• Sep 20, 2010
2011 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI – Click above for high-res image gallery

As if we needed another reason to salivate over the delicious little Audi A1. The Four Ring'd One has just announced that it will pull the sheets off of a new, hopped-up version of its tiniest hatch at this year's Paris Motor Show. Here's the important part: under the hood, there's a 185-horsepower dual-charged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 185 lb-ft of torque. That's right, this machine makes use of both a supercharger and a turbocharger, and as a result, Audi says that its new A1 1.4 TFSI can scoot to 60 mph in a quick 6.9 seconds.

By way of salting the wound even further, Audi says that the meanest of the A1 breed returns around 40 mpg U.S., effectively making the Honda CR-Z look both lethargic and overtly wasteful. A seven-speed DSG gearbox handles shifting duties and likely helps with that massive fuel economy number. Quattro all-wheel drive is still not available, however.

European buyers can expect to see the brawny A1 by the end of this year, where it will carry a price tag of around $31,500 at current conversion rates (though the included EU taxes inflate that figure somewhat). As usual, we won't see it on our shores. Hit the jump to take a look at the press release and the high-res gallery below if you're a glutton for punishment.

[Source: Audi]

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The Audi A1 1.4 TFSI (136 kW)
- Audi presents new top engine version for the Audi A1 at the Paris Motor Show
- 1.4 TFSI engine with 136 kW (185 hp) and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft)
- Fuel consumption of 5.9 l/100 km (39.87 US mpg), CO2 emissions of 139 g/km (223.7 g/mile)

INGOLSTADT, Germany, Sep 20, 2010 - The Audi A1, the premium car among the small compacts, has been a major success following its market debut. And now Audi is presenting the new top version – the A1 1.4 TFSI (136 kW). Its taut chassis provides sporty handling, while the dual-charged 1.4 TFSI delivers 136 kW (185 hp) of power and the S tronic dual-clutch transmission comes standard. The A1 1.4 TFSI (136 kW) also impresses with groundbreaking efficiency, consuming on average just 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (39.87 US mpg), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km (223.70 g/mile) (provisional figures).

The A1 1.4 TFSI (136 kW) has a confident appearance. The single-frame grille, the striking roof arch, the flat C-pillar, the wrap-around engine hood and luggage hatch and the tornado line show its sporty potential even when it is at a standstill.

The A1 1.4 TFSI (136 kW) has a compact, lightweight engine with four valves per cylinder. This produces an impressive 136 kW (185 hp) and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) takes just 6.9 seconds, and the top speed is 227 km/h (141.05 mph) (performance figures are provisional).

The spontaneous response and high propulsive power, even at high speeds, are achieved thanks to its special concept – a combination of supercharger and turbocharger.

The supercharger springs into action at 1,500 rpm and in most situations is disengaged at 2,400 rpm. From 3,500 rpm at the latest, the turbocharger does all the work. Because it doesn't have to do as much work at the low end of the rev range, the developers were able to use a large turbo and design it for high efficiency.

The 1.4 TFSI combines efficiency and dynamics. It uses on average just 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (39.87 US mpg) and emits 139 g CO2 per km (223.7 g/mile) (consumption figures are provisional). These excellent numbers are the product of the FSI concept, the dual charging system and also technologies from the modular efficiency platform.

The standard seven-speed S tronic transmission directs the power of the 1.4 TFSI to the front wheels. The high-end transmission is very short and light. The seven-speed S tronic is composed of two transmission structures which are operated by two multi-plate clutches. The shifting process takes place in just a few hundredths of a second and with no detectable interruption of pulling power. The tall seventh gear reduces fuel consumption.

The McPherson construction at the front and the torsion-beam rear suspension with separate springs and dampers form the basis for agile handling.

The Audi A1 1.4 TFSI (136 kW) turns in spontaneously, takes corners quickly and stably, and accelerates out of them with sure-footed grip. The brakes have the potent performance under control. The ventilated front discs measure 288 millimeters (11.34 in) in diameter.

Another specialty that comes standard for the chassis is the ESP stabilization program with electronic limited slip differential. When the system detects an impending loss of traction at the inside wheel during fast cornering, it initiates very brief braking of that wheel.

There is a comprehensive range of equipment. The safety package comprises two front airbags, thorax/pelvic side airbags and curtain head airbags. Belt tensioners and belt force limiters plus the Audi integral headrest system round out the package. Isofix child seat anchor points in the rear are standard.

Many of the options come directly from the luxury class. These are the xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, the LED tail lights, the LED interior lighting package, the high-beam assistant, the light and rain sensor, the panoramic sunroof, the convenience key with the start-stop button, two navigation systems and a 465 watt Bose surround sound system with 14 speakers. Finally, manual and automatic air conditioning systems plus heated front seats are optionally available.

