• Jan 6, 2009
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got the inside dope on the upcoming Audi S1, and the the compact hatch has its sights set on the MINI Cooper JCW, Fiat 500 Abarth SS, Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA and Volvo C30. Based on the new Audi A1, the S1 will feature a cranked up version of VW/Audi's Twincharger 1.4L TSI four tweaked to produce 200 hp and 221 ft-lb of torque. Power might be down compared to the S1's competitors, but expect the three-door to hold its own with a rear-biased quattro setup, a seven-speed S-Tronic twin-clutch gearbox and a lowered and stiffened suspension that might feature Audi's magnetic dampers. AE is projecting a 0-60 time of around six seconds, an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph and a combined fuel economy of 35 mpg.

The car should look as good as it moves, with styling that apes the metroproject quattro we saw in Tokyo last year. Expect an aggressive bodykit, 19-inch alloys, roof spoiler, and chrome accents. Inside, you'll find a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats and aluminum pedals, along with a version of Audi's mobile electronic device. The dash-mounted Audi iPhone-alternative can actually control some of the car's systems remotely, but we wouldn't be surprised if the system doesn't make it to production for at least another two years. The baby S3 won't be is cheap, so expect the S1 to start at almost double the A1's £13,000 starting price when sales begin abroad next year.


[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Audi needs to TwinCharge the S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think It must be Mitsubishi Evolution...
      • 6 Years Ago
      just UGLY
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too bad they won't bring it to the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Color me certainly intrigued, but there's a lot of stuff there unnecessary. Magnetic dampers? 7-speed DSG? Really? On an A1/S1? What happened to old fashioned suspension tuning? After having driven several vehicles with magnetic dampening systems, only maybe one or two actually worked as advertised, with a comfort and a dynamic setting. But even still, both cars worked best in normal setting, which negated the need for comfort or dynamic altogether. Then again, it's an Audi, not a VW. Everything's about showmanship with the luxury brands...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be so sure about that should gasoline prices skyrocket again like they did last June! Audi is doing very well for itself...only time will tell.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ummmmm.... Not really sure what to say. I mean, I'm pissed that Audi won't be bringing the A1 over here. A turbo'd 1.4-1.6 putting out 150-170hp channeled through FWD, reasonably lightweight and starting at £13,000 sounds like a winning combination to me. Doubling the price for AWD, magnetic dampers and being forced into DSG doesn't exactly sound as appealing. Not that I wouldn't drive it, but just like I'd prefer a $22k GTI over a $32k R32, there gets to be a point where exclusivity and "factory tuning" just gets way, way too expensive. And just like the R32, the 2wd version (or its 2wd competitors) will probably be just as fast and cost far, far less.
        • 6 Years Ago
        agreed 100%. i was thinking the same thing!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is it competing with the Volvo C30? isn't that A3 turf?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Did you read the article? It's facing the Mini S, not the C30.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh... back looks like a mk 1 Golf. Not exactly attractive. Hope the original will look better!
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