Audi A1 quattro revealed

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Audi A1 quattro revealed Limited-run 252bhp Audi A1 quattro gets four-wheel drive and a £40,000 price-tag

With concepts like the 501bhp Clubsport quattro, Audi has always hinted at producing a high-performance version of the A1. So we were patiently waiting for the S1 to arrive when the German firm revealed this, the Audi A1 quattro.

It’s not the S1 we were expecting and nor is it the extreme RS1 but, instead, it seems to sit somewhere between the two. Power comes from the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine found in the S3, which produces 252bhp. Combined with four-wheel drive and a low kerbweight, the A1 quattro can sprint from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds. 

According to our German sources, the A1 quattro only comes in the Clubsport quattro-inspired trim you see here. That includes the stylish alloys, white metallic paint, black roof and large rear spoiler. There’s no word on changes to the interior but expect high quality materials like carbon fibre, Alcantara and aluminium to feature.

For the time being the A1 quattro seems to be just a small limited-run model, produced in left-hand drive only to see if people will be willing to buy an RS1 model should it eventually go into full-scale production. An Audi insider told us a decision will be made in January as to whether right-hand-drive models will be built at all.  

The latest reports suggest the A1 quattro will cost around £40,000 and will be available from the middle of 2012. The S1, with around 220bhp, will follow in the middle of 2013. 

 

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    Audi A1 Quattro Revealed!

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    Audi A1 Quattro Revealed! Audi’s famous name returns will all-new flagship A1, promising the pace and looks to live up to the rally legend.
    The S1 Quattro lives again! Audi is set to resurrect the name of its firebreathing world rally champ from the Eighties for a spectacular performance flagship of the A1. And purists needn’t worry – because the newcomer will pack plenty of power, style and, of course, the quattro four-wheel-drive system that made the original such a success.

    Audi had considered using the name for the 182bhp 1.4 T version of the A1, revealed at the recent Paris Motor Show. But it backtracked at the last minute, fearing that the model’s two-wheel-drive layout would put off customers loyal to the brand.

    Instead, bosses have decided to develop a new S1 alongside the Polo R, which is being readied by VW’s performance division in Germany. The cars will share underpinnings, to keep costs down, while VW may also add the scaled-down four-wheel-drive technology to its rugged CrossPolo and subsidiary Skoda’s Fabia Scout to further increase economies of scale.

    But the full, sophisticated version of the quattro system will be reserved for the S1. And the car will continue Audi’s recent push to use innovations from its larger models on smaller products – the S1’s 4WD will have the option of the torque vectoring rear sport differential from the 
S4 and RS5, which promises agile handling.

    Engine choices are still being considered, although the 1.4 TFSI from the current flagship won’t be used. Instead, to distance the S1 from the rest 
of the line-up, Audi is likely to employ one of the VW Group’s larger petrol turbos, which currently power the Golf GTI in 2.0-litre form and the top-spec Skoda Yeti in 1.8-litre tune.

    A further option is a new 1.6-litre unit. Audi has already said it won’t return to rallying, but VW is planning an entry with a car prepared by a new team set up by Spanish former WRC ace Carlos Sainz. This is likely to be based on the Polo R, and as the sport’s rules dictate that cars be powered by a 1.6-litre turbo, the engine from this model could make it into the S1.

    The Audi is likely to deliver around 240bhp – more than the 208bhp of the MINI Cooper S John Cooper Works – and offer scorching performance. The sprint from 0-62mph should take around six seconds, and top speed will be limited to 155mph. A choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed S tronic gearboxes will be available.

    Despite the fireworks under the bonnet, the S1 won’t look vastly different to the 1.4 TSI. It will get a unique, deeper front bumper, more pronounced wheelarches to fit larger alloys, a gloss black rear diffuser and special badging. Two-tone paint will also be offered.

    The high-spec interior boasts sports seats and a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, plus drilled pedals and carbon fibre trim. The S1 is expected to debut as a concept later next year, before going on sale in 2012, with an anticipated starting price of around £25,000.


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