Audi A1 Quattro priced at £41,020 in the UK! Only 19 available!

Article by Christian A., on February 20, 2012

Audi UK said that £41,020 OTR is the price for the limited edition 256PS A1 quattro. Audi would only build 19 left-hand-drive units intended for the UK. Order books officially open in early March.

There are already deposits seen at the UK Audi Centres for the broad majority of these excellent high performance subcompacts, which don’t just come with quattro all-wheel-drive, a bigger capacity 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine and rally-inspired styling.

It also gets an all-encompassing specification including equipment upgrades to the value of more than £11,000. Over 600 components were either reworked or replaced in creating the A1 quattro.

A single glance at the new Audi A1 quattro and one immediately gets a sense of this being a very special vehicle. This new version is longer at 13.08 ft. (3,987 mm) compared to the previous model. Width is at 5.71 ft. (1,740 mm) while height is 4.65 ft. (1,416 mm). While the body will only come in Glacier White metallic, the roof will have the high-gloss black paint.

On the front, the grate and frame of the grille have the same color as the roof while the wings, which are the curved bars found in the headlights, come in red. Still on the front, the bumper shows a more muscular appearance. The roof arch and grille as well as the rear hatch bear the quattro badges. Fitted to the body are the cast-alloy 8.0 Jx18 wheels which are also in Glacier White.

With an exclusive turbine design, the wheels in turn are fitted with the 225/35-series tires. The brake discs in the front have been internally vented, gripped using black calipers, and measure 12.28 in. (312 mm). The brand has revealed that the A1 quattro will be equipped with the ESP stabilization program which has a sport mode that can be activated or deactivated during a run on the tracks.

Though the roof extends into the two-color wing, the windows in the rear have been tinted. The use of black color helps highlight both the diffuser and the rear hatch. Tinted as well are the LED lights in the rear, and the bumper in this section has a rather unique appearance. The model’s exhaust system ends in a pair of dual tailpipes, one on the right and the other on the left, with both having a diameter of 3.94 in. (100 mm).

Much like the roof, the interior is dominated mainly with the sporty black color. Meanwhile the seats, as well as the armrests positioned on the door, are wrapped in Silk Nappa leather and have its seams in contrasting red. On the front, the S sport seats have bolsters that are more prominent with head restraints incorporated to it. The covers of its backrest meanwhile have the quattro badge on them.

All seats though have a multi-way adjustment. Back to the front, the center console’s lower part also come in the high-gloss black color. Under it, the pedal caps and the footrest are clearly made up of stainless steel. Even the floor mats have red seams. Also adorned with the A1 quattro badges are the door sill trims. On the rear section, the luggage capacity of this model is 7.42 cu. ft. (210 liters) but they can go as high as 30.37 cu. ft. (860 liters) if the seats in the rear are folded down.

Powertrain

The engine is the most prominent. The turbocharged and directly injected 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit has been adopted from the TTS. It has a specially tuned 256PS output at 6,000rpm, and it has a 350Nm torque peak between 2,500 and 4,500rpm. As a result, the A1 quattro could accelerate from a standstill to 62mph in 5.7 seconds and could reach a top speed of 152mph.

However, it returns up to 32.8mpg according to the combined cycle test. Its power is sent through a quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. At the center of this is an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch, which has a package of plates that rotate in an oil bath.

This clutch is integrated on the rear axle so that weight distribution is optimized. An XDS selective differential lock and a specially configured Electronic Stability Program (ESP) can boost handling precision and adjustability. It also comes with a sport mode with a higher threshold for intervention and can be switched off entirely for track use.

