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2012 Audi A1 Sportback [w/video]

Do We Really Want Audi To Think This Small In America? Perhaps... It is perhaps with all the speed of a mighty iceberg, but increasingly, more and more North American buyers appear willing to think smaller when pondering their next auto purchase. The other shoe, which still has largely yet to drop, is for automakers to convince consumers of the merits of a luxury subcompact, paying a price premium for a longer list of creature comforts, options and badge appeal. However small, this trend in the States is best represented by BMW and its Mini range, followed (with a few stumbles out of... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
1.4L I4
Power:
138 HP / 184 LB-FT
Transmission:
7-Speed S-tronic DCT
MSRP:
$21,500 (est.)
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    MISC 2012 Audi A1 Sportback
    Spy Shots: Are you the Audi S1?
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    The engineers at Audi look to be hard at work on a more potent version of the company's A1 hatchback. Spy photographers spotted this machine out on public streets for testing, and the presence of a set of quad exhaust out back leads us to believe this could be the rumored S1 model. It's unclear whether this machine will slot under the limited-edition ...

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    Spy Shots: Hotter Audi RS1 caught testing
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    When you seen an Audi prototype with enormous lower air intakes up front, it can only mean one thing: an RS model cometh. Earlier reports stated that Audi might skip the S1 and go right for the hardcore RS1 you see here, and while we've seen spy shots of what appeared to be an S1, the fact that we haven't heard anything since could mean that this RS model ...

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    Spy Shots: Audi S1 caught testing, likes wearing A1 clothing
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    Spy photographers have been training their lenses on upcoming Audi models as of late. Earlier, we got a look at the R8 GT Spyder, and now those cameras have captured the S1 hot hatch. Though it may look like a standard Audi A1, this mule is covering up S1 guts. What's the give-away? A set of large exhaust pipes planted in the rear end. Rumor has it that ...

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    Spy Shots: Audi S1 prototype has that 'forbidden fruit' thing going on
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    If you're mad about the fact that Audi won't be bringing its new A1 to the United States, you'll want to look away – our spies have captured the hotter S1 version of Audi's pint-sized hatch. This prototype may only look like an A1 in S-Line trim, but our spies point out that the larger tailpipes and heartier exhaust note are a dead giveaway of this ...

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    Spy Shots: Audi A1 about as naked as its gonna get
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    Audi has gone the typical swirly exterior applique route with its upcoming new Mini-fighting A1 hatchback, but our intrepid spy photographers still managed to snap off a series of shots that show the premium little city car out and about undergoing shake-down testing. Judging from these photos, it's clear that Audi's smallest vehicle will retain the ...

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    Spy Shots: Audi A1 spotted wearing swirlies and not much else
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    Audi probably won't be taking the wraps completely off its new small car until the Geneva Motor Show next March, but spy shooters are already out there hunting down the prototypes. The clearest image we've seen yet shows a mini-car that appears to have changed very little from the MetroProject concept that first appeared at the last Tokyo Motor Show two ...

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    LEAKED: Official Audi A1 sketches
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    click above image to view all three reportedly official sketches of the Audi A1The folks over at CAR online swear they have three official design sketches of Audi's upcoming MINI-fighter, the A1. Reportedly "smuggled" out of Ingoldstadt's design studio, the sketches show Audi's tiny hatch in three-door trim, though a five-door, coupe and convertible are ...

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