2017 Audi SQ2 Drops Hot Laps on the Nurburgring

2017 Audi SQ2 20 photos
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Earlier this month, a higher-up at Audi declared that the automaker is considering whether to make a hot version of the Q2 or not. The confirmation that the SQ2 is in the pipeline arrived moments ago, courtesy of our team of spy photographers.
The smallest crossover SUV from Audi looks great as is, but things get better in SQ2 form. Ignore the halogen headlights of the pre-production prototype featured in the gallery below and concentrate on the most important things: the black-painted front grille and door mirror caps, bigger air intakes, bigger wheels, bigger brake rotors, aggressive rear diffuser, quad tailpipes, almost everything oozes performance.

Although this Audi SQ2 prototype is completely free of camouflage, not much is known about what hides under the hood. The rumor mill suggests that a 2.0-liter TFSI will fill the engine bay, as in the unit that motivates the 2017 Audi S3. In the compact hatchback, the four-cylinder turbocharged powerplant develops 310 PS (306 horsepower) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque in the S-Tronic version. Considering that the S3 S-Tronic can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds, the 2017 Audi SQ2 holds great potential.

To put all that power down to the ground, the go-faster version of the Audi Q2 will come as standard with quattro all-wheel-drive and a specific calibration for the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) system. A performance package is expected to add magnetic-ride adjustable suspension. Compared to regular dampers, the magnetorheological units actively change their damping abilities to compensate for dive, squat, roll, and pitch. Better still, they’re extremely forgiving in day-to-day driving conditions.

As for the cabin design, this hot meatball will be available with Audi virtual cockpit, the fancy way of saying that the instrument cluster is a 12.3-inch screen. Other technological highlights include a head-up display, Wi-Fi hotspot feature, sat nav with Google Earth, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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