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Despite the success of the Mini Cooper and America's newfound love of hatchbacks, Audi continues to deny us the all-new A1. There are a variety of reasons for excluding the pint-sized hatch from the U.S. market (marketing, brand image, average transaction price, etc.), but the introduction of the twin-charged A1 here at the Paris Motor Show has us questioning all of them.

Packing a 1.4-liter TFSI (read: both turbo and supercharged) inline four-cylinder engine, the A1 puts out 185 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque, sends it to the front wheels through a seven-speed S tronic gearbox and can sprint to 60 in 6.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 141 mph. Think of it as the luxury alternative to the Ford Fiesta, with a price tag to match: €24,250 or just over $30k at current exchange rates. Get all the details in the press release after the jump.

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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
      Looks like in Germany this sells for about 800 Euro more than a MINI Cooper S. If they could keep that same price differentiation when they bring it over here, it could do really, really well. If it's $26,000+, it would probably fail on a pretty massive scale.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Audi continues to deny us the all-new A1."

      ...and they can continue to do so with a 0-60 of 6.9 seconds. If I wanted a tiny little car, I'd get a BMW 128i that does 0-60 a full second faster for $29k (a thousand less) or the 135i that does 0-60 in 4.8 for about $6k more...

      Sal Collaziano
      Madison Ross Media Group
        • 4 Years Ago
        I saw a 1 series a few weeks ago. And then I LOL'd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wait until the car rags get to wring it out. VAG is traditionally very conservative on its power and 0-60 times.

        And this for a much different market than the 1-series.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really want to like this car because I like well engineered, fun to drive small cars, but I can't get past its overly aggressive face which makes it look like it's trying too hard to be tough, or a bratty kid with a scowl pouting in the corner.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm sure Audi realizes that no sooner does the automotive press convince them to send it to the states, the same press gets their hands on the first one and starts their usual pooh-poohing of the fact that it's front-wheel drive only. "Torque-steer!" "Where's the 4-wheel drive?" What if they don't offer it w/ a 6-speed manual? I can see the hand-wringing now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah, the U.S. market.... Always making decisions for the US buyers. When they should be giving us OPTIONS.

      I'd seriously consider buying this car. No doubt about it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $30K for a torsion beam suspension??? Ba, ha, ha, ha! I can't believe how pathetic these little cars are getting. A fully independent suspension should be a bare minimum, especially for any maker that wants to establish/maintain a premium reputation. It's hard to believe that automakers get so cheap and skimp on such critical parts and think no one will notice.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @Travisty - The article clearly stated the $30K was at the current exchange rate (i.e. US dollars). But let me clarify further... I don't want a cheap torsion beam suspension at any price. I want a fully independent suspension on any size or price vehicle that I buy, PARTICULARLY on a small car. Small cars are at a disadvantage to begin with when it comes to ride quality due to the short wheelbase and low mass which can be thrown around over road imperfections. As such, small cars especially need a well tuned independent suspension to help perfect the ride quality. It's simple physics.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Go back and read my post (just before this one), in Germany this car is only about $800-1,000 more than a MINI Cooper S. Don't just convert Euros to Dollars...
        • 4 Years Ago
        pretty much all cars in france had / have a real torsion bar suspention.
        (no coil springs)

        audi (vag) has always normal coil springs in combo with a flexible beam.
        at a certain time, many moldes used the same beam on all brands in the VAG.


        the left lane on this picture heading west, can be taking with about 90m/h or 150km/h (80km/h is allowed here) in a normal / avarage family car.

        a view from infront, slight right and than heading left.

        in the golf mkIV i had to slow down before reaching the bridge over the ap7 or risk getting trown over.
        the rubber band between the bridge and the road is not 100% flush and makes the car hunk towards flow of the momentum.
        with a renault 21 1700, i could maintain the speed with no wobble.

        it's an odd simple looking suspention (with no coil springs), the tuning on the r 21 was hard, the car is pretty much 100% of the time on the same height.
        but it drove very well.

        it's better than driving with a solid rear axle, wheels can scan the road independtly.

        the A1 is a audi for beginners and get used to these prices, that's all i can say.

      • 4 Years Ago
      "The McPherson construction at the front and the torsion-beam rear suspension...". Geez. I knew the Jetta was going to a cheap setup, but now Audi? I'd like an independent suspension for a sporty car like that.
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