The Audi A1 is premium compact city car based on the metroproject quattro concept from the German automaker that will debt in 2010 as both a three hatchback and a five door sport back. The A1 offers styling in line with the rest of the luxury automaker’s lineup and is powered by a variety of low displacement engine. The first being a 105 HP 1.2 Liter TFSI unit while a larger 1.4 Liter unit making 170 HP will be offered as well. Diesel enthusiasts will be happy to find that Audi will also sell the A1 with a 1.6 Liter TDI making around 100 HP.
A couple of weeks ago, we caught sight of a nice upgrade Pogea Racing did for the Audi A7 Sportback, which they so affectionately dubbed, ’Seven Sins’. Well from the looks of things, it’s beginning to look like Pogea Racing is trying to run through the whole gamut of Audi models after the tuning firm launched a separate upgrade program for the Audi A1. The name for this program? The ’A Force One’. Catchy.
Aesthetic and aerodynamic upgrades done on the A1 were left at the minimum with Pogea opting to add few items, including a set of ultralight OZ Racing Alleggerita HTL alloy wheels that are wrapped in ET35 Sport Contact 3 Continental tires. Apart from that, Pogea also added a new exhaust system that comes with some fancy 76mm laser engraved tailpipes.
In terms of performance, this is where the tuning company did the brunt of their work. Pogea Racing’s tuning program for the Audi A1 comes in two stages with the first stage increasing the car’s output from the stock 122 horsepower and 200 Nm of torque to an angrier 156 horsepower and 266 Nm of torque. The first stage engine upgrade also bumps the top speed to 152 mph. Meanwhile, the Stage 2 upgrade doesn’t get get any performance enhancements. Instead, Pogew Racing adds additional air cooling and adapted electronics, together with a new coil-over suspension from KW and a set of Brembo brakes with perforated discs.
All told, the ’A Force One’ upgrade on the A1 looks refreshingly off-the-chains. Extra props for the sick rims, too.
Aznom in cooperation to Audi Lombard Motors has created two special editions Audi A1: one dedicated for men - Blade version and one for women - Goldie version. The two models feature valuable technical materials such as carbon and leather with damask print.
The Goldie version is based on the 1.4 TFSI S-Tronic and is characterized by a combination of two color: white body with a matte gold color with purple metallic reflections on the roof, mirrors and the details of the front and rear bumpers. On the interior the seats and the door panels are covered in white leather with a special fabric alternating gold, but what distinguishes Goldie is the calf leather with a special damask print in shades of purple and beige.
The second version, Blade, and frankly our favorite, features the same two-tone paint exterior, but this time red combined with dark gray metallic. The exterior mirrors are covered in genuine carbon fiber. On the interior, the seats are now covered in black leather with red stitching, with the central part of the seats made of black Alcantara Starlight framed by red leather details.
Senner Tuning has already had their way with the Audi A1 once before when they put together a tuning package for the model sporting a 1.6L TDI engine. Apparently that wasn’t enough for them because they have gone back to change up the look and power of the smallest vehicle in this family: the 1.4 T-FSI version.
Thanks to a new Chipbox performance-enhancing module, the engine’s output has been increased from a standard 122hp to 156 HP and the peak torque has also gone up from 200Nm to 250 Nm. There is also a new stainless steel exhaust system in the right / left version which includes a silencer and tailpipes, each 90 millimeters in diameter.
Next to the engine upgrade, the package also includes sports springs that lower the car’s height by 35mm, rebound and compression adjustment, some carbon elements in the interior, and LED rear lights. The final element of this package is a new set of 8Xblack-polish 18" Corniche Monza rims and S1 Evo tires from Hankook.
Prices for this package start at €4,590 ($6,150 at the current rates).
After ABT and Senner Tuning wrapped their hands around the recently launched Audi A1, German tuner, MTM, decided to have a go with it as well. And even if this first kit does nothing for the hatchback in terms of power, we are pretty confident that MTM will not leave it untouched.
So far MTM has only revealed a set of images for their package, but in these images you can easily see an exterior paint job similar to the one from the MTM Audi RS6 Clubsport, along with a series of subtle modifications. These modifications include a new set of 18" MTM bimoto rims with attractive 9-spoke race design in flawless finish, a new set of MTM-Spacers 20 mm per axle with wheel screws, upgraded brakes, and a lowered suspension.
The tuner has also promised that a series of modifications will be made under the hood ranging from an optimized reprogramming of the control electronics through to the complete conversion of the engine unit.
UPDATE 07/20/2011: It may be a year after this package has debuted, but MTM has finally upgraded the engine for the Audi A1, and it’s a beaut! Every year, modified supercars head on over to the Nardo test track to see what they are capable of, but this year, MTM’s Audi A1 decided to crash the party and show the 9FF Porsche 911 GT3, MKB McLaren SLR, G-Power BMW M3, and SpeedArt Porsche Cayenne Turbo just how it’s done. With the new engine upgrade in the MTM tuning package, the A1 now delivers a total of 500 HP and 442 lb-ft of torque. 500 HP! When equipped with a 6-speed manual gearbox and limited slip differential, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of the aforementioned 201 mph.
UPDATE 12/27/11: MTM’s 500-horsepower Audi A1 is a bonafide hatchback rocket, but how is it going to fare when you line it up against a pair of iconic sports cars in the form of the Porsche 911 and the BMW M3? Check out the video after the jump and find out why the MTM A1 is considered about as explosive as any tuning program we’ve seen in a while. In a word: wow.
