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Meet Audi's A1 Sportback

2008-10-02 09:02

Audi is gearing up to rival BMW’s successful Mini brand.

In 2007 Ingolstadt unveiled the Metroproject Quattro concept car, widely seen as a preview for its A1 small hatch… And now the German carmaker is taking a step closer to a production version with its A1 Sportback concept, which is making its debut at the current Paris Motor Show.

The A1 Sportback concept looks production ready, and we expect the real thing to hit the road in 2009 – with an official unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show.

Audi’s latest concept has all the usual family styling cues from its siblings such as the Q5 and A4. evident from most angles, notably the oversize single-frame grille. This car is also quite small — more than 10 inches shorter than its compact sibling, the A3.

The A1 comes with a hybrid engine featuring a turbocharged, 110-kW 1.4-liter TFSI inline-4 engine that's matched with a 20kW electric motor that provides an extra 150Nm of torque.

Coupled with an S tronic dual-clutch gearbox and a stop-start system, the concept sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds and has a top speed of 200km/h.

Average fuel consumption is 3.9 litres per 100 km Audi also says CO2 emissions are an ultra-low 92 g/km on the European driving cycle.

The capacity of the lithium-ion batteries gives the car a range of up to 100 km in pure electric mode – it can also be plugged in to recharge.


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