The Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro on show at the 2011 Worthersee event has got itself a coup and is to appear in the Need for Speed World video game. In this A1 Clubsport video we get a look at how the model was built for the tuning event. It’s a little monster of a vehicle, containing the 2.5-litre, five-cylinder, engine from the RS3 and TT RS, and getting 503 hp in the process. No production run of this model is likely to happen, so we’ll have to content ourselves with the possible 200 hp of the Audi S1 when it’s released.
That’s a lot of horse power under the bonnet of the A1, but this particular little compact seems like the perfect German car to be taken to the 2011 Worthersee Tour. The Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro is a concept model that previews a future sports version of the A1, which could be the upcoming S1.
While the S1 is unlikely to get this same five-cylinder, 2.5-litre turbo engine from the RS3, Audi knows that its citycar Mini rival needs a little love and attention right now. And 503 hp and 660 Nm of torque should do it. Given the slight 1,300 kg of the A1, with this power and torque, it can now get to 100 km/hr in 3.7 seconds. It has all-wheel drive, a 250 km/hr top speed, carbonceramic brakes and 19-inch wheels with 255/30 tyres front and back.
The style is perfect for a tuning event with Glacier White exterior, carbonfibre reinforced plastic roof, new carbonfibre front air intakes, and a wider stance with new bumpers inspired by the original Audi Quattro. The mirrors are those of the Audi R8, and at the rear we get a spoiler and extractor. Could it be the harbinger of good news for a sporty A1? We hope so, and Audi probably does, too.
When the Audi A1 first came out, I was prepared to think it was a cool little Mini fighter on the European car market that could really work for Audi. That was until they slapped in a 1.2-litre engine at launch date and it was all over for me there. Either that, or Europeans are still loyal to what is often considered the original Audi compact - the A3 - because A1 sales have so far been a little disappointing.
According to Car and Driver though, the Audi S1 will fix things in the performance department, as they interpret the A1 with its current horsepower as a more expensive version of other VW group models. In fact, their very words are: “It’s the most expensive and the only premium iteration of a platform that is shared with mundane vehicles like the Škoda Fabia, the SEAT Ibiza, and the ubiquitous VW Polo.”
We’re not sure that’s the reason for the weak A1 sales and we don’t really know where to start in proffering a hypothesis as with Mini sales still raging in Europe, you’d think there would be room for a premium compact in the hearts of Audi fans and non. Car and Driver points out that the quickest Audi A1 is still only 5 hp more powerful than a Fabia RS, Ibiza Cupra and Polo GTI so perhaps that is the reason.
The Audi S1 should reportedly get the Volkswagen GTI 2.0-litre TFSI engine and about 225 hp. It could prove to be the real Mini fighter (we’re talking JCW competition) with Quattro all-wheel drive and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. And apparently an even hotter RS1 could be on the cards for the future. So while Audi was counting on a stylish premium feel to get its A1 sold, it looks like sheer performance might come to the rescue instead. The only thing that might kill it off is price, but generally speaking Audi buyers aren’t too concerned about that.
In releasing its 2010 sales results, Audi has decided to focus on an interesting figure: revealing that of all vehicles produced, a total of 437,792 were fitted with all-wheel drive. That gives Audi Quattro models 38 percent of total Audi sales, and clearly the company is happy to indicate that its world-famous 4WD technology gives it an edge over other premium models.
Still, the most models sold with Quattro tech are the Audi Q5 SUVs which makes sense in terms of the type of vehicle. No figures were released as to the other models sold with Quattro so we’re not suprised to find that an SUV takes the title - we’d be more interested to know how many coupé or sedans Audi sells with all-wheel drive tech. Equally unsuprising is the fact that Germany is the number one market for 4WD Audi’s.
Still, the famous Quattro technology is a strong selling point for Audi such that it will expand to other models in the future including the Audi A1, A6, Q3 and the new A3. The latter could prove to be a very interesting model for Audi in terms of commercial significance and we’ll be keeping an eye on how it sells.
Audi has confirmed that a quattro A1 version will soon be available, with the company claiming that it marks the first time an all-wheel drive model will appear for this segment. Given the confirmation, we expect that A1 S and RS models will have all-wheel technology and not front-wheel drive as previously rumoured.
Audi Quattro technology should appear on the more powerful engine options in the A1 range, and it is expected that the models will have the same system as the Audi A3 and TT 4×4 models. Haldex electronic control should therefore be included, with front and rear distribution to be adjusted in various driving conditions. We could see the Audi A1 Quattro released as early as this year.
