Christmas just came a few days early for Audi fans with the announcement of the A1 Quattro, a high-performance, limited-edition version of Audi's subcompact hatch.

As its name would imply, the A1 Quattro comes equipped with the automaker's legendary all-wheel-drive system, with power provided by the same 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder used in the S3. The reworked mill puts out 252 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm – a boost of more than 70 hp and 74 lb-ft over the standard 1.4-liter A1.

A six-speed manual shuttles that power to a Haldex AWD setup and on to center-locking 17-inch wheels that ape the original 80s-era Quattro's style. There's no word on weight, but Audi claims the hi-po A1 will match the S3's 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds and top out at 152 mph.

In addition to grippy 225/35 R18 rubber, the wheel wells are filled with a modified MacPherson strut suspension in front and a multi-link setup out back, while the braking hardware has been upgraded with larger discs at all four corners with black painted calipers. The electromechanical steering has also been tweaked to provide a 14.8:1 ratio, the ESP has been modified for high-performance duty and a new electronically controlled differential lock will keep wheelspin at bay. Although Audi decided to keep the rear seats in place, the AWD components have reduced trunk space to 7.4 cubic feet – or 2.1 cubes less than the standard model. Not that you care.

The exterior speaks for itself, drawing cues from past Audi concepts and a few bits from the S and RS lines, while the interior receives a new instrument panel, aluminum pedals, seriously bolstered buckets and black leather with red contrast stitching.

The A1 Quattro is an S1 in everything but name, and it's set to go on sale later next year with only 333 units on offer. And naturally, the U.S. is left out. We're as irritated as you. Get even more disappointed by reading all the details in the press blast below the fold.
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The new head of the compact class: The Audi A1 quattro

- Limited-production (333 units) A1 quattro beginning 2012
- 188 kW (256 hp), quattro drive, 0 – 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds
- Dynamic look inside and out, thoroughly equipped

Ingolstadt, December 21, 2011 – Audi is crowning its successful A1 model series with an exclusive top-of-the-line model. The dynamic A1 quattro, limited to just 333 units, moves to the head of the compact class. Its two-liter, turbocharged engine produces 188 kW (256 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, which is delivered to all four wheels. The Audi A1 quattro sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 245 km/h (152.24 mph).
The A1 quattro is powered by the 2.0 TFSI engine. The 1,984 cc, four-cylinder engine combines gasoline direct injection with turbocharging in the classic Audi manner. Among its highlights are the adjustable intake cam shaft and the two balance shafts, which ensure smooth operation. Maximum torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) is continuously available between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm, and peak power (188 kW/256 hp) is developed at 6,000 rpm.

Every detail of the sporty, sonorous four-cylinder engine has been optimized for high performance and low fuel consumption. Common rail injection, a turbocharger with intercooler and a regulated oil pump are just a few examples. The Audi A1 quattro is expected to consume on average less than 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 US mpg). Yet it performs like a top-notch sports car: The standard sprint takes just 5.7 seconds, and top speed is 245 km/h (152.24 mph).

The 2.0 TFSI delivers its power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via a precisely shifting six-speed transmission, bringing Vorsprung durch Technik to the small-car class. The heart of this system is an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch whose package of plates rotates in an oil bath.

During normal driving, the clutch sends most of the engine's power to the front wheels. If traction decreases there, the clutch can transfer torque steplessly to the rear axle in just a few milliseconds by forcing the packages of plates together by a defined amount. A pressure reservoir helps the electric pump to develop the oil pressure. If a wheel on one of the axles should slip, it is braked by the electronic differential lock (EDL).

The placement of the multi-plate clutch at the rear axle provides for a harmonious distribution of the axle loads, and the chassis of the Audi A1 quattro has been adapted to the dynamics of the drivetrain. It is much more tautly tuned than that of the production model. The front suspension is a McPherson construction; a four-link axle is used at the rear. The sensitive and efficient electrohydraulic power steering has a sporty, direct 14.8:1 steering ratio.

The Audi A1 quattro rolls on 8.0 J x 18 cast alloy wheels. They are Glacier White, feature an exclusive turbine design and are fitted with 225/35-series tires. The internally vented front brake discs measure 312 millimeters (12.28 in) in diameter and are gripped by black calipers. The ESP stabilization program includes a sport mode and can be switched off entirely for a trip to the race track, for example.

One look is all it takes to see that the Audi A1 quattro is a very special vehicle. It is available only in Glacier White metallic, and its roof is painted high-gloss black. The front bumper is muscular, the frame and grate of the single-frame grille are high-gloss black. The curved bars in the headlights – the wings – are red. The grille, the roof arch and the rear hatch sport quattro badges.

