ABT Audi A1 quattro


Famed Audi tuner ABT has turned its hand to Ingolstadt's smallest model. Strangely, however, it is currently only offering a tuning package for the very expensive, very rare A1 quattro.

If you've forgotten, the A1 quattro was launched earlier this year. Limited to just 333 units and costing £40k, the A1 quattro appeared to be a precursor to a fully-fledged S1. With 256hp and 258lb ft from its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, it certainly didn't want for power and suggested a more widely-available flagship A1 could be a great driving prospect. Chris Harris was on the snowy launch; see his video here.

ABT clearly believes that 250hp-plus isn't sufficient in a car that features a 1.2 as its base model. So, its A1 quattro now makes 307hp and 295lb ft, gains of 51hp and 37lb ft. ABT hasn't released any details on the modifications, but the usual remap, exhaust swop and boost pressure, er, boost are your most likely suspects.

Homage wheels but no five-pot warble
Homage wheels but no five-pot warble
In terms of performance, ABT claims a 0-62mph time of 5.4 seconds, compared to the standard car's 5.7. ABT says its car doesn't incur any additional penalties in terms of fuel economy and emissions.

Of course, this package is presently only really relevant to the 333 A1 quattro owners. But when the more mainstream S1 inevitably appears, a similar upgrade from ABT could surely be similarly applied. A circa-300hp A1 with the typically subtle Audi 'S' styling cues? Could be fun...

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  • Twincam16 24 Sep 2012

    M@1975 said:
    That would imply that Audi would want to see their cars rallying.. Clearly they don't and don't like the association overly since they don't support the owners of their old name making cars.
    When was their last official rally entry 1989 or something, certainly not in WRC since 1985.
    Not sure. A few people campaigned the S2 quattro in the early '90s so it must have been homologated for Group A even if it didn't have factory backing.

  • M@1975 24 Sep 2012

    That would imply that Audi would want to see their cars rallying.. Clearly they don't and don't like the association overly since they don't support the owners of their old name making cars.
    When was their last official rally entry 1989 or something, certainly not in WRC since 1985.

  • Twincam16 24 Sep 2012

    Here's a thought - could ABT register themselves as a manufacturer separate from VAG and enter the WRC with this, rivalling the VW Polo R entry? I'd love to see it on a rally stage.

  • scholesy 23 Sep 2012

    KM666 said:
    Thats not too far away from the later Turbo 2000 Imprezas. Think they were maybe 0.3 to 0.4 seconds slower to 60, but with 87bhp less. Do these weigh significantly more than circa 1300kgs? I mean of course the audi uses much softer textured plastics but still... 300bhp and 4x4 pitches this against serious driving machines, and i'm being kind by quoting the 'lowest headliner' of the group of cars that immediately spring to mind.

    Edited by KM666 on Saturday 22 September 23:06
    yea I was just thinking that, how is it only that fast for such a small car with 300bhp and 4 wheel drive? It must be a bit of a tank!

  • mattikake 22 Sep 2012

    It looks and sounds so turd, I like it.

    Modern 2litre turbo? Modded? If I didn't have 400bhp I'd seriously slap the guy running the remap so many times in 1 second, he'd think he's was born to be a babies ass...

    So I wonder, how much does it weigh?

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