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Audi gave the world a preview of its new A1 mini-car last fall in the form of the MetroProject and the production version of the new A1 is expected to debut in 2010 with a lineup that should include a drop-top version to take on the MINI Cabriolet. As usual, Audi will likely bring all the bells and whistles to the A1 Cabrio, including a power top that descends fully into the back end of the car. That would give the A1 and advantage over the MINI which stacks on top of the hind-quarters. And, unlike the MINI that maintains a diminutive replica of a rear seat, Audi won't bother with the rear quarters, keeping it strictly a two-seater. In the rendering from AutoExpress the car looks more like a miniature version of the RS4 Cabrio, but the little machine won't bother with quattro all-wheel-drive. Instead, the front wheels will be powered by 1.4L TFSI engines with mated to a DSG gearbox. The A1 Cabrio should debut at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      screw it, I'll take the normal A1 with the 168hp 1.4 driving the front wheels, please. keep the weight down and you've got yourself a great little MINI fighter. AWD adds complexity, weight and cost, three things you definitely don't need with a B-segment car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll keep my Miata.

      It is the real roadster on the roads and it has a usable trunk regardless of what position the top is in
      • 7 Years Ago
      Beautiful looking small car; I'd take one in red.
      • 7 Years Ago
      holy moly that is gorgeous.

      Please make this Audi. Give it a spunky diesel engine and then make an RS1 version and sell it in America. I'll put money on one now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't help but to notice that some of the newer smaller cars released (or soon to be released) by Audi seem to be taking a page from the Mitsubishi Evo front end sketch book.

      I know the headlight sculpting, the way the top sides of the front bumper scoops into the bottom of the headlights in this A1 screams EVO. Turn the grille upside down and you will definitely have a Mitsubishi in design on just the front end, not that it by any means a bad thing. in fact it gives it a sort of a swoopy aggressive look. It's what I have been calling the "Mitsubishi Hawk Face" design since the last generation of the smaller Galant and Diamante, now seen in the new Lancer/EVO and hopefully in the next generation Galant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      $hit, dont let my wife see this,
      or I'm gonna have another car payment.


      • 7 Years Ago
      Or they could opt for an Audi TT...
      • 7 Years Ago
      WOW!

      I like this car a lot!
      If it looks anything like that when it comes out it just may steer me away from the Sky Red Line i plan on picking up eventually.
        • 7 Years Ago
        EXACTLY what I was just thinking. I am in the market (next year) for a Sky for the wife, but this would make me wait if I knew it were coming.
        • 7 Years Ago
        EXACTLY what I was just thinking. I am in the market (next year) for Sky for the wife. This wouls make me wait and buy if I knew it were coming here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Zounds! A great looking car! With that smaller engine, it should get pretty good mileage, right? Mid-30's maybe 40 MPG? What will this thing cost, and will they bring it to the USA?
        HotRodzNKustoms
        • 7 Years Ago
        knowing Audi it will cost about $10k more than I'd pay for it
        So I figure $30k
        • 7 Years Ago
        Considering they said their 2.0TFSI is going to pull upwards of 36MPG in 2009, I would assume something with 0.6L less displacement would get considerably better, well into the 40s.

        Seriously though, I LOVE the fact that the new 2.0TFSI gets better mileage than a 1.8L engine in a Civic. Oustanding.
        • 7 Years Ago
        IF you keep your foot out of boost... and when you're not in boost you're making less power than a Civic too.

        2.0L turbo making 200hp? Weaksauce.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Having traded in a 07 Civic Ex for an 06 A4, I can chime in. The A4 averages 27mpg for me where as the Civic averaged 30mpg. Yet, when driving along the Civic is whining like crazy to get any speed and the A4 seems like it's asleep waiting for more gas to kick the booster in. It's like a Civic with power waiting to be used.

          Not to mention the 2.0t can be chipped up to near 250hp and get even better gas milage. I'll be doing that soon. I'll take that from a 4 banger 3 mpg shy of a Civic.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So it looks like a slightly smaller TT roadster. It also looks to be bigger than a Mini, with longer overhangs and though attractive (and reminiscent of every other Audi), has almost none of the Mini's retro panache.

      Audi is introducing all these new models that seem to overlap a bit with what it already has and what the VW division also offers. There's danger of cannibalization (e.g., why do both VW and Audi need a 4 door coupe, baby ute, a range of convertibles, etc.?).
        • 7 Years Ago
        There is a danger of cannabalizing sales, but the same thing was said about the R8 and the Gallardo. And that has been far from the disaster cannibal-critics have predicted.

        Anyways, why should Audi worry about it anyways? By modern corporate strategy, it is good to cannibalize your own sales. The thought goes, it's better to have your sales be cannibalized from an internal source, than an outside competitor.
        • 7 Years Ago
        He's right.

        TSX is smaller than Accord BTW and "feels" a lot smaller, I know... I own both. :-)

        I don't think this overlaps with anything that VW has. If you're talking about that little hard top vert they have... eehhhh maybe, but that's a LOT uglier than this, and I wouldn't feel gay driving the Audi.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why does Lexus need to have ES330 if there is already Toyota Camry?
        Why does Acura need TSX if there is already Accord?
        Why do I think that the car manufacturers are run by people that are stupid, and I am not a CEO?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Jason, VW also has several new models planned...even a speedster droptop of the next Beetle. Anyway, speaking of Audi and feeling gay, the A4 convertible is no more butch than the Eos. However, gays and breeders will drive just about anything.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this looks like an evo x from the front. i dont know who came out with the idea of this type of front bumpers. it looks really nice but i see it in the gtr, ford focus europe, fiesta, this and i am sure there are some more outthere. it seems like its becaming a concept design for everyone to follow and it looks good indeed. well i dont see the competion to minicooper if its to be a 2 seater. this in reality has no competition not that i know of.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That looks like a 2 seater, while the mini cab is a 4 seater.

      Looks pretty much like an Audi verson of the VW Eos.
        • 7 Years Ago
        but how usable are the rear seats in the mini?


        ...exactly
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