• Sep 22, 2010
2011 Audi A1 1.4 TFSI – Click above for high-res image gallery

Audi will pull the wraps off a hopped-up version of its diminutive A1 hatch at the year's Paris Motor Show, but even in its high-output trim, the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI promises to be a green machine. The 1.4 TFSI model packs a 185-horsepower dual-charged four-cylinder engine with 185 pound-feet of twist. What's dual-charged? Well, if you take a turbocharger and a supercharger and bolt both onto a single engine, then you've birthed the dual-charged mill. Audi says the dual-charged setup can scoot the lithe A1 to 60 miles per hour in a reasonable 6.9 seconds, but speed is not the 1.4 TFSI's only purpose.

Audi claims that the A1 1.4 TFSI will get about 40 miles per gallon (U.S.) and even though the mileage estimates fall far short of hybrids like the Toyota Prius, we'd bet that this hot hatch will have no problem swiping sales from the Honda CR-Z. With a reasonable price of around 24,250 ($31,500 U.S. at the current exchange rate), we'd jump at the chance to buy one. Unfortunately, the A1 1.4 TFSI is one of those "not available in the U.S." models. But you can still hit the jump to drool over Audi's dual-charged, ultra-efficient A1 1.4 TFSI.

[Source: Audi]


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
      It sounds great. How do they work out the mileage ratings anyway? Fair enough, a heavy car is heavy anyway, but if you were taking it easy and not driving a hot car like this faster than a Prius, would it actually have much lower mileage?
        • 4 Years Ago
        lulz, you'd be surprised at how bad the mileage i got when i was test driving it.... mid 20's :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ David Martin : You can't compare EU numbers (Audi A1) with US EPA numbers (Prius).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Prius in Europe gets 3.9l... this gets 5.9l... quite large difference... and what they do is optimize the engine so turbo does not run during the eu mpg cycle test... once you drive the car, it gets no better mpg than other efficient gasoline engines that are rated 20%-30% worse... for instance, VW still has to win mpg test in Autobild between TSI and Valvematic engines, despite ratings and higher price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Why not,
        The US mpg of a Prius, non plug-in variety, is given as 50 mpg, 25% better, not 56%!
        No doubt you can do better by hypermiling or something, but if you went easy on the gas in this little Audi you would still be motoring along quite respectably, with about the same acceleration as the Prius driven so as not to cause tail-backs for a mile - 0-60 in 10 seconds is taking it easy in this, flat out in the Prius.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, given the Prius gets 56% higher mpg than this vehicle (when measured using the same measurement system), even if you drive them lightly, the Prius will do far better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fair enough. Thanks guys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow this is breaking news for sure. Turbo compound in a passenger vehicle---not since WW2 in rotary aircraft engines.

      Totally trick without a doubt!!

      I love it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love Audi vehicles, but this car would not compete with the CRZ in any way. Its price point is closer to the BMW 1 series. Their not bringing the car here because they would never make any money. The CRZ is a better choice if you want a small hatch and good gas mileage. I still wouldn't buy the CRZ if I wanted to save money on gas....Prius takes that spot right now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Check the prices for the CR-Z in Europe, I think you'll have a change of opinion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW has been selling this engine for years, in Europe. There have been articles about it on this blog. Don't know why it is not available here in lieu of the 5 cylinder base engine we get in the US.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because it's more expensive.

        Turbo engines are generally options, add a supercharger and a turbo to the engine and the cost goes up that much more.

        I would like to see one as an option under the 2.0T, but it would never be a base engine. Especially with the base price of the new Jetta dropping by a couple thousand dollars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "we'd bet that this hot hatch will have no problem swiping sales from the Honda CR-Z"

      Because a lot of people are cross shopping a $32K car with a $19K car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The A1 is not offered in the US, and therefore there is no EPA rating. They took the EU rating and converted it to US gallons.

        The CR-Z is rated at 56.5mpg combined on the Euro cycle
        The A1 1.4TSI Sport is rated at 54.3mpg combined on the Euro cycle

        • 4 Years Ago
        While you can't directly compare Euro prices outright with US prices, you should at least make it an apples to apples comparison.

        The CR-Z is not a $19k car in Euros. Looking at the German Honda site, they show the price as 21,990 compared to the 24,250 of the A1. Converted to USD, that's $28,564 using the exchange rate AB does.

        So, they'd be comparing a $32k car to a $29K one(rounding both up), which is pretty likely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They're also comparing EU and EPA fuel efficiency numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The A1 is not offered in the US"

        LOL ... yes, I read the two paragraphs and I understand ABG's approach to "converting" EU fuel efficiency numbers to USDM numbers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You really can't compare the prices across markets because auto makers have different strategies from one market to the next. In the U.S. Audi is considered a premium brand and in the U.S. a lot of the japanese companies have premium brands that don't exist anywhere else.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you want another opinion, look at prices in the UK.
        Base prices from the co.uk sites of Honda, Audi, and Toyota(Prius used for additional comparison)
        Exchange rate of 1.00 GBP = 1.56830 USD from xe.com

        GBP - 16,999
        USD - 26,659

        GBP - 15,345(16,765 for S-Tronic)
        USD - 24,066(26,292 for S-Tronic)

        GBP - 19,855
        USD - 31,137

        Draw your own conclusions from there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bring it here
      Bring it here
      Bring it here
      Bring it here
        • 4 Years Ago
        Um, what he^ said.

        Why don't they bring it here? Does Audi think they're protecting their image or something? I mean, how much could it possibly cost to have it tested by the proper authorities (the excuse they often cite). Do we have to start a Facebook petition for the A1, too?
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