Audi S1 and Audi S1 Sportback, dynamism in 4 metres

A great name makes a comeback: Audi is presenting the S1 and the
S1 Sportback (7.0 / 7.1 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers [33.60 / 33.13 US mpg];
162 / 166 grams of CO2 per kilometer [260.71 / 267.15 g/mile]). The new Audi S1 is the unrivalled embodiment of a compact sports car. All the modifications to the Audi S1, including the new four-link rear axle, the quattro permanent all- wheel drive and the powerful 2.0 TFSI producing 170 kW (231 hp) and 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque make it agile and dynamic. Its fully fledged everyday practicality makes it the ideal driving machine for daily needs. These characteristics turn the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback into the benchmark in their class.

Back in the 1980s an Audi S1 garnered a legendary reputation – it was the car that would see the brand dominate the World Rally Championship in its day. Now the abbreviation is coming back – but this time as a road-going version: the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback constitute the new flagship models in the compact A1 model line (combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 3.8 [33.13 – 61.90 US mpg]; combined CO2 emission in g/km: 166 – 99 [267.15 – 159.33 g/mile]), adding an entry-level version to the Audi S model portfolio.

A high-performance four-cylinder unit provides the drive. The 2.0 TFSI fitted with a turbocharger develops 170 kW (231 hp) and produces up to 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque. The two-liter engine accelerates the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) in 5.8 and 5.9 seconds respectively. The top speed is 250 km/h (155.34 mph). On average the sporty, sonorous TFSI consumes just 7.0 (33.60 US mpg) or 7.1 (33.13 US mpg) liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (162 and 166 grams CO2 per kilometer [260.71 g/mile / 267.15 g/mile]) respectively.

Like all Audi S models, the S1 and the S1 Sportback also come with quattro permanent all-wheel drive onboard. At its heart is a hydraulic multi-plate clutch located on the rear axle. Its specifically tuned control software boasts a decidedly dynamic setup. The electronic differential lock with the fine-tuned wheel-selective torque control is a function of the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC). It features two-stage deactivation and supplements the work of the multi-plate clutch with additional finely metered braking intervention on the inside wheels – the interaction of both systems makes for extremely agile, precise and stable handling.

The suspension on the two compact sport models has been extensively revamped. The electromechanical power steering has been newly developed. Modified pivot bearings on the front axle enhance spontaneity when turning. At the rear a four-link design also supports direct handling and agile cornering. The setup is sporty and firm; the Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes with a range of settings to vary the response of the engine, automatic air conditioning and the likewise standard variable shock absorbers.

A larger brake master cylinder as well as large brake disks – front 310 millimeters (12.20 in) in diameter – ensure excellent deceleration. Red brake calipers with S1 logo can be ordered as an option. The two sporty compact models are supplied ex factory with 17-inch wheels with 215/40 R17 tires; Audi offers 18-inch wheels with 225/35 R18 tires as an option.

The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback are instantly recognizable as the flagship models in the A1 model line. Their xenon plus headlights are all-new while the LED rear lights come with new, horizontally structured graphics. A host of details – particularly on the front and rear bumper, the side sills and the exhaust system – boast more striking styling. Four new exterior colors supplement the available paint finishes. The optional quattro exterior styling package hones the look further, courtesy of features such as a large roof spoiler.

2015-audi-s1-quattroThe interior of the two compact sport models is finished in dark tones; black dominates, including on the air vent sleeves. The instruments feature S-specific dark-gray scales; the pedal caps are made out of brushed stainless steel. As an alternative to the standard sport seats, Audi fits the S sport seats with integrated head restraints. The quattro interior styling package can be selected as an option to add striking color accents.

The extensive standard equipment can be supplemented with optional high-end features such as the convenience key, the MMI navigation plus with fold-out color monitor or the BOSE surround sound system. The Audi connect module including car phone provides a connection to the Internet, allowing passengers to access the Internet and send e-mails on their mobile devices via a Wi-Fi hotspot, while the driver enjoys in-car access to tailor-made services from Audi connect.

The Audi S1 and the Audi S1 Sportback

– 2.0 TFSI with 1,984 cc displacement, dual injection (direct and manifold injection), turbocharging and Audi valvelift system (AVS)
– Thermal management with integrated exhaust manifold in the cylinder head
– Power output 170 kW (231 hp), maximum torque 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) from
1,600 to 3,000 rpm
– 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) in 5.8 seconds (S1 Sportback: 5.9 seconds), top speed 250 km/h (155.34 mph)
– Fuel consumption in the NEDC cycle just 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers
(33.60 US mpg) (S1 Sportback: 7.1 liters [33.13 US mpg])

Power transmission
– Highly efficient six-speed manual gearbox with long-ratio 6th gear
– quattro drive with hydraulic multi-plate clutch on the rear axle, electronic management with decidedly sporty characteristics

– New electromechanical power steering, modified pivot bearings
– New four-link rear axle for maximum handling precision
– Audi drive select dynamic handling system and two-stage adjustable dampers
– High-performance brake system, front disks 310 millimeters (12.20 in) in diameter
– Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) with two-stage deactivation and wheel-selective torque control
– 17-inch wheels as standard, 18-inch wheels as an option
– Curb weight: 1,315 kilograms (2,899.08 lb) (S1 Sportback: 1,340 kilograms
[2,954.19 lb])

Exterior design
– New xenon plus headlights, LED rear lights with horizontally structured graphics
– Sporty modifications, large roof spoiler, exhaust system with four tailpipes, striking bumpers and side sills
– Optional quattro exterior styling package for an even sportier look
– Compact dimensions: length 3,975 millimeters (13.04 ft), width 1,740 (5.71 ft) and 1,746 millimeters (5.73 ft), height 1,417 (4.65 ft) (1,423) (4.67 ft) millimeters respectively, wheelbase 2,469 millimeters (8.10 ft)

Interior and equipment
– Interior finished predominantly in black, instruments in S-specific dark gray, metallic
– Pedals with stainless steel caps, other high-grade highlights
– Sport seats as standard, alternatively S sport seats with integrated head restraints
– quattro interior styling package with prominent color accents available as an option
– Optional MMI navigation plus, Audi connect including car phone and
BOSE surround sound system