Audi rein­vents the hot hatch

Top Gear (UK) - - THE TEN - OK

We knew an Audi SQ2 was com­ing, but we didn’t think it would be this fast. It uses the VW Group’s ubiq­ui­tous 2.0-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der engine, but in­stead of Golf GTI tune (242bhp), it’s work­ing at a full-fat 296bhp and 295lb ft – the same mus­cle as the VW Golf R. Or, in­deed, Audi S3. The top speed is lim­ited to 155mph and, be­ing an S car, it’s got qu­at­tro drive, so 0–62mph is dusted in a claimed 4.8 sec­onds. That’s a tenth swifter than BMW’s fastest X2, the M35i, which ac­tu­ally has a cou­ple more horse­pow­ers. Hah! In­gol­stadt one, Mu­nich nil.

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