A great name makes a comeback: Audi is presenting the S1 and the S1 Sportback, the new flagship models in the compact A1 model line, and the car will be made at the Brussels Audi plant…
The legendary 5-cylinder Audi engine roar will not be heard in the new road version, but also the 4-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine develops a very sporting note.
With 170 kW (231 hp) and 370 Nm (272.90 lb-ft) of torque, coupled to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive and the extensively revamped suspension, driving pleasure is at par with the original S1, and therefore new Audi S1 can proudly bear its name.
We just show you here the early photos of the car, and some further info, awaiting the first drive!
Hans Knol ten Bensel
“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. And we can believe him.
As said, the power delivery of the high-performance four-cylinder unit is impressive to say the least. The two-liter 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, still according to the manufacturer, 250 km/h (155.34 mph).
Fuel consumption is very reasonable with 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.
And Quattro drive…
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.
A revamped suspension
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 replaces the compound link rear suspension used on the A1 models. 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.
…and improved brakes and wheels
A larger brake master cylinder as well as large brake discs – front 310 millimeters (12.20 in) in diameter – ensure good 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.
(Still) better looks…both inside and out
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.
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-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 colour accents.
And high-end connectivity…
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.
Prices are already known for Germany: the Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback will be €29,950 and €30,800 respectively, and they will be available at dealers in Germany in the second quarter of 2014.
Needless to say that we are anxious to sample driving impressions soon with this dynamic gem…
Hans Knol ten Bensel