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2011-10-14 10:30

SPOTTED: Audi's RS1 will make its global debut in 2012. Image gallery.

Audi’s pint-sized hatchback will receive the RS moniker as our spy photographers spotted the new RS1 undergoing testing.

And we're told it will come to market in 2012.

Spotted at the Nurburgring this potent hot-hatch looks set to take on the Fiat 500 Abarth and Mini Cooper S JCW.

The prototype spotted in our spy images spots a slick black paintjob and the requisite RS gear - five-spoke rims, assertive body kit, and a rear spoiler.  Distinguishing the RS1 visually will be a unique body kit that will include wider fender flares.

While the RS1 is still on the cards, Audi says the new model spotted at the 'Ring is a special edition version of the A1, more on that later...


A new headlight cluster design with a black background, along with a new front bumper design gives it a rather muscular look.

The rear of the RS1 receives a new bumper incorporating two exhausts and a large diffuser.

Rumour has it the new model will sport a detuned version of the engine currently in the TTS with our spies reporting the RS1 will feature a 2.0-litre turbo powerplant capable of 162kW.

According to Audi there no confirmed plans for an Audi RS1 and states that the model spotted at the Nurburgring could be a special edition A1.

Audi said: "There are currently no confirmed plans for an Audi RS1, the vehicle that has been spotted is more than likely a test mule for the limited edition A1 quattro which will only be sold in Europe and in left hand drive form."

"This car is based on the A1 concept car shown at Le Mans earlier in 2011"



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