Mini Hot Hatch: Audi Unveils 256-HP A1 Quattro

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The latest challenger in the world of tiny, fast hatchbacks comes in the form of the Audi A1 Quattro, a limited-run performance model of the company’s Europe-only hatch. Audi plans to build just 333 copies of the car, which packs a 256-hp wallop and wears fantastic new styling components.

Regular readers will note that the A1 Quattro looks remarkably similar to a car we spied on the Nürburgring two months ago; whereas we expected the moniker RS1, Audi has instead simply appended “Quattro” to the small car’s name.

The key ingredient in the new car is Audi’s 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged inline-four engine, producing a solid 256 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Its output is transferred exclusively to quattro all-wheel-drive by way of a six-speed manual transmission. Audi says the A1 Quattro hits 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and can reach 152 mph.

Visual upgrades come in the form of a big rear wing, tinted rear windows and taillights, dual 3.9-inch exhaust tips, and subtle red accents in the headlights. The A1 wears unique turbine-style white wheels measuring 18 inches in diameter and eight inches wide. An aluminum shift knob, stainless-steel pedals, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a racy red-faced tachometer accent the car’s interior.

To match the power upgrades, Audi gifted the Quattro with larger, vented brake discs gripped by black-painted calipers; firmer suspension tuning; a more direct steering ratio; and a revised stability-control system that can be fully disabled for track use.

The A1 Quattro goes on sale in the second half of 2012, and just 333 lucky customers will have a chance to buy one. Pricing hasn’t yet been announced and, sadly, the car will not make an appearance on American soil.

Source: Audi

Paul
Really a meaningless car at only 333 units being produced. It does not compete with anything because it will be priced out of the stratosphere. If the A1 Quattro was full scale production and priced near a Mini then Mini would have to be concerned. In reality this is but a blip on the radar screen. This thing will probably only be sold in Europe anyway at 40 or 50,000 Euros. I'm sure it makes Audi feel good though.

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