• Feb 10th 2010 at 5:32PM
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2011 Audi A1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

It should come as no surprise that Audi will offer a number of different variants of its new A1 compact hatch. What is surprising (kinda) is that the forthcoming S1 will be the first modern, performance-focused Audi to lack all-wheel drive.

According to Autocar, Audi intends to sell 100,000 A1s annually and to pull off those kind of numbers, it will have to diversify. Included in the plan is a five-door version, similar to the A1 Sportback concept seen in Paris, that's likely to ditch the contrast roof rails in favor of a more traditional top. The wagon will likely hit dealers abroad this time next year (production version in Paris?), with the same combination of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines as the three-door model.

A convertible version will likely arrive in 2012 with a fabric roof and 2+2 seating, with the S1 variant landing around the same time. When the S-ified A1 hits the market, it's likely to only be available in three-door form, packing a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-pot boosted to around 180 hp and sending power to the front wheels through Audi's seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. If you're disappointed by the lack of Quattro, don't be – the S1 won't make it to the U.S. anyway.


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[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      it shouldn't have the audi badge if it doesn't have quattro as at least an option

      BLASPHEMY!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "If you're disappointed by the lack of Quattro, don't be – the S1 won't make it to the U.S. anyway."

      Tough luck for us Colonies...

      The best bet for a VWAG supermini on these shores would be the Polo...or if you want sushi with that Kolsch beer, the upcoming Suzukli Swift.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So am I the only one that just isn't that interested in this car?

      I mean I like small cars, and I like some of Audi's lineup (A5 is stunning), but I would rather take a VW GTI or a Mini over this any day... and probably for lots less money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i really hope to this

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      • 5 Years Ago
      How about spawning some AWD? Hmmm? How about that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        An Audi WITHOUT the availability of the legendary quattro AWD!? Unthinkable. Heresy. Dumb. Stupid. A laughing stock in the Alps at the ski slopes. Who at Audi thought THIS was a good idea?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, I'd really just prefer RWD, but being that AWD is Audi's bag n all, I just figured it would be more likely to get AWD - and I'd take that over FWD any day ... and a little extra spunk too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Excellent little car, I like it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Everyone is gunning for the Mini in the high end sport compact segment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I could see how this would look just fantastic with a soft top.
      IF, they can keep that COMPLETELY flat beltline.............hmmm........just like the MINI!
      actually, the side elevations will look quite similar..........

      I'm going with the 500
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can we has? :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        timberlake? BARF!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Didn't they sign Justin Timberlake to be the spokesperson for this?
        I figure a celebrity so well known in America would be perfect to market this car... in America.

        Besides, it isn't like Minis aren't selling well in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why don't we get the S3 and now the S1?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car is strictly for female dogs,no man is driving this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...don't you mean no man who feels the need to overcompensate. Get back in your hummer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        let me guess, youre about 12?
      • 5 Years Ago
      3 door and 5 door variant. Convertable. S-option. sounds a lot like the A3.
      Is this going to be similar in the way the X1 replaced the X3 in bmw, but really didnt change the size/form factor much?
      • 5 Years Ago
      they just beat mini with 2 more doors lol.

      IMO:
      A1 over Mini anyday
        • 5 Years Ago
        the Clubman has only 2 and 1/2 doors, the A1 will have 4 full doors (hopefully)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mini Clubman already has extra doors - too late!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @johnH

        However, the mini clubman is so fugly...I don't even want to consider it a car :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        The clubman is disgusting so your argument is invalid.
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