Audi said on Monday that, starting with a special edition of the Q2 called #2, its customers will be able to “drive even more individualized cars.”
More to the point, the #2 special edition of the Audi Q2 comes with what appears to be a very special paint job. One that aside for the regular color of the body features what the carmaker calls partial matting: matte paint and motifs on the side blade, bumpers and more.
The thing with this Q2 variant is that it previews a future of possibly endless customizations. For the matte portions of the car, Audi does not simply use paint, but rather a complex process that could allow virtually any lettering, logos or photos to be embedded straight into the metal of the car.
This is possible because of the technique developed by Audi. A template is placed on the already painted car component of choice. Then, using a a process not unlike sandblasting, a few thousandths of a millimeter from the top layer of clear lacquer is removed.
That leaves behind a difference in surface structure that allows whatever was drawn to show as a matte image with pixel accuracy. The motifs are also, says Audi, resistant to abrasion.
It’s the same technology that was used for the selection 24h edition of the Audi R8 Coupe V10 Plus back in 2016. The car came with R8 lettering sculpted on the CFRP side blades. The difference is that two years ago these tattoos were made by hand, whereas now the technology has gone automated.
According to Audi, matting a sideblade for the Q2 only takes about a minute.
The carmaker did not say when this personalization option will become available to the masses. The #2 Audi Q2 with a large pattern of crosses on the side blade is available for order in Germany, and soon it will arrive on other markets as well.