[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here was a time [1980s] when the World Rally Championship was dominated by the mighty Audi S1. It won the hearts of many petrol heads; almost all of whom will be pleased with the arrival of the new flagship models in the compact A1 model line – the Audi S1 and the Audi S1 Sportback.
[pull_quote_center]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.[/pull_quote_center]
UNDER THE BONNET
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-litre engine accelerates the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback from 0 to 100 km/h (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) litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (162 and 166 grams CO2 per kilometres [260.71 g/mile / 267.15 g/mile]) respectively.
The Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback are instantly recognisable 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 cills and the exhaust system – boast more striking styling. Four new exterior colours supplement the available paint finishes. The optional quattro exterior styling package hones the look further, courtesy of features such as a large roof spoiler.
The 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-grey 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 colour accents.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE
The extensive standard equipment can be supplemented with optional high-end features such as the convenience key, the MMI navigation plus with fold-out colour 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.
[quote_box_center]The price of the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback, which will be available at dealers in Germany in the second quarter of 2014, will be €29,950 and €30,800 respectively – www.audi.co.uk [/quote_box_center]