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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.

2015 audi s1 quattro 1“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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Sagar Patel

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A first drive in a manual rickety old van was enough to pave the road forward for Sagar Patel. When not driving or riding, his dexterity shifts gear to voice passion through words via reviews, and news, all the while, closely monitoring updates from the auto industry.

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