2020 Audi RS Q8 at Lightning Lap 2022

Lap Time: 3:02.2

Class: LL3 | Base: $123,695 | As Examined: $138,340
Energy and Weight:
591 hp • 5489 lb • 9.3 lb/hp
Continental SportContact 6, 295/35ZR-23 (108Y) AO

Nobody will get enthusiastic about SUVs at Lightning Lap. They’re too heavy, too tall, too massive, too highly effective for their very own good. However there’s actual pleasure in seeing an elephant run free after which attempt to cease, most likely.

On the again of a 591-hp model of the identical twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 discovered within the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus, Audi’s 5489-pound RS Q8, the heaviest car we have ever lapped, charged its approach as much as 144.1 mph on the entrance straight.

2020 audi rs q8

Marc Urbano|Automobile and Driver

Admittedly, it’s thrilling to reel within the vitality of an RS Q8 barreling towards Flip 1. The 17.3-inch carbon-ceramic rotors clamped by 10-piston calipers are the fitting {hardware} for the duty. They’re robust, though the brake pedal sinks deep sufficient to make you wonder if this pachyderm will trample the tire wall. The mass and pace do overwork after which overheat the initially grippy Continental SportContact 6 rubber. However earlier than these spectacular tires get too scorching, they put down a powerful 1.00 g in Flip 1.

When you get used to lapping VIR in what seems like an RS7 transformed to standing-desk peak, there’s nothing threatening in regards to the RS Q8’s dealing with. Curbs are swallowed entire, the steering is truthful, and the understeer is predictable and simple to handle. Executing the proper lap is hard in any automotive, and though we’re chasing only one scorching lap, the course’s 4.1-mile size signifies that it’s obligatory to consider the ever-degrading tires and brake temps. Push even just a little too laborious and you may pay for it later within the lap, when the entrance tires chatter with understeer or the brakes require you to get on them earlier. As a lot as we tried, we could not get the RS Q8 beneath the three:00 mark, however that point remains to be faster than the sit-down RS7 that lapped right here in 2014.

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