Fast Audi A1s Could Be On The Way


Remember the Quattro-liveried Audi A1 concept from a month or so back? Well it seems Audi does, and a fast A1 might be more than just a concept - folks at Ingolstadt are investigating the possibilities for a hot version of its baby hatchback.

PH editor Chris-R is currently in Berlin on the Audi A1 press launch, and has phoned up the PH office with the intriguing news that the all-wheel drive hardware from the Audi A3 - and its faster four-cylinder engines - could fit into the A1.

"We are definitely exploring some of these performance options," Said Lars Adler, head of A1 product marketing, to Chris-R, "but first we have to be confident that a market exists."

The transverse four-cylinder engines from the 'A' (Audi A3) platform will drop into the AO (Audi A1) platform with little trouble, although the quattro all-wheel-drive system would have to be adapted to fit the supermini - although Audi knows it could be done.

Don't go heading down to your local Audi dealer to pop a deposit down on a 208bhp, four-wheel-drive A1 2.0T just yet though. Even if it does happen, fast A1s will take at least four years to get to market.

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  • dr_rallye 15 Jun 2010

    It'd be a very interesting proposition if they manage to get this into production. There's already been talk of an S1, but this opens up the scope for an RS1. I'd be interested in one of those...

  • Riggers 15 Jun 2010

    It does, doesn't it? RS1 with S3/Golf R motor - sounds like a cracking car to me...

  • marcosgt 15 Jun 2010

    Who cares?

    They lost me last weekend... smile

    M.

  • 300bhp/ton 15 Jun 2010

    dr_rallye said:
    It'd be a very interesting proposition if they manage to get this into production. There's already been talk of an S1, but this opens up the scope for an RS1. I'd be interested in one of those...
    Umm an A1, which will likely be the size and weigh of previous A3's, so a smaller number, but still a big flabby car pretending to be a small hatch.

    Or maybe I'm just fickle.... whistle

  • va1o 15 Jun 2010

    Nice little car, saw them at Le Mans last week Audi where promoting them quite hard. I should imagine its quite likely that they will follow what SEAT have done with the Ibiza, and drop in the 1.4 TSI 180PS petrol and 2.0 TDI 143PS diesel as range toppers.

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