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The 2020 RS Q8 is the sportiest SUV Audi has ever brought to the U.S.

The sportiest SUV Audi has ever brought to the U.S. is almost here.

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It's sporty and athletic and just what the world needs to make driving a luxury SUV a less mundane experience, without reaching in to Lamborghini Urus price tag territory. Meet the 2020 Audi RS Q8, the first RS SUV the German automaker is selling in the U.S.

The body of the RS Q8 remains mostly unchanged from the more traditional Q8 models. It does have an octagonal Singleframe grille and the RS-specific honeycomb design, as well as black front air inlets. At the back are an RS roof-edge spoiler and RS-specific rear bumpers with alu-optic diffuser trim.

2020 Audi RS Q8 The model is built ready for the road and track.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Additional standard equipment includes HD Matrix-design LED headlights; LED headlights, daytime running lights, and taillights; rear dynamic turn indicators, and 22-inch 10-spoke star design wheels with summer tires. The available Black Optic package adds black exterior accents, black rings and badges and 23-inch 5-Y-spoke rotor design wheels in anthracite with summer tires.

Audi builds on the Black Optic package with the available Carbon Optic package that adds carbon to the exterior side mirrors, front spoiler and rear bumper inlay and mask surrounding the Singleframe grille.

The car has a bi-turbo 4.0-liter V8 under its hood that delivers 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and has a top track speed of 155 mph with its standard equipment. When RS ceramic brakes are added, that number reaches 190.

Up to 70 percent can be directed to the front wheels and up to 85 percent to the rear wheels.

2020 Audi RS Q8 Audi has given the car two available exterior packages that increase the car's dark features.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Uniquely, the car has a 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8 ignition sequence that gives the car a robust sound. It has a dual exhaust system with an oval tailpipe one each side. Opting for the RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipe trims gets the buyer an even sportier sound.

A host of equipment make the model more dynamic than the Q8. It has a standard adaptive air suspension and active roll stabilization.

The car is offered with seven different drive modes: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Allroad, Offroad, RS1, and RS2. The Audi drive select setting influences the engine and transmission management, power steering, the air suspension, all-wheel steering and engine sound.

The interior of the car is mostly unchanged from the Q8 with minimalist yet technology-forward design leading the way. Every RS Q8 comes standard with ventilated RS sport Valcona leather seats with "RS" honeycomb stitching. The perforated, heated RS sport leather steering wheel features new large RS aluminum shift paddles on either side of the wheel.

2020 Audi RS Q8 The sporty sloped roof and low profile make this SUV looks sleek.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

An available Luxury package adds an Alcantara headliner, fine Nappa leather accents on the center console, armrests and instrument panel, power rear window sunshades.

The standard audio system is a Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System with 17 speakers and 16-channel amplifier. The available Bang & Olufsen 3D Advanced Sound System delivers nearly true-to-life surround sound through 23 speakers.

The 2020 Audi RS Q8 has a starting MSRP of $113,000 and an additional $995 destination charge.

Audi has detailed their four vehicle platforms that provide the foundation to the company's electrified future.

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Audi has committed to having 30 electrified models for sale by 2025, with 20 of those being full electric. The company's promise falls into line with those of its parent company, Volkswagen, and the stated goals of all of the Volkswagen brands.

The German automaker already offers five premium electrified models for sale in the U.S. The Audi Q5 TFSI e, A7 TFSI e, and A8 TFSI e are all plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). The Audi E-Tron SUV and Sportback.

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Next up are the Audi Q4 E-Tron SUV and E-Tron GT performance sedan. These two models have already been shown in concept form.

Globally, Audi anticipates it will reach production of approximately 800,000 electrified vehicles per year by 2025.

Audi's upcoming all-electric vehicles will feature four different architectures. The company says that these models balance performance, efficiency, practicality, and the engineering and craftsmanship buyers have come to expect from the German automaker.

Audi E-Tron 55 Quattro Platform Photo courtesy of Audi AG

MLB Evo Platform

The Audi E-Tron SUV has a wheelbase of 114.3 inches putting it between the Audi Q5 and Q7 in the automaker's lineup. It has a battery pack that stores up to 05 kWh of energy and can recover 30 percent of the energy used during driving via regenerative braking.

