Rumors have been swirling that Audi will unveil the next-generation TT at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, but now it seems as if European hot hatch fans will be getting a car of their own from the German automaker. Images of the S1 Sportback Quattro have leaked out today, giving us our first taste of the real thing after seeing the camouflaged version a few months ago.

Audi may be planning to release official details about the S1 and refreshed A1 tomorrow and debut them publicly in Geneva. The S1 is expected to use the Volkswagen 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with about 230hp, all-wheel drive and a choice of six-speed manual or dual-clutch transmission. It is basically supposed to be Golf GTI in a tiny package with all-wheel drive.

While it is highly unlikely we are getting any version of the A1 on these shores, it's always fun to see the cars lucky European enthusiasts enjoy.


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      3Pedal
      • 1 Year Ago
      AWD manual hatch? Yes please! Before everyone starts jumping on the 230hp, let's hear the weight. I'd like to see it without the two-tone paint job. I think the back end will benefit from a single color.
      mr.vw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another beautiful german built car that we won't see here in north america. sigh..
      Jm
      • 1 Year Ago
      ALWAYS FUN TO SEE WHAT LANDS ON OTHER SHORES? Blowing smoke up our ******** and trying to make Audi look good at the same time. You are a totally unbiased journalist.
        dfkd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jm
        Dude... chill. Those of us who are enthusiasts are interested whether or not we can buy one. From that comment, you're probably spending your time on the wrong site...
          pawpawslim
          • 1 Year Ago
          @dfkd
          You are a little over the top, Jm. Believe it or don't, but a lot of European car rental outlets actually have fun models to rent you when you arrive at the airport; so, it is nice to see what is coming out because you may have the chance to drive one for a week if you head across The Great Waters on biz or pleasure. Be warned, though, if you do so. Many sad Americans have dampened their vacations by filling up their diesel cars with regular gasoline....
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jm
        this is an international site. other than that: just wow
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      For the price, would you rather have a glorified golf cart like this...... Or an Evo which has a 7:57 Nurburgring time, on par with European sports sedans?
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Now that looks like fun!
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it just me or is the A1 supposed to be this car...... Give us a real S series for the love of god. This is a daily put put car, not a worthy of the S badge.
        ferps
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        I think 230hp is adequate for an S model this size. 250hp would be nice, but with turbos it's really more about power throughout the range rather than peak horsepower. It's not an RS.
      TurbosForAll
      • 1 Year Ago
      "It is basically supposed to be Golf GTI in a tiny package with all-wheel drive". I think it's more of a muscular Polo AWD than a GTI, since the A1/S1 does not share the platform with the Golf.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TurbosForAll
        true but this referred to the engine which it shares with the GTI in performance spec.
          a.romeo2
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          theres a limited Polo wrx edition out with 230hp that is probably closer to the S1 although minus AWD. Had the chance to drive it, manual, differential, lighter than a GTI and so much fun.
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Lachmund
          would love to try both out
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another headlight/taillight engineering from audi? at least the rear end looks new.
      Superstevie
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm not an Audi fan (designs are boring) but I like this. Lot of money though, especially as you can get a Seat Leon Cupra for similar money, with more power, more space, although only fwd. it's where my money would go
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Superstevie
        the leon cupra might be a bit more expensive. still i'm with stevie in that case...It looks better (subjective i know), drives much better (from my experience with the 140/180hp versions ) and is way roomier. the 180hp FR is already hell of a fun.
        Georg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Superstevie
        how do u know the price? there is not even the price for the Leon Cupra published. The Seat Ibiza Cupra (1.4l 180hp) is the same platform and costs 23.760Euro base price the Audi A1 with the 1.4l 185hp engine is 24.950Euro ...both sitting on 17" wheels..big different audi offers a much wider range of option ... for example u can choose between 5 17" designs and 3 18" designes... Seat ofers only one 17" wheel thats it.. The A1 is little bit more expansive than similar powered Ibiza but not much more expansive, in exchange u get tons of options u can choose from at the Ibiza not. A Leon FR (the model below the Cupra) cost already 25.640euro if choosen with 180hp and DSG thats more than the moe powerfull A1 with 185hp... as said befor no price claimed so far for the Leon Cupra and the s1 and for sure the S1 will not cost as mcuh as the Leon Cupra
          Superstevie
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Georg
          Price is on Autocar.com. Its less than £800 more expensive for the Leon, but you get more room, more power, and more than likely, a whole bucket load of fun. I suspect that this S1 will be like most S models. Utterly safe and fast, but no spark.
      xsnake
      • 1 Year Ago
      A Mini with two too many doors.
      ctizzle
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmm, I don't know bout this one guys, looks good, and prolly is an effing BLAST to drive, but 30-35k for a Compact/subcompact just seems illogical to me...no matter the drivers' financial sitch!
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is so cute and yet powerful. I wish we got that here as opposed to those darn Fiats.
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