Audi A1 Quattro officially unveiled

Audi A1 quattro - 20.12.2011
Audi A1 quattro - 20.12.2011

Limited to 333 units

Audi has officially unveiled the A1 Quattro.

Available exclusively in Glacier White metallic, the special edition is distinguished by an aggressive front fascia, gloss black accents and unique alloy wheels. There's also a dual exhaust system, LED tail lights and a prominent rear spoiler.

The cabin is luxuriously appointed with Silk Nappa leather sport seats, gloss black trim and stainless steel pedals. Other highlights include a flat-bottom steering wheel, an aluminum gear knob and a revised instrument cluster. There's also LED ambient lighting, MMI navigation plus and a Bose audio system.

Motivation comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 256 PS (188 kW / 252 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to six-speed manual transmission which sends power to an all-wheel drive system. This enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph).

The A1 Quattro will be launched in the second half of 2012 and production will be limited to 333 units.

Check out the press release for additional information

Source: Audi

The new head of the compact class: The Audi A1 quattro

  • Limited-production (333 units) A1 quattro beginning 2012
  • 188 kW (256 hp), quattro drive, 0 - 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds
  • Dynamic look inside and out, thoroughly equipped

Audi is crowning its successful A1 model series with an exclusive top-of-the-line model. The dynamic A1 quattro, limited to just 333 units, moves to the head of the compact class. Its two-liter, turbocharged engine produces 188 kW (256 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, which is delivered to all four wheels. The Audi A1 quattro sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 245 km/h (152.24 mph).

The A1 quattro is powered by the 2.0 TFSI engine. The 1,984 cc, four-cylinder engine combines gasoline direct injection with turbocharging in the classic Audi manner. Among its highlights are the adjustable intake cam shaft and the two balance shafts, which ensure smooth operation. Maximum torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) is continuously available between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm, and peak power (188 kW/256 hp) is developed at 6,000 rpm.

Every detail of the sporty, sonorous four-cylinder engine has been optimized for high performance and low fuel consumption. Common rail injection, a turbocharger with intercooler and a regulated oil pump are just a few examples. The Audi A1 quattro is expected to consume on average less than 8.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (27.67 US mpg). Yet it performs like a top-notch sports car: The standard sprint takes just 5.7 seconds, and top speed is 245 km/h (152.24 mph).

The 2.0 TFSI delivers its power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via a precisely shifting six-speed transmission, bringing Vorsprung durch Technik to the small-car class. The heart of this system is an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch whose package of plates rotates in an oil bath.

During normal driving, the clutch sends most of the engine's power to the front wheels. If traction decreases there, the clutch can transfer torque steplessly to the rear axle in just a few milliseconds by forcing the packages of plates together by a defined amount. A pressure reservoir helps the electric pump to develop the oil pressure. If a wheel on one of the axles should slip, it is braked by the electronic differential lock (EDL).

The placement of the multi-plate clutch at the rear axle provides for a harmonious distribution of the axle loads, and the chassis of the Audi A1 quattro has been adapted to the dynamics of the drivetrain. It is much more tautly tuned than that of the production model. The front suspension is a McPherson construction; a four-link axle is used at the rear. The sensitive and efficient electrohydraulic power steering has a sporty, direct 14.8:1 steering ratio.

The Audi A1 quattro rolls on 8.0 J x 18 cast alloy wheels. They are Glacier White, feature an exclusive turbine design and are fitted with 225/35-series tires. The internally vented front brake discs measure 312 millimeters (12.28 in) in diameter and are gripped by black calipers. The ESP stabilization program includes a sport mode and can be switched off entirely for a trip to the race track, for example.
One look is all it takes to see that the Audi A1 quattro is a very special vehicle. It is available only in Glacier White metallic, and its roof is painted high-gloss black. The front bumper is muscular, the frame and grate of the single-frame grille are high-gloss black. The curved bars in the headlights - the wings - are red. The grille, the roof arch and the rear hatch sport quattro badges.

The rear windows are tinted; the roof flows into a large, two-color wing. The color black accentuates the rear hatch and the diffuser. The LED rear lights are tinted; the rear bumper sports a distinctive look. The exhaust system terminates in two polished dual tailpipes on the left and the right, each measuring 100 millimeters (3.94 in) in diameter. The A1 quattro is 3,987 millimeters (13.08 ft) long, 1,740 millimeters (5.71 ft) wide and 1,416 millimeters (4.65 ft) tall, making it somewhat longer than the model on which it is based. Luggage capacity is 210 liters (7.42 cu ft); folding down the rear seats increases this to 860 liters (30.37 cu ft).

Cool, sporty black dominates the interior of the Audi A1 quattro. The seats and the armrests on the doors are covered in Silk Nappa leather with contrasting red seams. The S sport seats up front have pronounced bolsters, integrated head restraints and a quattro badge on the backrest covers. The seats feature multi-way adjustment. The lower section of the center console shines in high-gloss black; the footrest and the pedal caps are made of brushed stainless steel. Red seams frame the floor mats, and the door sill trims bear A1 quattro badges.

