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Audi shows its MINI killer

2007-10-19 08:03

The Audi Metroproject concept car

Audi is to unveil the Metroproject Quattro concept, a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid, at the Tokyo Motor Show. In production guise this concept will be badged as the A1 and it is set to make life difficult for the MINI Cooper.

The concept car is a three-door, four-seat hatchback with an aggressive styling treatment.

It comes with a 1.4-litre turbocharged direct-injection (TFSI) four-cylinder engine producing 110kW.

Also, a 30kW electric motor, which thrusts out 200Nm of torque, is positioned on the rear axle.

This unit drives the car exclusively at lower speeds or provides extra muscle (and all-wheel drive) under full throttle.

The concept's lithium-ion batteries, which can be charged from a standard electric plug, will keep the Metroproject moving for about 100km.

The battery compartment is visible in the rear cargo area through a plexiglass cover.

Power is driven via an S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox.

Like the TT and R8 sport cars the concept also features Audi's magnetic ride dampers.

Apparently the 0-100km/h sprint is done in 7.8 seconds and top speed is 201km/h.

The Metroproject also features another interesting gizmo - a portable iPhone-like unit called the Audi Mobile Device.

This device acts as a phone, an entertainment centre, a remote vehicle-systems manager and a navigation-system interface and remote car security camera all in one.

Expect a production version of the A1 to arrive sometime in 2009

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