The long-rumored Audi RS Q2 hasn’t materialized into a tangible product, but tuners have taken a crack at making one. Starting off with the SQ2 as the basis, MTM dialed up a notch Audi Sport’s petite performance crossover by working on its turbocharged gasoline engine. The four-pot 2.0 TSI was upgraded from the series 300 horsepower (221 kilowatts) and 400 Newton-meters (295 pound-feet) to a whopping 480 hp (335 kW) and 610 Nm (450 lb-ft).
Auto Bild wanted to find out how the massive power bump would translate into extra performance around a race track, so they took it to Sachsenring. It’s a circuit located in Hohenstein-Ernstthal near Chemnitz in Saxony where the German publication has tested a lot of cars, both stock and modded.
For a pint-sized crossover, the Audi SQ2 by MTM is impressively agile. However, it’s worth mentioning the tuner also made some other changes to the vehicle besides installing a larger turbocharger and a new intake to obtain the power hike. The SQ2 was fitted with a KW Clubsport suspension and ceramic brakes, which greatly contributed to the on-track performance.
Some would argue the Q2/SQ2 isn’t even a proper crossover as it’s more along the lines of a raised hatchback. To some extent, that’s actually true as the ground clearance is rather limited, especially in the case of the S model. This MTM version doesn’t sit higher than a typical small hatch, so calling it a crossover wouldn’t be entirely right.
The SQ2 enjoyed being pushed hard through the corners of Sachsenring and picked up some serious speed on the straights, hitting nearly 150 mph (250 km/h) at one point. It crossed the finish line in 1 minute and 37.5 seconds, edging out the BMW X3 M Competition. It was almost a second quicker than the RS5 Coupe and about two and a half seconds quicker than the Jaguar F-Pace SVR.
Perhaps more impressive is that the Lamborghini Urus was only half a second quicker at Sachsenring. When we consider the Super SUV had to carry around an extra 615 kilograms (1,355 pounds) compared to the SQ2, perhaps the end result shouldn’t surprise us.