Prior to the 2010 Paris Motor Show, we were led to believe that Audi would unveil the much-anticipated S1, the high-performance version of the Audi A1. However, in Paris, all we saw was an Audi A1 with a 1.4 TFSI unit that produces 185-hp. While the 1.4 TFSI powered Audi A1 is the range-topping variant of the hatchback’s range, it did not get the S1 badging. Why? Well because all ‘S’ badged vehicles get Audi’s quattro system and the 1.4 TFSI didn’t make the cut.
According to AutoCar, Volkswagen is engineering its PQ25 platform for all-wheel-drive. This will allow the proper underpinning for the S1 and may also bring life to two other models including a Polo R and a CrossPolo.
Sources say that the decision to ditch the S1 badging for the 1.4 TFSI A1 came last minute due to concerns about the lack of four-wheel-drive on the model – a feature that is available on all S models.
2011 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI:
– By: Omar Rana