2014 Audi S1

The Audi S1 Quattro is upon us,and we have all the juicy details.

Official press shots for the upcoming 2015 Audi S1 Quattro leaked early, and Audi has all but confirmed they were accurate with today’s unveiling of the small hatchback. If you are unaware, the S1 Quattro is a tiny hatchback from Audi , along the lines of something from Mini, but it features a much more powerful engine and quattro AWD.

We have seen some test cars and mules running around, but we were not quite ready for the aggressive look of this three-door. We assumed that things like quad exhaust tips were coming, but aside from the eye-searing yellow paint, there are several design touches that we didn’t anticipate showing up on the production car.

To find out all the new details about exterior additions, drivetrain specs and much more, click on through for all the information.

Updated 02/17/2014: Audi unveiled a new video for the new S1 in which it tries to convince us how fun the new sports hatchback can be. Enjoy!

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Spy Shots

Audi S1
Audi S1
Audi S1

Exterior

Audi S1
Audi S1
Audi S1

The exterior of the S1, which comes standard in a three-door hatch and an optional five-door hatch (Sportback) — is far more outrageous than expected based on the test mules that have been spied. The mild rear spoiler of the mules has been replaced with a massive unit that features a two-piece look with a large dip in the middle.

The new LED taillamps and headlights are sharper, smaller and look much more modern than the lamps on the outgoing car. The quad exhaust that is a hallmark of Audi’s more sporting trims is present, but they sit in a nice looking rear diffuser. To add a little extra visual flare, the roof and rear hatch inset are painted black; making a bold contrast on the yellow (S1 Sportback) or red (S1) paint seen in the press images.

The front grille is painted the same deep black and looks to feature wider spacing between the horizontal grille slats. Two large intakes flank the grille, and a small black lip spoiler adorns the bottom of the front bumper.

Interior

Audi S1

The interior is very traditional Audi. Clean lines, large controls and ergonomic details are the basis of the cabin. In these interior shots we can see that the same yellow paint has been slathered across the center console and yellow contrast stitching covers almost every seam in the car down to the floor mats.

Aside form the yellow, there are quite a few red accents that are lit by LEDs and should make the cabin look absolutely menacing in the dark.

Drivetrain

Audi S1

The S1 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 170 kW (231 horsepower) and 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque. Power will be sent to all four wheels by the quattro AWD system, and while we originally thought a dual-clutch automatic would be the only available transmission option, our photos clearly show three-pedals and a six-speed manual shifter (HOORAY!).

This drivetrain combines to launch the S1 to 62 mph in 5.8 and 5.9 seconds in the S1 and the S1 Sportback, respectively. Top speed is, as usual, limited to 155 mph, and Audi claims an estimated fuel economy rating of 33 mpg combined.

Engine2.0-Liter TFSI I-4}}
Output (HP @ RPM)231 @ TBA
Torque (LB-FT @ RPM273 @ TBA
Drive Typequattro AWD
Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)TBA / TBA / 33 (Audi-claimed)
Acceleration (0-62 MPH)5.8 Sec (S1) / 5.9 Sec (S1 Sportback)
Top Speed155 MPH

Price

The three-door S1 checks in at a base price of €29,950 ($40,660 at the current exchange rates) and the five-door S1 Sportback comes in at €30,800 ($41,814). No mention of any plans for a U.S. release, but it will hit German showrooms in the second quarter of 2014.

Model MSRP
2014 Audi S1€29,950
2014 Audi S1 Sportback€30,810

Competition

Mini JCW Countryman ALL4

MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4

Putting AWD in a hot supermini seems to be a fad these days. What used to be unheard of is now almost common. The JCW version of the Mini Mini Countryman is packed with 208 horsepower and even comes with four doors, making it more practical than the S1. Audi’s quattro AWD system does have a better track record for effectiveness in the slippery stuff than ALL4 though.

Volkswagen Polo R

Volkswagen Polo R-Line

It may have been a very limited run, but the Polo R is a full-fledged AWD supermini with a rally pedigree. With a 250 horsepower engine, it can out-muscle the S1. The Haldex based AWD system in the Polo R will be very comparable in terms of capability to the S1

Conclusion

Audi S1

The Audi S1 Quattro will be an enthusiasts dream when it hits sales floors, likely later this year. Its high-strung turbocharged engine provides more than enough power to get you into trouble, and the Quattro AWD is there to help bail you out.

