Audi has been toying with the idea of a hot hatch based on the A1 premium city car for some time now. It rolled out the 500-horsepower A1 Clubsport Quattro concept at the Wörthersee gathering a couple of years ago, then put its form (with half the power) into limited production with the 252hp A1 Quattro (pictured above) shortly thereafter. What it hasn't done is offer a mainstream S1 that people can actually get their hands on, but that's all about to change.

Following spy shots of numerous prototypes, Auto Express claims to have it on good authority that the new S1 will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. Though likely less aggressive in its visual impact, the S1 is expected to get almost as much power as the aforementioned A1 Quattro, with a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder sourced from the larger S3 but detuned to 230 hp.

A six-speed dual-clutch transmission is expected to drive all four wheels – something for which the platform was not originally designed but was later adapted to accommodate – though the availability of a six-speed manual remains in question. Unfortunately the A1 was never destined for the North American market, so as much as we might want one (and as much as Ingolstadt may be motivated to take a bite out of the Mini market), we wouldn't expect to see it roaring into American showrooms.


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      Matthew A Clarke
      • 11 Months Ago
      seriously why is audi the only one making these, i would pay good money just to have a awd 200+hp sub compact hatchback. IF there was a cheaper version these would sell really well in Canada.
        Proghog
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Matthew A Clarke
        Have you looked at the Fiesta ST?
          Georg
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Proghog
          he said 1. AWD 2. 200+hp both the Fiesta fails to deliver
        Phontsolo
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Matthew A Clarke
        You and i both. Unfortunately you and i are in a very small minority in the United State. Most American's don't want or like small cars, even less if it's a hatchback. Even LESS if it's a premium small hatchback. They just won't buy it. Too much equating size to cost.
      cq_
      • 11 Months Ago
      um this is 100000x better than the 2014 Mini. Audi would be crazy NOT to bring it to the US...
      JB
      • 11 Months Ago
      This would destroy MINI in the US if it was price competitve with the cooper s. This is exactly what alot of enthusiasts that already own MINIs have been wanting to see from MINI, 4wd and more power without getting bigger. mini would still survive as the countryman is quickly becoming the sales leader for them.
        Phontsolo
        • 11 Months Ago
        @JB
        I'm not sure about destroying Mini but it would sure as hell compete. Audi won't do it.
      Phontsolo
      • 11 Months Ago
      I saw the normal A1 in Thailand and it looked great to me. By far one of the nicest small hatches I've seen. I have ZERO idea why Audi would not sell it here in the states. It would 100% compete well with Mini and Fiat if not not out right beat them in brand name alone. You're telling me that if Audi sold this car here in the US for a reasonable price that people would not buy it? Just by having the Audi brand attached to it would do that. Real problem? American's hate hatchbacks and any thing small. So much so that automobile manufacturers are afraid to sell their hatches in the US. 100%
      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      VW/Audi is stupid for not selling the A1/S1 in the US. Oh well...
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 11 Months Ago
      A GTI in Audi clothing....
      Db
      • 11 Months Ago
      So tired of auto manufacturers shrinky-dinkying their designs and calling it cool. This Audi looks horrid!!
        txdesign
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Db
        I for one would welcome more choice in the subcompact car segment (read hot hatch), especially with 252 hp. For the record, I think the S1 looks great.
          Phontsolo
          • 11 Months Ago
          @txdesign
          Hellz yes. Thank you for thing.
        Phontsolo
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Db
        It's called the sub-compact market. Every car manufacturer in the WORLD does it. Shrinky-dinkying?
      ihatedavebushell
      • 11 Months Ago
      Looks a bit like a Fiat 500 with an Audi grill and some terrible wheels! And I generally am a big Audi fan!
        Phontsolo
        • 11 Months Ago
        @ihatedavebushell
        Yes, because looking like a Fiat 500 is a bad thing.
      Proghog
      • 11 Months Ago
      I this based off of the Polo or the up!? I am guessing the Polo.
      Feurig
      • 11 Months Ago
      'Sup with those wheels??
        Cabriofan
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Feurig
        They are rally racing wheels, shows Audi Quattro's heritage in rally back in the day.
          Phontsolo
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Cabriofan
          Finally. Someone that knows what they're talking about.
        48Chevy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Feurig
        That's the only part about this design that I like.
      Phontsolo
      • 11 Months Ago
      It's like some of you have just seen this A1 Clubsport Quattro for the first time. It's been around for a couple of years. And its funny. You don't like the wheels and all of the sudden the rest of the car looks "horrid"! Some of you are ridiculous.
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