Following the reveal of Audi's compact A1 model at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, it was widely rumored that Audi was preparing a performance S1 variant. Motor Trend's spy photographers managed to catch one testing, proving the car is indeed under development.
Unfortunately for us in the States, we likely won't get even Audi's basic Mini competitor, let alone the performance version. That doesn't stop us from lusting over the high-po hatch, however, which Audi has pitched to lure younger enthusiasts to the Audi brand. It will be cheaper than the rest of Audi's S-performance lineup, and hopefully keep the buyers with Audi.
Although there is already an S-Line package available on the A1, the larger exhaust pipes indicate this model is an actual S1. The photographers also noted it had a meatier engine sound than the standard A1.
The engine in the S1 variant is the same 1.4-liter, supercharged and turbocharged I-4 as in the Volkswagen Polo GTI. It will likely be tuned to somewhere near, or over, the Polo GTI's power output of 180 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Like the Polo GTI, it will likely be paired only with Volkswagen's new seven-speed dual-clutch DSG.
We wouldn't complain if Audi decided to import its smallest hot-hatch here, but it's not likely to happen, as Audi says the market for premium compacts is too small in the U.S. If Audi imported its Mini-competitor to the U.S. at a Mini-competing price, would you buy one?
Source: Motor Trend