Under new distributors PHS Automotive, Audi’s top-dog super SUV has now entered the Malaysian market with a starting price of RM1.7 million (RM1,699,990). The RS Q8, for context, is basically a Lamborghini Urus without the Italian badge and ornamentation.
For even more context, this sits above the regular Audi Q8 (non-RS) that made its local debut just a few months ago at RM867k. The RS Q8 is also roughly RM600k dearer than the RS 7 Sportback, the previous car to top Audi’s price list in Malaysia.
Audi RS Q8 launched in Malaysia
It’s hard to say how its price compares exactly to the Urus as its estimated retail sticker of RM 1 million at the time of its local launch was lacking any taxes, options, or on-road costs. With the Audi, at least, a lot more of those factors are accounted for.
As the RS Q8 is the template from which the Urus was traced, it does share a very similar look and identical footprint on the road. Of course, you get the Audi styling (which some prefer) with the huge Singleframe grille up front. The units pictured here wear a very stand-out colour called Java Green for fans of Kermit the Frog, a look that’s perhaps more fitting of something from Sant’Agata than Ingolstadt.
Audi RS Q8 powertrain
Like the Lambo, we find a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 up front with 600PS at 6,000rpm and 800Nm between 2,200 – 4,500rpm mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission for a 0-100km/h sprint time of 3.8 seconds with Audi’s quattro permanent AWD system always varying the power/torque split. Top speed is 305km/h.
There’s some mild hybrid stuff at play here too to help the thirsty V8 conserve some fuel. A 48-volt starter generator aids low-speed acceleration and engine-less coasting while brake regeneration helps recycle some otherwise lost energy. Not only that, Audi has given the engine cylinder deactivation to operate as a 4-pot in low-load situations such as highway cruising.
Like its super-SUV peers, the RS Q8 also gains adaptive air suspension and rear-wheel steering to make up for its size and bulk, which is possibly even necessary to ensure the judders from the thin 35 profile Pirelli P Zero tyres on 23-inch wheels aren’t felt in the cabin.
Audi RS Q8 specifications
Speaking of which, the interior is perhaps the most obvious area where the Audi and Lambo diverge as the former takes a very clean and minimal approach to controls and switchgear. There are trim and accents specific to Audi Sport such as the Alcantara and exposed carbon weave, but nothing overt or jarring.
Most of the RS Q8’s functions are accessed via a pair of touchscreens along the centre stack, coupled to Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, all with RS graphics thrown in for good measure.
Other standard equipment highlights massaging front seats in premium perforated Valcona leather, HD Matrix LED headlamps, RS ceramic brakes, a panoramic glass sunroof, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, and a complement of active safety features under Audi Pre-Sense that includes AEB, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Probably the best part of it all is the after-sales and support package. The fact that the RS Q8 still comes with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty, 3-years free maintenance, and 5-years roadside assistance is something you definitely can’t say about its rivals in Malaysia.