The E-Tron platform houses two asynchronous electric motors that produce 402 horsepower in Boost mode. A more powerful, three-motor variant (possibly for an E-Tron S or RS-type model) is under development.

It has a power electronics module that is able to read sensor data 10,000 times per second and output those values allowing the motors to assist with traction depending on road conditions. This all-wheel drive system can redistribute torque to wheels with traction during a slippage situation in just 30 milliseconds.

The models can charge using Level 1, 2, and 3 current, achieving an approximately 80 percent charge in 30 minutes at a 150 kW high-speed public charger.

This platform is manufactured in a CO2-neutral plant in Brussels, Belgium. That factory has a rooftop solar array that is large enough to charge approximately 30,000 E-Tron SUVs.

Audi E-Tron S Sportback Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The new E-Tron Sportback will join the Audi lineup later this year and feature a sloped roofline giving the SUV a sportier appearance than can be found in the E-Tron SUV.

J1 Platform

The recently revealed Audi E-Tron GT concept performance sedan shows how Audi envisions their sports-centric car lineup evolving in an electric era. The model features engineering with the Porsche brand, which developed the J1 architecture, the platform that underpins the Porsche Panamera.

Audi has designed the E-Tron GT concept to feature two permanently excited synchronous motors that deliver 582 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. The motors have permanent magnets in them and a natural internal magnet field. In this type of motor, the rotor moves in coordination with the magnetic field of the stator (the stationary part of the motor in which the rotor rotates). This puts the "permanently excited" in its name.

Audi reports that the electric system inside the E-Tron GT concept runs at 800 volts. Typical systems run at 400 volts. The increased amount is possible because of the car's energy management and cooling systems.

Retail-ready stats for the car aren't available yet, but the concept car is estimated in to reach 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and 124 mph in just over 12 seconds. Like other E-Tron models, it was fashioned with all-wheel drive with dynamic torque management.

The E-Tron GT is able to charge to 80 percent of its battery capacity in 20 minutes at a Level 3 DC fast charger.

Audi Q4 E-tron Concept Photo courtesy of Audi AG

MEB Platform

The Audi Q4 E-Tron concept was deigned to deliver affordability alongside technical sophistication. This model utilizes the company's MEB platform, which anchors other Volkswagen family vehicles. Using the same platform across multiple vehicle offerings allows automakers to keep costs down, allowing vehicles to be more affordable for buyers.

The MEB platform is able to accommodate a variety of electric motors and lithium-ion batteries. It offers a wheelbase and battery storage design that allows for the maximization of passenger space. According to Audi, "The Q4 e-tron is expected to be the first Audi model based on the MEB platform, with exterior dimensions comparable to those of the Q3 but with the interior dimensions of a significantly larger vehicle. The architecture also offers new design opportunities and offers different performance levels and powertrain configurations."

A variety of motor and power configurations are allowed for in this platform. The electrical architecture allows for 800 volts of power, what the J1 delivers.

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PPE Platform

Co-developed with Porsche, the PPE architecture is a high-tech, scalable platform that allows for low- and high-floor vehicles that are medium-size and up and is designed to be offered in vehicles for the global market.

A number of powertrain and battery options will be available. Standard packaging will allow for one electric motor in the rear; the higher-range models will be equipped with a second electric motor at the front axle that can activate all-wheel drive functionality when needed.

Despite all this engineering and development, the question remains, "Do people want to buy electric vehicles?" A recent Ford Trends report revealed that one-third of those surveyed globally had no interest in owning one.

New Audi backgrounds add some fun to your work from home situation.

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While we're all busy learning more about each other's work from home (WFH) situation, we've also found that not everyone has a clean, neat, and organized backdrop to show off during their Zoom, Snapchat, Microsoft Teams, and Skype conferences. Enter: Audi.

Today Audi launched a series of curated images that can serve as a virtual backdrop during your virtual meeting. To start, Audi has made three images available. They will be uploading images weekly, here.

You can right-click (or press and hold, depending on the device) below to save the images to your phone, tablet, or computer to use.

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Audi background zoom skype microsoft teams snapchat

Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Audi background zoom skype microsoft teams snapchat

Photo courtesy of Audi AG