For those who were waiting the Audi RS1 we have bad news as the German manufacturer confirmed to TopGear that there will not be such a vehicle in its lineup. Apparently, the main reason is financial, as Audi needs to sell lots of units in order to make it profitable.
A second reason is that the RS1 needs to be more powerful than the S1 but if Audi makes it too powerful, it would become a rival for the S3. This means that if you want a small hot hatch from Audi, you need to get the S1 or the S1 Sportback.
These models are powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine fitted with a turbocharger that produces 231 hp (170 kW) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque.
The Audi S1 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.8 seconds, while the S1 Sportback needs 5.9 seconds, with a top speed limited at 250 km/h (155 mph) in both models.
Despite these performances, the S1 has a fuel consumption of 7.0 l/100 km (33.60 US mpg) while CO2 emissions are 162 g/km. In Germany, the Audi S1 starts at 29,950 while the S1 Sportback is priced from 30,800 euros.