The rear windows are tinted; the roof flows into a large, two-color wing. The color black accentuates the rear hatch and the diffuser. The LED rear lights are tinted; the rear bumper sports a distinctive look. The exhaust system terminates in two polished dual tailpipes on the left and the right, each measuring 100 millimeters (3.94 in) in diameter. The A1 quattro is 3,987 millimeters (13.08 ft) long, 1,740 millimeters (5.71 ft) wide and 1,416 millimeters (4.65 ft) tall, making it somewhat longer than the model on which it is based. Luggage capacity is 210 liters (7.42 cu ft); folding down the rear seats increases this to 860 liters (30.37 cu ft).

Cool, sporty black dominates the interior of the Audi A1 quattro. The seats and the armrests on the doors are covered in Silk Nappa leather with contrasting red seams. The S sport seats up front have pronounced bolsters, integrated head restraints and a quattro badge on the backrest covers. The seats feature multi-way adjustment. The lower section of the center console shines in high-gloss black; the footrest and the pedal caps are made of brushed stainless steel. Red seams frame the floor mats, and the door sill trims bear A1 quattro badges.

The instrument cluster has a number of eye-catching features, including white needles, a red tachometer, the quattro logo and the color display for the driver information system. The multifunction sport steering wheel is flattened at the bottom, wrapped in leather with contrasting red stitching and sports the car's serial number. The shift lever knob is made of aluminum. Many control elements have an aluminum-look finish.

The Audi A1 quattro will be available from the second half of 2012 and will be supplied to customers with a full range of equipment. It includes many features taken directly from the luxury class, including xenon plus headlights, high-beam assistant, adaptive brake lights, LED interior lighting package, light and rain sensor, automatically dimming interior mirror, rear parking system, automatic air conditioning, alarm system, storage package, convenience key and cruise control.

The infotainment equipment likewise leaves nothing to be desired. It includes a CD changer, a digital radio tuner, the Audi music interface and MMI navigation plus. The Bose sound system drives 14 speakers with 465 watts of power; the woofers in the doors are indirectly lit with light guide LEDs. Audi connect uses the Bluetooth online car phone to connect to the Internet and deliver special web services, including Google Earth, to the car. Passengers can also connect their mobile devices to the integrated WLAN hotspot.


