2015 Audi S1 and S1 Sportback Revealed Before 2014 Geneva Auto Show

Audi has finally revealed the mystery vehicle hidden in their delivery truck. As predicted, Audi will add an entry-level model to the S-line of vehicles with the performance subcompact Audi S1 and S1 Sportback. Both vehicles are expected to be unveiled at the 2014 Geneva auto show that starts March 4.

Under the hood of the three-door Audi S1 and S1 Sportback is the company's familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, in this case producing 231 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Teaser videos leading up to the car’s reveal have shown that the hot hatch will be equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, but there is no word yet on whether Audi's seven-speed dual-clutch is a possibility. Despite the Audi S1’s peppy 5.8-second 0-62 mph sprint (5.9 seconds for the four-door S1 Sportback) and 155-mph top speed, fuel economy tops out at an impressive 33 mpg. Quattro all-wheel-drive comes standard — a first in the segment, according to Audi.

These performance figures are very close to that of the limited-run Audi A1 Quattro, which also utilized the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission. The A1 Quattro had a 0.1-second faster 0-62 mph sprint thanks to its 256 hp, but less torque with 258 lb-ft on tap. The Quattro all-wheel-drive system is fitted with both wheel-selective torque control via a rear-axle-mounted multi-plate clutch, as well as brake intervention technology on the inside wheels. Audi revised the suspension system for a stiffer and sportier ride, tuning the front-axle pivot bearings and steering for better response. At the rear, the standard compound link suspension is eschewed in favor of a more rigid four-link system. Disc brakes are included all around, and customers can opt for 18-inch wheels over the standard 17-inchers.

Perhaps most intriguing about the new Audi S1 and S1 Sportback are its looks. With the optional exterior styling package and contrasting color scheme, the S1 models feature a roof-mounted spoiler, quad exhaust, sculpted side skirts and bumpers, and a rear taillight panel in contrasting color. Wide rectangular front intakes, xenon headlamps, and LED rear lights contribute to the sporty and premium formula. On the interior, an optional styling package continues the color-contrast theme with accented air vents, upper window outlines, and gear shift console. Optional technology upgrades include keyless entry, navigation, and Audi’s Wi-Fi-capable connectivity system.

Pricing for the S1 will start at €29,950, while the four-door S1 Sportback will cost €30,800 (about $40,700 and $41,900, respectively). The Europe-only Audi S1 Sportback will definitely shake up the performance subcompact segment when it makes its expected debut at the Geneva auto show in March.

TheClassicCarFactory
Cute little car that looks half the price of what it costs.....
Neeraj Tiwari
no. 1
Wolf47
From some angles it looks a little like the Fiat 500.  Guess all little boxy cars look somewhat alike.
John Bingham
You will never see gerbils driving one of these!
Bala Mj
copy of mini cooper
Rehan Burney
Looks superb
Ramesh Aravind
Bring it to INDIA
Sebastien Bon
Who can dream on that ?!
Satish Suskar
Nice machin
Erick Ople
Audi. STOP BULLSHITING AROUND will you please just bring the A3 Sportback (hatch) in different engine trim not just a wimpy hybrid. Not All Americans are Fat that they want an A3 sedan or SUV...
Michael Anderson
Just as slow as a focus st, youd think for the weight and size of both cars they would be faster. The new gti has equal torque but 50 less horsepower and its faster then both of them. Solution, buy a gti when it gets here next year.
Bruce Ballard
Bring to USA with diesel!
Nek Plínio
Why this don't come to Brazil
Terence Stawski
Bring it to the USA. I bet it would have AWD which would be better than the fiesta ST
David Pettit
Not a surprise that it looks like every other Audi. XS S M L XL sizes. Grow a pair and try something different.
Ji Hyeong Ryu
what a handsome!!
Colby Feller
I want an upscale (a bit) version of my WRX this would be great! I can't find a "fast" hatchback, wagon, mini suv here in the states, with all wheel drive, come on Audi, no S1, no SQ3, no Avant...boo.
Lee Klein
Love it. Looks like fun!
Jim Bur
Just once it would be nice to have some of these high-perf little rockets come here. Damn US regs are real fun-governors
Craig Stishenko
Just wait until APR or Unitronic get their hands on this one.
Craig Stishenko
I don't see much competition for it here Rob Thew. As much power as a focus st, all wheel drive and lighter? As a matter of fact there isn't anything here like it. And in the same breath, that may be why it is not coming.
Clif Wells
and of course NA doesnt get it...
Rob Thew
If it came here it'd have some stiff competition that already is here
Paul Kizer
Sell it in 3 years of everyday driving because it will become a money pit just like all Audi 's
Christian Schmidt
Murika+Always=Swallows!!
Christian Schmidt
Sweet Ride be nice to have it in the USA Loving the import cars
Stephen Abbott
If they could bring it to the US with a decent price, it would work well in this market, I think. Same with the Mercedes A class hatch.
Manuel Mendoza
Looks like an older Mitsubishi
Anthony Chesser
I want!!
Ike Aaron
I think they need to bring that 3-door sum'bitch to 'Murica.
manwomancar
@automobilemag @Audi Love the Audi. This is a cute Model #Audi #cars

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