2012/2013 Audi RS1 spied for the first time at the Nürburgring

2012 Audi RS1 spied for the first time Nurburgring 13.10.2011
2012 Audi RS1 spied for the first time Nurburgring 13.10.2011 / Copyright SB-Medien

RS1 prototype spied testing in and around the ring wearing a large rear roof spoiler and very little camouflage

These are the very first spy shots of the 2012/2013 Audi RS1 spied testing on and around the Nürburgring test circuit.

Set to be the range-topper of the Audi A1 family, the RS1 is spied wearing a large rear roof wing/spoiler and very little camouflage.

But what the prototype is sporting under the hood is the big question.

Earlier this year, we spied an S1 testing on the ring and that model is expected to come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter unit that produces 220 PS (162 kW / 217 hp) paired to a new quattro all-wheel drive system.

So we expect substantially more output than that on the RS1 with, of course, quattro all-wheel drive. This Audi A1 Clubsport quattro Concept which was shown at the Wörthersee Tour 2011 was powered by a highly-modified 2.5 liter, five-cylinder TFSI unit with an output of 503 PS (370 kW / 496 bhp) and 660 Nm (486.79 lb-ft) of torque.

That proves that Audi can fit the 2.5 liter TFSI unit into the A1's engine bay with a quattro system and a six-speed manual gearbox too. But output will likely be dialed to much less than the 340 PS (250 kW / 335 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb ft) of torque of the 2.5 TFSI unit on the Audi TT-RS and RS3 models.

The Audi RS1 will launch in 2012.

Published Oct 13th, 2011 5:14pm By Alex Ricciuti
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rev2race rev2race
oooh thats gunna be awesome!
Oct 24th, 2011 6:08pm
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siranto siranto
Love it. I don't usually go for hatchbacks but I would buy this one.
Oct 19th, 2011 8:59am
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Dolomight 74-86 Dolomight 74-86
I'm in love and it comes with a whale tail spoiler. EPIC WIN!!!
Oct 15th, 2011 4:21am
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tumbo tumbo
Wow. The A1 is a beautiful car itself. But this is just insane. I would love to have this in my driveway, together with a R8 V10 :D Love it!! Bring it on Audi! This car excites me more then the S6, S7 and S8 together!
Oct 14th, 2011 10:27am
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It's going to have the 2.5 but detuned to 280 hp
Oct 14th, 2011 12:25am
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Sharp looking RS1. Like it alittle better than the BMW 1 Series M Coupe
Oct 13th, 2011 11:13pm
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Hellbound Hellbound
If it was possible to reach 400hp after a simple remap this car would be legendary.
Oct 13th, 2011 8:46pm
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Shumy Shumy
I like the dual exhaust unlike the left exhaust on the rs3...
Oct 13th, 2011 8:30pm
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Shumy Shumy
This car is a must!
Oct 13th, 2011 8:28pm
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Who cares about manual gearbox? Just put a nice DSG/Stronic along the great engine+quattro
Oct 13th, 2011 8:18pm
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Fatsmurf Fatsmurf
Very nice! The 5 cylinder 2.5 liter is a magnificent piece of engineering. Really enjoyed it in the TTRS...
Oct 13th, 2011 7:16pm
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It sure would be a nippy hatch to drive! And the black paint makes the car looks more sinister. Watch out Mini!
Oct 13th, 2011 5:59pm
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Microice Microice
If its going with the usual Audi trend I expect it to have 200kw but it should be a pocket rocket.
Oct 13th, 2011 5:55pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
Awesome. Although I would expect it would have a 2L turbo rather than a 2.5.
Oct 13th, 2011 5:18pm
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xoff xoff
I agree - more likely to be the 2.0 TFSI with power output similar to S3 for RS1
Oct 13th, 2011 6:54pm
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xoff xoff
I agree - more likely to be the 2.0 TFSI with power output similar to S3 for RS1
Oct 13th, 2011 6:54pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
I am kind of hoping it's the 200kw 2.0 TFSI with 200kw from the TT S
Oct 14th, 2011 8:05am
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NewGit NewGit
200 kw sounds realistic. I'm betting 1.6 maybe 1.8. Do I see independent suspension at the rear in the photos or is it still torsion beam?
Oct 14th, 2011 12:23pm
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