As the Audi A1 slowly goes on sale across Europe, the German automaker continues work on the high-performance S1, which is expected to debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The model will go head-to-head with the likes of the Mini Cooper S.
Power will come from a tuned version of Volkswagen’s 1.4L supercharged and turbocharged gasoline engine that will produce close to 200-hp. The engine should propel the Audi S1 from 0 to 62 mph in less than 7 seconds with a top speed of more than 140 mph.
Audi will only offer one transmission choice – the 7-speed DSG with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. In a first for the Audi S range will be a hatch available in front-wheel-drive only.
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.
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– By: Omar Rana