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Audi A1 TFSI – Click above for high-res image gallery

Audi surprised us all when it took the wraps off its top-of-the-line A1 TFSI hatchback packing everything but the kitchen sink...and the S1 nameplate. The reason, according to reports, was that every S model in the company's history has featured Quattro all-wheel drive, but the PQ25 platform on which the A1 is based can't accommodate it. At least, not yet.

The UK's Autocar now suggests, however, that a business case is being made inside the Volkswagen Group to engineer the platform to accept the extra driveshaft. Doing so would allow for proper Quattro-driven S1, but that's not all. In order to justify the cost, the Volkswagen Polo could get a couple of models driven on all fours, including a Polo R hot hatch to slot in above the Polo GTI and a CrossPolo soft-roader with actual traction to back up its butch styling.




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[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      AWD in a small car? Yes Please!
        • 4 Years Ago
        WIN! AND MOAR POWAHR!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        how about a suzuki sx4?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would be awesome, bring it here as the CrossPolo to the US for $23K loaded!
      I'll buy one today.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Something cool and affordable from VW? Guess that means I'll never see it as a US resident.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What?
      4Motions should be made available *now* with Jetta, Passat!
        • 4 Years Ago
        How will VW sell the Tiguan?
      • 4 Years Ago
      RS1? PLEASE! With maybe the 265-hp 2.0T. PLEASE..... If not a 200+ hp 1.4TSFI is ok...
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they manage to fit a 250+ hp 2.0T, appropriate cooling, and awd in the a1 i'll be very happy... but they won't, it'd step on the S3's toes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just make the S1 AWD and leave the A1 as is? That way if people want a small, inexpensive FWD Audi they can get the A1, and if they want a small, sporty Quattro Audi they can have the S1, while keeping it's price around Quattro A3 levels.

      And for kicks we can get an RS1 with a twin-charged 1.4 making 280bhp. Perhaps.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zamafir
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess the point is, they wouldn't sell enough of them to make it worth their while to develop it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        We'll get the Golf R, yes, for sure. But we won't be getting the R32 again. R32 Golf R. Golf R is equipped with the TT-S powerplant (blown 2.0T), R32 has a 3.2L VR6 (hence the obvious naming convention). VW won't be bringing over another 3.2L VR6 motivated hot hatch, thus we won't be getting another "R32".
        • 4 Years Ago
        The R32 is never coming back. Golf R? sure. But a golf size hot hatch with AWD and a VR6? Never.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes. And bring back the R32!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll care when it happens AND comes to the US
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish I could get the A3 TDI in AWD. Especially with a manual transmission. That would make for a sweet little car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I 2nd that!! If an A3 TDI AWD had been an option I might have chosen it over the 2010 Jetta SportWagen TDI 6m I recently purchased. The extra pricetag of the A3 would have only been worth it if AWD was part of the package.

        Bring it!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds great! But we aren't getting any of them in the US.... Crossing my fingers but not holding my breath.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do it! Do it NOW!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the CrossPolo comes to the US with AWD, I'll be one of the first people signing for one. What a fantastic little car.
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