LOVE IT
  • AWD turbocharged supermini
  • Very, very powerful for its class
  • Manual transmission option
LEAVE IT
  • Not for U.S. consumption that we know of
  • Not as powerful as VW Polo R
  • No sedan option

Press release

The Audi S1 and the Audi S1 Sportback

Audi S1
  • New 2.0 TFSI with 170 kW (231 hp) and 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque, but just 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers (33.60 US mpg)
  • From 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.8 seconds
  • First quattro drive in the small compact segment

A great name makes a comeback: Audi is presenting the S1 and the S1 Sportback, the new flagship models in the compact A1 model line. Their 2.0 TFSI develops 170 kW (231 hp) and produces 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque; the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the extensively revamped suspension put the power effortlessly down onto the road. The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback set the benchmark in their class for dynamic performance.

Back in the 1980s an Audi S1 garnered a legendary reputation – it was the car that would see the brand dominate the World Rally Championship in its day. Now the abbreviation is coming back – but this time as a road-going version: the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback constitute the new flagship models in the compact A1 model line, adding an entry-level version to the Audi S model portfolio.

“The Audi S1 offers all the virtues of a sports car, great performance, direct handling and permanent quattro drive that puts the power to the road in a superior way,” says Prof. Dr. Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, adding: “The quattro drive has a large following of fans, which is sure to become even larger thanks to the offering in this segment.”

A high-performance four-cylinder unit provides the drive. The 2.0 TFSI fitted with a turbocharger develops 170 kW (231 hp) and produces up to 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque. The two-liter engine accelerates the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.8 and 5.9 seconds respectively. The top speed is 250 km/h (155.34 mph). On average the sporty, sonorous TFSI consumes just 7.0 (33.60 US mpg) or 7.1 (33.13 US mpg) liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (162 and 166 grams CO2 per kilometer [260.71 g/mile / 267.15 g/mile]) respectively.

Like all Audi S models, the S1 and the S1 Sportback also come with quattro permanent all-wheel drive onboard. At its heart is a hydraulic multi-plate clutch located on the rear axle. Its specifically tuned control software boasts a decidedly dynamic setup. The electronic differential lock with the fine-tuned wheel-selective torque control is a function of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC). It features two-stage deactivation and supplements the work of the multi-plate clutch with additional finely metered braking intervention on the inside wheels – the interaction of both systems makes for extremely agile, precise and stable handling.

The suspension on the two compact sport models has been extensively revamped. The electromechanical power steering has been developed. Modified pivot bearings on the front axle enhance spontaneity when turning. At the rear a four-link design replaces the compound link rear suspension used on the A1 models. The setup is sporty and firm; the Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes with a range of settings to vary the response of the engine, automatic air conditioning and the likewise standard variable shock absorbers.

Audi S1

A larger brake master cylinder as well as large brake discs – front 310 millimeters (12.20 in) in diameter – ensure excellent deceleration. Red brake calipers with S1 logo can be ordered as an option. The two sporty compact models are supplied ex factory with 17-inch wheels with 215/40 R17 tires; Audi offers 18-inch wheels with 225/35 R18 tires as an option.

The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback are instantly recognizable as the flagship models in the A1 model line. Their xenon plus headlights are all-new while the LED rear lights come with new, horizontally structured graphics. A host of details – particularly on the front and rear bumper, the side sills and the exhaust system – boast more striking styling. Four new exterior colors supplement the available paint finishes. The optional quattro exterior styling package hones the look further, courtesy of features such as a large roof spoiler.

The interior of the two compact sport models is finished in dark tones; black dominates, including on the air vent sleeves. The instruments feature S-specific dark-gray scales; the pedal caps are made out of brushed stainless steel. As an alternative to the standard sport seats, Audi fits the S sport seats with integrated head restraints. The quattro interior styling package can be selected as an option to add striking color accents.

The price of the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback, which will be available at dealers in Germany in the second quarter of 2014, will be €29,950 and €30,800 respectively. The extensive standard equipment can be supplemented with optional high-end features such as the convenience key, the MMI navigation plus with fold-out color monitor or the Bose surround sound system. The Audi connect module including car phone provides a connection to the Internet, allowing passengers to access the Internet and send e-mails on their mobile devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot, while the driver enjoys in-car access to tailor-made services from Audi connect.


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