Another day, another spate of hopped up Audi A1 photos. This time, shooters nabbed a five-door S1 Sportback prototype out for testing. Boasting the hallmark quad exhaust outlets of the Audi S models, this car is the best indication we've had so far that the automaker is considering an S1 in both three-door and five-door guises in the EU. Word has it the sporterized A1 would bow with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with between 220 and 240 horsepower. That's a tick under the wicked A1 Quattro with its 252 horsepower mill.

As you may recall, that machine was a limited production creation with a wild body kit and prominent rear spoiler. Something tells us the S1 Sportback prototype you see here is likely aimed at a wider audience. Photographers spotted it frolicking about in the snow with an S3. Check out the full gallery above for a closer look.


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      Ben Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Having the headlights and taillights under the crease makes the car look sad and droopy cartoony proportions too
      Mr. Sled
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't worry, we won't get it anyways.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks pretty cool. It does seem a tad redundant because the A3 occupies roughly the same slot.
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        The A1 is a good bit smaller than the A3.
      askroon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok, but I like the A3 3-door next to it better.
      Jonas
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd take this over a Mini. That is what it is made for right? Why compare it to everything else that you'd "take" over it... Audi wants to dip into some Mini market share and this car will fill that bill nicely.
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Points for using the word "spate"!
      Agent55
      • 2 Years Ago
      That looks positively unremarkable, let alone hot. But it's definitely got the hatch part down, yep there it is.
      scooters2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool car, but watch it cost about $40K.
      Gloria Victoria
      • 2 Years Ago
      That will be one fast VW Polo.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      VAG picks another questionable model for this market...lately VW been making silly decisions lately or no decisions - Well except for decontenting the jetta/passat - LOL, or like offering diesel throughout Audi line except the A4 - that's why I didn't buy the allroad or the avant. All I'm saying is VAG would've had more success launching the polo family - With the economic uncertainty of north america the polo would have a broader market appeal.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mr.vw
        I like the Polo and I believe it would have made sense to bring it to US. As for A1, at first I wasn't sold on it, but it's been a pretty successful car for Audi, not just from profiting standpoint, but also introducing younger people to Audi brand who would have otherwise purchased a Mini, Fiat 500, a Citroen DS3, or worse a Opel/Vauxhall Adam.
      Hello, Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am a big fan of Audi, but I would not call this an illustration of design prowess.
      wanderlust
      • 2 Years Ago
      too tall
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