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What should I be paying?

Available in three trims, the RSQ8 starts from £109,085 as your starting point, the mid-range RSQ8 Carbon Black from £119,585, and range topping Vorsprung from to £126,885.

On lease, you’re looking at £1,255, £1,460 and £1,600 respectively, on a four-year agreement with a £25k down payment, through Audi’s own finance scheme.

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To put that into perspective, at the time of writing (and bearing in mind chipageddon means some less profitable lower level trim levels are currently unavailable) the BMW X6M starts from £87,085, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe from £115,100, the Lamborghini Urus from £175,000, the Mercedes-AMG G63 from £174,425, and the Aston Martin DBX 707 from £190,000.

What's the kit like?

As standard, you get RS-specific adaptive air suspension, all-wheel steering, quattro sport differential and electromechanical active roll stabilisation. Fancy.

Base spec RSQ8s get 22-inch aluminium 10-spoke wheels as standard, Carbon Black editions get 23-inch five-spoke wheels in gloss black, and Vorsprung editions the same 23-inchers in anthracite black with diamond finish.

You’ve nine different colour options to choose from, while blacked-out four-ring badges, radiator grille, wing mirrors, diffuser and rear light strip on Carbon Black and Vorsprung models give it a meaner, aftermarket look.

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Inside, Carbon Black and Vorsprung specifications get the RS design package, including red or grey contrasting stitching on the steering wheel rim, floor mats, gear selector lever and seat belts. The headlining, centre console, gear selector and steering wheel are additionally Alcantara wrapped.

What's the best spec?

We’d be tempted to go for the base spec RSQ8, with the blacked-out bits a little too aggressive for our liking. Of course, that’s an entirely subjective view, but it does seem that you get most of the goodies of the other two, for significantly less.

Any cash you’ve saved can then be spent on additional luxuries, such as the head-up display and massaging seats. Or, indeed, a different weekend toy entirely.

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