Audi unveils A1 Contrast and Black editions in the UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 15, 2011

Audi A1 customers could now make their vehicles more personalized and exclusive with the new Contrast Edition and Black Edition specification options. These can also be integrated with a more powerful 2.0-litre, 143PS TDI engine that complements the current 1.6-litre, 105PS unit. The Contrast Edition is available for a premium of £1,350 on top of the price of an equivalent A1 Sport model, and in combination with all A1 engines except for the 1.4 TFSI 185PS.

The options offer a contrasting color for the roof line. There are also aerodynamic body styling elements added on top of the Sport specification, plus larger 17-inch ‘five-arm’ design bi-color alloy wheels that expand on the 16-inch examples of the Sport model.

For an added cost, a double-blade roof spoiler, which also comes in a contrasting color, can be added for a sportier appeal. On the other hand, the Black Edition is based on the top S line specification. It comes exclusively in combination with the 185PS 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine as well as the latest 143PS 2.0-litre TDI.

For a premium of £1,100 on top of the S line models, the car could get a black styling treatment for the number plate holder and single frame grille surround, 18-inch five-arm rotor design alloy wheels in a titanium finish in exchange of the S line model's 17-inch equivalents, dark tinted rear privacy glass and Xenon Plus headlights with LED daytime-running lights. In the interior, the full electronic climate control is available to enhance the manual air conditioning of the S line model. It also upgrades the Audi Sound System speaker, providing an output of 180 watts.

The Audi A1 side view is visually highlighted by straight lines with subtle upward slopes that evoke dynamic motion and seemingly lengthen the car. The bonnet’s upper edge extends as a crease along the side below the windows all the way to the rear. Like the Audi TT sports car, the hood and the front fender converge at a point where the tornado line originates. This is a signature Audi detail and it courses along the door toward the rear flank in constant proximity to the wheel wells, affecting a strong stance.

Audi also integrated some of their distinct details, such as the heavy shaded edge below the tornado line, the athletically curved sheet metal flank surfaces, the dynamic line that slopes gradually over the sills, the graceful wheel wells which may house 18-inch wheels and the 2/3:1/3 sheet metal surface-to-greenhouse ratio. Like sports cars, the wing mirrors are door-mounted, while the door handles have a unique bow form.

The dynamically contoured roof arch, available in four colour choices, is an additional Audi design trait. It continues into the C-pillar which has a flatter shape than a coupe’s, resulting in a sporty rear outline underlined by the roof spoiler.

Audi A1 tail end is dominated by the width-emphasising and uniquely-shaped boot hatch. This is a novel feature within the compact segment. The wedge-shaped single-piece rear lamps utilise LED and xenon plus technologies. They appear moulded with the hatch and further emphasise the car’s width. There are also auxiliary side flank LED lamps for times when the hatch is opened and the rear lamps become unseen. This is a testament to the Audi engineering team’s thoroughness and smart use of technology.

The red frame of the rear lamps has a curved bar that separates it into chambers. Optionally, Audi may integrate LEDs and light guides to create a unified strip appearance for each rear lamp. The lower edge of the rear end is formed by the skirt featuring a sporty black diffuser, which is another visual cue that highlights the stable stance. One or two exhaust outlets are seen on the left side, varying by engine type.

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