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S1 to be Audi pocket rocket

2009-01-08 08:20

The Metroproject Quattro concept hints at the Audi A1 range.

Audi is prepping a super hatch to take on high performance small cars such as the MINI John Cooper Works. The S1, which will churn out 150kW, will complete Audi’s forthcoming A1 line-up.

It will take the compact, chunky A1 three-door shape – previewed by the Metroproject Quattro concept, revealed at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show – however, the S1 will get an aggressive bodykit.

Flared arches, 19-inch alloy wheels, a roof-mounted spoiler, and a particularly aggressive front end with a low front splitter, deep air intakes and menacing daytime LED running lights are all part of the mix.

Power will come from the carmaker’s supercharged and turbocharged 1.4-litre engine. The tiny powerplant will thrust out about 150kW and 300Nm of torque.

Mated to a seven-speed S-Tronic twin-clutch gearbox, the S1 should provide shattering performance. We expect it to go from 0-100 km/h in about six seconds and reach a top speed of 250km/h.

The S1 will feature Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive system, biased 40:60 in favour of the rear wheels.
Furthermore it seems that Audi will make its magnetic dampers available too.

These will work in conjunction with Drive Select – a system which offers owners the choice of several driving modes including Dynamic and Comfort, allowing them to sharpen steering, throttle and suspension response according to road conditions.

Audi will unveil the A1 range sometime this year, and if we lucky the S1 will also debut in 2009.

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