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.
Both the Audi S1 and S1 Sportback are equipped with quattro permanent all-wheel drive that features a hydraulic multi-plate clutch on the rear axle as well as especially tuned control software with dynamic setup. They are also equipped with Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) that comes with an electronic differential lock with a fine-tuned wheel-selective torque control.
Featuring two-stage deactivation, ESC reinforces the multi-plate clutch work through metered braking intervention on the inside wheels. The harmonious interaction between ESC and the multi-plate clutch allows the new S1 and S1 Sportback to offer agile and precise handling.
Audi also tweaked the suspension system of the new S1 and S1 Sportback, both of which now feature an electromechanical power steering. The front axle now features modified pivot bearings that enhance turning spontaneity.
The rear axle also dons a sporty and firm four-link design suspension. Likewise, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system offers a number with settings that adjust the response of the engine, automatic air conditioning and the variable shock absorbers.
The new Audi S1 and S1 Sportback are provided with a larger brake master cylinder and large brake discs -- 310 mm (12.20 in) in diameter on the front. Customers may avail of red brake calipers with S1 logo. As standard, the new S1 and S1 Sportback ride on 17-inch wheels shod in 215/40 R17 tires, although 18-inch rims with 225/35 R18 tires are optional.
To make the new Audi S1 and the S1 Sportback stand out as the A1 flagship models, they are provided with a number of distinguishing elements. These include all-new xenon plus headlights and new LED rear lights with new, horizontally structured graphics.
The front and rear bumper, the side sills and the exhaust system also sport sportily styled details. The color palette for the Audi S1 and S1 Sportback is now expanded with four new exterior colors. These compact models could be equipped with the optional quattro exterior styling package that includes a large roof spoiler.