Manhart laid its hands on the Audi RS Q8 and tuned it to an earth-shattering 887 hp!
Audi’s in-house tuners recently diversified its offerings to include the RS Q8. Originally, the super-SUV puts out 600 hp and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque from its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and uses a Quattro 4-wheel drive system, allowing it to sprint to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. Depending on the customer’s preferences, Audi can raise the top speed from the electronically limited 155 mph (250 km/h) to 189 mph (305 km/h).
While the stock-car specs are certainly remarkable, the engineers at Manhart decided that wasn’t enough. Consequently, they worked their magic and tuned the engine to 887 hp and 1080 Nm (796 lb-ft) of torque. Manhart achieved such a feat by employing larger turbochargers and making significant upgrades to the engine internals.
Moreover, the company offers a completely-new exhaust system, replacing the oval exhaust tips with a sinister quad-pipe setup. However, the exhaust system comes with a caveat: only the rear silencer has a TÜV approval in Germany. Thus, the mid-pipes and downpipes are only available for exports.
Manhart also upgraded the 8-speed automatic transmission to handle the additional horsepower and tinkered with the suspension, effectively lowering the ride height by 30 mm.
Manhart’s latest creation, dubbed RQ 900, also comes with a mean wide body kit with gold stripes on the sides and bonnet. Also, they used carbon fiber for the hood, front spoiler lip, roof edge spoiler, side skirts, wheel arch extensions, and rear diffuser.
The RQ 900 is also fitted with 23-inch Manhart Concave One wheels, offered in two exclusive color options – Satin black and Gunmetal grey diamond.
Meanwhile, the cabin has all the gizmos and extravagance one can think of, including Nappa leather extending to the floor mats.
The stock SUV is not what one would consider a sweet deal at $113,000. However, Manhart has priced the RQ 900 at a jaw-dropping €280,000, with only ten models available to the general public. Exclusivity comes at a price after all.
More details on Manhart’s website.