Germany's Manhart Performance is customizing an extremely limited number of Audi RS Q8s with more aggressive aesthetics, better performance, and enhanced engine sound.
Straight from the factory, the top-tier "Racing Sport" variant of the range-topping luxury SUV produces 591 horsepower and hits 60 mph in a blistering 3.7 seconds on its way to an electronically limited 155 mph, Motor 1 notes.
Manhart first addresses the power by upgrading the eight-speed automatic transmission, equipping the four-liter V8 with a larger pair of turbos and adjusting the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to produce and handle 900 horsepower. Updated acceleration and top speed specs weren't disclosed, but we'd expect at least a half-second dip in its 60-mph time and a vastly improved max speed, assuming the cap was removed.
An extensive exhaust rebuild includes a new stainless steel rear silencer, downpipe and middle silencer, all of which help to tame the aspirated V8's louder growl. A custom carbon body kit lowers the suspension by 30mm and adds a new hood, front spoiler, diffuser, side skirts and a downforce-increasing front spoiler lip to further improve aerodynamics.
Wheel arch extensions accommodate stunningly large 23-inch, gold accented Concave One aluminum rims, which are available in matte black or gunmetal gray diamond.
The interior can be finished in black with gold accents (pictured) that are color-matched to exterior finish, or black with red accents for racier feel. Limited to 10 examples, the Manhart's custom Audi RS Q8 is priced at just over $300,000. For comparison's sake, the stock car starts at $113,000.