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ABT Has Souped Up the Audi RS Q8 to Create the ‘World’s Only Racing Utility Vehicle’

Just 96 versions of the car are being made.

ABT's Audi RSQ8 ABT Sportsline

Even the best of the best can still enjoy an upgrade sometimes.

The RS Q8 was already the top model in Audi’s Q series, but ABT Sportsline has now released a Signature Edition of the car, turning the SUV into the world’s only racing utility vehicle, according to the auto-tuning company.

Compared with the standard model, the RS Q8 Signature Edition can really fly. It ups the horsepower from 600 hp to 800 hp, increases torque from 590 ft lbs to 738 ft lbs, and reaches speeds of 62 mph in 3.2 seconds instead of 3.8. The four-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine and all-wheel drive help the vehicle hit its thrilling top speed of almost 196 mph.

Oh, and only 96 models are being produced.

A tire on ABT's Audi RSQ8 Signature Edition

The glossy-black wheels are eye-catching.  ABT Sportsline

The RS Q8 is just the second ABT vehicle to receive the company’s top-class “Signature Edition” designation. Last year, it released the Johann Abt Signature Edition, based on Audi’s RS 6, to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

As with that car, the RS Q8 features an extensive aerodynamic kit with a special surface structure. Its exterior also shines from the get-go., with “Signature Carbon Bold” accents elevating the vehicle’s look and additions such as glossy-black forged wheels with self-leveling hub covers and front-skirt inserts with enlarged air-intake grilles providing even more visual appeal.

The interior might be the most standout aspect of the RS Q8, though. The Carbon Bold design scheme continues inside, particularly on the steering-wheel clasp and decor panels. Alcantara and leather materials give the ride a luxe feel, while diamond stitching on the seats and elsewhere lends some added depth.


The interior of ABT's Audi RSQ8 Signature Edition

A peek inside the RSQ8 Signature Edition  ABT Sportsline

All of these attributes make the RS Q8 an impressive vehicle. But one design element in particular really puts it over the top: a fragment of ABT’s first winner’s trophy, secured by the founder’s grandson on a grass racetrack in Kempten, Germany, more than 60 years ago. Each car’s center console showcases a little bit of that history.

Two collector’s items in one? Not bad.

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