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.