The Audi A1 is a non-performance car, there’s no doubt about that. With an output ranging from 86 HP to 122 HP, it’s more like an every-day use car than a sports car. But with the right updates, the A1 can be easily improved. HS Motorsport is preparing an engine update that raises the output with 25 HP.
For that, the tuner has installed an additional module that generates and extra 25 HP and 50 NM of torques, but also an Alpine sound system with navigation unit and a snappy Brembo braking system.
For the exterior there is a modified bumper, which appropriately houses the R32-look tailpipes, a full-throated sporty rumble and 18" ASA GT2 alloy wheels with seven double spokes. The package also includes a coilover suspension system that lowers the car’s ride by 55 mm at the front and 60 mm at the back. The interior gets two Recaro Sportster CS lightweight bucket seats in carbon.
Suspension experts Eibach have released their celebrated Pro-Kit for the compact Audi A1.
Being a new platform and the smallest Audi to date, the A1 is a very inviting prospect for aftermarket modification. The reasons are simple; there have a multitude of engine options available, being compact means it’s cheap to run and insure, and of course, the A1 features legendary Audi build quality. As is the philosophy with tuners, everything that comes from the factory can be made better and unique, to suit the taste of the person driving it. You can’t really fault that mentality.
What better way to start customizing your A1 then with a set of Eibach Pro-Kit springs and wheel spacers. The springs lower the car and thus the center of gravity, aiding in handling performance. Aesthetics are covered too, with the new, slightly more menacing stance that’s sure to give the little runabout more street cred. Slap on a set of their billet wheel spacers and the overall track increases for better response and stability while carving up your favorite mountain road. Quality with Eibach is never in question - the German manufacturer is TUV approved so you know their million mile warranty is worth every penny you spend.
When Audi unveiled the A1 1.4 TFSI at the Paris Auto Show, everyone believed that this was in fact the S1 version. Not true. Audi announced that a real S version will be revealed in the near future and that it will feature Audi’s now famous quattro all-wheel-drive system. The next S1 will also be offered with Audi’s torque vectoring rear sport differential from the S4 and RS5 that offers an agile handling.
As for the engine, Audi hasn’t made a final decision yet, but the two engines being taken under consideration are a 2.0 liter engine from the Golf GTI or a new 1.6 liter unit. However, no matter what choice makes the cut, the S1 will deliver around 240 HP. This will help it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds, while top speed will be limited to 155 mph.
The S1 version will be distinguished by a unique, deeper front bumper, more pronounced wheel arches to fit larger alloys, a gloss black rear diffuser and special badge, and, of course, a two-tone paint job.
ABT Sportsline have enlisted the help of sexy Carolin Winter to take you on a user-controlled virtual tour of the ABT facility. The tour itself is based on a choice of sneaky espionage or formal introductions. The former allows you, through Carolin, to sneak around the building and scope out areas previously never seen. On the way you’re likely to bump into the likes of the ABT Audi R8 GT and other serious metal, or maybe even sit down for an Espresso at the ABT Sportsbar. No matter which choice you make, the goal is to locate all three versions of Carolin’s dream car; the ABT A1 Klecks, A1 High Voltage, and A1 Aloha.
The A1 is Audi’s take on a compact car, and is also the smallest car they make. From the outset, the brief was to make the A1 as appealing as it could possibly be to the younger market. This meant it had to be cool, funky, and to a degree, customizable. This ensured it as a competitor to the likes of the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. Audi clearly had their work cut out for them. ABT Sportsline has taken the customization aspect of the A1 to new levels, with three versions of the car for three different driver personalities. They call this the ABT A1 Reality Movement and forms ABT’s most affordable line yet.
Check out the first video after the jump. Depending on the direction you choose, the next link will pop up to continue your journey!
Inspired by the huge success the new Ford Fiesta had on the US market, Audi is also taking under consideration the next-generation A1 compact car on the US market. "Consumers are asking for small cars, and there is the likelihood that the second generation of the A1 will come to the U.S.," Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi AG’s board member for sales and marketing said at the Paris Auto Show.
A final decision will be made in the next 18 months, but chances to get the A1 in here are quite high. The company is currently registering a huge success on the US market with the A3 compact car, but also with small diesel engines. This show that consumers will consider smaller vehicles and alternative engines. And Schwarzenbauer believes the same could happen with the A1. The A1 was originally built to sell only in Europe but will be expanded to more markets in the next few years, including China after 2011.
Here’s a nice little twist none of us saw coming. Remember when we reported the story about Audi bringing the S1 to the Paris Motor Show a couple of weeks ago? Well, it turns out that while they are bringing the car, the car may not be called the S1.
It turns out that Audi just announced a ‘modified’ A1 that will come with a dual-charged 1.4 TFSI engine that produces 185 horsepower and 184 lb/ft of torque. Creatively enough, the folks from Ingolstadt have christened this model as the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI.
We’re not entirely sure if this is the same model that the organizers of the Paris Motor Show were talking about, although it does make us wonder if Audi intentionally released this model days ahead of the Paris Motor Show while also bringing another version to the event. Maybe it’s their way of diverting attention to the cars they’re bringing to Paris with them.