Last week we wondered which new Audi model was being teased from inside a mysterious delivery truck. As it turns out, this new model which will debut next week is not the 2016 Audi TT as we previously thought, but instead appears to be a sporty variant of the Audi A1 compact hatchback that’s not sold in the U.S.
This extended teaser shows a few quick peeks at the new Audi, including a silhouette that clearly shows that this new Audi is a two-door hatchback with a greenhouse that mirrors that of the Audi A1. Other clues like the manual shift knob and sport seats we see in this video make us think that this new model will be a high-performance Audi S1 variant of the A1 that slots below the A3 in the European market. This hot hatch would give Audi a competitor for other small, high-powered hatchbacks like the Fiat 500 Abarth, the MINI Cooper S, and the Volkswagen Polo GTI.
In Europe, the standard Audi A1 is offered with a range of small four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines. We’ve previously heard that an Audi S1 was under consideration, which would use the same supercharged and turbocharged 1.4-liter gasoline four-cylinder as the Volkswagen Polo GTI. Quattro all-wheel-drive will presumably come standard, as will a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Keep an eye out for the official reveal next Wednesday, February 12 to see the Audi S1 in its entirety and just what performance tricks are in store for Audi’s subcompact hatchback.