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2025 Audi RS Q8 Performance with 631 HP Encroaches on the Lamborghini Urus

Along with 40 extra ponies, the new top-spec RS Q8 has standard carbon-ceramic brakes and optional 23-inch forged wheels.

BY ERIC STAFFORDPUBLISHED: JUN 25, 2024

  • The 2025 Audi RS Q8 receives a refresh that brings a new top-tier Performance model with 631 horsepower, which encroaches on the 657-hp nonhybrid Lamborghini Urus.
  • Along with 40 extra horsepower, the new RS Q8 Performance has a specially tuned air suspension, standard carbon-ceramic brakes, and optional 23-inch forged wheels.
  • While today's news only covers the European version, we expect U.S. details such as pricing to be announced in the coming months.

The Audi RS Q8 and Lamborghini Urus have always shared a twin-turbo V-8, but the Italian-badged SUV has maintained a sizable power advantage—until now, at least. For 2025, the RS Q8 receives more than a mild makeover, it also introduces a new top-of-the-line Performance model that packs 631 horsepower, which is 40 more than the regular RS Q8 and now just 26 fewer than the 657-hp nonhybrid Urus. Of course, the new plug-in-hybrid Urus with 789 horsepower maintains the status quo.

 

Meet the Audi RS Q8 Performance

The 2025 Audi RS Q8 still comes standard with Quattro all-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. That engine continues to make 591 horses and 590 pound-feet of torque on the regular RS Q8. Upgrading to the Performance model nets a new exhaust system that Audi says is lighter, louder, and reduces back pressure, which in turn increases peak output to 631 ponies and 627 pound-feet. An even more intense soundtrack is accessible with the optional RS sport exhaust.