Audi S1 Sportback Quattro shows new angles ahead of its official debut

Article by Christian A., on February 11, 2014

Earlier today, we revealed you the first photo with the Audi S1 Sportback Quattro, but now several new photos emerged on the Web so we decided to show you folks everything. Set to make its online debut tomorrow and the world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, the Audi S1 Sportback Quattro looks just like a pocket rocket and we guess that it will be the perfect rival to the upcoming MINI John Cooper works (JCW).

According to the first info, the S1 Sportback Quattro will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine, which will generate around 220 hp and deliver all that power using a six-speed manual gearbox to all four wheels using the Quattro all-wheel driver system.

The S1 Sportback Quattro will also be available with a S Tronic automatic transmission and is expected to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 7 seconds.

Regarding the design, the S1 Sportback Quattro looks aggressive and comes with a new bodykit which includes a new front bumper with large air intakes as well as a sporty grille wearing the ‘S1’ badge.

Moreover, we find new side sills, the Quattro logo on the rear doors, a two-piece rear roof spoiler, black area under the taillights just like the one seen on the A1 Quattro limited model, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and a four-pipe exhaust system.

The S1 and the S1 Sportback feature the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, a common element in Audi’s S models. This quattro permanent all-wheel drive system employs a hydraulic multi-plate clutch on the rear axle as well as specifically tuned control software. Meanwhile, the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) system takes care of the electronic differential lock with the wheel-selective torque control.

ESC comes with two-stage deactivation, thereby complementing the multi-plate clutch with additional braking intervention on the inside wheels. Thanks to the harmonious interaction between the ESC and the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, the new S1 and S1 Sportback offer a new level of agility, precise handling and stability.

Audi also reworked the suspension of the new S1 and S1 Sportback, as backed by the development of an electromechanical power steering. The new compact models feature modified pivot bearings on the front axle and a four-link suspension on the rear. This suspension setup allows the new S1 and S1 Sportback to deliver a sporty drive, with Audi drive select dynamic handling system offering various settings that could modify engine response, variable shock absorbers and the automatic air conditioning.

Taking care of stopping power are a larger brake master cylinder and large brake discs (310 mm or 12.2 inches on the front). Customers may also avail of the optional red brake calipers with the S1 logo. The 17-inch wheels of the new S1 and S1 Sportback are wrapped in 215/40 R17 tires. Also available are optional 18-inch wheels shod in 225/35 R18 tires.

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