Right. Let’s all agree here and now that the world doesn’t need any more tuned Audi RSQ8s. This has to be the final one.
This is ABT’s second attempt at fettling Audi’s flagship SUV after its first try turned the 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 up to 700hp and 880Nm of torque – an increase of 100hp and 80Nm on the standard car.
Now though, we’re talking 740hp and 920Nm of torque thanks to a new ECU and a new intercooler. Crikey.
Known as the RSQ8-R, it’ll be limited to just 125 examples and will fly on to a top speed of 315km/h. As well as the power upgrade though it’ll come with a stainless-steel exhaust system, 23-inch wheels and a madcap carbonfibre aero package. On a 2.3-tonne SUV.
There’ll be interior upgrades too that include a new steering wheel, a start-stop switch cap and a revised centre console. The price for all this? €68.137,82 including VAT EXCLUDING the base price of a standard RSQ8. Ouch.
STORY Greg Potts