Audi’s fast expanding RS performance line-up will soon include the Q2 compact crossover, as speculated by a new report. Set to launch in 2018, the RS Q2 will be the German brand’s smallest SUV to wear the RS badge. It will also be the second crossover to bear the performance moniker after the RS Q3.
While technical details have yet to be confirmed, the RS Q2 is expected to share the same engine as the current Audi RS 3 – a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developing 270kW @ 5,550-6,800rpm, 465Nm @ 1,625-5,550rpm. As usual, Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive hardware will deliver power to all four corners, working in conjunction with a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.
The RS Q2 will rival the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 and the M version of the upcoming BMW X2 with pumped up body works including beefier front and rear bumpers, side skirts, rear diffuser, larger 19-inch wheels and trademark RS twin oval exhaust tips, as depicted in the above RS Q2 rendering. There will also be splashes of RS badges around the car, as well as pronounced “quattro” wordings in the lower front bumper intake.