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This is the new Audi S1

Tue, 11 Feb 2014

Audi has turned its limited-production Audi A1 Quattro into a full series-production model with the three-door S1 and five-door S1 Sportback. Designed to take on the likes of the new Mini Cooper S, the new entry-level Audi S models make their world debut at the Geneva show early next month. Audi says the S1 and S1 Sportback won't be sold in the U.S.

Power comes from Audi's transverse-mounted 2.0-liter turbo four delivering 228 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. Drive is channeled through a standard six-speed dual clutch gearbox and Haldex style multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system. An electronic diff lock joins electronic stability control to limit wheelspin when needed. Audi quotes a 5.8-second 0-62 mph time for the three door, 5.9 seconds for the five door. Top speed is limited to 155 mph.

The A1's MacPherson strut front suspension underpins the S1 and S1 Sportback with a new four-link arrangement in the rear.

The S1's looks differ from other A1s with a more heavily styled front bumper, Xenon headlights and LED taillights, wider sills, deeper rear bumper, four round chrome tailpipes and a unique graphics package.

Inside are new sport seats, a flat bottom steering wheel, gray-faced instruments, brushed stainless steel applications to the foot rest and pedal, and black accents.

By Greg Kable