• Nov 18, 2009

Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

Audi and Quattro go together like peanut butter and jelly, but Autobild is reporting that the four-ringed automaker's fabulous all-wheel drive system will be excluded from the forthcoming A1 mini car. We're a little surprised to hear that the Quattro tech won't be added considering that the A1's design study, the Audi Metroproject Quattro Concept, includes the word "Quattro" in its name. Regardless, while this news might be a problem for purists, on the practical side, the inclusion of AWD means additional weight and cost, something that's antithetical to the A1's stated mission.

The A1 will reportedly only be available with one gearbox: a seven speed S-Tronic automatic transmission. Autobild reports that the A1 will be available throughout Europe in August or September of next year, with a sportback version coming online in late 2011 and a cabriolet in early 2012. The S1 will reportedly hit production in February of 2011 with a 1.4-liter TFSI powerplant capable of a very respectable 180 horsepower and a 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds. There's no word on whether Audi plans to offer the A1 in the U.S., but we should know more when the compact runabout is revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

[Source: Autobild via German Car Blog]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Want to save on costs? Dump the DSG, and go with a manual.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Audi: Don't bother bringing that thing stateside unless it has a real transmission. Thanks!
        • 5 Years Ago
        hopefully the pricing will reflect those saved costs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No Quattro?

        DO NOT WANT!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it looks like a German Fiat 500.

      If Subaru could put AWD in the Justy, it seems like some sort of AWD could be put in the Audi A1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A kid with buck teeth... looks more like a Fiat 500 from the side profile to me...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The AMC Pacer lives again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No manual = no interest.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bottom half looks great, top half not so much...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that 1.4L is the Twincharged engine. Turbo and Supercharger on a little engine.

      A little S1 might not need quattro, but it would set it apart from the supercharged Minis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If the mini had 4WD I'd already own one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can do without AWD (even though it would be a really fun car to toss around in winter) but I doubt I could live without a third pedal especially is a small car like this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's bad news when the European offering only comes with one gearbox, which is an automatic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car scream 500 to me, but the Fiat is better looking than this thing, in particular the Abarth version.

      I also bet that the price will be much higher than the italian car and possibly even more expansive than the Mini.
      OK it is an Audi.........but Audi do not do mini cars, srtick with the bloody Quattro and the TT please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Smaller, faster, more frugal than the gti? Bring it over and charge gti money for it and I'll buy one in a heartbeat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. Have never really been interested in Audi until seeing this. This A1 rocks!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I really like what I see, but I'm not sure that I would be able to convince myself to buy this over a GTI/TDI. The GTI is already plenty frugal for what it is, and should be much more utilitarian than this mini. I bet the interior quality will be on par in both models.

        I guess I could see owning this over a GTI/TDI as a city car, but the VW's seem to be better choices for the 'burbs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Volkswagen at it´s best...

      This car is already on the market as the Seat Ibiza Cupra on the same chassie with the same 1.4 TSI 180PS engine and the 7 speed dry DSG ... the same car is the new Polo GTI with exactly the same engine transmission chassie and now they bring a third version of the same car called Audi A1 ... pretty sure they find a way to sell it as a Skoda too...and perhaps as a Porsche volume model :D

      BTW... not a bad thing the 7speed DSG tranny with the 1.4TSI engine..the Ibiza was already tested with 6.7s 0-100km/h (62mph) ... without launch controll...not a bad time for a modern heavy FWD 180hp car..
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