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If you were surprised Audi chose to forgo the S1 nameplate for the top-spec version of the A1 premium hatch, hold on to your hats, because the rumor mill is spinning up again. This time, reports direct from Germany suggest that Ingolstadt may choose to skip the S1 altogether and go straight to the top with a new RS1.

The move would necessitate the adaption of the A1's chassis to accommodate all-wheel drive as previously reported, with power potentially coming from the same 2.0-liter TFSI engine found in the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and the Mini Cooper JCW in its sites. A series of visual upgrades would undoubtedly distinguish the RS1 from its more pedestrian stablemates, with reports tipping its arrival for early 2012.

[Source: Auto Bild via World Car Fans]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh god please make an RS1. RWD or AWD. 6spd manual. At least 250hp. Please!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take the rat rod Audi with the steelies (sans text on the hood) and/or the Audi with the "1" on the door.

      Both are pretty cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who cares since they probably won't sell it in the U.S.
        • 4 Years Ago
        there are people outside of the US and not all of them are zombies.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My point sparrk, is that they come up with all these hot great cars and then decide there is no market for them in the U.S. when that is simply not true. I hate getting excited about something I can't buy because of European and Asian automaker's preconceived notions of the American market.

        Why you chose to interpret my comment as a put down of anyone who isn't American is beyond me. You need to tone down your anti-Americanism.
      • 4 Years Ago
      see, ford, im your fanboy.
      this is what the fiesta/focus RS should be in the US
      I will buy that instead of a house. Audi could sell it for 40k and I would still consider it.

      if only this would be available in the US. LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don't hold your breath. I'm not holding mine. I know better than to wait on Audi to do the right thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "to accommodate all-wheel drive as previously reported, with power potentially coming from the same 2.0-liter TFSI engine found in the Volkswagen Golf GTI"

      Sooooo, like an R32 except slower and more expensive?
        • 4 Years Ago
        erm. no. The R32 hits sixty in around 6 seconds in final iteration. This thing will weigh 2700-2800lbs, it will be at least 500lbs lighter and provide more torque and comparable horse power. There's no way in hell it'll be slower.

        Think of it this way, it's positioned at the JCW, a car that's only as quick as the regular old stock GTI, and slower on the track (at least according to fastest laps, topgear, etc). It's going to weigh as much but provide noticeably more power and at least 25% more torque than the JCW.

        Golf GTI - 15.17 lbs/hp
        Mini JCW - 15.04 lbs/hp
        R32 - 13.23 lbs/hp
        Potential RS1 - 12.27 lbs/hp (@ 2700lbs and 220hp).

        Power to HP is on the RS1's side, Weight is on the RS1's side, Torque is on the RS1's side, and HP should be there as audi surely won't limit it to 210 hp. It's going to beat the R32 in every sort of performance/track situation imaginable.

        /a seriously stoked R32 owner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zamafir....when it gets down to 9.5lb/hp (essentially the same as the S8) then we'll ooh---ahhh!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps I shouldn't have used the the term "slower," I was merely expressing the idea that you'd think for a car with such potential they'd use a more fitting engine. The TFSI is not a terribly bad engine or anything, but its had poor output for its displacement/forced induction for a while now. For what'll probably be a $40k+ car, well, meh
        • 4 Years Ago
        better than the elise? and it seats 4 fat people? sign me up!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Mini Cooper JCW has a VW engine ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see massive potential. Evo/STi-like drive train in a yaris sized car with audi interior?

      Effin Win!

      How much will it cost?
        • 4 Years Ago
        money's on 35k to start.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With that bold number 1 on the side and the orange accents, it looks kinda like a German take on the General Lee paint scheme... :)
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