Earlier in 2020, ABT Sportsline revealed a 515 kW tuned Audi RS Q8. It does, however, seem rival German firm Manhart Performance thought Ingolstadt’s halo SUV had more to offer, now unveiling the RQ 900. And yes, that figure indicates horsepower.

As standard, the Audi RS Q8’s V8 produces a healthy 441 kW and 800 N.m of torque, matching the outputs of the latest RS6 Avant. However, thanks to some tweaks to the engine and ECU, and the addition of uprated turbos, Manhart was able to extract an additional 230 kW and 280 N.m from the RS Q8’s engine. The RQ 900 sends a whopping 671 kW and 1 080 N.m to all four corners via a (now upgraded) eight-speed transmission.

The Wuppertal-based tuner has, however, yet to reveal how much these modifications have influenced the Audi’s stock performance figures. The Ingolstadt-based automaker claims the apex RS-badged SUV is capable of sprinting to 100 km/h from standstill in 3,8 seconds, with the speedometer indicating 200 km/h 9,9 seconds later. As is the custom, top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. However, specify the dynamic package and the SUV tops out at 305 km/h.

With Manhart's version, a revised suspension setup lowers ground clearance by 30 mm. Improved aerodynamics, the company says, comes courtesy of a carbon-fibre body kit, which also lends the RQ 900 added “visual appeal”. The bonnet, front spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser have been redesigned, while 23-inch alloy wheels are housed in extended wheel arches. Adding drama to its menacing exterior kit, an in-house developed downpipe has been through in.

The RQ 900 seen here sports Manhart’s traditional gold-coloured exterior decals and interior accents. Personalised hues can be specified.  

So, how much does this 671 kW coupé-styled SUV cost? Limited to only 10 units, the RQ 900 will set you back “around” €280 000. At the current exchange rate, that amounts to about R5,7-million...