Audi A1

Audi A1

  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.

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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.

Source: Eibach

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 quattroall-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.

Source: Autoexpress
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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 newFord 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.

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Audi has teamed up with E.ON, the Munich municipal utility company Stadtwerke München (SWM), and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) - try saying that three times fast - to prepare an onslaught of Audi A1 E-trons as part of a testing program for the electric city car. The fleet of 20 Audis is set to roll out on the streets of Munich by mid-2011 with about 200 new charging stations available for "refueling" their vehicles.

The A1 E-tron features an internal combustion engine that charges the batteries and delivers a total of 102 hp in short bursts allowing the sprint from 0 to 60 mph to be made in just 10 seconds. However, the continuous output comes in at 61hp and 150Nm of torque with top speed being set at more than 80mph. The electric motor sends its power to the front wheels via a single-speed transmission that can be switched between "Drive," "Reverse," and "Neutral".

Full story and press release after the jump.

Audi has spared no expense in thinking up ways of promoting their new premium hatch, the A1 . First, they tabbed Justin Timberlake to be on-hand for the car’s official debut. Then, they used the pop icon to star in an oddly unsettling mini-series starring, well, the A1.

This time around, Audi opted to take an even more perplexing route in their A1 promotion by bringing in 22 low-riding classic cars, a slew of cameras, two customized A1s, and two members of the band Tokio Hotel – Tom and Bill Kaulitz - for a nice warehouse photo shoot.

Quite frankly, we don’t really see the point of the whole video other than its supposed to be another marketing promotion for the A1. Whether Audi is banking on the celebrity appeal of Tokio Hotel as much as they did with one Mr. Timberlake is a mystery to us, although we’re pretty certain that, in all fairness to the band, their name doesn’t exactly scream worldwide superstar as much as the former *NSync star.

Then again,Audi’s not really marketing the band as much as they are the car, and in that scenario, they did a pretty good, albeit weird, job doing so.

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We know Audi announced that there will no no RS1 in the line-up, but people can hope, no? And after the A1, and the future S1 ,wehope that the company will also unveil an RS1 version for its smallest hatchback in the line-up. And how the S1 will be unveiled in 2011, lets say the RS1 will be revealed in 2012 as a competitor for the MINI Cooper S JCW.

The future S1 will get a 1.4TFSI with 186 HP and S tronic, the future RS1 will be powered by a new 1.6 TFSI engine that will deliver no less than 245 HP. Now that’s a true city car! And if to this crazy amount of power you add a sportier body and lets say 19" alloy wheels you will definitely get a car you’ll want to drive.

Everything we can do now is fingers crossed and lets just hope Audi will consider a model like this!

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The first tuner to offer a tuning package for the Audi A1 small hatchback was ABT Sportsline , and they set the bar pretty high with their three colorful versions. Now, the guys from Senner Tuning are attacking that bar by revealing a new kit that improves both the car’s performance and exterior look.

Thanks to a software optimization kit, the 1.6 TDI engine’s output can be increased from 105 HP to 140 HP. The tuner is also offering a KW-thread suspension with ascertained adjustment possibilities as well as breathtaking Barracuda Voltec T6 light alloy wheels (Real-Chrome and Black-Chrome) of 8x18 inch in diameter with 225/35-18 Hankook S1 Evo

The whole package is completed by a right/left stainless steel sport exhaust system with 1x 90 mm exhaust pipes, an individual leather interior finish, and exclusive accessories made of carbon and leather. And, as an added bonus, Senner will also customize the A1 to the customer’s very specifications.

Press release after the jump.

By now, American fans of the Audi A1 have given up all hope in seeing the premium hatchback in the US after Audi global sales head Peter Schwarzenbauer – try spelling that name – ruled out the A1’s chances of making it to America.

Now, it turns out that there may be a glimmer of hope, albeit a pretty small one. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Schwarzenbauer mentioned that the A1 will eventually be shipped out of Europe into the Chinese market soon with the US market being considered so long as small - and expensive - cars have a chance in the country. Translated, Americans will have to prove to these guys that they’re willing to spend the bucks for a premium hatchback, something that, as history suggests, Americans aren’t prone to doing.

But still, there’s hope, fellas. However long that will take will be entirely up to how the “pricey” compact car segment does in the US. We don’t even know if that’s going to happen in the next few years, but at least the door – no matter how small the crack is – has now been opened.

Source: Bloomberg

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