Since the debut of Audi’s latest baby crossover, the Audi Q2, we all new a high-performance ‘S’ variant was on its way. Audi makes S-branded variants of nearly every car it makes, as it’s easy for the brand to do. Bump up power, stiffen the suspension and give it some sporty touches and it’s ready to be sent out to customers. So an Audi SQ2 was always in the cards. But now it’s becoming more realistic.
Audi recently applied for a trademark for the “SQ2” name with the global trademark office, meaning that the Ingolstadt-based brand is certainly in the process of development for the car. Sometimes automakers stockpile trademarks for names just in case they decide to make something, but this seems pretty specific and for a car we already knew would be created.
There have also been some spy photos circulating, showing some sort of Audi Q2 with a wider body, flared arches, a lower suspension and quad exhaust pipes. The latter is the real sign of an SQ2, as all Audi ‘S’ models have quad exhausts. It’s definitely sportier than the standard Q2, so it isn’t just some sort of new trim level, it’s a proper performance variant.
We don’t have any specifics, such as what kind of powertrain or performance figures it will have, but we can probably guess. It’s most likely going to pack the same 2.0 liter turbocharged TFSI four-cylinder engine as in the Audi S3 and the same seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox. This will mean around 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque and 0-60 mph should come in between the high 4-second range and low five-second range.
We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen at Auto Express.