The Audi RS Q8 is not among the world’s most understated cars as is it is, but ahead of Abt Sportsline’s 125th birthday next year the tuner has revealed a hyper-aggressive upgrade for anyone who thinks a pink dinner suit is too subtle.
The Abt RS Q8-R is a faster, lower, meaner version of Audi’s flagship uber-SUV. Pumped up from 592bhp to 730bhp, with the speed limiter optionally removed, the modified hunk of Wolfsburg beef will hit 196mph and make a hell of a noise in the process. Torque rises from the standard car’s ample 590lb ft to a very healthy 679lb ft. This extra shot of hot sauce means a reduction in 0-62mph time from 3.8 seconds to 3.4.
It gets a new intercooler, a new ECU tune and a barrel-chested stainless steel exhaust system complete with four 102mm tailpipes, guaranteeing fist test compliance. The R represents a performance and status leap even over Abt’s existing 690bhp tune.
It’s impossible to miss the wild new body kit, slung over lowered suspension and vast 23-inch flow-formed alloy wheels wearing 295/35 tyres. Each trim addition is carbonfibre and spans the front skirt and lip, mirror caps, side and wheel arch extensions, vents, rear diffuser and rear spoiler. Lime green paint is a perfect choice for drivers who want to be noticed.
On the inside it’s still about as restrained as a bull that’s been stung by a wasp. There’s a new Abt steering wheel, Abt seats, new console trim and more badges and logos than you can shake an Abt-branded gear lever cover at.
Abt is only planning to make 125 examples as a celebration of its anniversary in 2021. Prices are unconfirmed but will reflect the RS Q8-R’s special status in the range.