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MarkB

Audi S1 spied



The new MINI-rivalling A1 hasnít even hit UK roads yet, but Audi is already working on a barnstorming S1 to go head-to-head with the Cooper S.

These spy shots show an A1 test mule fitted with the S line bodykit which, with the exception of a few minor cosmetic tweaks, provides a good idea of how the hot hatch will shape up.

The test carís wheels, with their extreme low-profile tyres, will make way for 18-inch twin five-spoke alloys unique to the S1. And to further mark out the newcomer from lesser models, it will get chrome door mirrors, a gloss black diffuser and S1 badges.

Inside, a racy makeover brings bolstered sports seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a mixture of leather and Alcantara trim as standard. Under the bonnet is a tuned version of the 1.4-litre supercharged and turbocharged petrol engine already available in the A1.

This is the same unit as used in the SEAT Ibiza Cupra, VW Polo GTI and Skoda Fabia vRS Ė but in the hot Audi, power is set to rise from 178bhp to nearer 200bhp. That will guarantee impressive straight-line performance, with 0-62mph completed in less than seven seconds and a top speed in excess of 140mph.

Only one gearbox option will be offered Ė a seven-speed DSG with steering wheel paddles as standard. In a first for Audiís S range, the hatch will be available in front-wheel drive only.

Instead of fitting quattro 4WD, the company is relying on an electronic system to improve cornering and grip by braking an inside wheel when the car starts to veer off course. It will also ride 15mm lower to the ground than the standard A1, on sports suspension.

The S1 will debut at Marchís Geneva Motor Show, and is set to go on sale soon after, priced from just under £20,000.

Read more: autoexpress.co.uk
supersi

I'd like one for the misses
BennyBoo

supersi wrote:
I'd like one for the misses


Me too!

She's thought about the Honda CR-Z...
I've tried to convince her the new Alfa Giulietta Cloverleaf, is good for her..

But this could be better..

Bet there's no 5-door one though?
dest

Its a car I really want to like, but I have a feeling its going to be just another new Audi that disappoints.
I suppose we can only hope they follow it with an RS1, which should have big power, quattro and big arches!

Its also a shame they seem to of forgotten they have already made an S1..............
loomx

Did you see the press launch failure...

Trying to show its agile and so on... they rolled it.

Rs6Steve

I love this idea, the wife would love a cooper s, maybe she could have one of these
loomx

I wish it has 240ish bhp and 4WD.
Norrs2

dest wrote:

Its also a shame they seem to of forgotten they have already made an S1..............


Too right!  Maybe that's why they've forgotten to make Spares too!
pete-p

Can they really call it an 'S' or 'RS' if it's only going to be available in FWD?

Does anyone know what platform they are basing it on?
loomx

Thought it was on the new Polo
jimbo

loomx wrote:
Did you see the press launch failure...

Trying to show its agile and so on... they rolled it.



ha ha , klobs.      
loomx

Brilliant hey, apprently it started smoking and everything and audi tried to hide it and make out it never happened... good ole internet

Personally I think the S1 is a big disapointment. I was hoping for something awesome, but they just came out with what everyone else is doing...
DavidT

I don't imagine that chassic could run 4wd could it?

It looks like a nice car and reasonably swift. If ever a model in a range needed a 'halo RS' the surely this is it though?
loomx

Im sure it could, you can get 4WD pandas, so I see no reason they couldnt get a hadlex system at the least in there.
pjbRs

I think it looks too much like every other small hot hatch, going to be overpriced but well made, all depends on how it drives but nothing about it sets your pulse racing. Now as said with 200+hp and 4wd it could be great.
pjbRs

would love to have seen it roll at the launch.
RichRS6

BennyBoo wrote:
supersi wrote:
I'd like one for the misses


Me too!



I didn't know Audi dealerships took Women as trade ins !
H8CAK

Im not a fan of small cars full stop. No quattro = not for me
Audimad

BennyBoo wrote:
supersi wrote:
I'd like one for the misses


Me too!

She's thought about the Honda CR-Z...
I've tried to convince her the new Alfa Giulietta Cloverleaf, is good for her..

But this could be better..

Bet there's no 5-door one though?

NO!! don't let women anywhere near the S1 when it becomes available, it will destroy its image just like they did with the series 1 TT. †
5potmad

loada bollox.... FAIL    
DavidT

Autocar says it's coming! http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/250638/
BennyBoo

As do PistonHeads...

http://www.pistonheads.com/news/d...=html&utm_campaign=2010-10-14
Nez

No commen's until I don't see this on flash
missmouse

bit of a come down from the original S1
I would have thought Audi would have kept that name iconic -- sad.
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