An Audi RS1 could be the mini-hatchback of nightmares.
The A1 is the smallest car that Audi sells, but that hasn't stopped the company from cramming this small hatchback with tons of power, and French website Automoto claims there's more to come. At the moment, Audi offers the S1 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 231 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. Power goes out to all four wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Then Audi developed a car that was even cooler, the A1 Quattro, with only 333 examples built. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo four that was taken straight from the TTS.
The A1 Quattro also has a six-speed manual, but packs 256 horsepower. Even though Audi has created two performance versions of the A1, there has still been speculation that the company would release a top-range RS1. This where Automoto comes in, claiming that an internal source from Audi has confirmed the news of an RS1. The S1 already has the same engine as the VW Golf GTI, so adding more power would be possible with some new internals. The rumor is that the RS1 would borrow the engine from the S3 and produce around 300 horsepower. Like other RS cars, the RS1 would probably get a dual-clutch or automatic transmission which would help it launch harder.
The rumor places a reveal at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show next March. We would love for this rumor to be true, because a such a small car with over 300 horsepower sounds like an amazing recipe for fun. Just don't count on it being cheap. We're talking about Audi, after all.