Audi still planning S1 to go with VW's Polo R - both will be all-wheel drive

2011 Audi A1 TFSI S-Line live in Paris 30.09.2010
2011 Audi A1 TFSI S-Line live in Paris 30.09.2010

Volkswagen Group will convert its PQ25 platform to build all-wheel drive Polo R and Audi S1 models

Volkswagen Group has apparently revised its plans for the Polo R and Audi S1 models and will now build those two models with all-wheel drive systems.

According to Autocar, the German automaker will re-engineer its PQ25 platform to allow for all-wheel drive production and manufacture the Polo R and allow for Audi to also build an S1 model (based on the A1) with Quattro technology.

Initially, VW had announced the Polo R would be a front-wheel drive model only, unlike its all-wheel drive siblings the Golf R and Scirocco R.

Also, Audi had planned to name the A1 1.4 TFSI that it debuted at the Paris motor show an S1, but it subsequently dropped the S label because the model was not an all-wheel drive and Audi did not want to dilute the performance image of the S-brand. The car did come, though, with an S-line trim [pictured here].

VW has already taken the Polo R to an advanced stage of development. And the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI that debuted at the Paris show featuring 136 kW (185 PS / 182 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque can easily be turned into an S1 when fitted with a Quattro system. Audi may decide to tune that power plant for more wattage or offer a new, more powerful engine on the S1 altogether.

The new production platform may also lead to a CrossPolo model, according to Autocar, which was a key element in Volkswagen's decision to convert the PQ25 platform. Allowing for a third all-wheel drive model to be built on the platform helps make the business case for the conversion.

Source: Autocar

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fusion01 fusion01
bizarre you'd get a POLO in AWD but not the Scirocco R! Very strange indeed. The latter is certainly more for the enthusiast (albeit with more cash to throw around).
Oct 23rd, 2010 1:32pm
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Paulds Paulds
I mean, for an A1
Oct 14th, 2010 8:29pm
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DeleteThisAccount DeleteThisAccount
These are exciting times to be rich in...
Oct 14th, 2010 10:12pm
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Paulds Paulds
Maybe it will be too expensive?
Oct 14th, 2010 8:29pm
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Kid_Voltron Kid_Voltron
those were my very first thoughts as well! A very noble gesture from VAG...but this going to get to a point where someone decides between a Polo R/Audi S1 instead Golf GTi or Similarly specced A3 ...and not necessarily instead of another brand ...cars like are bought maninly on brand loyalty...but if anything at all I guess this might mean a possible RS1 if it's an instant hit ....
Oct 15th, 2010 6:03pm
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
well done Audi for changing ur mind and keeping all S-Models Quattro!
Oct 14th, 2010 7:04pm
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FloPoe FloPoe
The Golf R indeed is all wheel drive but unfortunately the Scirocco R isn't!
Oct 14th, 2010 6:17pm
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Yes, small mistake there, the Scirocco R is definitely front wheel drive
Oct 14th, 2010 10:41pm
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