Audi S1 will go on sale in the UK March after a public debut at the Geneva motor show next month.
The launch of the £24,900 three-door S1 and the £25,630 S1 Sportback means Audi has kept its promise to turn the limited-edition A1 quattro into a fully fledged series-production model.
the S1 is a turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine, which
delivers 228bhp and 273lb ft of torque. That’s 24bhp less but 15lb ft
more than the older ‘EA113’ turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine used in
the A1 quattro, which was produced in limited numbers in 2012.
The S1 will come with a six-speed manual transmission in the UK, plus a Haldex-style multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system.
electronic differential lock has been incorporated within a two-stage
electronic stability control system to limit wheelspin and further
Audi quotes a 0-62mph time of 5.8sec for the
three-door S1 and 5.9sec for the heavier five-door S1 Sportback. Top
speed for both is limited to 155mph. Combined fuel consumption and CO2
emissions are put at 40.4mpg and 162g/km for the three-door and 39.8mpg
and 166g/km for the five-door.
Underpinning both S1 models is a
revised version of the standard A1’s MacPherson strut front suspension
featuring modified pivot bearings, among other detailed changes, in
combination with a revamped electro-mechanical steering system. A new
four-link arrangement replaces the torsion beam set-up used on lesser A1
models, providing improvements in wheel control.
equipment on UK models will include variable damper control, 17-inch
wheels shod with 215/40 tyres and Audi’s Drive Select system, which
allows the driver to alter the mapping of the throttle, dampers and
steering. The braking set-up includes upgraded 310mm front discs. Among
the optional features are 18-inch wheels with more aggressive 225/35
rubber and red brake calipers.
Xenon headlamps, LED tail-lamps,
wider sills and a modified bumpers all feature. Four new colours,
including the yellow of the car pictured here, complement the changes.
The S1 will act as a rival to the likes of the Renault Clio RS. First deliveres are expected in spring of this year.
Thanks to: Autocar