The instrument cluster has a number of eye-catching features, including white needles, a red tachometer, the quattro logo and the color display for the driver information system. The multifunction sport steering wheel is flattened at the bottom, wrapped in leather with contrasting red stitching and sports the car's serial number. The shift lever knob is made of aluminum. Many control elements have an aluminum-look finish.

The Audi A1 quattro will be available from the second half of 2012 and will be supplied to customers with a full range of equipment. It includes many features taken directly from the luxury class, including xenon plus headlights, high-beam assistant, adaptive brake lights, LED interior lighting package, light and rain sensor, automatically dimming interior mirror, rear parking system, automatic air conditioning, alarm system, storage package, convenience key and cruise control.

The infotainment equipment likewise leaves nothing to be desired. It includes a CD changer, a digital radio tuner, the Audi music interface and MMI navigation plus. The Bose sound system drives 14 speakers with 465 watts of power; the woofers in the doors are indirectly lit with light guide LEDs. Audi connect uses the Bluetooth online car phone to connect to the Internet and deliver special web services, including Google Earth, to the car. Passengers can also connect their mobile devices to the integrated WLAN hotspot.

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Comments (25)

Grey Grey
looks like a Fiat 200 with German Pontiac plastic claddings...
Dec 31st, 2011 11:35pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
Whaaaaa.... did Marchionne finally take over Audi?
Dec 22nd, 2011 10:48am
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nporet nporet
it looks like at fiat 500 abarth being so low in the front and with those rims. and i hate the spoiler
Dec 22nd, 2011 2:07am
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maloparac maloparac
Just too good....too GOOD
Dec 21st, 2011 10:55pm
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fgb8387 fgb8387
nice car.. it just misses the 2.5 from the clubsport prototype, with 500hp.. ugly wheels btw...
Dec 21st, 2011 8:47pm
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PaganiC9_pl0x PaganiC9_pl0x
2.0 4pot turbo = Generic, boring sound, may aswell get an S3/Golf R or less. Long live the 2.5 turb and the 3.2V6. R32 and Clubsport quattro concept.
Dec 21st, 2011 8:17pm
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yiotis82 yiotis82
VR6 2.8 and 2.9 had the best engine sound not the V6
Dec 21st, 2011 8:29pm
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tumbo tumbo
This car is so freaking hot!!! The looks are amazing. But, I feel that for such a little car with 256hp, 0-100 in 5.7 is kinda slow..
Dec 21st, 2011 7:55pm
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Microice Microice
Still can't help feel Audi needs to grow a pair and make something totally senseless like the Clio V6 or Golf W12 coz the concept this is based on was crazy!
Dec 21st, 2011 6:06pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Lovely, sure to be a future classic.
Dec 21st, 2011 5:59pm
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Imo, it looks like one "angy bird" pocket hatch. Jokes aside, it is a good business case for Audi to create and produce - in limited numbers - a hot mini for the exclusive few. For one it would be generating more interests from hardcore MINI and Fiat Abarth enthusiasts.
Dec 21st, 2011 4:51pm
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Grey Grey
LMAO an Angry bird! i couldnt put my finger on it but u hit it right on the head! hahahaha
Dec 31st, 2011 11:37pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
Awesome. But only 333 units? Yeah right.
Dec 21st, 2011 2:45pm
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lilsumo lilsumo
lovin it! would love to see a limited run wit the 2.5 rs engine in the sportback version dsg n quattro!
Dec 21st, 2011 11:54am
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daviepops daviepops
Love the performance figures, love the look, in particular the aggressive front, HATE the nightmare to clean rims
Dec 21st, 2011 11:51am
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Wojciech Wojciech
it's all about the weight - if its too heavy there is no fun (RS3 case)
Dec 21st, 2011 11:28am
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Good engine, good interior but ugly looking car
Dec 21st, 2011 10:57am
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tumbo tumbo
dude, you really need a pair of glasses..
Dec 21st, 2011 7:55pm
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Microice Microice
Almost identical to that crazy-bananas concept with the 2.5L and a wide bodykit. Ticks the right boxes but can't help think it could be more... I dont think there will be an S or RS1 coz this would have been either. I want it for the rims!
Dec 21st, 2011 7:35am
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Jorge_has_A3_TDI Jorge_has_A3_TDI
Real hot! That's what it is!
Dec 21st, 2011 6:21am
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Hamanoo Hamanoo
why not s1
Dec 21st, 2011 6:16am
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vilivo vilivo
Hav u seen what the S1 is?!?
Dec 21st, 2011 5:02pm
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Hamanoo Hamanoo
isnt it the concept car ? no i mean didnt they name this the s1 .. to rival cooper s and vw gti
Dec 22nd, 2011 7:48pm
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vilivo vilivo
The S1, legendary version of the the Audi quattro, was the most amazing vehicle that Audi has ever made. So much so hat their R8 was not worthy of carrying the name, is kind of like the M1 was for BMW, just a lot more legendary. Audi should not put that name on an A1 any more than BMW would put M1 on a 1- series...
Dec 23rd, 2011 9:44am
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norther norther
Dec 21st, 2011 5:09am
0 4