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      Lawnmower
      • 3 Years Ago
      225/35 R18 rubber on 17" wheels? Maybe that's why it is so expensive, Audi should have worked really hard to keep the tires on the wheels.
      Sims
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm no fan of Audi, but that's cool. It's a shame that limited edition = way overpriced.
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      It desperately needs yellow and grey stripes. Why limited edition?
      rty
      • 3 Years Ago
      Amazing!
      Phontsolo
      • 3 Years Ago
      We as Americans are at fault for not getting cars like this. There are 3 things American's hate when it comes to cars. Hatchbacks, small cars and 2 doors. Not me mind you. I love all those things. But I'm not the typical "EVERYTHING BIG IS BETTER" kind of car lover. I wish car manufactures like Audi and VW would grow some BALLS though. Bring the cars like Polo GTi, Scirocco and this A1 out in the US. I'm surprised we even get the R32/R20. Just freakin' try it one time! See what happens. Instead they don't even try. If they don't risk it they'll never know if they'll sell. All they go by is the numbers. And the numbers tell them that American's hate small, 2 door hatchbacks.
        Dvanos
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Phontsolo
        I love small fast European cars like the GTI or Mini cooper, I currently drive a 135i. I agree I wish they would grow a pair and bring all these small fun cars to the US.
      Tilps
      • 3 Years Ago
      gay car of the year.
      Kris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since it's Haldex the handling is gonna suck, but at least they could've make the looks better and use them wide fenders from the concept http://img2.netcarshow.com/Audi-A1_clubsport_quattro_Concept_2011_800x600_wallpaper_01.jpg However, I kinda like it.
        1STH
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        LOL @ your foolish ignorance and your knowledge about Haldex.
        Kris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        Yeah, guys, I'm not going into that argue again, but before you defend it go and try it against any other non Haldex all wheel drive performance car. You pick, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Audi Torsen Quattro etc. And then come to talk again, but you might be in my team then. Especially the new Subaru STi's have Torsen front diff, I look forward to try one I can only imagine how good it is after all, all FWD cars with mechanical LSD I've driven were awesome and much better handling than Haldex ones. And let's not start with Mitsubishi's active differentials. Until they change the architecture to be based on RWD drivetrain like Nissan GT-R or put some proper front diff it'll gonna suck!
          Kris
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris
          Dear Georg, there are countless factors that can affect a car's lap time. Put a different tyres and there you go a few seconds faster. I've never said it's gonna be slow. You should read more carefully what I said before jumping like a cock. I said - read carefully now - THE HANDLING IS GONNA SUCK! Do you know what that means? You have to drive the car to understand it, reading magazines and playing Gran Turismo ain't gonna help you. Have you ever heard of Haldex car given for example for good handling? I have not heard such a claim from anybody. But I've heard it for both the EVO and the STi. Now don't twist my words again, I'm not saying it's bad either. If I was so wrong don't you think I would've get much more negative votes than 3 given to me from fanboys like you? By the way "Kris you suck" how old are you? Do you have driving license at all? Have you ever driven any of the cars above? Another question for you smartass. How exactly the Haldex helps for that amazing more than 6 seconds difference in straight line acceleration? Ain't that due to the power, torque, gear ratios, weight? And if the RS3 is so fast in straight line where the AWD type doesn't matter, but the power to weight and gearing, why doy you think that the RS3 is faster on the track because of its "superior" AWD system? Ain't that because of its power, torque, gearbox, weight, tyres?
          Georg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Kris
          Kris you suck + failed Haldex powered AWD spank regulary Evo and STI in europen tests... last time the Audi RS3 destroyed completely the Mitsubishi Evo V MR SST and Subaru WRX STI Sport and Subaru WRX STI tS (JDM lightweight version) at a direct track compare at the Sachsenring.. laptimes Audi RS3 1:40.69min WRX STI tS 1:43.07min Evo X MR SST 1:44.04min WRX STI Sport 1:44.09min and not from the same test normal WRX STI 1:45.38min not only around the track the RS3 destroyed the two Rally cars from the last decade.. at the straight the result was even harder.. 0-200km/h (125mph) RS3 15.7s WRX STI tS 23.2s Evo X MR SST 24.9s WRX STI Sport 22.1s WRX STI 22.4s and in Germany all cost roughly the same with the WRX STI tS and WRX STI Sport as the most expansive... some quick Haldex cars on that track Audi TT-RS 1:39.30min Audi TT-RS Roadster 1:42.07min Audi TT-S 1:42.84min Audi S3 1:45.44min
        DooMMasteR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kris
        it is a latest gen haldex with independent clutch power, so the electronics can engage the AWD whenever they want and are not dependent on slip anymore :) the last disadvantage of the older haldex is gone with this generation and it drives plain awesome :)
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rice all over.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The A1 Quattro is an S1 in everything but name, and it's set to go on sale later next year with only 333 units on offer. And naturally, the U.S. is left out." Nahhhh! Really? I would've never have guessed. :-\ You know, it's gotten to that point where if Audi reveals anything remotely interesting(enthusiast-wise), I just assume it will never reach our shores. I just don't get it to be quite honest. Don't they want to make money? Can't imagine the U.S NOT being a huge market for their specialty cars that they insist on holding back from us. I mean, just look at Subaru with their STi and Mitsubishi with their Evolution. Those cars finally reached our shores around '03-04 and since then they have been massive hits. In fact, if not for the Evolution here in the U.S, i'm not really sure just how Mitsubishi would've survived over here until now.
        Rico Suave
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        Car looks good for a hatch and I'm not really a fan of hatches. How is the haldex compared to subbie's symmetrical?
          Dayv
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rico Suave
          From the Golf R reviews I've read, the latest generation Haldex has really come into its own and handles very well, but still isn't quite on par with Subaru's AWD system.
        Phontsolo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        They have no balls and go which the info the numbers tell them.
      JohhnyDough
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's shi* like this Audi, why can't we have nice things Stateside? I would cut a check for $37k tonight to have one of these. We need more cars like this, BUILD THEM AND SELL THEM MORE!
        AnalogJesse
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JohhnyDough
        37 grand for a "sporty" subcompact... Yeah, I think Audi is smart not to put their money on that one. Sorry.
          Phontsolo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AnalogJesse
          You're thinking IS the problem in the US. This is why we don't get premium hot hatches in the US. Small does not equate to cheap. Some of us in the US just don't get this.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JohhnyDough
        that's the thing. you wouldn't write a cheque about 49.000 though, cause this is what this limited edition will cost
      JP Chow
      • 3 Years Ago
      What do you want Audi? My first born? My left nut? Kidney? Take them all!
        AntBee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JP Chow
        I'll see your left nut, first born, and kidney, and raise you both nuts, both kidneys and first born. I'll go on dialysis if I have to!
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jesse is right, they wouldn't be able to sell this for enough money in the states. Great looking little hot hatch - but a Speed3 or Subie STI would blow it's doors off for ten grand less in the States. But cheers to Audi for making it MUCH better looking than a BMW 1 series.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        it's not the same class though...this is a mini competitor.
        Dan Paredes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        The STi might be in the race, but there's no way a Speed3 could keep up with this.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Dan Paredes
          [blocked]
        Dayv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        I would pay Golf R money for one of these. Sadly, my tastes aren't the mainstream.
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