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Cars America Missed Out On: Audi A1 quattro

One of the finest superminis ever made.

Obviously the base Audi A1 isn’t sold in the US. It’s a good car and all, but it’s not something to crave. Unlike the A1 quattro. Just 333 units were made in 2012, all of which were quickly sold. Why exactly? Because not only is it powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four taken from the TTS, it also has a six-speed manual, some mighty big brakes, and, of course, all-wheel-drive. With a total of 256 horsepower on tap, the A1 quattro leaps from 0-62 mph in just 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 152 mph.

It’s also quite fuel efficient with a 27.67 US mpg. And there’s absolutely no way anyone could mistake this for a regular A1. Audi added a muscular front bumper, rear wing, unique grille, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The only exterior color available: Glacier White metallic with a gloss black roof. The interior is also pure Audi in both styling and quality. Heck, there’s even a flat-bottom steering wheel. Consider the A1 quattro the best competition the Mini Cooper JCW ever had. Too bad very few got to experience it.

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