Press Release

Limited Edition 256 PS Audi A1 Quattro Is Going Rapidly

Nineteen examples of high performance, high specification all-wheel-drive A1 are destined for the UK and most are already spoken for

  • Exclusive left-hand-drive-only all-wheel-drive A1 model limited to 333 examples worldwide, just nineteen of which will be imported to the UK
  • OTR price confirmed at £ 41,020 - deposits to be converted by Audi Centres into stock orders when ordering officially opens in March
  • Deliveries to begin in the second half of 2012
  • Powered by 2.0-liter TFSI Engine delivering 256PS AT 6,000rpm and 350Nm of Torque Between 2,500 and 4,500rpm, 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds, top speed 152mph, Combined 32.8 mpg, CO on the 2nd  199g / km
  • Unique and extensive exterior and interior specification, over 600 components either reworked or replaced

Audi UK has confirmed that the ultra-exclusive 256PS A1 quattro will be priced at £ 41,020 OTR when an extremely limited quota of just nineteen UK-bound, left-hand-drive examples officially becomes available to order in early March. UK Audi Centres already have deposits for the vast majority of these exceptional high performance subcompacts, which are not only unique in featuring quattro all-wheel-drive, a larger capacity 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine and rally-inspired styling, but also an all -encompassing specification including equipment upgrades to the value of over £ 11,000.

More than 600 components have been either reworked or replaced in the creation of the A1 quattro, one of the most prominent of which is the engine. The turbocharged and directly injected 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit has been adopted from the TTS, and delivers its specially tuned 256PS output at 6,000rpm, and its punchy 350Nm torque peak between 2,500 and 4,500rpm. It enables the A1 quattro to power from rest to 62mph in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 152mph, while also returning up to 32.8mpg according to the combined cycle test.

Power is channelled via a quick-shifting six-speed manual transmission to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, the heart of which is an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch whose package of plates rotates in an oil bath. The clutch is mounted on the rear axle in the interest of optimum weight distribution. Handling precision and adjustability are also enhanced by an XDS selective differential lock and a specially configured Electronic Stability Program (ESP) which offers a sport mode with a higher threshold for intervention and can be switched off entirely for track use.

The chassis of the Audi A1 quattro also borrows heavily from the TTS, particularly the advanced multi-link rear set-up. Responsive and efficient electrohydraulic power steering with a direct 14.8: 1 steering ratio complements this taut and well balanced configuration, as do ventilated disc brakes with high performance 312mm front discs.

Unique specification

With its Glacier White metallic paint, Glacier White 18-inch turbine design alloy wheels, high-gloss black roof complete with prominent spoiler and deep-set bumpers with 100-millimetre tailpipes at the rear the A1 quattro looks fresh from the rally stage. The quattro badges on the grille, roof arch and rear hatch further reinforce this.

Purposeful black dominates the interior, a focal point of which is the multi-adjustable Silk Nappa leather-upholstered S sport seats with their pronounced bolsters, integrated head restraints, red stitching and quattro insignias. Eye-catching features also include white needles, the red-faced rev counter and the flat-bottomed multi-function sports steering wheel with contrasting red stitching and an inset limited edition plaque.

As befits its standing at the pinnacle of the range the A1 quattro will be suitably lavishly equipped with virtually the full complement of equipment, which if added to a standard series production A1 would boost its price by over £ 11,000. Features include xenon plus headlights, the high-beam assistant, adaptive brake lights, an LED interior lighting package, light and rain sensors, the acoustic rear parking system, automatic air conditioning, a storage package, the convenience key and cruise control.

Online services

Entertainment and information features will be even more exceptional, with a changer CD, DAB digital radio, Audi Music Interface iPod connection, hard disk-based MMI navigation plus, a 465-watt 14-speaker BOSE sound system with illuminated woofers in the doors and Mobile Phone Preparation High with Online Services all included as standard. The Mobile Phone Preparation High system enables a Bluetooth-equipped online car phone to connect to the Internet and deliver special web services, including Google Earth, to the car. Passengers can also connect their mobile devices to the integrated Wi-Fi hotspot.

Audi A1 Quattro Is Inbound  - Audi UK HAS Confirmed That The Nineteen examples of high Performance, Left-hand-Drive-only A1 Quattro are Destined for The UK. OTR pricing has been confirmed at £ 41,020, and Audi Centres already have deposits for almost all the allocation even before ordering officially opens in March.

Topics: audi, audi a1, quattro, uk, price

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