AWD S Quattro Audi S1 and S1 sportback hitch a ride on A1 hatchback framework
New Audi S1 is available in UK from mid-March at a price of £24,900 OTR onward, and five-door S1 Sportback from £25,630 OTR with first deliveries scheduled in spring. Power comes from a new 2.0 TFSI engine for max power of 231PS and and max torque of 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) through a short shift six-speed manual transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD).
The 1st AWD Audi subcompact series production Audi S1 goes from 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and 5.9 seconds for S1 Sportback. Top speed stands at 155mph, combined MPG 40.3, and CO2 162g/km (three-door). The figures are 39.8mpg in the Sportback, equating to 162 and 166 grams of CO2 per kilometre respectively.
“The Audi S1 offers all the virtues of a sports car, great performance, direct handling and permanent quattro drive that puts the power to the road in a superior way,” says Prof. Dr. Hackenberg, Audi Board Member for Technical Development, adding: “The quattro drive has a large following of fans, which is sure to become even larger thanks to the offering in this segment.”
Up to 40.3mpg is achievable in the three-door version, or 39.8mpg in the Sportback, equating to 162 and 166 grams of CO2 per kilometre respectively. A hydraulic multi-plate clutch located on the rear axle and operated by control software tuned specifically to suit the character of an S quattro model is key.
Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) sees an electronic differential lock with the fine-tuned wheel-selective torque control highlighting two-stage deactivation and supplementing the work of the multi-plate clutch with additional finely metered braking intervention on the inside wheels for stable handling.
17-inch wheels with 215/40 R17 tyres will be standard in UK. 18-inch alternatives are an option. A larger brake master cylinder and large brake discs – front pair (310 millimetres in diameter) make for steady deceleration. Have a look at the image gallery below.
S-specific sports suspension
The suspension configurations in the two high performance hatchbacks have been extensively reworked, as has the electromechanical power steering. Modified pivot bearings on the front axle sharpen response when turning, and at the rear a four-link design replaces the torsion beam suspension used for ‘standard’ A1 models. Damper settings are also adjustable via the Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system, which appears for the first time at this level in the S1 and also allows the driver to vary the response of the throttle and the operating parameters of the electronic climate control across a number of settings, including one designed to optimise efficiency.
Striking ‘S’-specific styling aligns the S1 with the thirteen other members of the performance-oriented S quattro series, as do standard xenon plus headlights, which are linked here to LED rear lights with new, horizontally structured graphics. Two new exterior colours – Vegas yellow and Sepang blue – supplement the available paint finishes, and to add more visual drama an optional quattro exterior styling package incorporating a sculpted roof spoiler will also be available.
The interior of the two most compact S models is finished in dark tones. The high gloss air vent sleeves have a piano black finish, the instruments feature S-specific dark-grey scales, and in contrast the pedal caps are in brushed stainless steel. Sports seats with combination Milano leather and Olympic cloth upholstery are standard, as are creature comforts including electronic climate control, a six-speaker single CD audio system with auxiliary iPod connection and SD card reader linked to a 6.5-inch retractable colour display, a Bluetooth interface and a Driver’s Information System.
From the options list customers can choose S sports seats in black Fine Nappa leather with more pronounced bolsters and integrated head restraints for even more rigid in-seat support, or opt for a quattro interior styling package which includes these and adds a choice of three colours – high gloss black, red or yellow – for sections of the backrest. The quattro styling package also adds enhancements such as a flat-bottomed leather multi-function steering wheel with contrast stitching in silver, red or yellow, door armrests in black leather with contrast silver or yellow stitching or in steel grey with contrast red stitching, air vents in high gloss black with a red ring and a high gloss black, red or yellow finish for the centre console. Black floor mats with double piping in contrasting colours complete the look.
More familiar optional features available for the S1 include the advanced key keyless access and ignition system, hard disk-based MMI navigation plus, the Bose surround sound system and mobile phone preparation – High with Audi connect. The Audi connect option gives passengers access to an array of Internet-based services such as Google Earth and Google Street View and enables them to surf and send e-mails on their mobile devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot.