Audi’s smallest car gets a 228-hp hot-hatch variant.
Making good on its promise to transform the limited-edition A1 Quattro into a bona fide series-production model, Audi has unveiled the new S1 ahead of its reveal at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. While Audi has referenced the iconic S1 rally car as its predecessor, the similarities with the A1 Quattro are evident. The new S1 boasts a 2.0-liter turbo-four rated at 228 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque (24 hp and 15lb-ft less than in the A1 Quattro), a six-speed manual, and Haldex-style multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system.
It also comes with an electronic diff lock incorporated within a two-stage ESC system and a revised suspension set up. Audi quotes a 0-62 mph sprint time of 5.8 seconds for the S1 (5.9 secs for the S1 Sportback), and a top speed limited to 155 mph. Standard gear includes 17-inch alloys, 310 mm front disc brakes, Xenon headlamps, LED taillamps, wider side sills, modified bumpers, and four new colors. Options include a must-have roof spoiler, 18-inch alloys with red brake calipers, MMI sat nav, and a Bose surround sound system.