Back in the summer, our spies snooped out a three-door Audi A1 prototype in Europe, which we believed to be the future S1 Quattro. As it turns out, the Ingolstadt carmaker is also testing a five-door version of its pocket rocket, the S1 Quattro Sportback.
Audi’s “S” series models may differ in size, shapes and engine capacities, but there’s one thing common on all models and that’s the quad exhaust pipes (the RS variants features two large oval exhausts), which make their appearance on this tester.
The new Audi S1 Quattro models will be tamer, less powerful but also more affordable and widely available compared to the extreme 256PS (253bhp) A1 Quattro of which only 333 numbered examples were built.
The S1 will make use of the VW Group’s 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine, likely tuned to deliver somewhere around 220 to 230 horsepower, connected to a manual or a DSG gearbox and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.
There’s nothing official from Audi, but we could see the S1 models taking a bow as early as next year.
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