Audi’s A1 subcompact launched earlier this year in Europe, and just a few months into its run, the automaker is preparing to show off a new high-end performance variant. The twin-charged A1 1.4-liter TFSI will bow at the Paris Motor Show in late September.
Audi made quite a splash at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year when it unveiled its A1 subcompact. Although the stylish hatchback launched with several powertrain choices, a high-performance version was missing from the lineup. Audi will now deliver a high-output adaptation of its existing 1.4-liter I-4 engine, by adding a supercharger to the already turbocharged setup.
At launch, the turbocharged 1.4-liter’s highest output was rather reserved at 120 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. With two forms of forced induction, the supercharger begins its task at a low rpm, while the turbocharger handles high-end boost. By twin-charging the small gasoline engine, Audi was able to bring its power figures up to 185 horsepower and 184 pound feet-of torque. The new powerful engine helps the A1 scoot from 0 to 62 mph in just 6.9 seconds. By comparison, the MINI Cooper S, a key competitor, is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4, making 181 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, with a 0-to-60 time of about 6.6 seconds.
Audi packaged the high-end A1 with its seven-speed dual clutch transmission as standard equipment, and like before, power is routed to the front wheels. Audi states the extremely tall seventh gear allows the hatchback to return a very respectable 40 mpg.
All 1.4 TFSI models come packaged with Audi’s S line body treatment, 17-inch wheels, and an LED interior light package. The standard electronic limited slip differential keeps both front wheels spinning together by applying brakes to the wheel without traction. Pricing for the new 1.4 TFSI starts at $31,697 (24,250 Euro) and will be available to European customers before the end of the year.