Audi has unveiled a performance version of its Q2 SUV, dropping a single image of the 220kW SQ2 ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut.
The power comes from the Volkswagen Group’s 2.0-litre TFSI engine (the same that lives inside the Golf R), which, with its 400Nm of torque, is enough to propel the SQ2 to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds and on to a blistering top speed of 250km/h.
Sports suspension, a performance-focused all-wheel-drive system, and a ride height that’s been lowered by 20mm also join the list of performance upgrades.
The engine is paired with a seven-speed S tronic automatic sending power to all four wheels, but also has the ability to send 100 per cent of the torque to the front or rear axle if the system senses a loss of grip.
A clever dynamic setting also pushes torque to the rear axle when the car turns into a bend, meaning the quattro system helps to push the SQ2 into a corner.
The SQ2 has been given an exterior makeover, too, with 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels, and a redesigned front end that centres on the huge eight-bar Singleframe grille. Beneath it, a new front splitter and twin air inlets are designed to make the SQ2's front-end look wider and more "brawny".
Look for the SQ2 to make its full debut at Paris in early October, before it hits dealerships internationally in early 2019. An Australian launch schedule is yet to be confirmed.
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