Audi has just announced a very limited version of the A1 known as the A1 quattro. The top-of-the-line A1 will be limited to just 333 units all allocated for the European market.
Power for the Audi A1 quattro comes from a 2.0 TFSI 4-cylinder direct-injected gasoline engine making 256-hp at 6,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 258 lb-ft between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. Mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, 0 to 62 mph comes in just 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 152 mph. Audi said that every detail of the 4-cylinder engine has been optimized for high performance and low fuel consumption. Fuel-economy comes in at 27.67 mpg.
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While quattro all-wheel-drive is permanent, during normal driving conditions most of the engine’s power is sent to the front wheels. If traction decreases, the clutch can transfer some of the torque to the rear axle in just a few milliseconds. Also, if a wheel on one of the axles should slip, it is braked by the electronic differential lock (EDL).
The Audi A1 quattro will only be available in Glacier White metallic with a roof-painted in black. The front and rear bumper have been redesigned to be more muscular. However, the thing that stands out the most on the Audi A1 quattro are the 8.0 J x 18 cast alloy wheels. They are Glacier White, feature a turbine design and are wrapped in 225/35-series tires.
Inside, Audi A1 quattro owners will get the company’s MMI plus navigation system, Bose sound system, Bluetooth, Google Earth and an integrated WLAN hotspot.
– By: Omar Rana