The Audi A1 Sportback might not be sold in America, but that doesn't mean we can't gape in awe when a European tuner amps the compact hatchback's power up to 210 hp. German tuner ABT Sportsline GmbH has turned its attention to the four-door Audi, and called its creation the AS1.
The Audi A1 Sportback debuted at the end of 2011, adding more practicality to a model that had previously only offered two-door configurations. ABT begins its transformation by offering reflashed engine-management computers to increase power and torque. The turbocharged 1.2-liter inline-four engine can be upgraded from 86 hp to 110 hp, the 122-hp version of 1.4-liter turbo-four can be upped to 160 hp, and the 185-hp version of the 1.4-liter turbo-four can be tuned to produce 210 hp.ABT also addresses the A1 Sportback's diesel engines: power on the 1.6-liter turbodiesel jumps from 105 hp to 125 hp, while the 2.0-liter version can be coerced to produce 170 hp instead of 143 hp.
ABT says that the 210-hp model can hit 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 149 mph. Audi says the stock, 185-hp A1 Sportback 1.4 TFSI will hit 62 mph in 7.0 seconds and manage a top speed of 141 mph.
As to appearance, ABT offers a new 18-inch wheel design in silver or titanium finish, dual chrome tips for the louder exhaust, new side skirts, a new front splitter, and a new rear spoiler. New suspension springs lower the A1 by one inch and stiffen handling.
Of course, Audi enthusiasts who want a faster, sportier two-door A1 could have turned to the factory-built A1 Quattro. The car has a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine good for 256 hp, as well as six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. Audi says the A1 Quattro will rocket to the 62-mph benchmark in 5.7 seconds. Sadly for European customers, only 333 examples were built.
Source: ABT Sportsline