In terms of rear-wheel drive performance cars, Japanese carmakers have been dominating this category in their own territory. One seldom sees foreign carmakers making headway in the local scene with their own rwd performance offers – with the exception of German auto companies. Audi of Japan has started offering the S1 supermini hot hatch, a small quattro car priced at JPY4,100,000 ($37,000).
However, aside from being expensive for its size (just four meters of length), it also offers little room inside. But what makes the S1 supermini a possible hot buy is the fact that it is powered by a 2.0 TFSI turbo engine, which delivers 231 PS of output at 6,000 rpm and 370 Nm of torque from 1,600 rpm. Mated to a six-speed short-throw manual, this 2.0 TFSI turbo engine allows the S1 supermini pocket rocket to move from zero 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds.
To stand out, Audi painted the S1 supermini in Vegas Yellow and installed different headlights than the regular A1 model, incorporating LED daytime running lights. Just like its S siblings, the S1 features silver door handles and a silver grille.
Making the ride a lot more comfortable in the S1, as well as better turning capability, is its much improved suspension. For instance, modified pivot bearings are installed at the front for better steering response.
At the rear, four-link setups can now be found. Still coming as standard are variable shock absorbers. In terms of fuel efficiency, the S1 supermini allows owners to cruise 14.4km on a liter of fuel, according to the JC08 Japanese domestic cycle. This means that the S1 consumes just 7 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.