By more expensive models, Stefan is referring to the Audi Q2 TSFI quattro S line pictured in the gallery of this story. The Audi official admitted that the Q2 can hold a retail price of around €45,000 ($51,115 at current exchange rates) provided that all the option boxes are ticked. In other words, the entry-level variant of the Q2 will be priced similarly to or beyond the A3 compact hatchback.
The Progressive Steering system found in the S3 warm hatch is available on the Q2, so it’s only logical to assume that Audi can crank the volume up to SQ2 if consumers want such a thing. In terms of powertrain, the most likely engine comes in the form of a 296 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four. Of course, quattro all-wheel-drive will be there to keep things under control in the twisties.
This should bring lots of grunt from the baby crossover to satisfy Audi fans. But wait, there’s even more. It appears the same report mentions Audi sources have tipped a fully-fledged RS Q2 model with RS3 credentials – the turbocharged 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine with 400 hp (298 kW). The standard Q2 is going into showrooms this fall, so an SQ2 won’t arrive until late next year and a possible RS Q2 should wait even longer, until at least 2018.
The baby-rocket is coming in fast considering the Q2 is only due in showrooms this fall, with Audi already looking to please fans and also bring in more cash. Stephan Knirsch, Audi’s Board member for Technical Development, recently commented it would be “relatively easy” to bring to life an SQ2 because the Q2 and A3/S3 share the same modular MQB architecture. He added the company is currently analyzing the prospects of the hotter model, which should include S3’s turbocharged four-cylinder, 2.0-liter engine.