A great name makes a comeback. It is Audi’s S1 and the S1 Sportback, the new flagship models in the compact A1 model line.
Their 2.0 TFSI develops 231bhp and produces 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque; the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the extensively revamped suspension put the power effortlessly down onto the road. The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback set the benchmark in their class for dynamic performance.
Back in the 1980s an Audi S1 garnered a legendary reputation in the World Rally Championship. This time it will be as a road-going version.
The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback constitute the new flagship models in the compact A1 model line, adding an entry-level version to the Audi S model portfolio.
A high-performance four-cylinder unit provides the drive. The 2.0 TFSI fitted with a turbocharger develops 231bhp)and produces up to 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque. The two-liter engine accelerates the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.8 and 5.9 seconds respectively.
The top speed
The top speed is 250 km/h (155.34 mph). On average the sporty, sonorous TFSI consumes just 7.0 or 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (162 and 166 grams CO2 per kilometer respectively).
Like all Audi S models, the S1 and the S1 Sportback come with quattro permanent all-wheel drive onboard. At its heart is a hydraulic multi-plate clutch located on the rear axle. Its specifically tuned control software boasts a decidedly dynamic setup.
The electronic differential lock with the fine-tuned wheel-selective torque control is a function of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC).
It features two-stage deactivation and supplements the work of the multi-plate clutch with additional finely metered braking intervention on the inside wheels – the interaction of both systems makes for extremely agile, precise and stable handling.
The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback are instantly recognizable as the flagship models in the A1 model line.
Their xenon plus headlights are all-new while the LED rear lights come with new, horizontally structured graphics.
A host of details – particularly on the front and rear bumper, the side sills and the exhaust system – boast more striking styling. Four new exterior colours supplement the available paint finishes. The optional quattro exterior styling package hones the look further, courtesy of features such as a large roof spoiler.
The price of the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback for the Irish market has yet to be confirmed and will be announced by the end of February.
“The Audi S1 offers all the virtues of a sports car, great performance, direct handling and permanent quattro drive that puts the power to the road in a superior way,” said a member for the Technical Development team. “The quattro drive has a large following of fans, which is sure to become even larger thanks to the offering in this segment.”