 2,200rpm and 4,500rpm — output that can propel the SUV from standstill to 100kph in just 3.8 seconds, and to 200kph in 13.7 seconds.

The Audi RS Q8 boasts a “distinct voluminous sound coming from a dual exhaust system finished by oval tailpipes.” The sound can be tuned using the Audi drive select system, which also alters handling and dynamic response of the vehicle. Despite the heightened power, the SUV is fuel-efficient owing mild hybrid system that, “in certain conditions, can let the vehicle coast for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off.” Audi’s cylinder-on-demand system also deactivates some of the cylinders when not needed to cut on fuel consumption.

The vehicle is equipped with Audi Sport’s Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system that splits the drive power between the front and rear axles depending on available traction. An eight-speed tiptronic transmission delivers the engine’s power to the Quattro system.

Equipped as standard is the RS adaptive air suspension sport with controlled damping, which can be set up toward dynamic handling even while retaining the model’s inherently comfortable and smooth ride. Boosting the model’s performance are an all-wheel steering system, massive RS ceramic brakes, and RS sport exhaust.

On the outside, the RS Q8 gets a Singleframe, RS-specific radiator grille, side air inlets and other trim pieces; HD Matrix headlamps; wide Quattro blisters above the wheel arches that provide space for the model’s more generous wheel track; the RS roof-edge spoiler and rear skirt with a diffuser clip that provide increased downforce; and 23-inch sport alloy wheels.

Inside are special RS displays and graphics in the Audi virtual cockpit and MMI, including a shift light. RS badges on the sport seats, illuminated door sill trim and flat-bottom leather steering wheel elevate the model. Also included among other luxury features are the air quality package, seats with massage function, a premium Bang & Olufsen audio system, carbon fiber trim, an extended leather package, and soft-closing doors. The vehicle also features a comprehensive range of assist systems.

For more information on the all-new Audi RS Q8, call Audi Centre Greenhills at 0917-806-2946 for, Audi Centre BGC at 0917-935-4111, Audi Centre Westgate Alabang at 0917-813-9064, and Audi Centre Seaside Cebu at 0917-842-3419 for. E-mail sales@audi.ph.