• Jul 25, 2007
click above image to view all three reportedly official sketches of the Audi A1

The folks over at CAR online swear they have three official design sketches of Audi's upcoming MINI-fighter, the A1. Reportedly "smuggled" out of Ingoldstadt's design studio, the sketches show Audi's tiny hatch in three-door trim, though a five-door, coupe and convertible are also planned. Based on the automaker's Modular Tranverse Matrix (MQB) platform, the A1 will supposedly be cheap to produce, which may allow Audi to price it up to 10% below the MINI in Europe. Quattro all-wheel drive will of course be offered, though front-wheel drive will be standard on base models. The A1 is also slated to receive a new 7-speed DSG that's cheaper to produce than current clutchless cog swappers. Engines, meanwhile, at least for the European market, should range from 65 to 170bhp in gas models, as well as a 200bhp S1 model, and 75 to 130bhp for diesel models. CAR expects prices to start around €16,000, or nearly $22,000 USD, though we're not sure when or even if Audi will bring its little A1 to the States.

[Source: CAR online]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      For here in SF this would be a dream. Love those impeccable Audi interiors!
        • 7 Years Ago
        since these images and actual concept car have been out for more than few months... looks like mitsu beat audi design wise.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Give me this with the 200hp motor for less than a Cooper S and I'd be very interested. That's a good looking car, and Audi's dynamics seem to be improving a lot lately.
      • 7 Years Ago
      These are simply basic sketch's nothing more nothing less. They would not even be used to define a new model only concepts for models. I can guarantee the A1 sport is much sweeter looking than this vw based drawing. I have seen alot of kick AZZ stuff coming from the De' Silva team and yes BMW should be looking over its back. The new A4 is going to be revolutionary starting with its exterior-motor and as usual the interior is going to kick some Bangle butt. The entire Audi group is preparing for a total assault on the market and even the small vehicles are going to blow u away.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A baby Audi would be nice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      nice looking car, but the snout ruins it. Yuck!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the fender flares of the 3rd pic much better than the bulges that appear on the first two pictures. I agree the nose needs some work though. That said, it's a good looking car, hopefully they will choose to sell them in the US also!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow..those are original! I've never seen a car that looks like that.

      Not. ;-P