Like most projects from the Volkswagen Group, the A1/S1 will dig deep into the parts bin for most of its goodies. The car will share a platform with the Volkswagen Polo, but it doesn’t stop there. For the S1, Audi will utilize the same turbocharged 1.4-liter engine as the VW Polo GTi Cup Edition . It currently makes 178 hp in the VW, but Audi is likely to upgrade the engine to the point of about 200 hp.
The engine will be mated to a seven-speed S-Tronic twin-clutch gearbox. 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. This kind of performance should give the John Cooper Works Mini , Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA and Fiat 500 Abarth all something to keep an eye on.
The S1 will be offered with flared arches, 19-inch alloy wheels, roof-mounted spoiler, and a front end with a low front splitter and deep air intakes. If all this looks good, keep your fingers crossed. Audi still has not confirmed the A1/S1 for the U.S. yet.
UPDATE 05/25/2010: Audi Spain has just revealed prices for the S1 while communicating the price list for the A1 lineup. The Audi S1 will be priced at 28,360€.
UPDATE 08/19/2010: Check out our latest spy shots for the 2011 Audi S1 in the gallery!