Audi is using the e-Tron badge for different electric vehicles in its range and will bring its Audi R8 e-Tron to market before the A1 e-Tron. We’ve already seen the former model with its four electric motors on each wheel producing some impressive performance numbers, and production plans are for it to get to market in late 2012. As an electric supercar it will compete with others like the Mercedes SLS AMG E-cell and its technical stats should be nothing short of revolutionary: 308 hp and 1,600 kg.
Audi is also performing testing on its other e-Tron family member - the Audi A1 e-Tron. It might sound odd, but while the A1 e-Tron will never be as exclusive as the R8, we’re more excited by it. Why? Because Audi’s hot minicar in an electric version will be all the more accessible than the R8 and therefore a more useful innovation.
The A1 e-Tron is not strictly speaking an all-electric vehicle. It’s a range-extending one which includes both a tiny Wankel 250cc rotary engine with 20 hp, and an electric motor fed by 12 kW lithium ion batteries that produces between 61 and 102 hp. Torque is measured at 150 Nm in normal conditions, reaching 240 Nm in maximum performance. Videos after the jump.
We have soooo been waiting for this: the Audi A1 challenges its declared rival, the Mini, in this video from AutoExpress. We’ll admit that we’ve heard good things about the A1 style, interior, quality finishes and the rest, but we had our doubts that it could get as fun as the Mini on the road.
We’ll also say that describing the A1 as ’solid and secure’ is probably not the description we had expected of a car meant to be funky for the younger generation. In fact, despite a weird and wonderful marketing campaign, the Audi A1 still looks too much like it belongs to the family of my Dad’s A3 for my liking.
AutoExpress itself admits that the clincher is the fun factor in a car like one of these. And the Mini has all that wrapped up. But going back to our initial point, the Audi does quality finish just so well that the Mini, in comparison, apparently feels a bit ‘tacky’….! See whether you’d go for quality finish over ride fun in this neat little video after the jump.
As the Audi S1 that we had hoped to see at the 2010 Paris Motor Show became the A1 1.4 TFSI, it has served only to increase speculation of when we will see the S1 appear. And more to the point, just how much horse power it might have. AutoBild has revealed that according to them the S1 will have 220 hp and an all-wheel-drive system, but other, more elaborate news is coming from elsewhere.
Other reports from the Netherlands have the Audi S1 at anything up to 270 hp. This calculation comes from the knowledge that the 1.4-litre TFSI with no Audi Quattro technology is not quite what one would expect of an Audi ‘S’ model. In addition, the RS1 project uses a 2.0-litre TFSI with 270 hp, but the thinking is that it has been cancelled and the S1 will take its place. For the moment, we’re happy to check out the A1 1.4-litre model at Paris as we wait for more news.
Source | AutoWeek.nl
After the news that Audi will present its new Audi A1 1.4 TFSI model at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, it seems the new Audi citycar is really taking off with the A1 Competition Kit and S-Line packages also now available. The Competition Kit focuses on changes to the exterior body work totalling 1,865 euros and the interior comes second at 670 euros of new accessories.
Starting on the outside, there will be a new front spoiler, side skirts, chrome exhaust and rear extractor, while the inside features new air outlets for the air conditioning, changes to the central console and door handles and embossed car mats. The Competition Kit is clearly about aesthetics but not without reason - it’s inspired by the Audi quattro model driven by Walter Röhrl.
The Audi A1 S-Line package costs about 1,900 euros extra and has 17-inch alloy wheels, sports suspension and exterior logos. Internal finishes are slightly different including grey stitiching for the seats, steering wheel, gear stick and handbrake, imperial black dash and three spoke sports steering wheel in leather. The new 1.4 TFSI will clearly be available with a either six-speed manual gearbox or the automatic DSG transmission.
Audi will present its new 1.4-litre TFSI engine for the Audi A1 at the 2010 Paris Motor Show in what will be the top-of-the-range A1 model. It’s characterised by more of a sports design, including a lower wheel base. The 185 hp is combined with 250 Nm of torque and the top speed is 227 km/hr. Acceleration to 100 km/hr occurs in 6.9 seconds and fuel consumption is declared at 5.9 litres per 100 km with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
The A1 1.4 TFSI will be available with the Ambition kit only and with S Line features it also gets dedicated 17-inch alloy wheels. The new engine model also offers the S tronic gearbox with seven speeds, front disc brakes measuring 288 mm, full LED lights and on the inside a Bose audio kit with 14 speakers (how can they fit that many in?!). German pricing for this top-end A1 starts at 24,250 euros.