The Audi A1 1.4 TFSI (136 kW) will be launched toward the end of the year at a price of €24,250. In addition to S tronic, its standard specification contains a wide range of highlights: Ambition equipment line, 17-inch wheels, S line exterior package, manual air conditioning, additional mono.pur colored interior elements, black headlining and the LED interior light package.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm surprised that it has taken this long for a company to both turbo- and super-charge a small engine for performance and economy-AGAIN. The MR2 from Toyota did this in it's 2nd gen, and it was a beast in all the best ways-light, mid-engine, Ferrari 80% scale look alike-golly I still wish I had bought one! Not a new concept, but with modern on-board computers, should make one STRONG engine!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe if you only look at the front. The rears are entirely different between the two.
        • 4 Years Ago
        spin cycle,

        You are correct, I don't know how I conflated the pressurization systems of 1st and 2nd gen onto one car.

        But the 2nd gen WAS and is considered to closely mimic the Ferraris of the time-from Wiki:

        [The MR2 went through a complete redesign in 1989; the car was larger in every dimension and weighed 350 to 400 pounds (160 to 180 kg) more than its predecessor. The 1990 model year MSRP ranged from approximately ¥1,953,330 (€13,896), ($14,368) to ¥2,522,960 (€17,882), ($18,558).

        Since the resemblance between the Ferrari 348 and the Ferrari F355 and the new MR2 was quite striking, the MkII is sometimes referred to as a "poor man's Ferrari."]

        As to a twin-charged(super and turbo) in the United States, it appears NO ONE has done so on a mass produced car-yet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously Audi, screw you for not bringing this to the USA. Don't wanna be rude but that just infuriates me - especially with this little gem.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They charge about $3000 for the engine alone. I don't know this would really be a big seller in the US, given how much cheaper gas is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it is a cool looking car for its size. If the girlfriend had one, I would be very happy to ride in it.

      • 4 Years Ago
      185 hp + 40 mpg in an attractive little hatch can never go wrong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like everything Audi, but I don't get this thing.
      Why Audy needs to diluite the brand going to compete with Toyota and Fiat?

      I prefer a Yaris over this
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why would anyone prefer a Yaris over this? That was a joke right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you cross shop this and a Yaris, you're doing it wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a completely opposite mindset. If I am seeking out a small hatch, I want it as comfortable and loaded inside with creature comforts as I can. I want it to be a very pleasant place to spend my time, but also a practical car with a hatch and flat-folding rear bench, so I can carry large objects at times, or for my dog.

        A small hatch that is cheap and bare-bones on the inside, is just a depressing car. Who would chose that?

        Basically, I want the MINI Cooper I already have, but more sophisticated inside, and more luxurious inside, but with all the driving dynamics intact.

        If I had to have a Yaris or a Mazda2, I'd probably rather just walk.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm right there with you. I've pretty much loved everything out of Ingolstadt since the reborn A4 15 or so years ago, but I honestly don't get this aberration. To me it just doesn't look like a real Audi.

        I know that the European market demands a hot hatch in a smaller form factor, but this just seems like such an inelegant implementation for Audi. The lines just don't work for me and it seems partially finished.
        • 4 Years Ago
        dude you dropped your monocle...
        • 4 Years Ago

        But that's my point.............If I have to get something so small, I get something cheaper.
        If I want an Audi, I add few thousands Dollars and I buy a proper one, not this.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if it comes in steak sauce brown. I cant get over the A1 badge they need to name it something else. U1, D1, I1 anything but A1. I know I know, it follows suit. I wonder if A1 steak comapny will sue them for name rights.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The CR-Z is rated at 47 mpg (US) on the EU cycle (combined) (5l/100km). So no, this doesn't put the CR-Z in the shade, fuel economy-wise.

      That aside, isn't it about time for VW to retire this engine? It's little more than a show pony.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes. It is. people grumbled about VW never bringing it here, I say thank goodness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      so..are they going to have an S1??

      is this supposed to be the S1 except in name??

      why did they give the US mpg rating if they're not going to sell it here?

      can you stop converting Euro prices into dollars??
        • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Audi didn't give EPA fuel efficiency numbers because they don't exist. Autoblog did a straight conversion from the EU numbers, which are irrelevant because they use a different testing methodology. Autoblog then used the irrelevant numbers to once again bash the Honda CR-Z.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like an Imperial Stormtrooper...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The CR-Z is the benchmark. The automaker know better what car is the CR-Z ,
      they dont look this car like a Hondahater. This car is so good that Hyundai dont
      Know what to do with the Veloster to compete with the CR-Z.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Want it, we need at least the Golf with this motor in the states.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah we do, A turbo and supercharged motor that gets around 38 mpg, yes.
        • 4 Years Ago
        no. we don't.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does VW refuse to sell their cars in the USA? First the Scirrocco and now the A1? Guess I just have to keep driving my MINI.
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