ABT Sportsline can do better, though, with the simple re-flash of the ECU. The ABT Engine Control levels up to the powerplant to 350 PS and 440 Nm, translating to 262 km/h (163 mph) on full song. Acceleration is also improved by two-tenths of a second, putting the SQ2 in the ballpark of the Porsche 718 Boxster S.
4.6 seconds to 96 km/h (60 mph) might not sound like much, but remember that this vehicle is a crossover. 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels are also available in four flavors. These are the DT, ER-C, FR, and GR. Wheel spacers are included regardless of the wheel design, giving the SQ2 a sportier stance compared to the bone-stock model.
We’re still waiting for Audi Sport to come out with the RS Q2, but so far, nothing much has happened at Ingolstadt. If there’s a case to be made for the RS Q2, then look forward to an upgraded 2.0 TFSI or the 2.5 TFSI from the RS Q3 detuned to fit the segment. The five-cylinder turbo is capable of 400 PS and 480 Nm of torque, meaning that the ABT SQ2 is extremely close to matching those figures.
The Q2 starts at 27,300 euros in Germany, and as standard, you’re not getting too much for your money. The SQ2 has a starting price of 44,500 euros, a lot of money for a subcompact crossover. Adding all the bells and whistles brings the total closer to 60,000 euros, which is the kind of money that Volkswagen asks for the Touareg luxury SUV.