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True to Audi form, the Audi SQ2 – a go-faster version of the Q2 – follows not far behind the car it is based on. It’s has been spotted testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife with just its badges concealed but otherwise undisguised.

The telltale S model signs are present: contrasting mirror covers, quad exhaust tips, rear diffuser, and a larger wheel-and-tyre combination. Power is expected to come from the S3’s 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 300 hp in the hatchback. Rivals could include the 211 hp Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 and the 245 hp Volvo V40 Cross Country T5, whose outputs will be comfortably surpassed by the SQ2.

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The typical S model upgrades can be expected too – larger brakes, lowered suspension, and revised steering to go with the uprated powertrain, along with the subtlety we’ve come to expect of an S model Audi. Most of the bodykit remains very similar to the standard Q2’s S line, and even the contrasting D-pillar finishing is retained.

According to Audi insiders speaking to Autocar, a more powerful RS Q2 model could be introduced later on in the Q2’s model lifecycle. The Audi RS3 is powered by a 362 hp, turbocharged five-cylinder engine, which could be deployed in the potential Q2 range-topper in a slightly different state of tune.