New Audi S1 on the way with more grunt and AWD

New Audi S1 on the way with more grunt and AWD – report

New Audi S1 on the way with more grunt and AWD – report

Jürgen Löffler, the man responsible for the new A1's exterior styling, told Autocar that the brief was to make the standard version the "sportiest vehicle in its class", which bodes well for this rumoured S1.

The new, second-generation Audi A1 Sportback has only just been revealed, but already there are reports that a high-performance Audi S1 flagship is on the way, complete with all-wheel drive and a meaty 186 kW. It's a very different A1.

The width has stayed nearly the same at 1.74 metres, while it's got a low slung look thanks to sitting 1.41 metres high.

Audi offers a 7-Speed manual transmission or a 7-Speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission.

Go for the Navigation Pack for a 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen with navigation and a higher specification Virtual Cockpit while the Technology Pack adds various internet-based services and wireless phone charging.

Those who opt for the S line equipment will get additional features like larger air inlets, additional sill trims, an elongated slit below the hood with two fins, a larger rear wing, and twin tailpipes. Audi's MMI system comes as standard, while sat-nav is available on top models - this system providing live traffic updates, 3D maps and up to four map updates a year for free. Digitally sophisticated, it has many custom-made options in its repertoire. The radar sensor recognizes critical situations involving other vehicles, crossing pedestrians or cyclists ahead of the vehicle. The front ultrasonic sensors of the system recognize objects in front of the auto and emit acoustic and visual warnings. The front seat belts are electrically tensioned, the windows are closed and the hazard warning lights are switched on.

Inside has seen a major rethink too - gone has gone the "signature Audi" dash layout, in its place a fascia full of sharp angles and with the major screens angled towards the driver. However, optionally you can order a more strict version and the version with adaptive dampers.

If Audi manages to localise more components of the A1 and starts assembly here, the carmaker should also be able to offer it at an attractive price, which could be significantly lower than the A3 sedan's starting price of Rs 33.1 lakh (ex-showroom, India). For the first time, there is a reversing camera in addition to the rear parking system. The park assist system steers the A1 Sportback parallel and horizontally into parking spaces.

In profile, the new Audi A1 Sportback shares resemblance to the Audi Ur-Quattro and Sport Quattro.

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