The Audi A1 is all set to get a much needed facelift for the 2014 model year, but that’s not all that will be happening with Audi at that time. According to a report from “sources within Audi,” the A1 facelift will also bring about the introduction of the S1 – a higher-performance variant of the compact hatch.
We expect this hot hatchback to come equipped with a 2.0-liter TSFI engine that is tuned to pump out 220 to 240 horsepower, but nothing is confirmed just yet. We also assume that the S1 will feature Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel-drive system. This would likely translate out to a 5-second run to 60 mph and a top speed nearing 155 mph.
Now it’s time for the bad news. Also reported by these supposed “insiders” is that the Audi RS1 is officially off the table. This 300-plus-horsepower hatchback is said to be a no go because officials think it would be too expensive to market in the compact hatchback realm. We can certainly see where this could be an issue with the Focus ST dominating the class at just over $20K, but there is definitely a market for a $30K-plus high-performance hatchback in our opinion. We’re willing to bet that the S1 will test the market and if it performs well, the RS1 will launch.
We’ll see what happens.
Last year, Audi unveiled the Q1 Quattro, but that model was never offered in the U.S. market and it was limited to only 333 units. Needless to say, not many people had the chance to enjoy it. Now Audi is developing a new pocket-rocket version of the A1 super-mini and we have the first spy shots of the next S1 Sportback.
The future Audi S1 will feature the usual quad-exit exhaust pipes, but will come with a milder and less-extreme body kit to fulfill the demands of its customers. Under the hood, Audi will place an updated version of the current 2.0-liter TFSI engine that will deliver about 220 to 240 horsepower. The power will be sent to all four wheels via Audi’s Quattro system.
The model is expected to be unveiled in 2013 and will be offered in both 3-door hatch and 5-door Sportback versions.
At the end of last year, Audi unveiled the special edition A1 Quattro - a model limited to only 333 units and powered by a 256 HP 2.0-liter TFSI powertrain. Now, new spy shots suggest that the company is working on a new model that will be placed just under this sporty Quattro model.
The spy shots reveal a prototype wearing the quad exhaust pipes usually found on the S-Models, making us think that we are actually looking at a new Audi S1. On the other hand, the requests for the A1 Quattro were beyond expectation, so it is very possible that this car will match the A1 Quattro in performance, have a milder and less extreme body kit to fulfill the demands of the customers.
Whichever name this car is bestowed, this prototype is powered by a 2.0 liter TFSI delivering somewhere around 220-250 HP. The power is sent to all four wheels via an Audi Quattro system.
Any ideas on whether this is the Audi A1 Quattro or the Audi S1? Hit us up in the comments section below.
If you were waiting for a confirmation that Audi was indeed preparing an RS version for their latest A1 small hatchback, well here it is. The RS1 has been caught testing, not just once, but two times. The first session was during testing at the Nurburgring and the second was while it was cruising around on some of Germany’s streets. The RS1 may as well get used to the streets of Europe because, as of right now, there’s no chance it will see American soil.
Like with all the other RS models in Audi’s line-up, the new RS1 will feature a specially designed front bumper, a new rear wing, and wider side sills, as well as two fat exhaust pipes, one on each side. As for the hatchback’s engine, it is rumored that Audi will be using a turbo charged four-cylinder delivering some 250 HP, and not the same 340 HP turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine found in other hot models such as the TT RS and RS3 as we had hoped. This engine will be combined with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive.
The new Audi RS1 will make its official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next March.
During the recent Paris Auto Show, Volkswagen Group not only confirmed that the company was preparing a new all-wheel drive PQ25 platform that will be used for the future Audi S1, but they also stated that the use of this new platform could extend to two future models: a possible Polo R and a CrossPolo.
The Audi S1 needed this all-wheel drive platform to become a proper model, but engineering costs needed to produce it cause Volkswagen to get a little jumpy at the thought. The final push for the decision came when they realized they could develop the Polo R with the same platform. The Polo R gets a chance and Volkswagen’s money is well spent. Sounds like a good compromise to us.
It was already rumored that the next Audi S1 would be offered with a 270 HP engine and Quattro system. The S1 will also get a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and will come with a lowered suspension and a set of special edition 17-inch wheels. The 0 to 60 MPH sprint will be made in 6 seconds, while top speed will be limited to the German gentleman’s agreement of 155 MPH.
