You’d need a large dose of the brave pill to drive any car at over 300 km/h (186 mph) on public roads, let alone an SUV, though this here is not your run-of-the-mill high-rider, but the Nurburgring record holder for the category, the Audi RS Q8.
There are only a few places left in the world where your average motorist can drive at dizzying speeds without breaking the law, and this RS Q8 was set loose on a certain German highway that doesn’t know what speed limits are. So, how fast can it go? Up to 305 km/h (190 mph) when fitted with the optional Dynamic package, or 250 km/h (155 mph) without it.
Propelling it from rest to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.8 and from 0-200 km/h (0-124 mph) in 13.7 seconds is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. It features a mild-hybrid system, cylinder deactivation technology and comes matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. As for the actual numbers pumped out at a hard push of the fun pedal, these are 600 PS (591 hp / 441 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.
The white RS Q8 featured on film below was pushed all the way up to 303 km/h (188 mph). That took balls of steel and a lot of patience, as other cars kept pulling into the left lane. The driver eventually managed to take the performance Audi crossover very close to its maximum speed for a few adrenaline-pumping seconds, before he lifted off the throttle.