Audi will indeed do a hot-hatch version of the new A1. Company boss Rupert Stadler has admitted that an Audi S1 is on the way and will compete with the likes of the Mini Cooper S.
“Sportiness is a core value for the Audi brand and we have some clear ideas [for the A1] in this direction,” Stadler said. However, he refused to expand on the exact form the range-topping A1 might take.
It is reported that power for the Audi S1 will come from a 1.4 twin-turbocharged engine making 180-hp, which will be mated to the company’s 7-speed DSG gearbox. Audi engineers have also admitted that the brand’s 2.0L TFSI units can also fit in the A1’s engine compartment.
Refresher: The 2011 Audi A1 will go on sale in Europe later this year with prices starting around 16,000 euros ($22,062 USD). Power will come from a lineup of 4-cylinder engines, which consists of two TDI diesels and two TFSI gasoline units with output ranging from 84-hp to 122-hp. Mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission, fuel-economy will range from 44 mpg and 62 mpg.
2011 Audi A1:
– By: Omar Rana