Hot Hatch

Is the Audi S1 a Hot Hatch or Hyperhatch?

It comes with only one gearbox: a manual.

The Audi A1 has been a solid super mini and a formidable competitor to the Mini Cooper. But still, it was obvious that Audi still wasn’t going all-out. Clearly there was more power available as well as improved handling abilities. In other words, the A1 always had the potential to be turned into the S1. And now, finally, Audi has done exactly that. Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four with 231 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.

Power is sent to all four wheels via a six-speed manual, the sole gearbox Audi offers here. It’s quite an enticing package that’s relatively affordable. Is the S1 better than the very limited edition A1 Sport Quattro? XCAR gets behind the wheel to find out.

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