Audi S1 will be first ‘S’ model offered in FWD only, coming to Geneva in 2011

2011 Audi A1

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.

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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

Source: AutoExpress