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Manhart’s wild Audi RSQ8 has almost 900bhp

German tuner gets a bit crazy with Audi’s flagship performance SUV

Published: 06 May 2020
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As standard, the Audi RSQ8 gets a not-insignificant 592bhp and 590lb ft of torque from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, meaning 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and a limited top speed of around 190mph.

Ask any sane human and they’ll probably tell you that’s plenty fast enough for a luxury SUV that weighs more than the factory it was built in. Ask ABT, though, and they’ll offer you a performance upgrade to reach a total of 690bhp and 649lb ft.

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And then there’s Manhart.

The Wuppertal-based tuner has just announced its take on the bonkers-quick Urus-sibling – the RQ 900. Thanks to gearbox upgrades, bigger turbochargers, a new exhaust and ‘extensive modifications to the engine’, the RQ 900 puts out a whopping 887bhp and 797lb ft of torque.

As you might have noticed from the pictures above, Manhart has also fitted a rather extensive body kit. Apparently the bonnet, front spoiler, diffuser, rear spoiler, side skirts and wheel arch extensions are all made from carbon fibre. Gloriously mad isn’t it? Thankfully the gold interior accents and exterior decals are optional, though.

Elsewhere there’s a 30mm drop in ride height thanks to Manhart’s suspension upgrade, and those wheels are Concave One aluminium jobs. The brakes remain standard, though. Luckily Audi already fits ceramic discs.

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Just 10 RQ 900s will be built, with each one costing (wait for it) €280,000. Ouch.

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