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.

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“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.

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