Audi announced a few days ago that there would be no S1 version for the current Audi A1, but that they would instead be coming out with the A1 1.4 TFSI. This a modified version of the A1 that produces 185hp and is not to be confused with the non-existent S1. Well, all of this isn’t entirely true. Audi, in addition to the A1 1.4 TFSI, will indeed bring a more powerful version of the A1. However, there is no name for it just yet. What is known about the car at this point in time is that it will come with a turbocharged engine producing 270 HP and will carry an all-wheel drive system.
Under the hood Audi will place the same 2.0 TFSI engine found in the Golf R. The S1 will also get a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and will come with a lowered suspension and a set of special edition 17-inch wheels. The 0 to 60 MPH sprint will be made in 6 seconds, while top speed will be limited to the German gentleman’s agreement of 155 MPH.
The future model is expected to make its world debut next year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Looks like Audi is bringing one more car to the 2010 Paris Motor Show apart from the already announced appearance of the new A7 luxury sedan.
Word out of the Paris Motor Show’s official website is that the Audi S1 will also be in attendance at the event, which will give us a first-hand look at the S-Line package of the Audi A1. Details are still scarce as of the moment, but from what we’ve gathered, it appears like the S1 will come with a 1.4-liter RSI engine that produces 180 horsepower. In addition to that, the S1 is going to be a front wheel drive that is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and will come with a lowered suspension and a set of special edition 17-inch wheels.
Unfortunately for us on this side of the Atlantic, we don’t get dibs on the S1 so, the only way we can enjoy this fine piece of hatch is, well, if we move to Europe.
After many stories about whether or not the Audi A1 will be coming to the US, we finally get some news on the S version of the smallest model in the lineup: the S1. The new Audi S1 is expected to be unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and will come to compete with models like the Mini Cooper S and the Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA.
The S version will be distinguished by chrome door mirrors, a gloss black diffuser, S1 badges, and, of course, a new set of 18-inch twin five-spoke alloy wheels.
However, the most distinguished thing about the upcoming S1 is the fact that it will be the first Audi S model to be offered in front-wheel drive only. That’s right, no quattro 4WD for the Audi. Instead, this hatchback will be sending the power to just the front two wheels.
Under the hood there will be a tuned version of the 1.4-liter supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine already available in the A1. The result is an output of 200 HP, a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds, and a top speed of 140 mph.
Like all Audi models, the A1 will be getting an S version. Recently, the S1 was caught testing and, we have to say, it looks great. The car will be fighting with the Mini Cooper JCW, Fiat 500 Abarth SS, and the Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA.
The S1 will get an amped up version of the 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. That power output might be a bit low compared to the competition, but the Audi has a few tricks up its sleeve. The car will get a rear-biased Quattro setup with a seven-speed S-Tronic twin-clutch transmission and a lowered and stiffened suspension.
We expect the car to be able to hit 60 miles per hour in six or so seconds and be able to get around 35 miles per gallon. The top speed will be limited to 155 mph like most German machines.
The car looks very aggressive compared to the normal A1. The fender flares have been enlarged and there are 19-inch alloy wheels. At the front there is a low splitter, deep air intakes, and LED daytime running lights.
The S1 should cost around £25,000.
If we’re to believe Rupert Stadler, Audi’s big boss, then it should be worth pointing out that the man has all, but confirmed the following: Audi’s new hatchback wondercar, the A1, is going to receive a hardcore S1 off-shoot. That’s right; straight out of the horse’s mouth.
According to Stadler, “Sportiness is a core value for the Audi brand and we have some clear ideas for the A1 in this direction.”
Despite the statement, Stadler doesn’t go into detail as to what exactly constitutes to a "sportier" A1, but if you can read between the lines, then it’s pretty easy to surmise that Mr. Audi Big Boss himself is referring to a little hatchback similar to the A1 that could carry a 1.4-liter twin-charger engine that’s capable of producing about 180bhp and will likewise be mated to a seven-speed DSG box.
And as far as ’close to a sure thing’ is concerned, that little hatchback is looking more and more likely to be the new Audi S1.