Australian specs and pricing have been announced for the new Audi RSQ8 TFSI quattro ahead of a showroom arrival in October.
Priced from $208,500 plus on-road costs, the RSQ8 is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine with mild-hybrid technology that produces 441kW of power and 800Nm of torque.
An eight-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the quattro all-wheel drive system that can distribute up to 70 per cent of torque to the front wheels and 85 per cent to the rear wheels.
Audi claims the RSQ8 can sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds, and to 200km/h in 13.7 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h, rising to 305km/h with the optional Dynamic Package.
Underneath, the five-link construction at the front and rear axles handle longitudinal and lateral forces separately. The linkages and the subframes are made largely of aluminium.
The standard RS-specific adaptive air suspension sport with controlled damping can be raised by up to 90 millimetres depending on drive mode.
As standard, the steel braking system comprises red 10-piston calipers clamping 420mm front discs, with 370mm at the rear.
Equipment highlights include HD Matrix LED headlights, 23-inch alloy wheels, an electric tailgate, power-assisted door closure, rear privacy glass, a panoramic glass sunroof, metallic paint, and exterior mirrors that are electrically adjustable, heated, folding and auto-dimming with memory and kerb side function on the passenger side.
On the inside, buyers get Valcona leather trim, heated front and rear seats, four-zone climate control, a Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, wireless phone charging, Audi’s virtual cockpit, and the latest MMI touch response infotainment with 10.1-inch (upper) and 8.6-inch (lower) touchscreens.
In terms of safety tech, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise assist with stop & go and traffic jam assist, front and rear parking sensors, active lane assist and side assist with cross-traffic assist, a 360-degree camera system with kerb view, tyre pressure monitoring and a head-up display are all included as standard.
The Audi RSQ8 can be ordered online with customer deliveries set to commence in October.
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